Manchester United win the Premier League; Despite Tuncay’s overhead Boro only claim a point with Villa; Toon lose to over-achievers Fulham; Spurs end City’s European dreams

Manchester United 0 – Arsenal 0 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal dominated possession in the first-half at Old Trafford, United did though have their moments. Wayne Rooney saw a shot deflected by Toure following good work by Ronaldo and also headed wide from a penetrating cross from Carrick. The second half continued in the same manner with the Gunners spending much of the time with the ball but without scoring, Tevez had a great opportunity midway through the half, while a Park Ji-sung “goal” was ruled out for offside. At the other end, Cesc Fabregas came close after a patient Gunners’ attack late on, but United held on to secure the point they needed to win the Premier League. (The scenes at the final whistle can be seen here, extended footage of the celebrations can be seen here, and Manchester United’s trophy celebrations can be seen here.)

Middlesbrough 1 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Tuncay Sanli had the Riverside on their feet after 14 minutes, the Turk scoring an overhead-volley to put Southgate’s charge in front against Villa. Villa equalised early in the second half thanks to a John Carew strike through a crowd of players. The result leaves Boro all but relegated.

Newcastle 0 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) In a moment to break Newcastle’s spirits, Erik Nevland sped away down the Fulham right hand side before finding Diomansy Kamara in the box who had the simple task of lashing his shot high into the net. Newcastle slipped back into the relegation zone after Hull gained a point at Bolton.

Tottenham 2 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) The first half at White Hart Lane was all Tottenham, the Lilywhites scoring midway through the half when Jermain Defoe convert a Tom Huddlestone cross with a cheeky flick from the striker’s heel. City, who upped their game significantly after the break, levelled midway through the second half after Valeri Bojinov started and finished an excellent more. But Spurs ran out late winners after a controversial penalty decision against Micah Richards allowed Robbie Keane the opportunity to score from the spot.

Everton 3 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) West Ham made the ideal start and Radoslav Kovac gave them the lead before Louis Saha equalised with a penalty after Tim Cahill had been tripped by James Tomkins. That resulted in Tomkins being sent off and the visitors imploded, Joseph Yobo put Everton ahead and Saha added a second.

Bolton 1 – Hull 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) Gretar Steinsson gave Bolton the lead with a fine drive for his second goal of the season midway through the first half, but Craig Fagan came up with a vital equaliser a minute after the restart following a swift Hull counter-attack. The Tigers’ point means their fate in their own hands going into the final game of the season against Manchester United next Sunday.

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Stoke 2 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) Ricardo Fuller broke the deadlock after 69 minutes when he fired the ball past Wigan keeper Richard Kingson after the visitors failed to clear their lines, with Fuller taking advantage of the slack defending. James Beattie added what proved to be the decisive goal on 76 minutes with a close range header from a Matthew Etherington cross.


Rangers 2 – Aberdeen 1 (SPL, May 16, 2009) A goalless first half at Ibrox was not without incident. Charlie Mulgrew was sent off for Aberdeen just after the quarter hour and before the break Madjid Bougherra levelled things up to ten men for both sides with a dangerous challenge. Goals from Richard Foster (og) and Kenny Miller put Rangers in charge early in the second half and won the match despite a late strike from Michael Paton.


Villarreal 3 – Real Madrid 2 (La Liga, May 16, 2009) A wonderful flowing counter-attack from Villarreal tore through the Real team with Bobby Pires eventually planting the header to finish off the move. (First half highlights here.) Rafael van der Vaart drew Los Blancos level at the start of the second half, but after a sustained period of pressure on the hour mark Cani fired the Yellow Submarine backed in front. The match had a dramatic finish, Gonzalo Higuain equalised for Madrid with two minutes on the clock only for Joan Capdevila to claim a 90th minute winner for Villarreal.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Getafe 1 (La Liga, May 16, 2009) Roberto Soldado gave the visitors the lead but substitute Riki ensured the spoils were shared with a strike four minutes from time.

Osasuna 0 – Sevilla 0 (La Liga, May 16, 2009) A disappointing match saw Osasuna earn a point that keeps their head just above the water in the relegation battle.

Real Sociedad 1 – Albacete 0 (Segunda Division, May 16, 2009)

Real Zaragoza 3 – Celta Vigo 0 (Segunda Division, May 16, 2009)


Udinese 2 – AC Milan 1 (Serie A, May 16, 2009) A Gaetano D’Agostino penalty put Udinese ahead against the Rossoneri and the Zebretta doubled their lead through Cristian Eduardo Zapata in the second half. Massimo Ambrosini’s late header was mere consolation for Milan.

Roma 4 – Catania 3 (Serie A, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Simone Perrotta handed Roma a 12th minute lead connecting with a Vucinic cross (apologies for the dog-barking-sounding commentator on the video), Giacomo Tedesco pulling Catania level three minutes later with a tidy finish on the stretch. Roma hit back almost immediately through Mirko Vucinic before Simone Perrotta grabbed his second of the match with an angled shot into the far corner. A thunderous free-kick from Giuseppe Mascara at the start of the second half brought Catania back into the match. And Catania drew all-square soon after, Roma lost possession on the halfway line and within a couple of passed Takayuki Morimoto was clean through to level. The Romans ran out victorious after Christian Panucci grabbed a 90th minute winner.

Cittadella 2 – Parma 2 (Serie B, May 16, 2009) Parma were promoted back to Serie A at the first attempt when they drew 2-2 at Cittadella.

Albinoleffe 1 – Rimini 2 (Serie B, May 16, 2009) Ruopolo gave Leffe the lead, but almost immediately Pagano nodded in to level the scores. The home side had the better of the play and saw more of the ball, but Garlini hit the woodwork and they were punished by La Camera’s counter-attack as Rimini stole the points.

Bari 4 – Modena 1 (Serie B, May 16, 2009) Guberti got the party started by tapping in at the back post and Lanzafame took advantage of poor defending to chip Castelli. Bruno pulled the Canarini back into it by dummying Ranocchia, but moments later Kutuzov restored the cushion on the counter created by Barreto. In the second half Castelli saw red for a challenge that allowed Barreto to convert the fourth from the spot.


Hannover 0 – Wolfsburg 5 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) Is Edin Dzeko the best striker in Europe at present? The serial Wolfsburg goalscorer scored yet another outstanding goal to add to the scrapbook to fire the visitors ahead at Hannover. The Wolves then aimed to kill the game off before halftime, Grafite muscled his way in the box the claim number two before Grafite completed his brace three minutes later to make it 3-nil at the break. After the break, knowing goal difference could potentially be crucial in deciding who will win the league, Edin Dzeko headed home a simple fourth to put the result beyond doubt. Edin Dzeko completed his hat-trick, and the rout, with a header.

Hoffenheim 2 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) Franck Ribery scored a rebound from a weak Hildebrandt save to give Bayern lead early lead at Hoffenheim, but the Village Team were soon level, Demba Ba ran in behind the Bayern defence before slotting home the equaliser. And then the hosts turned the match in their favour when Carlos Eduardo was on hand to score after Ba had headed against the post. Bayern levelled before the break after Ribery worked his magic down the left hand side before crossing for Luca Toni to head home.

Stuttgart 2 – Energie Cottbus 0 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A Thomas Hitzlsperger free-kick missed everyone in the box to nestle in the far corner of the Cottbus net after 19 minutes. Jeronimo Cacau put the game to bed 10 minutes from time.

Hamburg 0 – Cologne 1 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) Hamburg got off to a bad start at home to Cologne, Fabrice Ehret striking the visitors ahead after 9 minutes.

Werder Bremen 1 – Karlsruhe 3 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) Lars Stindl handed rock-bottom Karlsruhe a surprise lead at Werder with a header on the half hour. Incredibly, Karlsruhe then doubled their advantage with a super second from Lars Stindl, the ball popping up perfectly for the striker to crash home a half-volley into the top corner. An incredible “Great Escape-esque” victory was all but secured by Karlsruhe’s third, Fries teeing up Alexander Iashvili to fire in number three in the 54th minute. Hugo Almedia bagged a consolation for Bremen.

Bochum 2 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Bochum’s Iranian striker Vahid Hashemian scored a back post header against Frankfurt midway through the first half. Terrible Frankfurt defending, the backline unable to clear the ball from the danger area, resulted in Diego Klimowicz adding a second in the 72nd minute.

Bayer Leverkusen 5 – Monchengladbach 0 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Gladbach fell behind at Bayer after Stefan Kiessling broke down the right channel, made his way into the box, and fired into the far bottom corner. Patrick Helmes double Leverkusen’s lead with a second from close range just before the break. A well-taken goal, scored with the outside of his boot by Gonzalo Castro, sealed Glabach’s fate in the 68th minute. Galbach’s embarrassment was completed by Michal Kadlec’s fourth and an own-goal from Dante ended the match.

Borussia Dortmund 6 – Arminia Bielefeld 0 (Bundesliga, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Sebastian Kehl met a 43rd minute free-kick before the Arminia keeper to hand Borussia a halftime lead. Dortmund doubled their lead minutes after the restart with Tamas Hajnal scoring number two. Nelson Valdez’s third with 20 minutes to go confirmed Dortmund’s eight win in nine matches, Sebastian Kehl completing his brace as Arminia’s relegation looked to be also a certainty. Bayer then chalked up a cricket score, Tinga heading in number five with Mohamed Zidan grabbing number six late on.


PSG 1 – Auxerre 2 (Ligue 1, May 16, 2009) Ibrahima Camara slotted a penalty away to hand Auxerre a first half lead and Ireneusz Jelen’s second just before the break left PSG up against it at the break. Stephane Sessegnon scored a late consolation for the Parisians.

Bordeaux 3 – Le Mans 2 (Ligue 1, May 16, 2009) Bordeaux fell behind at home to Le Mans when Anthony Le Tallec scored after 24 minutes. Marouane Chamakh brought Bordeaux with a header before the hosts turned the match in their favour when Yoann Gourcuff added a second on the stroke of halftime. Le Mans rallied with a superb attyack in the 55th minute which ended with Anthony Le Tallec grabbing his brace. Marc Planus proved the match winner, in the right place at the right time to score a rebound after a shot hit the post.

Monaco 1 – Valenciennes 1 (Ligue 1, May 16, 2009) A low shot from Park Chu-young into the near post put Monaco ahead against Valenciennes. Johan Audel drew VA level on teh hour mark scoring from a corner.

Lorient 1 – Le Havre 1 (Ligue 1, May 16, 2009) Le Harve’s Mamadou Diallo scored a low 20-yard drive that squirmed through the Lorient’s keeper’s grasp in the 11th minute. The hosts equalised when Marama Vahirua’s lofty free-kick sailed over the keeper into the top corner.

St. Etienne 2 – Toulouse 2 (Ligue 1, May 16, 2009) A powerful Moustapha Bayal Sall header from a corner put St. Etienne in front against Toulouse. Sissoko pulled Toulouse level in the 66th minute, only for Ilan to restore the hosts lead from the spot. But Toulouse had a sting in their tail, Andre-Pierre Gignac earning the visitors a point with a late equaliser.

Caen 2 – Sochaux 0 (Ligue 1, May 16, 2009) A late Steve Savidan brace, the first coming from a long punt forward that the striker managed to lift over the keeper and the second a well-taken finish after bursting through the middle, wrapped up the win for Caen.

Grenoble 0 – Nancy 0 (Ligue 1, May 16, 2009) The closest either team came to scoring a goal was when Nancy midfielder Benjamin Gavanon rattled the post from long range midway through the first half.


Hacettepe 1 – Sivasspor 2 (Super Lig, May 16, 2009) Sivasspor returned to the top of the table, Murat Erdogan scored a fine goal into the bottom corner before Herve Tum tucked home the second. Ibrahim Sahin scored a last minute penalty for Hacettepe.


Trofense 1 – FC Porto 4 (Superliga, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Champions Porto left Trofense bottom of the table and facing probably relegation. Lisandro Lopez and Ernesto Farias scored two goals apiece while Trofense could only manage a consolation from Miguel Hugo Leal.

Maritimo 1 – Sporting Lisbon 2 (Superliga, May 16, 2009) Second-placed Sporting Lisbon were winners over Maritimo, Liedson scoring both goals for the Lisbon side.

Belenenses 1 – Rio Ave 0 (Superliga, May 16, 2009) Belenenses kept alive their hopes of survival with a victory over fellow relegation candidates Rio Ave, substitute Wenderson Wender scoring the winner in the 89th minute.

Vitoria Setubal 0 – Leixoes 1 (Superliga, May 16, 2009) Setubal remain in trouble after Bruno China scored the only goal in Leixoes’ win.

Academica Coimbra 3 – Associacao Naval 1 (Superliga, May 16, 2009) Academica staged a second half rally after Naval scored in the 26th minute through Paulao. The home team netted through Eder, Seygou and Saleiro.

Amadora 1 – Vitoria Guimaraes 0 (Superliga, May 16, 2009) Goncalves Anselmo scored the only goal as Amadora beat Guimaraes.


With Anderlecht and Standard Liege both finishing the Belgium season on equal points at the top of the table, a special two-legged play-off between the top two will be held to decide who walks away with this year’s title. A report into both Anderlecht and Standard Liege’s wins can be seen here.

Racing Genk 0 – Anderlecht 2 (Jupilier League, May 16, 2009) Anderlecht won at Genk thanks to goals from Mbark Boussoufa (a fine header just before the break) and Marcin Wasilewski.

Gent 0 – Standard Liege 1 (Jupilier League, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Axel Witzel’s penalty just before the break settled the match.

Westerlo 1 – Kortrijk 3 (Jupilier League, May 16, 2009)

Roeselare 1 – Cercle Bruges 2 (Jupilier League, May 16, 2009)

Club Brugge 4 – Mouscron 1 (Jupilier League, May 16, 2009)

KV Mechelen 3 – Lokeren 0 (Jupiler League, May 15, 2009) The hosts rattled off three goals in five second half minutes with Rossini, Vrancken and Persoons netting the goals.


Lokomotiv Moscow 4 – Terek Grozny 0 (Russian Premier League, May 16, 2009) A near post shot from Peter Odemwingie squeezed through the Terek’s keeper’s leg to hand Lokomotiv a 13th minute lead. Odemwingie scored his second from close range and Denis Glushakov scored the third before an own goal late on from Bouli completed the rout.


Rad 1 – Partizan Belgrade 5 (Serbian Super League, May 16, 2009) A double from Milos Bogunovic and Nikola Vujovic, and a fifth from Brana Ilic chalked up yet another win from runaway leaders Partizan.

Jagodina 1 – Red Star Belgrade 5 (Serbian Super League, May 16, 2009)


Rosenborg 2 – Molde 2 (Tippeligaen, May 16, 2009) Molde took the lead through Vegard Forren after 15 minutes but Trond Olsen levelled nine minutes after the restart. An Alexander Tettey own goal restored the visitors’ advantage and they looked to be heading for a win until Steffen Iversen scored in stoppage time.


Urawa Red Diamonds 0 – Gamba Osaka 0 (J-League, May 16, 2009)


FC Dallas 1 – Seattle Sounders 1 (MLS, May 16, 2009) Seattle took the lead in the 18th minute after John Kennedy Hurtado raced onto a loose ball before tapping in a shot from 12 yards away into an empty net. Andre Rocha scored in the third minute of first half stoppage time to draw Dallas level.

New York Red Bulls 1 – Houston Dynamo 1 (MLS, May 16, 2009)Midway through the first half the Bulls’ Jorge Rojas was red carded after elbowing and attempting to kick Houston midfielder Brian Mullen. The Dynamo made their extra man count in the 79th minute, a Corey Ashe cross was headed home by Chris Wondolowski. But the Red Bulls rallied two minutes from time, John Wolyniec scoring the equaliser for the 10-men.

Chivas USA 2 – DC United 2 (MLS, May 16, 2009)


Huracan 4 – River Plate 0 (Clausura, May 16, 2009) Javier Pastore scored twice for the surprise package of the Clausura season while Leonardo Medina and Patricio Toranzo added one each. River ended the match with one men less due to Cristian Villagra’s red card.

Tigre 2 – Colon 1 (Clausura, May 16, 2009) Carlos Luna put Tigre ahead with a header in the 26th minute and he added another in the second half with a shot from the spot. Striker Esteban Fuertes hit a late consolation in stoppage time with a right foot volley.

Gimnasia La Plata 3 – Velez Sarsfield 1 (Clausura, May 16, 2009) Jonathan Cristaldo put Velez ahead when he connected with a cross by Emiliano Papa. But the hosts quickly reacted, Mariano Messera equalised and Sebastian Romero made it 2-1 with a volley from inside the box. In the second half, Juan Cuevas made the points safe the match with a crossed shot.

Newells Old Boys 1 – Banfield 1 (Clausura, May 16, 2009) Sebastian Fernandez put the hosts ahead, while Paraguayan Alejandro Da Silva equalised.


Atletico Mineiro 2 – Gremio 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 16, 2009)

Coritiba 2 – Santo Andre 4 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 16, 2009)

Flamengo 0 – Avai 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 16, 2009)

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