Sunderland 1 – Manchester United 2 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After dominating the early stages, Paul Scholes headed in a Wayne Rooney cross to put United on their way at Sunderland. Again suspect defending harmed United’s title charge, Ben Foster couldn’t claim a Tainio cross and Kenwyne Jones poked home at the second attempt. Moments after coming on the Italian wonderkid Federico Macheda again made a major impact towards United’s attempt to hold off Liverpool, diverting Carrick’s effort past Gordon.
Liverpool 4 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) There are some goals which ooze class. Fernando Torres broke the deadlock against Rovers with a wonder-strike after four minutes, the striker taking down a long Carragher pass on his chest and, without even looking at the goal, El Nino cracked a half-volley from right to left that beat Robinson all ends-up. On the half hour the Liverpool nerves were completely settled, Fernando Torres rose high to beat Samba (who was being played as the lone Blackburn striker) to an Alonso free-kick, heading the Reds into a 2-nil lead. The second half was a snooze-fest, Blackburn offering little and Liverpool struggling to add further goals. Daniel Agger cheered up the Kop crashing home a fine third into the top corner in the final ten minutes, and David Ngog nodded in a fourth on the line at the death.
Chelsea 4 – Bolton 3 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Michael Ballack scored his first league goal of the season to put Chelsea 1-up at home to Bolton. Didier Drogba added a second with a left-footed finish to convert Frank Lampard’s free-kick. Lampard’s seventeenth goal of the season from the penalty spot and a second from Drogba seemed to have sealed a handsome win. But Bolton hit three goals in less than ten minutes as strikes from Andy O’Brien, Chris Basham and Matt Taylor set up the prospect of one of the most remarkable comebacks in Premier League history. But it was not to materialise as Chelsea hung on for the win.
Wigan 1 – Arsenal 4 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Former Spurs striker Mido acrobatically scored the opener at the JJB against Arsenal. (First half highlights here.) Arsenal turned on the style after the break, Theo Walcott smashing in the leveller into the top corner after good work by Arshavin. Cesc then teed up Mikael Silvestre for a rare goal to put the Gunners ahead. Jason Koumas was hugely at fault for Arsenal’s third, the midfielder passing the ball straight to Andrei Arshavin who made no mistake in front of goal. Alex Song added gloss to the scoreline sliding in the fourth in injury time.
Middlesbrough 3 – Hull 1 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Boro enjoyed a dream start when Tuncay Sanli turned home the loose ball after just three minutes. Hull were quickly back on level terms when Manucho headed home a Nick Barmby cross. Back came Boro, Tony McMahon’s corner from the right was met by a neat flick at the near post from Matthew Bates. Marlon King made the points safe late on when he slotted past Duke after Kamil Zayatte had dallied on the ball.
Stoke 1 – Newcastle 1 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) Stoke won a corner after the half hour, the Magpies’ defence fell to pieces trying to defend Liam Lawrence’s delivery and an unmarked Abdoulaye Faye was able to profit heading in the opener. Nine minutes from time Newcastle levelled, Ryan Taylor’s launched a throw-in into the box, the ball was cleared only to Damien Duff whose cross was expertly headed home by Andy Carroll.
Tottenham 1 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) Roman Pavlyuchenko’s second half strike, the Russian collected the ball in the box, spinning and finding the far corner, settled the London derby.
Portsmouth 2 – West Brom 2 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) Pompey will see this as two points dropped against the bottom side. Younes Kaboul scored a cracker for the home side but goals from Jonathan Greening (what was James doing?) and Chris Brunt (fine free-kick) turned the game on its head. A cracking free-kick from Niko Kranjcar levelled things up.
Hearts 1 – Celtic 1 (SPL, April 11, 2009) Celtic needed just 24 seconds to score at Hearts, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink turning home a savable volley into the near post. Hearts levelled through a stunning Bruno Aguiar free-kick from 25-yards out that curled over the wall and past Boruc in the 31st minute.
Barcelona 2 – Recreativo Huelva 0 (La Liga, April 11, 2009) Thierry Henry broke down the Barca left, taking on the Recre fullback, before sending a cross into the box that Andres Iniesta slotted home. Nasief Morris was unfortunate to deflect an Iniesta ball into his own goal in the 68th minute, while Lionel Messi saw a poor 80th minute penalty saved against the Catalans.
Genoa 3 – Juventus 2 (Serie A, April 11, 2009) Genoa’s Thiago Motta opened the scoring against the Old Lady before Alex Del Piero levelled with a controversial penalty for Juve. But Genoa retook the lead early in the second half as Thiago Motta claimed his second of the night. Juve then lost Mauro Camoranesi midway through the second half, but, with their title dreams fading away Vincenzo Iaquinta popped up to level matters with six minutes remaining. But Genoa, with their own dreams of Champions League football, refused to lose and Raffaele Palladino won the match two minutes from time.
Lazio 4 – Roma 2 (Serie A, April 11, 2009) The Rome derby got off to a red hot start, Lazio taking the lead after 2 minutes as Goran Pandev volleyed home at the back post following a training ground corner routine. And it got better for the blue half of the Stadio Olympico after Mauro Zarate thumped in a tremendous 30-yard ripper three minutes later. Roma soon got a foothold in the match, Philippe Mexes pulling a goal back from a corner. Just before the hour mark Stephan Lichsteiner headed home from close range to restore Lazio’s two goal lead. After three players had been sent off (Panucci & Mexes for Roma, Metuzalem for Lazio) Daniele De Rossi brought Roma back into it but with four minutes remaining Aleksandar Kolarov wrapped up the derby win with a fine individual goal.
Inter Milan 2 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, April 11, 2009)Â Mario Balotelli (offside?) headed Inter ahead against Palermo. Simon Kjaer was then adjudged to have hacked down Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the box and the Swedish striker dusted himself down to score from the spot. Inter were pegged back thanks to goals from Edinson Cavani and Davide Succi on 73 and 75.
Fiorentina 2 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, April 11, 2009) Fiorentina moved six points clear of Roma and leapfrogged Genoa in the race for fourth place, Pasqual and Vargas netted for the Viola before Ragatzu pulled a goal back for the visitors.
Bologna 1 – Siena 4 (Serie A, April 11, 2009) Emanuele Calaio put the visitors ahead in the fifth minute before Daniele Portanova added a second in the 11th. Massimo Marazzina gave the home side hope 10 minutes later, but further goals from Abdel Ghezzal and Houssine Kharja earned the Bianconeri all three points which should put an end to their relegation fears.
Torino 2 – Catania 1 (Serie A, April 11, 2009) The score was still goalless with eight minutes remaining but former Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi then fired Torino ahead. Jorge Martinez equalised for Catania three minutes later, only for Cesare Natali to grab a last-gasp winner.
Lecce 1 – Sampdoria 3 (Serie A, April 11, 2009) Giampaolo Pazzini opened the scoring in the 11 minute and Antonio Cassano bagged a brace of penalties, while Fabio Caserta also scored from the spot for Lecce.
Napoli 0 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, April 11, 2009)
Bayern Munich 4 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Bundesliga, April 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Franck Ribery’s unbelievable form continued early doors against Eintracht Frankfurt, the Frenchman crashing home a beauty from outside the box. Ribery then set up the second, chipping a free-kick into Luca Toni who perfectly hooked the ball on the volley high into the near post. Lucio grabbed a third before the break with a back post header. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the fourth after the break.
Monchengladbach 1 – Wolfsburg 2 (Bundesliga, April 11, 2009) Misimovic sent a high cross into the box where Edin Dzeko nodded home from six yards to give Wolfsburg the lead. Gladbach made the guests pay for their poor finishing as Dante headed in the equaliser off Marko Marin’s free-kick with 11 minutes to play. But Wolfsburg regained the lead with five minutes left, Dzeko’s long shot was blocked near the spot but Sascha Riether poked home past Bailly for the winner.
Borussia Dortmund 3 – Cologne 1 (Bundesliga, April 11, 2009) Nemanja Vucicevic fired the visitors into a shock lead after just 10 minutes but Neven Subotic equalised on 29 minutes for the home side. And Tamas Hajnal put Dortmund in front early in the second half before an own goal from Pedro Geromel sealed Cologne’s fate.
Hoffenheim 0 – Bochum 3 (Bundesliga, April 11, 2009) Stanislav Sestak claimed a hat-trick to down Hoffenheim, who had Carlos Eduardo and Daniel Haas sent off within a minute.
Schalke 2 – Karlsruhe 0 (Bundesliga, April 11, 2009) Kevin Kuranyi and Jefferson Farfan were on target as Schalke secured a 2-0 home win over bottom club Karlsruhe.
Energie Cottbus 2 – Arminia Bielefeld 1 (Bundesliga, April 11, 2009) Dimitar Rangelov gave Cottbus the lead in the 43rd minute but Vlad Munteanu equalised shortly after the interval. Stanislav Angelov sealed the win for the hosts with his goal in the 59th minute.
Le Havre 1 – Caen 2 (Ligue 1, April 11, 2009) After Steve Savidan broke his long goal-drought to put Caen ahead at Le Harve, the visitors drew level through Amadou Alassane’s shot from distance. Reynald Lemaitre struck three minutes from time to heap a pile of misery on basement boys Le Havre, who are now 10 points adrift of Caen and safety.
Le Mans 2 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, April 11, 2009) Roland Lamah’s low shot into the bottom corner broke the deadlock on 35 minutes and substitute Modibo Maiga wrapped up the win three minutes from the end.
Nancy 2 – Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, April 11, 2009) Nancy nosed ahead in the first minute of injury time when Damian Macaluso nodded home after Benjamin Gavanon’s free-kick had been saved.And,Â Two minutes later Youssouf Hadji scored from the penalty spot after Mody Traore had been penalised for handball.
Rennes 1 – St. Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, April 11, 2009) The deadlock was eventually broken at the start of the second half when Sow delivered a perfect cross into the area for Romain Danze to power a header into the bottom left corner.
PSV 2 – Utrecht 0 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2009) Carlos Salcido burst into the Utrecht box and the PSV midfielder was rewarded when the ball fell at his feet and he was able to prod the hosts into a halftime lead. Timmy Simons doubled the lead from the spot after the break.
FC Twente 4 – Roda 2 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2009) Twente took a 17th minute lead through Romano Denneboom who fired a left-footed shot beyond the reach of Bram Castro. Roda levelled nine minutes later, Laurent Delorge heading home a Vormer’s cross. Back came Twente, Franco Douglas restoring their lead after 35 minutes with a header from Perez’s corner before Slobodan Rajkovic added the third with another header. Elias Elia tapped in a cross from Arnautovic to give the home side a fourth, Cisse grabbing a late consolation for Roda.
ADO Den Haag 1 – Sparta 2 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Richard Knopper fired ADO in front midway through the first half and Sparta were reduced to ten men moments later when Jerold Promes was sent off. ADO could not extend their advantage and were made to pay as Joshua John levelled for Sparta four minutes from time and Dele Adeleye struck a winner.
De Graafschap 2 – NEC 2 (Eredivisie, April 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) NEC had Patrick Pothuizen sent off early doors, and De Graafschap had initially made the most of their extra man as Ben Sahar, on loan from Chelsea, scored two goals. But Tim Janssen reduced NEC’s arrears with 12 minutes remaining and Lasse Schone then grabbed a late equaliser.
Sporting Lisbon 3 – Associacao Naval 1 (Superliga, April 11, 2009) Sporting looked to close the gap on leaders Porto, and they got off to the perfect start when Bruno Pereirinha fired the hosts ahead. Marcelinho brought Naval level three minutes later, only for Liedson to regain the lead for Sporting. Liedson sowed up the points with a third at the death.
Porto 3 – Amadora 0 (Superliga, April 11, 2009) Bruno Alves’ early goal put Porto ahead before Ernesto Farias’ second-half pair at Dragon Stadium saw the Portuguese leader maintain its recent form ahead of Wednesday’s return leg against Manchester United.
Hacettepe 1 – Trabzonspor 4 (Super Lig, April 11, 2009) An own goal from Orhan Sam gifted the visitors the lead and they effectively sealed all three points with goals from Hrvoje Cale (49) and Remzi Kacar (52). Serkan Atak pulled a goal back on 65 minutes but Umut Bulut completed the scoring for Trabzonspor in the closing minutes.
Standard Liege 1 – Lokeren 0 (Jupiler League, April 11, 2009) Standard Liege opened up a three-point gap at the top of the Jupiler League today with a slim win over Lokeren. Christian Benteke scored the only goal after six minutes to give Standard the edge over second-placed Anderlecht.
FC Moscow 3 – Spartak Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, April 11, 2009) Edgaras Cesnauskis prodded the hosts in front two minutes in before Alexandu Epureanu headed in the second from a set-play. (First half highlights here.) Dmitri Tarasov added the third after the break, Alex scoring a consolation from the spot. (Second half highlights here.)
Austria Karnten 0 – LASK Linz 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, April 11, 2009) Florian Klein’s goal 10 minutes from time sealed a 1-0 win for LASK Linz against Austria Karnten.
Ried 0 – Austria Vienna 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, April 11, 2009)
Maccabi Haifa 2 – Hapoel Petah Tikva 1 (Ligat ha’Al, April 11, 2009) Shimon Abuhatzera got Hapoel Petah Tikva off to a flying start at Kiryat Eliezer, hooking in Junior Viza’s cross after only 49 seconds. Haifa drew level ten minutes before the break when Shlomi Arbeitman got on the end of John Culma’s far-post cross. Eyal Meshumar produced a moment of magic for the winner, thumping home an 88th minute winner with a 30-yard ripper into the top corner.
Grasshoppers 3 – Young Boys 3 (Swiss Super League, April 11, 2009) Mario Raimondi put Young Boys seemingly in control at the break with goals after nine and 24 minutes. But further goals from Antonio Dos Santos (51) Eulogio Zarate (53) and Josip Colina (75) turned the game on its head. Saif Ghezal equalised for the third-placed visitors to move them to within five points of leaders FC Zurich.
Red Star Belgrade 3 – Banat 0 (Serbian Super Liga, April 11, 2009)
OFK Beograd 0 – Rad 2 (Serbian Super Liga, April 11, 2009)
Hajduk Split 2 – Cibalia 0 (1. HNL, April 11, 2009)
Dinamo Zagreb 1 – Inter Zapresic 0 (1. HNL, April 11, 2009)
IFK Gothenburg 6 – Djurgarden 0 (Allsvenskan, April 11, 2009) The home side were two ahead after just six minutes, four up at half-time and completed the rout with two more in the last six minutes. Stefan Selakovic opened the scoring on three minutes, Robin Soder doubled the lead soon after and Tobias Hysen scored twice before the interval. Ragnar Sigurdsson (an incredible sixty yard lob) and Pontus Wernbloom completed the scoring late on.
San Jose Earthquakes 3 – Chicago Fire 3 (MLS, April 11, 2009) San Jose opened the scoring with Ryan Johnson’s goal in the 14th minute but Chicago got it back in the 41st minute when Marco Pappa scored from a pass by Logan Pause. The Quakes went up 2-one when Bobby Convey scored a few minutes later but the Fire came back again, Brian McBride heading Chicago level. Back came San Jose, Arturo Alvarez scoring a 75th minute penalty, only for Chris Rolfe to level fdive minutes from time with a 22-yard shot.
Houston Dynamo 0 – New York Red Bulls 0 (MLS, April 11, 2009) Rookie New York goalie Alec Dufty made three saves as the Red Bulls and Houston played out a scoreless tie.
Chivas USA 0 – LA Galaxy 0 (MLS, April 11, 2009)
Godoy Cruz 2 – Gimnasia J 2 (Clausura, April 11, 2009)
Independiente 2 – Huracan 1 (Clausura, April 11, 2009)
Colon 1 – Arsenal Sarandi 1 (Clausura, April 11, 2009)