Messi double leads Barca past Tenerife; Soldado cracker earns Getafe a point; Celtic beat champs Rangers in the Old Firm derby

Barcelona 4 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, May 4, 2010) Lionel Messi broke the deadlock at home against Tenerife when the mercurial Argentine tapped home Zlatan’s headed after 16 minutes. Carles Puyol was guilty of handed Tenerife an equaliser on a silver platter, the Barca captain gave the ball away at the back and after a few passes Roman Martinez was played through on goal and he finished. Barca retook the lead just after the hour with a superb team move that was clinically finished off by in-form Bojan Krkic. Barca killed the match in the 76th minute, Leo Messi was the architect with a slick pass through to Pedro Rodriguez and the young striker made no mistake in the driving rain. Barca wrapped up the win with a brilliant fourth, Dani Alves floated a beauty over the top for Leo Messi who expertly controlled and finished.

Getafe 1 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, May 4, 2010) Miguel de las Cuevas gave Gijon an early lead, only for Roberto Soldado to level for Getafe with a spectacular overhead kick.

Almeria 4 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, May 4, 2010) Albert Crusat fired Almeria in front before Mateo Mussachio was dismissed for Villarreal in just the 16th minute, with Kalu Uche and Modeste M’Bami putting the home side firmly in control before the break. The visitors threatened a stirring comeback in the second period courtesy of goals from Ivan Marcano and Ariel Ibagaza either side of Chico’s red card, but Pablo Piatti had the final say in added time.

Valencia 3 – Xerez 1 (La Liga, May 4, 2010) Rock-bottom Xerez showed their battling spirit when Armenteros opened after 37 minutes, but Juan Mata drew Los Che levelled with a picture-perfect free-kick on the stroke of halftime. Mata gave Valencia the lead in the 58th minute with a low drive, and Mata turned provider in the 68th minute when he teed up David Silva for number three.

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Celtic 2 – Rangers 1 (SPL, May 4, 2010 Lee Naylor smacked a hopeful 30-yard free-kick after seven minutes in the Old Firm derby and he got a lucky deflection to break the deadlock. Rangers equalised two minutes before the break when Kenny Miller steered a header into the far post from a great right wing cross. But Celtic were soon back in front, Marc-Antoine Fortune leapt high in the box to reach a left wing cross and place his header through the keepers leg on the stroke of halftime. Rangers ended the match with 10 men after Lee McCulloch picked up two bookings after McGeady appeared to take a bit of a dive.

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Velez Sarsfield 2 – Guadalajara (Chivas) 0 (Agg. 2-3) (Copa Libertadores, May 4, 2010) The Argentinean side bowed out the competition despite this victory. Santiago Silva put Velez in front early doors and Rolando Zarate grabbed the second late on. Chivas now face Once Caldas or Libertad.

Sao Paulo 0* – Universitario Peru 0 (Agg. 0-0) (Pens. 3-1) (Copa Libertadores, May 4, 2010) Both sides hit the bar in normal time and Universitario looked to be in charge in the penalty shoot-out when Luis Llontop saved from Rogerio Ceni. But the SP keeper saved the next two, going from villain to hero, to ensure the Brazilians progress to a quarter final against Cruzeiro or Nacional.


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