Manchester United ease past lacklustre City; Chelsea trounce Arsenal in the “Losers Final”; Villarreal stage a memorable fightback at Barca; Juve hold Milan

Manchester United 2 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Cristiano Ronaldo’s wonderful recent form continued against City in the derby, the United number 7 saw his free-kick deflect off Nigel de Jong and beat Shay Given after 18 minutes. Just before the break United scored a killer second, Berbatov combined with Carlos Tevez and, after shifting the ball out of his feet, the Argentine curled in the second off the post. A more subdued second half allowed the cameramen more time to focus on other things, including the Carlos Tevez bum-wiggle and a mouse running across the Old Trafford turf. Another talking point of the second half was the sulky adolescent behaviour of Cristiano Ronaldo after Sir Alex subbed the goalscorer.

Arsenal 1 – Chelsea 4 (Premier League, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) In the so-called “Losers Final,” Arsenal looked threatening early doors as Theo Walcott forced Cech into a seventh minute save, before Walcott shot narrowly wide after being teed up by Diaby ten minutes later. Cesc accused DIdier Drogba of diving, before Alexander Song was the next young Gun to shoot wide with the goal at his mercy, and Arsenal came to rue their missed chances as Alex headed home a Drogba free-kick off the underside of the bar. Matters worsened for Arsenal when Nicolas Anelka cracked a super swerving shot past Fabianski in the 39th minute. (First half highlights here.) With Arsenal still looking shellshocked after the break Chelsea quickly chalked up a third, Malouda freed Ashley Cole down the left and his cross was turned into his own net by Kolo Toure. Walcott was then guilty of missing the target yet again as Arsenal looked to save face, Nicklas Bendtner eventually coming off the bench to pull a goal back with a header. The Gunners then played their best football of the match only for a Florent Malouda to kill the match with a late fourth.

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Bury 0 – Shrewsbury 1* (Agg. 1-1) (Pens. 3-4) (League Two play-offs second-leg, May 10, 2009) Goalkeeper Luke Daniels, on-loan from West Bromwich Albion, was the hero after saving Phil Jevons’ penalty in normal time and denying Danny Racchi and Andy Bishop in the shootout. The Shrews were two minutes from losing until Kevin McIntyre took the tie into extra time after scoring from 15 yards in the 88th minute.

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Glossop North End 0 – Whitley Bay 2 (FA Vase Cup, May 10, 2009) Ten minutes before the interval Lee Kerr was set up by Ken Chow and he went past two defenders before finding the back of the net. And it got better for the North Tynesiders a minute before half time as Chow finished off a superb flowing Whitley Bay move.

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Barcelona 3 – Villarreal 3 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A wonderful left-footed drive from Seydou Keita on the angle, which arrowed into the top corner, gave Barca the lead over Villarreal 12 minutes in. The Yellow Submarine hit back, a slick attack was finished off by Joseba Llorente after Yaya Toure was robbed of the ball in midfield. Barca retook the lead in the 36th minute when the Catalans took a quick free-kick with Samuel Eto’o scoring. And it was soon three as Dani Alves cracked home a sweet free-kick on the stroke of halftime. For the second game running Eric Abidal was sent off, allowing Matias Fernandez to score a 78th minute penalty. And in a dramatic finish Joseba Llorente scored a brilliant solo last minute equaliser to claim a surprise point.

Atletico Madrid 3 – Espanyol 2 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The visitors led 2-nil at halftime thanks to a Nene penalty and a bundled effort from Daniel Jarque with the hosts further hindered by the 32nd minute dismissal of central defender Luis Perea. But a second half revival saw Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero drag Atletico level before Forlan netted again in stoppage time.

Getafe 3 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) An Esteban Granero penalty in the 26th minute gave Getafe the lead over Osasuna at home. An appalling flap by Osasuna keeper Roberto allowed Esteban Granero’s 20-yard shot to slip though his grasp and into his net. Ikechukwu Uche scored a third to wrap up the win.

Malaga 1 – Racing Santander 0 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) Albert Luque’s 87th minute penalty earned Malaga the three points.

Recreativo Huelva 1 – Deportivo La Coruna 2 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) Joan Verdu chipped the visitors into an 18th minute lead, with Adrian Colunga equalising in the 44th after racing on to Javi Fuego’s pass and firing home. Pablo Alvarez scored Deportivo’s winning goal from close range after receiving Filipe Luis’ pass in the 50th.

Almeria 3 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) Gonzalez Carmelo put Sporting in front in the 16th minute, but Miguel Nieto (27) Kalu Uche (55) and substitute Pablo Piatti (90) completed the turn around.

Valladolid 0 – Numancia 0 (La Liga, May 10, 2009) Numancia remain rock bottom and four points from safety after a draw at Valladolid.

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AC Milan 1 – Juventus 1 (Serie A, May 10, 2009) After a goalless first half, the Rossoneri took the lead after Pippo Inzaghi lead an attack down the left and, after cutting inside, the ball eventually fell to Clarence Seedorf to sweep home the opener. The Bianconeri hit back three minutes later, Vincenzo Iaquinta beating Flamini (and falling on his face) to head home the equaliser at the back post.

Chievo 2 – Inter Milan 2 (Serie A, May 10, 2009) Inter took a second minute lead at Chievo after forgotten-man Hernan Crespo was on hand to score a rebound. But the relegation-threatened Flying Donkeys drew level on midway through the half, Michele Marcolini reeling off a stunning 25-yard rocket that stayed low and flat on it’s way into the net. “Super” Mario Balotelli scored a brilliant, powerful half-volley into the near post to restore Inter’s lead in the second half. But once again Chievo hit back quickly, Luciano equalising just six minutes later for the hosts with a header.

Atalanta 1 – Genoa 1 (Serie A, May 10, 2009) Jaime Valdes fired Atalanta into a ninth minute lead at home to Genoa. Domenico Criscito earned Genoa a point with an injury time leveller after patient build-up from the visitors.

Catania 0 – Fiorentina 2 (Serie A, May 10, 2009) A fine 20-yard shot from Stevan Jovetic fired Fiorentina ahead at Catania. A defensive mistake from Sciacca allowed Massimo Gobbi to steal the ball and play-in an unmarked Luciano Zauri inside the area, whose right-footed strike beat Kosicky for number two.

Cagliari 2 – Roma 2 (Serie A, May 10, 2009) A well-placed header from Cagliari’s Alessandro Matri gave the hosts the advantage over Roma. Robert Acquafresca doubled the hosts’ lead after the break, only for Roma talisman Francesco Totti to score in the 63rd minute, with Simone Perrotta finding the top corner six minutes later, to earn the Giallorossi a share of the spoils.

Lecce 1 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Inacio Pia slipped Napoli in the lead midway through the first half before Andrea Zanchetta drew Lecce level with a penalty on the stroke of halftime. (First half highlights here.)

Torino 1- Bologna 1 (Serie A, May 10, 2009) The massive six-pointer between fourth-bottom Torino and third-bottom Bologna ended in an unhelpful stalemate, Andrea Rosina gave the hosts the lead with a 37th minute penalty but Marco Di Vaio levelled with a penalty three minutes from time.

Siena 1 – Palermo 0 (Serie A, May 10, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here), Emanuele Calaio claimed a crucial three points for Siena by scoring the winner on the hour.

All the goals from Sunday afternoon’s matches in Serie A can be seen here.

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Werder Bremen 2 – Hamburg 0 (Bundesliga, May 10, 2009) Sick of the sight of each other, Werder met Hamburg for the third time in a just over week and it was the hosts who struck first as Hugo Almeida started and finished a move to score after 34 minutes. Werder ripped through the Hamburg defence early in the second half, Hugo Almeida profitting with his second of the game.

Monchengladbach 1 – Schalke 0 (Bundesliga, May 10, 2009) Israeli Roberto Colautti was the hero for Gladbach, meanwhile, scoring in the final minute to secure a 1-0 success against Schalke that lifted the club up to 15th. Gladbach had spurned an earlier chance to take the lead when Marko Marin failed to beat Manuel Neuer with a penalty midway through the first half.

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AZ Alkmaar 3 – Heerenveen 1 (Eredivisie, May 10, 2009) Mounir El Hamdaoui rifled a terrific shot into the roof of the net to give champions AZ a 13th minute lead over Heerenveen. Moussa Dembele crashed in number two on the stroke of halftime with a low shot from the edge of the box. Just before the hour mark Moussa Dembele grabbed his second, forcing the ball over the line despite three Heerenveen defenders trying to defend the goal. Patrik Ingelsten netted a consolation three minutes from time.

Ajax 1 – Twente 0 (Eredivisie, May 10, 2009) Managerless Ajax finished the season with a win over Steve McClaren’s charges, Urby Emanuelson firing home a free-kick for the winner.

Feyenoord 2 – Roda 3 (Eredivise, May 10, 2009) Roda started well as Sekou Cisse put them ahead on 14 minutes and things got better as Dwight Teindalli was sent off soon after for Feyenoord. Marcel Meeuwis doubled Roda’s lead with a penalty before Feyenoord hit back with a clinical strike on the half volley from Roy Makaay. Anouar Hadouir fired home a third for the visitors who were fighting for their top flight lives before Makaay pulled another back from the penalty spot. The hosts had Kevin Hofland dismissed, as Roda managed to hang on.

De Graafschap 2 – FC Volendam 2 (Eredivisie, May 10, 2009) Stephan Keller had given the home side the edge after 55 minutes but Volendam then gave themselves some real hope as Gerson Sheotahul (64) and Jack Tuyp (68) scored. But then their dreams were shattered as Gerry Koning put through his own net to gift De Graafschap an equaliser. Volendam were relegated, De Graafschap go to a relegation play-off.

ADO Den Haag 3 – Vitesse 1 (Eredivisie, May 10, 2009) Den Haag saved themselves after a comfortable 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem. The home side were in control early on as Danny Bujis (17) and Karim Soltani (22) put them 2-up. Bujis’ second on the hour secured the win, although Vitesse managed a late consolation through Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

Groningen 1 – NAC 0 (Eredivisie, May 10, 2009) Sixth-placed Groningen ended the season with victory over NAC with Andreas Granqvist getting the winner on the stroke of halftime.

Heracles 1 – FC Utrecht 1 (Eredivisie, May 10, 2009) Heracles looked to be heading for victory as Mark-Jan Fledderus scored (24), but Cedric van der Gun sealed a point for the visitors with his goal in injury time.

NEC 1 – Sparta 1 (Eredivisie, May 10, 2009) Sparta took the lead through Erik Falkenburg (25), but NEC made sure they avoided defeat as Bas Sibum levelled just before the interval.

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Porto 1 – Nacional 0 (Superliga, May 10, 2009) A powerful header from Bruno Alves ensured Porto won the Superliga, six points clear of Sporting.

Leixoes 0 – Academica Coimbra 1 (Superliga, May 10, 2009) Lito grabbed the only goal in the first half.

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PAOK Saloniki 0 – Panathinaikos 1 (Greek Super League play-offs, May 10, 2009) Giorgos Karagounis scored a goal with just three minutes to play to lead Pana to victory.

AEK Athens 3 – Larissa 2 (Greek Super League play-offs, May 10, 2009) Ismael Blanco converted a late penalty to help AEK beat visiting Larissa 3-2. Michalis Pavlis and Gustavo Manduca also scored for AEK while Facundo Parra and Sasa Ilic scored for Larissa.

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Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – Krylya Sovietov Samara 0 (Russian Premier League, May 10, 2009) Konstantin Zyrianov slipped Zenit into the lead over Samara after a period of consistent pressure from the hosts on the hour. Pavel Pogrebnyak grabbed the second, tapping home from close range with 20 minutes remaining.

Dinamo Moscow 1 – CSKA Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, May 10, 2009) Dinamo got off to a quick start after the Kambarov brothers created the first goal for the hosts after five minutes – Dmitry shot past CSKA keeper Igor Akinfeev after a great cross from his twin Kirill. Tomas Necid equalised for CSKA in minute 78 and Vassili Berezoutski netted the winner in added time.

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Wisla Krakow 1 – Legia Warsaw 0 (Ekstraklasa, May 10, 2009)

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Malmo 2 – Djurgarden 1 (Allsvenskan, May 10, 2009) Wilton Figueiredo scored off a rebound to give Malmo FF a 2-1 win over Djurgarden.

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Esbjerg 1 – Brondby 2 (SAS Ligaen, May 10, 2009) Brondby were 2-up by halftime courtesy of a strike from Alexander Farnerud (19) and Morten Duncan Rasmussen’s penalty (42). Jesper Lange pulled one back 20 minutes from the end but it was not enough to stop Brondby moving to within a win of the summit with four matches remaining.

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HNK Sibenik 0 – Dinamo Zagreb 2 (1. HNL, May 10, 2009)

All the goals from this weekend in the Croatian top division can be seen here.

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Partizan Belgrade 1 – Jagodina 2 (Serbian Super League, May 10, 2009)

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Bellinzona 2 – Young Boys 1 (Swiss Super League, May 10, 2009)

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Urawa Red Diamonds 2 – Kawasaki Frontale 3 (J-League, May 10, 2009) Urawa fell 3-2 to Kawasaki Frontale in an end-to-end match that saw North Korean international Chong Tese strike home the decider in the 76th minute.

Vissel Kobe 2 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (J-League, May 10, 2009) Tomohiro Tsuda scored a 90th minute equaliser to rescue a draw for fifth-placed Nagoya Grampus Eight against Vissel Kobe.

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Seattle Sounders 1 – LA Galaxy 1 (MLS, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Le Toux scored his first MLS goal to hand Seattle the lead in the first half. LA’s equaliser arrived after Mike Magee crossed to Alan Gordon, who headed past Kasey Keller from 8 yards.

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River Plate 1 – Lanus 1 (Clausura, May 10, 2009) Colombia striker Radamel Falcao Garcia put River ahead after six minutes, but former River striker Jose Sand equalised two minutes after the interval to leave River seven points behind Velez with six games remaining.

Rosario Central 1 – Newells Old Boys 1 (Clausura, May 10, 2009) Newell’s started well and Mauro Formica opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a long range strike, but with 10 minutes remaining Emilio Zelaya earned Rosario a point.

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Fluminense 1 – Sao Paulo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 10, 2009) Midfielder Mauricio scored the winner from outside the box in the second minute, while former Lyon striker Fred hit the crossbar before halftime in front of a disappointing crowd of less than 15,000 at the huge Maracana stadium.

Corinthians 0 – Internacional 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 10, 2009) Internacional’s winner was a memorable effort from striker Nilmar, who beat five opponents after latching onto Andres D’Alessandro’s pass. Ronaldo, who has scored eight goals since joining Corinthians after recovering from last year’s knee injury, was rested for a cup game midweek.

Cruzeiro 2 – Flamengo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 10, 2009) In the 14th minute Cruzeiro defender Jancarlos saved a goal-bound header on the line and was sent off but Juan missed the resulting penalty for Flamengo. Cruzeiro piled on the embarrassment for Brazil’s most popular club when Kleber put them ahead from a penalty on the half hour and Ramires added another with one minute left.

Atletico Paranaense 0 – Vitoria 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 10, 2009)


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