Man United take it to the last day with narrow Sunderland win; Chelsea get one hand on the title after Liverpool win; Palace relegate Wednesday; Ronaldo double saves Real’s bacon; Lazio celebrate Inter win; McClaren’s Twente champions

Sunderland 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, May 2, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Just before the half hour at the Stadium of Light Nani lashed home the opener following a terrific move involving Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney and Fletcher. (First half highlights here.) A montage of the match can be seen here.

Post-match interviews: Alex Ferguson, Mike Phelan, Edwin van der Sar, Luis Nani & Steve Bruce.

Liverpool 0 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, May 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) If evidence was needed that Liverpool wanted to throw the league in Chelsea’s favour it arrived in the 32nd minute when Scouse captain Steve G played a shocking backpass towards Reina which Didier Drogba all-too-easily cut out, and the Ivorian rounded the keeper to score. (First half highlights here, while discussion of Gerrard’s pass can be seen here.) Nine minutes into the second half Chelsea scored a crucial second, Anelka crossed from the right and Frank Lampard slid his effort past Reina after Mascherano had kept the Blues onside.

Post-match interviews: Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Lampard and Rafa Benitez.

Fulham 3 – West Ham 2 (Premier League, May 2, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Clint Dempsey opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and an own goal by Carlton Cole put them 2-0 ahead shortly after the re-start. Cole redeemed himself when he headed West Ham back into the game but Fulham substitute Stefano Okaka made it 3-1 to Fulham in the 79th minute. West Ham substitute Guillermo Franco scored an injury-time goal for the visitors but it was to no avail.

Post-match interviews: Roy Hodgson & Gianfranco Zola.

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Sheffield Wednesday 2 – Crystal Palace 2 (Championship, May 2, 2010) Crystal Palace’s survival hopes got a massive boost in the winner-stays-up match at Hillsborough when striker Alan Lee rose unmarked to thump in a powerful header from a Darren Ambrose corner after 24 minutes. The relegation-threatened Owls levelled two minutes before the interval when Leon Clarke netted with a tidy finish into the far corner, despite appearing to have fouled Eagles defender Butterfield in the build-up. Palace were under the cosh for the opening 15 minutes of the second half, but after weathering the storm Sean Scannell set up top scorer Darren Ambrose who put the cash-strapped Eagles in the lead for the second time. Against the odds Wednesday got themselves a lifeline three minutes from time when Darren Purse bagged a second for the Owls. But it wasn’t enough, and the Sheffield giants were relegated to League One. A montage of the match can be seen here.

Post-match interviews: Alan Irvine & Paul Hart & Darren Ambrose.


Real Madrid 3 – Osasuna 2 (La Liga, May 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) A horrendous error in the Real Madrid backline from Raul Albiol allowed Osasuna forward Carlos Aranda the opportunity to charge at the home goal and the visitors grabbed an unlikely seventh minute opener in the Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo drew Real level in the 24th minute as the forward waltzed into the area and drilled a low shot into the near post. Incredibly Osasuna retook the lead minutes before the break when Krisztian Vadocz latched onto Aranda’s pass in the box and lashed in the visitors’ second. But Madrid hit back inside 60 seconds when Marcelo headed in the equaliser to end the half 2-all. With Madrid struggling the get their noses in front after the break Marcelo had a goal chalked offside for offside on the hour. But just as it looked like Real would be surrendering the title to Barca, in the 88th minute Higuain dug out a cross to the back post and Cristiano Ronaldo took responsibility to head in the crucial goal to Madrid in the title race.

Sevilla 3 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, May 2, 2010) Fresh from their heroics at Anfield, some criminally poor defending saw Atletico Madrid go behind after just five minutes at Sevilla with Luis Fabiano tapping home a corner at the back post. Three minutes later Tiago brought Atletico level from a free-kick but their joy was short lived as Alvaro Negredo converted a penalty a further five minutes later. Five minutes before the break another penalty from Alvaro Negredo put Sevilla in control.

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Mallorca 3 (La Liga, May 2, 2010) Gonzalo Castro gave Mallorca the lead in what looked a crucial psychological blow two minutes before halftime, but Fernando Llorente hit back before the break to leave the two teams level at the interval. Mallorca came out strongly, though, and retook the lead almost immediately through Nunes, and Aritz Aduriz added a third almost immediately against his former club to secure a vital three points for the islanders.


Lazio 0 – Inter Milan 2 (Serie A, May 2, 2010) Amazing scenes greeted Inter Milan’s opener on the stroke of halftime at Lazio, Sneijder picked out Walter Samuel at the back post who scored with a header and the Lazio crowd – fierce enemies of Scudetto challengers Roma  – roared. (First half highlights here.) Twenty minutes from time Inter doubled their advantage when Thiago Motta headed in number two, and again the Lazio crowd cheered in celebration.

Catania 1 – Juventus 1 (Serie A, May 2, 2010) Catania defender Matias Silvestre was in the right place at the right time to convert a rebound after Gigi Buffon had saved an initial free-kick. The Bianconeri pulled level early in the second half when a back-to-front move ended with Claudio Marchisio netting the equaliser.

Sampdoria 2 – Livorno 0 (Serie A, May 2, 2010) Antonio Cassano needed five minutes to put Samp ahead of Livorno – the striker’s 100th Serie A goal of his career. Former Spurs man Reto Ziegler sealed the victory with a well struck free kick.

Atalanta 1 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, May 2, 2010) A 23rd minute Tiberio Guarente free-kick put Atalanta ahead of Bologna. An og from Frederico Peluso seven minutes from time squared things up.

Siena 1 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, May 2, 2010) Edinson Cavani put Palermo in front against Siena midway through the first half. Fabrizio Miccoli sealed the win on the hour continuing his excellent form this season. Emanuele Calaio gave the home side some hope with 10 minutes to go.

Cagliari 2 – Udinese 2 (Serie A, May 2, 2010) Andrea Lazzari’s opener for Cagliari was quickly cancelled out by Antonio Di Natale, and Udinese were ahead 120 seconds later when Alexis Sanchez bagged the Zebrette’s second. Cagliari pulled back on level terms when Jeda equalised just before the hour.

Bari 3 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, May 2, 2010) Bari broke the deadlock with Genoa in the 57th minute when Riccardo Meggiorini struck. Late goals from Castillo and Barreto sealed the win.

Chievo 1 – Napoli 2 (Serie A, May 2, 2010) Goals from German Denis and Ezequiel Lavezzi gave Napoli the three points, Pablo Granoche had equalised for the Flying Donkeys.


Lille 3 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2010) Lille stay in the driving seat to earn a place in next year’s UEFA Champions League and they took the lead at home to Nancy through Yohan Cabaye’s sweet free-kick, and Gervinho doubled the score two minutes later with a super solo effort. Pierre-Alain Frau made it three after half-time, although Francis Malonga did pull one back for Nancy.

Bordeaux 1 – Toulouse 0 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2010) Michael Ciani scored the only goal of the game in the 17th minute to seal the win for Bordeaux.

Boulogne 3 – Nice 3 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2010) Boulogne pulled off a remarkable comeback to draw 3-3 with Nice, the point meaning they avoid relegation for the time being. Nice had gone three up with a brace from Loic Remy and an effort from David Hellebuyck. But a 10-minute salvo from Boulogne saw them pull level thanks to goals from Jeremy Blayac, Olivier Kapo and Alexandre Cuvillier.

Rennes 1 – Sochaux 2 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2010) Sochaux took the lead when Jimmy Briand put through his own net in the 27th minute, and Benjamin Gavanon then doubled the lead 10 minutes from time, shortly after Petter Hansson smashed the ball against the crossbar for Rennes. Sylvain Marveaux got a late goal back for the hosts from the penalty spot, but it was too little too late.

Saint Etienne 1 – Lens 4 (Ligue 1, May 2, 2010) Les Verts led at the interval through Pape Diakhate’s 43rd-minute goal, but Kanga Akale levelled nine minutes after the restart and St Etienne fell apart. Issam Jemaa put Lens in the lead on the hour before Toifilou Maoulida’s late double gave the scoreline a crooked look. The result left St Etienne seven points clear of the drop zone with three matches remaining.


NAC Breda 0 – Twente 2 (Eredivisie, May 2, 2010) NAC Breda appeared to be happy to throw the championship the way of FC Twente in the first half when Csaba Feher saw red for the hosts after 21 minutes and just 120 seconds later Bryan Ruiz capitalised on a horrible error at the back to steer McClaren’s men into the lead. (First half highlights here.) The former wally with the brolly was then able to smile in the 73rd minute when Chelsea loanee Miroslav Stoch cut in from the left and curled a right-footed beauty into the far corner as Twente upset the odds to claim the Dutch championship. (Second half highlights here.)

The scenes at the full-time whistle can be seen here, while Twente’s trophy celebrations can be seen here.

Steve McClaren’s post match interview can be seen here.

NEC Nijmegen 1 – Ajax 4 (Eredivisie, May 2, 2010) Ajax, waiting in the wings for any slip up by leaders Twente, took the lead away at NEC when serial-striker Luis Suarez chipped a first time beauty over the home keeper with a cute first time shot. Demy de Zeeuw doubled the Amsterdammers’ lead with a tidy finish in the 36th minute, and Marko Pantelic completed a dominant first half for Ajax with a third just before the interval. (First half highlights here.) It the result wasn’t safe before, Luis Suarez netted his second of the game to make it four after 63 minutes. NEC ended their season with a late consolation courtesy of Saidi Ntibazonkiza.

FC Utrecht 2 – Vitesse 2 (Eredivisie, May 2, 2010) Utrecht relinquished a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Vitesse Arnhem. Dries Mertens and Jacob Mulenga had the hosts two up within the hour but Onur Kaya and Santi Kolk notched in the final half-hour to nick a point for 14th-placed Vitesse.

Feyenoord 6 – Heerenveen 2 (Eredivisie, May 2, 2010) Retiring Feyenoord striker Roy Makaay was the hero with a hat-trick on his last match. Christian Grindheim gifted Heerenveen an early lead, but the Friezen soon conceded when Bruins found retiring striker Roy Makaay with a perfect cross and the experienced striker headed home from inside the area. Viktor Elm restored Heerenveen’s lead when he fired home a free-kick. Makaay then set up young defender Stefan de Vrij to level. Jon Dahl Tomasson was the first one to find the net in the second half and Makaay doubled his personal tally only minutes later to make it 4-2 for the hosts. Again Makaay made things even worse for Heerenveen with his third goal of the match in the 75th minute before Andre Bahia scored the last goal of the match from inside the area.

AZ Alkmaar 1 – PSV 1 (Eredivisie, May 2, 2010) Otman Bakkal fired third-placed PSV into the lead just after the hour mark before Mounir El Hamdaoui levelled with 20 minutes to go.

FC Groningen 3 – Sparta 1 (Eredivisie, May 2, 2010) Groningen enjoyed a comfortable final afternoon with a 3-1 home win over Sparta, who were already consigned to a relegation play-off place. Koen van de Laak, Tim Matavz and Fredrik Stenman had Groningen in command before Joshua John’s late consolation.

Roda 3 – Willem II 2 (Eredivisie, May 2, 2010) Roda snuck into the Europa League play-offs as Davy de Fauw struck two minutes from time to spare their blushes with a 3-2 win against relegation-threatened Willem II. Roda had seemed on course for a comfortable victory thanks to Boldiszar Bodor’s 34th-minute strike and Mads Junker’s penalty five minutes after the break, but the visitors fought back through Marlon Pereira (69) and Said Boutahar (75).

Heracles 4 – ADO Den Haag 2 (Eredivisie, May 2, 2010) Marko Matic and Everton had Heracles two goals to the good inside seven minutes and Birger Maartens scored the third after Den Haag’s Karim Soltani had been sent off. Den Haag briefly threatened a surprise comeback after Timothy Derijck and Antoine van der Linden’s own goal gave them hope, only for Heracles to score a late fourth through Darl Douglas.


FC Porto 3 – Benfica 1 (Liga Sagres, May 2, 2010) Benfica were 1-0 down at half-time thanks to Bruno-Alves’ 42nd-minute goal, but, after Jorge Fucile saw red seven minutes after the restart, Luisao levelled three minutes from the hour mark. It took just two minutes for Porto to regain their lead and they made it 3-1 through Fernando Belluschi eight minutes from time.

Braga 1 – Pacos Ferreira 0 (Liga Sagres, May 2, 2010) Albert Meyong grabbed the only goal of the game 10 minutes into the second period to keep the title race alive.

Sporting Lisbon 0 – Associacao Naval 1 (Liga Sagres, May 2, 2010) Sporting Lisbon qualified for the Europa League despite losing 1-0 to Naval, Fabio Junior grabbing the only goal after 62 minutes.


CSKA Moscow 3 – Tomsk 1 (Russian Premier League, May 2, 2010) Appalling goalkeeping from CSKA’s number one Igor Akinfeev, who totally screwed up punching the ball clear, allowed Aleksandr Kharitonov’s 15th minute shot to nestle in the net. The hosts pulled level soon after when Milos Krasic was in the right place to turn home a loose free-kick. (First half highlights here.) CSKA won the match 17 minutes from time when striker Guilherme grabbed the crucial second, and Guilherme glossed the result with a third in injury time at the death.

Saturn 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 1 (Russian Premier League, May 2, 2010) Zenit’s fine start to the season continued with their second win in succession, defender Nicolas Lombaerts was the hero for Spalletti’s men with an 88th minute winning header.

Sibir Novosibirsk 2 – Rostov 0 (Russian Premier League, May 2, 2010) Rock-bottom Sibir picked up their first win of the season with two second half goals, Aleksei Medvedev opened with a 58th minute header while Ivan Nagibin wrapped up the points two minutes from time.

Amkar Perm 0 – Spartak Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, May 2, 2010)


Diyarbakirspor 1 – Besiktas 3 (Super Lig, May 2, 2010) Michael Fink’s opener for Besiktas was cancelled out by Fidjeu-Tazemeta minutes after the restart. The Super Eagles  were soon back on top through Cetin’s own goal and Rodrigo Tello’s late third.

Antalyaspor 1 – Gaziantepspor 0 (Super Lig, May 2, 2010)

Denizlispor 2 – Genclerbirligi 0 (Super Lig, May 2, 2010)

Sivasspor 1 – Kasimpasaspor 1 (Super Lig, May 2, 2010)


Olympiakos 2 – AEK Athens 1 (Greek Super League, May 2, 2010) Olof Mellberg and Enzo Maresca were on target for Olympiakos, Rafik Djebbour pulling a goal back for AEK from the penalty spot.

PAOK 2 – Aris 0 (Greek Super League, May 2, 2010) PAOK beat crosstown rival Aris 2-0 thanks to goals from Vladan Ivic and Mirko Savini.


Brommapojkarna 1 – Halmstad 0 (Allsvenskan, May 2, 2010) Manchester City’s loanee John Guidetti once again proved the hero for Brommapojkarna as the teenager provided the cross which a Halmstad defender stuck in his own net for the only goal of the game.

AIK Stockholm 1 – Djurgarden 2 (Allsvenskan, May 2, 2010) AIK remain off the bottom on goal difference only after losing 2-1 at home to Djurgardens. Antonio Flavio gave AIK the perfect start with a goal after just two minutes, but the visitors hit back through Joel Perovuo (38) and Johan Oremo (72) before having Yosif Ayuba sent off two minutes from the end.

Atvidaberg 1 – Elfsborg 1 (Allsvenskan, May 2, 2010) Atvidaberg took the lead through Haris Radetinac (26) but were denied all three points by Erik Moberg’s own goal five minutes before half-time.

Malmo 2 – Trelleborg 0 (Allsvenskan, May 2, 2010) Jimmy Durmaz opened the scoring after 25 minutes and Guillermo Molins made sure of the win four minutes from time.

Orebro 2 – Hacken 0 (Allsvenskan, May 2, 2010) Orebro are third in the table after winning by the same score at home to BK Hacken, Magnus Kihlberg (14) and Paulinho Guara (46) scoring the goals.


Tromso 0 – Rosenborg 0 (Tippeligaen, May 2, 2010) Tromso remain top in Norway.

Stabaek 0 – Haugesund 0 (Tippeligaen, May 2, 2010)

Lillestrom 4 – Sandefjord 0 (Tippeligaen, May 2, 2010)

Honefoss 1 – Molde 1 (Tippeligaen, May 2, 2010)

Kongsvinger 1 – Viking 1 (Tippeligaen, May 2, 2010)

Odd Grenland 0 – Brann Bergen 0 (Tippeligaen, May 2, 2010)


LASK Linz 0 – Austria Vienna 1 (T-Mobile, May 2, 2010) A sweet shot on the turn from Thomas Jun minutes after the restart earned Austria Vienna the points.


New England Revolution 1 – FC Dallas 1 (MLS, May 1, 2010) Zack Schilawski tapped in the opening goal in the 41st minute while Atiba Harris converted a Dax McCarty free-kick for the equaliser in the 67th minute.

Real Salt Lake 2 – Toronto FC 1 (MLS, May 1, 2010)  Jamison Olave tapped in a header from Alvaro Saborio to give RSL the elad in the 14th minute. Andy Williams made it 2-0 in the 42nd when he ran onto a ball from Tony Beltran and put it into the upper left corner of the net. Toronto’s Dwayne De Rosario scored his sixth goal in as many League contests via a penalty kick in the 87th minute.

Chicago Fire 1 – Chivas USA 1 (MLS, May 1, 2010) Baggio Husidic gave the Fire the lead in the 53rd minute, when Pappa passed the ball to Nyarko on the right side of the box. Chivas equalised when Sacha Kljestan bent a corner kick into the box in the 76th minute and Maicon Santos powered home a header.

Seattle Sounders 1 – Columbus Crew 1 (MLS, May 1, 2010) Seattle midfielder Steve Zakuani scored in the first five minutes and Columbus’ Steve Lenhart responded with his first goal of the year on the stroke of halftime.

San Jose Earthquakes 1 – Colorado Rapids 0 (MLS, May 1, 2010) Chris Wondolowski grabbed the winner for San Jose in the first half.

LA Galaxy 3 – Philadelphia Union 1 (MLS, May 1, 2010) AJ Delagarza put the Galaxy in front in the first minute at the Home Depot Center and a brace from Edson Buddle (28 and 45) gave them total control by halftime. Substitute Jack McInerney scored a late consolation for the Union, who have won just one of their five MLS games so far.


Independiente 2 – Boca Juniors 3 (Clausura, May 2, 2010) Independiente went ahead on the half hour through midfielder Ignacio Piatti but Boca hit back within two minutes when Luciano Monzon drilled in a low shot from the edge of the box. Martin Palermo then scored a fluke goal in the 38th to put Boca in front and Pablo Mouche rifled in a fine third for Boca three minutes from time but was sent off for two yellow card offences in quick succession: taking off his shirt and provocative celebrations in front of home fans.  Striker Leonel Nunez pulled one back for Independiente with a stoppage time penalty.

Chacarita Juniors 1 – Estudiantes 2 (Clausura, May 2, 2010)  Midfielder Omar Zarif put relegated Chacarita ahead in the 19th minute but striker Mauro Boselli equalised in the 32nd with a penalty, his 10th goal of the championship, after defender Lisandro Lopez had handled and was sent off. Christian Cellay headed the winner from a right cross before halftime and there was a delay to the start of the second half while police attempted to wrest back a crowd-control hose from angry Chacarita fans.

San Lorenzo 1 – Argentinos Juniors 2 (Clausura, May 2, 2010) Ismael Sosa scored two second-half goals as Argentinos kept the pressure on with a 2-1 victory at San Lorenzo.

Banfield 1 – Huracan 0 (Clausura, May 2, 2010) Maximiliano Laso scored in the 59th minute to give Banfield a win over Huracan.

Colon 0 – Atletico Tucuman 0 (Clausura, May 2, 2010) Colon could only muster a scoreless draw at home against relegated Atletico Tucuman, despite the visitors having Raul Saavedra sent off in the 70th minute.


Santos 2* – Santo Andre 3 (Agg. 5-5) (Campeonato Paulista final second-leg, April 25, 2010) Striker Nunes rattled Santos by putting Santo Andre ahead in the opening minute but Neymar equalised five minutes later from captain Robinho’s pass. The teams were reduced to 10 men each when former Brazil fullback Leo and Nunes fought and were both shown the red card with 24 minutes on the clock. Marquinhos of Santos was also shown a straight red in the 37th minute for a tackle from behind on fellow midfielder Branquinho. Santo Andre soon took advantage with Branquinho netting their third goal two minutes before the interval. Roberto Brum left Santos with eight men when he was dismissed for a foul on Romulo but the closest Santo Andre came to a winner was when Rodriguinho hit the bar in the last minute.


America 2 – Toluca 2 (Mexican Clausura quarter-final first-leg, May 2, 2010) Chilean striker Hector Mancilla opened the scoring in the second minute for Toluca, but America turned things around in the 23rd and 26th with goals by Jean Beausejour and Miguel Layun. Edgar Duenas found the equaliser in the 26th. Toluca played with 10 man after the 34th minute when Diego Novaretti was sent off.

Santos 2 – Pumas 0 (Mexican Clausura quarter-final first-leg, May 2, 2010) Argentine midfielder Walter Jimenez scored from a cross from Colombia’s Darwin Quintero in the 27th minute and Matias Vuoso connected with a Oribe Peralta cross to head in the Santos’ second goal in the 47th.

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