Barcelona 4 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Barcelona keeper Valdes looked like a nervous wreck after just three minutes against Valladolid as the keeper lost the ball yards off his own goal-line and Carles Puyol needed to save the day with a crucial block. In the 27th minute Barca struck when Pedro’s dangerous ball into the mixer was diverted into his own net by Luis Prieto. Once in front Barca pressed their advantage and within minutes starlet Pedro Rodriguez had made it 2-nil. (First half highlights here.) Just after the hour Barcelona signed, sealed and delivered the championship to the Nou Camp as Yaya Toure burst down the inside right channel and squared for Leo Messi to apply the killer touch. The party was in full swing 15 minutes from time and Leo Messi danced his way into space on the edge of the box and drilled home number four.
The scenes at the final whistle can be seen here.
Malaga 1 – Real Madrid 1 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Real Madrid saw the Spanish title slip out of the grasps inside 10 minutes at Malaga, Duda combined with Man City loanee Felipe Caicedo before firing the hosts into an early lead. (First half highlights here.) Real needed less than three minutes of the second half to equalise, Rafael van der Vaart collected the ball in the box, spun on a sixpence, and tucked his shot in the bottom corner.
Valencia 1 – Tenerife 0 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Tenerife were relegated after losing 1-0 to Valencia, who were already guaranteed to finish third. There was nothing to separate the sides until the 90th minute when Alexis struck for Valencia.
Osasuna 1 – Xerez 1 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Xerez had a mathematical chance to stay up but ended bottom after playing out a 1-1 draw at Osasuna. Dady’s opener for Osasuna was cancelled out by Ramiro Antonito five minutes later, but Xerez could not find a winner and their misery was compounded when Fabian Orellana was dismissed just before the final whistle.
Racing Santander 2 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, May 16, 2010) Racing Santander also secured their survival following a 2-0 success over out-of-form Gijon. Mohammed Tchite opened the scoring in the 35th minute and then found the target again 10 minutes after the interval.
Siena 0 – Inter Milan 1 (Serie A, May 16, 2010) Inter Milan, who started the day two points ahead of Roma, failed to score in a goalless first half away at relegated Siena as home keeper Gianluca Curci was in inspired form denying Milito and Samuel while Balotelli cracked a stunner against the bar. (First half highlights here.)Â In the 57th minute the picture was turned on its head as Inter scored, Zanetti weaved his way in from the left, slipped in Diego Milito, and the irrepressible Argentine notched his most important goal of a brilliant season.
Chievo 0 – Roma 2 (Serie A, May 16, 2010) Roma gave themselves the chance to scoop the Scudetto from under Inter’s notice when Mirko Vucinic thumped a beauty past Chievo brilliantly named keeper Lorenzo Squizzi, to put Ranieri’s men into a 40th minute lead. The Giallorossi finished the opening 45 doubling their advantage, Daniele De Rossi cracking home one of the goals of the weekend from 30-yards as Roma’s title hopes continued to swell.
Sampdoria 1 – Napoli 0 (Serie A, May 16, 2010) A single Giampaolo Pazzini goal early in the second half completed a remarkable season for Sampdoria who finished the season with a Champions League berth.
Atalanta 1 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, May 16, 2010) Champions League hopefuls Palermo, starting the day in fifth place and two points behind Samp, got off to the perfect start at relegated Atalanta when Edison Cavani broke the deadlock after 12 minutes. Fabio Ceravolo drew the home side level three minutes after the break, but Edinson Cavani’s late penalty earned PalermoÂ a 2-1 win.
Cagliari 1 – Bologna 1 (Serie A, May 16, 2010) Already both saved from relegation, Adailton’s neat half-volley fired lowly Bologna ahead at Cagliari. Daniele Ragatzu equalised for Cagliari on 64 minutes.
Parma 4 – Livorno 1 (Serie A, May 16, 2010) Parma’s in-form striker Davide Lanzafame broke the deadlock against relegated Livorno toe-poking home from 12-yards on the stroke of halftime. It took Lanzafame less than 50 seconds of the second half to double the lead, the forward oozing with confidence as he whacked home a beauty into the top corner from the edge of the box. Stefano Morrone added a third on 51 minutes, Thomas Danilevicius pulled a goal back for Livorno on 74 minutes, but Hernan Crespo had the final word with a fourth in the final minute.
Catania 1 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, May 16, 2010) Catania completed their best ever season in Serie A thanks to a 1-0 win over Genoa, star striker Maxi Lopez finding the target after connecting with a low cross from Ciro Capuano.
Bari 2 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, May 16, 2010) Cristian Stellini opened the scoring before halftime and, after Fiorentina’s Alessandro Gamberini was sent off in injury time at the end of the game, substitute Emanuel Rivas volleyed a late second.
Dagenham & Redbridge 6 – Morecombe 0 (League Two play-off semi-final first-leg, May 16, 2010) Dagenham took just four minutes to open the scoring, through Paul Benson. Josh Scott struck four times in 34 minutes, with Benson scoring another as the Daggers virtually assured their spot in the play-off final.
Augsburg 0 – Nurnberg 2 (Agg. 0-3) (Bundesliga play-off second-leg, May 16, 2010) Leading 1-nil from the first leg, Nurnberg’s Bundesliga survival received an added boost 10 minutes before the break at Augsburg as Ilkay Gundogan’s 25-yard daisycutter slipped through the keeper’s grasp and into the bottom corner. Nurnberg’s survival was wrapped up in the 63rd minutes as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting notched number two from the penalty spot.
Utrecht 4 – Roda 1 (Agg. 6-1) (Eredivisie play-off second-leg, May 16, 2010) Utrecht already held a 2-0 advantage from the first leg and two goals from both Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Jacob Mulenga ensured a comfortable afternoon. Mads Junker struck a first-half equaliser to give Roda brief hope, but that was extinguished along with Davy de Fauw’s expulsion four minutes after halftime.
Willem II 3 – Go Ahead Eagles 0 (Agg. 3-1) (Eredivisie relegation play-off second-leg, May 16, 2010) Frank Demouge’s 27th minute strike put Willem II 1-0 up after 90 minutes and Mehmet Akgun scored after 99 and 115 minutes (first & second) to ensure survival.
Sparta 1 – Excelsior 1 (Agg. 1-1) (Eredivisie relegation play-off second-leg, May 16, 2010) Excelsior booked their place in the Eredivisie and relegated city rivals Sparta Rotterdam in the process. Guyon Fernandez had missed an 86th minute penalty for Excelsior, but turned from villain to hero with the decisive strike. Rydell Poepon put Sparta ahead in the second minute of stoppage time, but 60 seconds later Fernandez struck to earn a 1-1 draw which secured Excelsior’s promotion following the 0-0 draw in the first leg.
Chaves 1 – Porto 2 (Taca de Portugal, May 16, 2010) Porto were cruising early on in the cup final after Fredy Guarin and Falcao established a 2-goal lead for the favourites. Clemente’s late goal for Chaves proved mere consolation, and the match ended on a sour note after Ricardo Rocha and Bruno Alves both saw red.
Bursaspor 2 – Besiktas 1 (Super Lig, May 16, 2010) Minnows Bursaspor claimed one of the biggest shocks throughout the whole of the 2009/10 European season by winning the Turkish title in a grandstand, last day triumph. Needing Ferenbache to slip up, Bursaspor went about their job early on as Pablo Batalla and a Ibrahim Toraman own goal gave the hosts a 2-nil halftime lead. Ugur Inceman’s late goal set up a photo finish but Bursaspor hung on the claim the unlikeliest of championships.
Fenerbahce 1 – Trabzonspor 1 (Super Lig, May 16, 2010) Fenerbahce, who started the final day of the season a point ahead of Bursaspor, blew it big time after Daniel Guiza’s 14th minute opener was cancelled out by Burak Yilmaz.
In an epic fail at the final whistle hundreds of Fenerbahce fans ran on the pitch thinking their side had won the title, only to find out that Bursaspor in fact were champions. Other Fener fans were left to cry like babies after seeing their side blow the title race at the last hurdle.
Genclerbirligi 2 – Galatasaray 1 (Super Lig, May 16, 2010) Emre Colak had cancelled out Hursut Meric’s first-half opener before Labinot Harbuzi struck, while Gala ended the contest with 10 men following the dismissal of Ugur Ucar.
Zenit St. Petersburg 1 – Sibir Novosibirsk 0 (Russian Cup, May 16, 2010) Zenit’s tendency to not conceded and also fail to score heavily continued in the cup where Roman Shirokov’s penalty on the hour proved the difference between the sides.
Olympiakos 0 – Aris 0 (Greek Super League play-off, May 16, 2010) Olympiakos’ chance came in the 76th minute when Lomana LuaLua drew a save from Michalis Sifakis with a shot from inside the Aris area. In second-half injury time, Aris almost grabbed the winner when an effort from Javier Campora inside the six-yard box flew just over the crossbar.
PAOK 1 – AEK Athens 0 (Greek Super League play-off, May 16, 2010) Three minutes after AEK striker Nacho Scocco had a penalty saved by Dario Kresic, Zlatan Muslimovic volleyed home a pass by Giorgos Fotakis to give PAOK the victory.
Rosenborg 3 – Honefoss 0 (Tippligaen, May 16, 2010) First half goals from Mikael Dorsin and Mikael Lustig put Rosenborg at the break and Steffen Iversen killed the match at the start of the second half.
GAIS 0 – Elfsborg 2 (Allsvenskan, May 16, 2010) A stunning 25-yard howitzer from Emir Bajrami and a second brilliant strike from Denni Avdic lead Elfsborg to convincing away win.
Kalmar 1 – Helsingborg 0 (Allsvenskan, May 16, 2010) A freak rebound from Daniel Mendes gave Kalmar a second minute lead against the league leaders, but Mendes when from hero to zero in the 27th minute when he saw red for a terrible two footed tackle.
Randers 1 – Brondby 3 (SAS Ligaen, May 16, 2010)
Sturm Graz 1 – Wiener Neustadt 0 (Stiegl-Cup Final, May 16, 2010) Klemen Lavric’s 81st minute header wrapped up the Austrian cup final for Sturm.
Young Boys 0 – Basel 2 (Swiss Super League, May 16, 2010) Basel went ahead in the 39th minute when Valentin Stocker ran on to a long diagonal pass from Carlitos and cleverly flicked the ball over keeper Woelfi. Scott Chipperfield headed the second in the 61st minute from Stocker’s cross, although the Australia midfielder was lucky to escape injury when he failed to clear an advertising board in his celebration and fell flat on his face. Basel claimed the Swiss title, while Young Boys were forced into the runners-up spot for the third year running.
Tavriya Symferopol 3 – Metalurg Donetsk 2 (AET) (Ukrainian Cup Final, May 16, 2010) Despite being reduced to 9-men in extra time, Tavriya striker Lucky Idahor grabbed a 96th minute winner to claim a thrilling cup final.
Shonan Bellmare 1 – Gamba Osaka 3 (J-League, May 16, 2010) After going behind, Shoki Hirai turned the match for Gamba with a brace.
Omiya Ardija 0 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 (J-League, May 16, 2010)
LA Galaxy 0 – Toronto FC 0 (MLS, May 15, 2010) Stefan Frei made a series of top class saves to deny the Glaxy in the final stages. Frei’s diving save stopped Edson Buddle’s 26-yard shot in the 73rd minute, Frei used his left leg to block Mike Magee’s 5-yard shot, made a one-handed diving save on Magee’s 9-yard shot and blocked Todd Dunivant’s attempt to convert the rebound.
Kansas City Wizards 2 – Chicago Fire 2 (MLS, May 15, 2010) The Wizards trailed 2-0 after Julio Martinez and Brian McBride gave the Fire a 2-goal cushion, but Kei Kamara made it 2-1 in the 50th and he pulled Kansas City even in the 89th.
Huracan 1 – Argentinos Juniors 2 (Clausura, May 16, 2010) Argentinos celebrated their third title and first in 25 years after a 2-1 win at Huracan while fans of the home team, who had had two players sent off, fought with police on the terraces after the final whistle.Â Argentina midfielder Juan Mercier put Argentinos ahead in the 23rd minute and Facundo Coria ended a sweeping counter-attack for the second in the 77th. Alan Sanchez pulled one back for nine-man Huracan with a brilliant goal in the 88th.
Colon 1 – Estudiantes 4 (Clausura, May 16, 2010) Estudiantes crushed the home side 4-1 with a hat-trick by striker Mauro Boselli, championship top scorer with 13 goals. Estudiantes fans ended the Clausura shamefully as they threw stones and other objects over the high perimeter fence on the pitch near the end of the match.
Goias 2 – Internacional 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 16, 2010) Internacional erased a two-goal deficit to beat Goias 3-2. Internacional rallied with a pair of goals by striker Walter to start the second half and an 83rd-minute winner by midfielder Giuliano.
Sao Paulo 1 – Botafogo 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 16, 2010) Midfielder Leo Lima put Sao Paulo ahead in the eighth, but Botafogo rebounded with goals by defender Antonio Carlos in the 27th and by midfielder Renato Caja in the 88th.
Gremio 1 – Corinthians 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 16, 2010) Corinthians went ahead after five minutes with a header by Ralf from a Dentinho corner. Striker Souza scored the second 20 minutes into the second half when he netted after a poor clearance by central defender Bruno Collaco. Maylson pulled one back 10 minutes later but Corinthians defended their advantage to open a two-point lead in the standings.
Santos 1 – Ceara 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 16, 2010) Washington’s early header for Ceara was cancelled out but a “double” paradinha penalty from Neymar. Neymar had the chance to wrap up the points with a second penalty five minutes from time but the teenager dragged his spot-kick horribly wide.
Cruzeiro 2 – Avai 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 16, 2010)
Atletico Paranaense 2 – Guarani 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 16, 2010)
South Korea 2 – Ecuador 0 (International Friendly, May 16, 2010) South Korea made the breakthrough with 18 minutes remaining, Lee Sung-ryeol picked the ball up 30-yards from goal and the 21 year-old substitute wrong-footed two defenders before firing home a low shot from the edge of the area. Twelve minutes later Lee Chung-yong, introduced at halftime, burst into the box to score from close range.