Ivanovic at the double as Chelsea stun Liverpool; Barca crush sorry Bayern

Liverpool 1 – Chelsea 3 (Champions League, April 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) Fernando Torres put Liverpool in front but that was as good as it got for the Reds as Chelsea took command of the tie. Branislav Ivanovic was the unlikely hero heading in corners either side of half-time, the first on 39 minutes taken by Malouda and the second on 62 taken by Lampard. Didier Drogba confirmed a stunning victory from a Malouda cross.

Barcelona 4 – Bayern Munich 0 (Champions League, April 8, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) Barca turned on the style and were 4-up at half time. Lionel Messi scored the first on nine minutes with an easy side foot finish, Samuel Eto’o doubled the lead three minutes later after great work from Messi. Henry set up Messi for the third and then Thierry Henry passed into the far corner for the fourth before the break.

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Celtic 4 – Falkirk 0 (SPL, April 8, 2009) Celtic retained their lead at the top of the SPL with goals from Gary Caldwell, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Aiden McGeady (fine finish) and Darren O’Dea.

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Partizan Belgrade 2 – Red Star Belgrade 0 (Serbian Superliga, April 8, 2009) Lamine Diarra, the first division’s top scorer, tapped in his 15th league goal of the season to give Partizan an early lead after good work by Nemanja Tomic. Nikola Vujovic sealed Partizan’s first home win over Red Star in eight years with an 82nd-minute thunderbolt, which gave Red Star goalkeeper Sasa Stamenkovic no chance.

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Lech Poznan 2 – Wisla Krakow 1 (Polish Cup, April 8, 2009)

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Persepolis 3 – Al-Gharafa 1 (Asian Champions League, April 8, 2009) Maziar Zare put Persepolis ahead in the 36th minute from the penalty spot. Ebrahim Tore doubled the lead before the break and Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht claimed the third from a rebound. Fernandao Lucio’s free-kick pulled a goal back for the Qataris in the 68th minute.

Pohang Steelers 1 – Tianjin Teda 0 (Asian Champions League, April 8, 2009) Hwang Jin-sung’s second half header gave Pohang Steelers the three points.

Shandong Luneng 2 – FC Seoul 0 (Asian Champions League, April 8, 2009) Shandong made the breakthrough nine minutes into the second half when Cui Peng squared a pass inside the box to the unmarked Lu Zheng and the forward lashed a low drive into the net. Shandong’s second arrived after Zivkovic chipped the ball towards Lu Zheng, who controlled on his chested down before shooting on target, Han Peng prodding home the rebound from close range.

Bunyodkor 2 – Sepahan 2 (Asian Champions League, April 8, 2009) Shavkat Salomov fired the hosts ahead but Sepahan turned the tide with Seyed Hadi Aghily levelling just before halftime and Emad Mohammed firing them ahead in the 61st minute. However Ashurmatov pounced on a rebound after goalkeeper Rahman Ahmadi had made a fine save to end the match honours-even.

Al Ettifaq 4 – Al Shabab 1 (Asian Champions League, April 8, 2009)

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Sport Recife 0 – Palmeiras 2 (Copa Libertadores, April 8, 2009) Future star Keirrison scored the first with an easy tap-in, Diego Souza scored an excellent second, running from his own half past three opposition players and chipping the goalie.

San Luis 2 – San Lorenzo 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 8, 2009)

Estudiantes 4 – Cruzeiro 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 8, 2009)

Univ. de Chile 3 – Chico FC 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 8, 2009)

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Atlante 3 – Santos 1 (Agg. 4-3) (CONCACAf League, April 8, 2009) Luis Gabriel Rey beat goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez in minute 41 to take the lead for the hosts. Matias Vuoso equalised in the 67th minute after an assist from Carlos Darwin Quintero. In the minute 74, Luis Gabriel Rey netted to make it 2-1 for Atlante and 3-3 on aggregate for Atlante and in injury time Rafael Marquez Lugo scored from the spot to send Atlante to the CONCACAF Champions League final.


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