Liverpool beat West Ham to stay in the hunt; Safe Stoke leave Hull on the brink; Kamara double lifts Fulham over Villa; Wigan handed some good Fortune; Rangers beat Celtic to put one hand on the SPL title

West Ham 0 – Liverpool 3 (Premier League, May 9, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) In only their 12th start together in the Liverpool first team, Fernando Torres slipped a perfect through-ball into Steven Gerrard after just 90 seconds, who scored with ease past a stranded Green. West Ham then had Luis Boa Morte to blame for conceding a second, the Portuguese firebrand fouled Torres in the box, Steven Gerrard’s penalty was saved by Green by the Liverpool skipper made no mistake with the rebound. West Ham should have equalised when Jamie Carragher made a poor error at the back, David Di Michele nipped in and ran through on goal but, after losing his footing, the Italian embarrassed himself diving for a penalty and getting booked. Ryan Babel wrapped up the match late on after a pacey counter-attack lead by Kuyt.

Hull 1 – Stoke 2 (Premier League, May 9, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Ricardo Fuller turned and fired home four minutes before the break to put another nail in Hull’s battle against relegation. Liam Lawrence scored a belter to really put Hull under pressure before Andy Dawson pulled one back late on with a super left-footed free-kick, but the Tigers continue to rely on others in their battle against the drop.

Fulham 3 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Danny Murphy gave Fulham the lead from the penalty spot in the seventh minute after Kamara had been fouled by James Milner. Ashley Young levelled for Villa seven minutes later but Diomansy Kamara fired the home side back in front at the start of the second half and completed the scoring with a cheeky backheel on the hour.

West Brom 3 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) On-loan striker Marc-Antoine Fortune was West Brom’s hero, scoring the Baggies’ first and third goals as well as earning a penalty which Chris Brunt converted on the rebound after having his first effort saved by Richard Kingson. Hugo Rodallega had claimed his first goal in English football to cancel out Fortune’s opener, with the massive win keeping the Baggies slim hopes of survival alive.

Blackburn 2 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2009) Rovers are all but safe after picking up three points against Pompey. Morten Gamst Pedersen took advantage of an error by David James, who failed to collect a high ball into the box, to put the hosts in front in the first half, and Benni McCarthy settled the issue with a penalty on the hour.

Bolton 0 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2009) Bolton and Sunderland shared a goalless draw at the Reebok which should see the Trotters safe but the Black Cats are still in relegation trouble.

Everton 0 – Tottenham 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2009) Everton produced a disappointing display in a goalless draw against Tottenham, the visitors having the better of the chances although Dan Gosling did strike the post after the break.


Burnley 1 – Reading 0 (Championship play-off semi-final first leg, May 9, 2009) Graham Alexander scored his 11th goal of the season in the 84th minute from the spot after Reading defender Andre Bikey hauled down Steve Thompson.

Millwall 1 – Leeds 0 (League One play-off semi-final first leg, May 9, 2009) Neil Harris, Millwall’s all-time top goalscorer, scored the only goal to give the London side the slight advantage ahead of the second leg on Thursday.


Rangers 1 – Celtic 0 (SPL, May 9, 2009) Celtic were lucky not to fall behind after a beautiful Steven Whittaker cross ended up smacking off the far post after missing everyone in the box. Rangers continued to press, taking the lead in the Old Firm derby when Kenny Miller broke into the box and his cross was turned home by Steven Davis in the 36th minute. Rangers held out for the win that opened up a two point lead over their great rivals with three games left.


Valencia 3 – Real Madrid 0 (La Liga, May 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Los Che put a huge nail in Madrid title challenge, Mata and David Silva bagged first half (highlights here) goals as Ruben Baraja put the game to bed midway through the second half.

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Betis 0 (La Liga, May 9, 2009) Inigo Velez scored the only goal of the game on 28 minutes to move Bilbao within a point of Mallorca in the Liga table.

Sevilla 3 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, May 9, 2009) Real Mallorca stunned Sevilla when they took the lead at Estadio Ramon Sanchez when Aritz Aduriz scored from the angle on 16 minutes. Parity was restored when Freddie Kanoute sent Miguel Moya the wrong way from the penalty spot after Luis Fabiano was felled. Luis Fabiano put Sevilla ahead for the first time in the game on the hour mark with a superb individual run that led to a neat finish.The home side wrapped up the points late on when Jesus Navas cut in from the right wing before lashing an unstoppable drive past Moya.


Sampdoria 5 – Reggina 0 (Serie A, May 9, 2009) Rock-bottom Reggina got off to the worst possible start at Sampdoria, a crashing low driving from Daniele Dessena gave the hosts the lead after just one minute. On the half hour it was two, Daniele Dessena rifling home an even better drive to leave Reggina on the ropes. Gennaro Delvecchio completed a miserable half for Reggina heading home a third from a set-play. Samp killed the game with two quick fire goals after the break, Guido Marilungo and Giampaolo Pazzini (terrific strike) both getting their names on the scoresheet.

Lazio 1 – Udinese 3 (Serie A, May 9, 2009) Tommaso Rochi had fired the home side in front with a long-range effort which flew into the top corner in the 56th minute. Antonio Floro Flores made an immediate impact as he scored within seconds of being introduced to restore parity on the hour mark. Gaetano D’Agostino made it 2-1 with a free-kick in the 69th minute before Fabio Quagliarella converted from the penalty spot in the closing stages, with Christian Brocchi seeing red soon after.

Rimini 2 – Grosseto 0 (Serie B, May 9, 2009)

Parma 2 – Pisa 0 (Serie B, May 9, 2009)

Ancona 2 – Sassuolo 1 (Serie B, May 9, 2009)

Brescia 0 – Cittadella 0 (Serie B, May 9, 2009)

Empoli 3 – Ascoli 0 (Serie B, May 9, 2009)

Frosinone 2 – Albinoleffe 0 (Serie B, May 9, 2009)


Stuttgart 4 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) With Wolfsburg having learned that manager Felix Magath will join Schalke next season, third-placed Stuttgart gave league leaders a rude welcome on Saturday. Mario Gomez continuing his recent return to goalscoring form by finding the net with a header after 29 seconds. Matters worsened for the visitors 20 minutes in, Cacau broke the offside trap in the inside left channel before teeing up Mario Gomez for a simple second. Edin Dzeko gave the league leaders some hope before the break, cutting the deficit with a tap-in at the back post after some dodgy keeping from Lehmann. (First half highlights here.) Mario Gomez settled the match in the second-half with his third and fourth goals of the game which now put Stuttgart in the Bundesliga title race.

Energie Cottbus 1 – Bayern Munich 3 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Bayern Munich took the lead at Energie Cottbus through Jose Ermesto Sosa, who volleyed home from close range just after twenty minutes. Ivica Iliev made it one-all just before the break, following up on a saved overhead kick. Just after the hour mark Bayern took control of the game with two goals in four minutes from Martin Demichelis and Lukas Podolski.

Hertha Berlin 2 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Marko Pantelic put Hertha into the lead at home to Bochum, heading home on the end of a lightning breakaway. Raffael made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half.

Hannover 1 – Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Hannover took a 9th minute lead over Eintracht Frankfurt, Arnold Jan Bruggink tucked home the opener after an incisive attack form the hosts. Frankfurt equalised before the break through Umit Korkmaz’s header.

Borussia Dortmund 4 – Karlsruher 0 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Jakub Blaszczykowski put Dortmund 1-up at home to Karlsruher in the 25th minute with a cracking right footed volleyed finish. Nuri Sahin made it 2-0 on 62 minutes from a free-kick. Felipe Sentana added a third and Alexander Frei the fourth.

Hoffenheim 2 – Cologne 0 (Bundesliga, May 9, 2009) Hoffenheim threatened to finally win a Bundesliga match when Sejad Salihovic put them in front just before the hour mark with a fine free-kick at home to Cologne. Demba Ba made it 2-0 minutes later with a cracking volley.


Rennes 1 – Guingamp 2 (Coupe De France final, May 9, 2009) Second-division Guingamp produced one of the shocks of the season by coming from behind to beat top-flight Rennes in the French Cup final. Brazilian striker Eduardo Dos Santos struck a winner seven minutes from time, Eduardo having earlier equalised Carlos Bocanegra’s 69th minute opener for Rennes, to give his side the first French Cup crown in their history.


Galatasaray 1 – Ankaragucu 0 (Super Lig, May 9, 2009) Milan Baros scored from the penalty spot to secure the three points.

Fenerbahce 1 – Denizlispor 0 (Super Lig, May 9, 2009) Dani Guiza netted the only goal, a deflected shot from 25-yards, as Fener beat Denizlispor.

Ankaraspor 1 – Besiktas 4 (Super Lig, May 9, 2009) Besitkas moved two points clear at the top of the Super Lig as Filip Holosko, Ibrahim Toraman, Deivson Bobo and Rodrigo Tello netted for Besiktas, who took advantage of former leaders Sivasspor’s 2-1 home defeat by Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK.

Sivasspor 1 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 2 (Super Lig, May 9, 2009) Gokhan Kaba scored in the 8th and 17th minutes to give the away side a comfortable lead, and although Herve Tum got one back on 75 minutes for Sivas, the hosts let their slip their number one position in the table.

Kocaelispor 1 – Trabzonspor 3 (Super Lig, May 9, 2009) Trabzonspor closed to within a point of Sivasspor with Umut Bulut, Gokhan Unal and Alanzinho netting for the visitors.


Benfica 2 – Trofense 2 (Superliga, May 9, 2009) Benficafell behind on the half hour when Valdomiro headed home for Trofense. Oscar Cardozo equalised five minutes later from Pablo Aimar’s pass, and the Paraguayan striker doubled his tally in the 38th with a header from Matias Urreta’s cross. Trofense stunned Benfica with Paulinho’s 58th minute header from close range.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Vitoria Setubal 1 (Superliga, May 9, 2009) Liedson opened the scoring in the 26th minute when he took advantage of uncertainty in Setubal’s defense to take possession and shoot home. Bruno Gama equalised for Setubal, before Liedson fired Sporting’s winner in the last minute to secure its place in next season’s Champions League qualifying round.


Standard Liege 2 – Club Brugge 0 (Jupiler League, May 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Milan Jovanovic converted a penalty in the 38th minute before American international Oguchi Onyewu popped up to double the hosts’ advantage.

Anderlecht 3 – Roeselare 1 (Jupiler League, May 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Mbark Boussoufa scored a wonderful 30-yard free-kick in the 13th minute to give the hosts a first half lead. Jelle van Damme headed in number two in the 49th minute, before Lucas Biglia tucked away the third to kill the contest. Mahamadou Dissa grabbed a consolation for Roeselare.

Charleroi 3 – Genk 0 (Jupiler League, May 9, 2009)

Cercle Brugge 2 – Westerlo 1 (Jupiler League, May 9, 2009)

Lokeren 0 – Dender 2 (Jupiler League, May 9, 2009)

KV Kortrijk 0 – Gent 2 (Jupiler League, May 9, 2009)


Beitar Jerusalem 2 – Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 (Ligat ha’Al, May 9, 2009) Spectators were barred from the match because of a penalty imposed by the Israel Football Association against Beitar in response to its fans’ racist chants in a recent match. Amit Ben-Shushan put Beitar ahead early in the second half and Idan Vered wrapped up the victory 11 minutes from time, firing home with his left foot after Jevric had saved his initial effort.


Odd Grenland 3 – Brann 1 (Tippeligaen, May 9, 2009)


CSKA Sofia 0 – Levski Sofia 2 (Vyscha Liga, May 9, 2009) Georgi Hristov fired Levski into the lead away at CSKA in the Sofia derby. Ze Soares grabbed the visitors’ second on the hour mark after starting and finishing a counter-attack down the right hand side.


Honved 0 – Debrecen 1 (Borsodi Liga, May 9, 2009) Peter Szakaly’s winner in the 58th minute secured Debrecen’s place atop the Hugarian league.


Cukaricki 0 – Rad 1 (Serbian Super League, May 9, 2009)


Chicago Fire 1 – New England Revolution 1 (MLS, May 9, 2009)

Chivas USA 1 – Real Salt Lake 0 (MLS, May 9, 2009) A crashing drive from Paulo Nagamura ripped into the net for the only goal of the game in the 55th minute.

Columbus Crew 3 – KC Wizards 2 (MLS, May 9, 2009)


Colon 2 – San Martin 0 (Clausura, May 9, 2009)

Velez Sarsfield 2 – Racing Club 2 (Clausura, May 9, 2009)


Palmeiras 2 – Coritiba 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2009)

Sport Recife 1 – Barueri 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2009) Pedrao scored a bizarre equaliser for Barueri, with his strike crashing off the bar, spinning off the turf and somewhat ending up in the goal to earn the visitors a point.

Avai FC 2 – Atletico Mineiro 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 9, 2009)