Inter prove no problem for United; Arsenal win a marathon penalty shoot-out at Roma; Barcelona hit five past Lyon; Porto sneak past Atletico on away goals

Manchester United 2 – Inter Milan 0 (Agg. 2-0) (Champions League, March 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) It took Manchester United just three minutes to stick the ball past Julio Cesar, Giggs whipped in a corner from the right and Nemanja Vidic ran rings round Vieira and planted his header in the far corner. Immediately after the restart United bagged the crucial second, Cristiano Ronaldo heading home a Rooney cross.

Roma 1 – Arsenal 0* (Pens. 6-7) (Agg. 1-1) (Champions League, March 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Arsenal lost their aggregate lead after nine minutes in Rome, after a period of pressure Totti fired a low cross in from the left, the ball went through the legs of Taddei before falling to Juan at the back post who scored. Arsenal had to withstand a barrage of pressure, Almunia forced to make a double save from a Totti rocket and Taddei’s arrowed shot which was tipped just wide. After the break the Gunners came close to scoring when a corner fell to Abou Diaby on the edge of the box and he fired a shot just wide of Doni’s post. The match went to a nail-biting penalty shootout where Eduardo’s early miss was levelled out by Vucinic. With both sides converting there remaining four penalties the match went to sudden death where Max Tonnetto became the villain firing the 16th penalty over the bar. (The full shoot-out can be seen here.)

Barcelona 5 – Lyon 2 (Agg. 6-3) (Champions League, March 11, 2009) (Extended highlights here.) Slick interplay between the Barca forwards gave Iniesta the chance to fire on goal but he lifted his shot over the bar. Twenty five minutes in the Lyon defence fell apart, allowing Marquez to free Thierry Henry through the middle who had no trouble slotting home. And the Frenchman quickly chalked up his second, Xavi threaded a ball through to Henry who made it 2 goals in as many minutes. Barca then put on a show, Leo Messi weaved his way in from the left, played a neat one-two with Eto’o and passed the ball into the corner. And Eto’o ended a rampant first half for the Catalans with the fourth. Lyon salvaged some pride with a Jean Makoun header just before the interval, and things got better after the break when Juninho scored from a Delgado cross. At the death Xavi played another superb through-ball, this time to Seydou Keita, who rounded Hugo Lloris to clam a fifth.

Porto 0* – Atletico Madrid 0 (Agg. 2-2) (Champions League, March 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) In a game that saw neither side impress, Porto edged out their Spanish opponents to make the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time since they won the competition in 2004. Lisandro hit the post with the best chance of the game.

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Fulham 1 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, March 11, 2009) Clint Dempsey gave Fulham the lead in just the second minute with a left-footed shot after being put through by Danny Murphy. Bad-boy El-Hadji Diouf tied the game in the 69th minute, scoring from close range from after collecting a Samba header. And Rovers sealed the win when Jason Roberts spun past Tony Kallio in the penalty area and unleashing a powerful shot into the net.

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Guadalajara (Chivas) 1 – Caracas 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 11, 2009) Despite going down to 10-men when Oliva collected his second booking before the hour mark, Chivas went on to claim a narrow victory thanks to Galindo’s late header.

Deportivo Tachira 1 – Deportivo Cuenca 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 11, 2009) Tachira played with 10 men from the 39th after defender Julio Cesar Machado was shown a second yellow card. The numbers were levelled up after Cuenca defender Juan Guerron was also shown the red card after 63 minutes. And the decisivise moment arrived 20 minutes from time as Jose Javier Villafraz curled home a lovely free-kick.

Everton 1 – Lanus 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 11, 2009) Lanus took the lead with a goal from Diego Gonzalez in the dying seconds of the first half, but Everton replied with a penalty by Argentine striker Ezequiel Miralles eight minutes after the restart.

Boyaca Chico 0 – Gremio 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 11, 2009) Souza beat Colombian goalkeeper Edigson Velasquez with a low free kick after 31 minutes, before Chico had Juan Mahecha sent off in the 76th minute for diving on the edge of the Gremio box.

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Suwon Bluewings 4 – Kashima Antlers 1 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009) Suwon took control of the clash between the league champions of South Korea and Japan, with goals by Chinese defender Li Weifeng and Brazilian striker Eduardo late in the first half. Hong Soon-hak and Park Hyun-beom added to Kashima’s misery before Marquinhos grabbed a consolation goal for the Japanese side in stoppage time.

Central Coast Mariners 0 – Pohang Steelers 0 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009) The Mariners will count themselves lucky to have escaped with a draw after Pohang missed three good chances to clinch valuable away points in the second half.

Sepahan 2 – Al Shabab 0 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009) Sepahan’s Mahdi Jafarpour found the net in the second minute, and Armando Dessa scored from 30-yards to seal the win in the third minute of injury time.

Al-Hilal 1 – Saba Battery 1 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009) After having the match between Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal and Saba Battery of Iran originally postponed for sandstorms, the sides ended honours even after Farzaneh’s 14th minute opener was cancelled out by Hawsawi’s header before the break.

Al-Ittihad 2 – Esteghlal 1 (Asian Champions League, March 11, 2009)

Sriwijaya FC 2 – FC Seoul 4 (Asian Champions League, March 10, 2009) Kim Chi-woo scored twice, while Jung Jo-gook and substitute Kim Seung-yong also got on the scoresheet as the Koreans fended off a second-half fightback from the hosts, for whom Cameroonian Claude Ngon Djam notched a quickfire brace.

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Mexico 5 – Bolivia 1 (International Friendly, March 11, 2009) Matias Vuoso opened the scoring with a left-foot shot after 24 minutes, and Brazilian-born Leandro Augusto added the second from a free-kick eight minutes later. Martinez set up Vuoso again in the 59th minute before Didi Torrico pulled one back for Bolivia. Sergio Santana won and converted a 71st minute penalty to restore Mexico’s three-goal lead before debutant Jose Maria Cardenas completed the rout with six minutes left.

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Corinthians 2 – Sao Caetano 1 (Campeonato Paulista, March 11, 2009) Sao Caetano took a 22nd minute lead with a Marcelo Batatais header before Andre Santos rifled in the equaliser with a long-range shot in the 35th minute. Ronaldo, playing just his third game for Corinthians and starting for the first time in his home debut, then claimed the winner, sweeping the ball home with a first-time shot from Dentinho’s low cross in the 51st minute.


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