Manchester United make hard work of Pompey; A point for Everton kills Chelsea’s title dreams

Manchester United 2 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, April 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Manchester United made their intentions clear inside ten minutes, Anderson picked out Giggs (offside?) down the left, the Welsh wizard picked out Wayne Rooney in the box and the number 10 beat James with ease. United cranked up the pressure, Rooney and Anderson both going close to adding a second. Ryan Giggs was then found guilty of missing the target after Cristiano Ronaldo had put the ball on the Welshman’s plate. (First half highlights here.) After missing a hatful of chances, in the 82nd minute fate would have Paul Scholes – on his 600th United appearance – thread the through-ball into Michael Carrick who found the bottom corner to kill the game and send the Red Devils back to the top.

Chelsea 0 – Everton 0 (Premier League, April 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Jo forced a confidence boosting save out of Petr Cech after seven minutes at the Bridge. Frank Lampard fizzed a shot over the bar after 17 minutes. Back came Everton, Jo found Tim Cahill in the box and, after a neat piece of control, the Aussie spun and forced Cech into a smart save. A disappointing result for the Blues ended with Didier Drogba clipping the top of the bar in injury time.

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Barcelona 4 – Sevilla 0 (La Liga, April 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After 3 minutes at the Nou Camp Andres Iniesta picked up the ball 20-yards out and, after no-one came to close down, the number 8 curled a beauty into the top left corner. After 17 minutes it was two, Samuel Eto’o slotting home the second after a one-two between Iniesta and Xavi. Barca toyed with their opponents after the break as Xavi Hernandez hit the third, and the Catalans soon chalked up a fourth as Thierry Henry got on the scoresheet.

Real Betis 1 – Valencia 2 (La Liga, April 22, 2009) Serial-goalscorer David Villa benefited from great work from David Silva and Mata to fired Valencia ahead at Real Betis. David Villa then grabbed his second of the game before Ricardo Oliveira netted a consolation three minutes from time.

Osasuna 2 – Malaga 3 (La Liga, April 22, 2009) Malaga took an early lead at Osasuna after Antonio Apono slotted away a fourth minute penalty. But the hosts soon drew level, working a move down the left which released Jaroslav Plasil, who finished through the keeper’s legs. On the half hour Osasuna took the lead, Javad Nekounam curled a fantastic free-kick over the wall and into the top corner. Osasuna then had Patxi Punal and Josetxo sent off, while Malaga had Jesus Gamez dismissed, before the vistors levelled through Lolo’s back post header in the 72nd minute. Five minutes later Salva Ballesta headed home the winner for Champions League chasers Malaga.

Deportivo La Coruna 2 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, April 22, 2009) Deportivo won at home thanks to second half goals from Joan Verdu and Lassad to stay eighth, level on points with Atletico and Villarreal.

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Juventus 1 – Lazio 2 (Agg. 2-5) (Coppa Italia, April 22, 2009) Leading 3-1 frrom the first leg, Lazio stormed into the lead at Juventus when man of the moment Mauro Zarate scored another peach of a goal, curling a beauty into the top corner past Buffon’s outstretched hand. Lazio’s second was even better, Serb Aleksandar Kolarov came in from the left hand side before firing off a howitzer that ripped into the net off the far post. The Old Lady’s talisman, Alex Del Piero, pulled a goal back, chesting down a cross before firing high into the roof of the net.

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Hamburg 1 – Werder Bremen 1 (Pens. 1-3) (DFB Pokal, April 22, 2009) It took Werder ten minutes to move ahead at Hamburg in the cup, a Diego free-kick rebounded off the bar and Per Mertesacker was on hand to nod the ball home. Hamburg equalised midway through the second half when Ivica Olic diverted the ball goalwards after his initial shot had been saved.

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Toulouse 1 – Guingamp 2 (Coupe De France, April 22, 2009) Ligue 2 outfit Guingamp took a shock lead at Toulouse after 28 minutes in the cup, a throw-on was flicked on into the box where Dos Santos was able to direct the ball over the line. Toulouse looked to be back in the game when Andre-Pierre Gignac equalised, but Guingamp’s fairytale came true as Badara Sene headed home a 89th minute winner.

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Volendam 0 – Heereveen 2 (KNVB Beker, April 22, 2009) Viktor Elm put Heerenveen ahead early in the match and six minutes before time Pranjic settled the match when he beat goalkeeper Jeroen Verhoeven with a curling shot. Heereveen will meet Twente in the final.

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Lierse 1 – Racing Genk 4 (Agg. 3-6) (Beker van Belgie, April 22, 2009) A brace a piece from Tom De Mul and Stein Huysegems, including two goals in the final three minutes, set up a final between Genk and Mechelen.

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Amadora 2 – Porto 1 (Taca de Portugal, April 22, 2009) Ernesto Antonio Farias put Porto ahead at Amadora. But the hosts rallied, Varela headed in the equaliser before Goncalves Anselmo bundled in the second to complete the turnaround.

Nacional 2 – Pacos Ferreira 3 (Taca de Portugal, April 22, 2009) Pacos’s hero was Pedrinha who opened and closed the match with a brace of penalties. (First four goals here.)

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Besiktas 1 – Ankaraspor 2 (Agg. 4-3) (Turkish Cup, April 22, 2009) The Black Eagles progressed on aggregate thanks to their 3-1 win in Ankara last month. Roguy Meye (22) and Omer Aysan (81) struck for the visitors either side of Filip Holosko’s 35th minute equaliser.

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Lokomotiv Moscow 0 – CSKA Moscow 1 (Russian Cup, April 22, 2009) A goal from Tomas Necid was enough for CSKA to advance to the semis.

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Hapoel Kfar Saba 1 – Beitar Jerusalem 2 (Israel State Cup, April 22, 2009) Goals from Amit Ben Shushan and Barak Yitzhaki helped Beitar claim victory.

Ahi Nazareth 0 – Maccabi Haifa 4 (Israel State Cup, April 22, 2009)

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Elfsborg 1 – Malmo 0 (Allsvenskan, April 22, 2009) Jesper Floren headed Elfsborg into the lead over Malmo on the half hour.

Hacken 1 – Trelleborg 0 (Allsvenskan, April 22, 2009)

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Hajduk Split 5 – Croatia Sesvete 0 (1. HNL, April 22, 2009) The top versus bottom clash went to the form book, Senijad Ibricic putting Split on their way with a first half brace.

Dinamo Zagreb 2 – NK Zadar 0 (1. HNL, April 22, 2009)

Slaven Belupo 2 – Varteks 1 (1. HNL, April 22, 2009)

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Hungarian League XI 2 – AC Milan 5 (Exhibition, April 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The hosts lead through Peter Rajczi’s 7th minute opener until David Beckham set up Milan’s first, playing in Kaka who finished from close range in the 38th minute. Kaka created the second, the playmaker crossing for Andriy Shevchenko to score. The Hungarians fought back, Attila Tokoli notched the equaliser with a solo effort in the 56th minute. Shevchenko grabbed his second and Clarence Seedorf added Milan’s fourth to settle the game. Tabare Viudez claimed the last goal with a close-range finish four minutes from time.

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Toronto FC 1 – Chivas USA 0 (MLS, April 22, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Veteran Honduran Amado Guevara scored the only goal of the game from a Danny Dichio flick on.

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Newcastle Jets 0 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 (Asian Champions League, April 22, 2009) After a tight first half, Nagoya took the lead in the 57th minute through Ogawa Yoshizumi. Newcastle’s Sasho Petrovski came off the bench to earn a penalty in the 77th minute only to see his spot kicked saved by Nagoya skipper Narazaki Seigo.

Esteghlal 1 – Umm Salal 1 (Asian Champions League, April 22, 2009) Arash Borhani gave the Iranians the lead just before the break with a brave diving header, which was cancelled out by Saud Ghanem’s chip over the advancing keeper 20 minutes from time.

Suwon Bluewings 2 – Shanghai Shenhua 1 (Asian Champions League, April 22, 2009) Bulgarian Yanko Valkanov gave Shanghai an early lead but two goals in the space of three minutes just before the break by Lee Sang-ho and Bae Ki-jong put the South Koreans in control.

Kashima Antlers 5 – Singapore AF 0 (Asian Champions League, April 22, 2009) Shinzo Koroki grabbed a brace while Takuya Nozawa, Mitsuo Ogasawara and Yuya Osako also found the back of the net.

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Cruz Azul 0 – Atlante 2 (CONCACAF Champions League Final first-leg, April 22, 2009) Atlante have one hand on the crown after Fernando Navarro opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Christian Bermudez added the second in the 24th.

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Defensor Sporting 4 – Independiente Medellin 3 (Copa Libertadores, April 22, 2009) Alvaro Navarro opened the scoring for Defensor in the 13th minute, but Luis Carlos Arias equalised six minutes later. Defensor took the lead twice more through Diego Vera in the 35th minute and De Souza in the 83rd, but Medellin drew level through Andres Ortiz in the 76th and Diego Cabrera in the 90th. De Souza scored a dramatic winner after four minutes of stoppage time to put Defensor into the knockout round

Sao Paulo 2 – America de Cali 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 22, 2009) Parra stroked home on eight minutes to give the away side the lead, but a brace from Dagoberto on 57 and 66 sealed the win – the second was a classic comical goal with the keeper taking a clearance that hit off the 26-year-old striker and diverted into the goal.

Sport Recife 2 – Colo Colo 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 22, 2009) Millar put Colo Colo in front on 50 minutes, eleven minutes later Moacir followed up with an equaliser and with fifteen minutes to go Vandinho pounced on soem indecision in the Colo Colo defence for the winner.

Universitario 0 – Estudiantes 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 22, 2009)


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