Robbie Keane saves Spurs’ bacon at Sunderland; Fulham watch on as United serve up a masterclass; Chelsea breeze past Coventry to advance to the FA Cup semis

Sunderland 1 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, March 7, 2009) Kieron Richardson fired the Black Cats into a third minute lead over Tottenham after picking up a loose ball just outside the Spurs box, bursting through and slotting his shot past Gomes. Tottenham pulled the rabbit out the hat at the death with a last minute break started by Darren Bent, whose cross picked out Robbie Keane and the Irishman finished expertly into the corner.

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Fulham 0 – Manchester United 4 (FA Cup, March 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here, ITV highlights here.) United broke the deadlock at the Cottage after 20 minutes, Wayne Rooney flicked on a right-wing corner to the back post where Carlos Tevez was lurking to turn the ball over the line. United then took full control of the match and Carlos Tevez bagged the second with a stunning solo effort that pierced the top corner from 20-yards out. Fulham shot themselves in the foot at the start of the second half, slack defending gifted the ball to Anderson who played in Wayne Rooney for the killer third. United capped a faultless performance with a fourth from Park Ji-Sung ten minutes from time as the Korean latched onto a loose pass in the middle, drove forward and curled a shot past Schwarzer.

Coventry 0 – Chelsea 2 (FA Cup, March 7, 2009) (ITV highlights here, extended hinghlights here.) Chelsea looked the more threatening early on at the Ricoh Arena, Drogba went close in the second minute and just after the quarter hour, the revitalised Didier Drogba opened the scoring, rounding Westwood and finishing past two defenders on the line. With just under twenty minutes to go, Alex sealed Chelsea’s place in the semi-finals, finishing off a flowing counter attack and a cracking cross from Quaresma.

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St. Mirren 1 – Celtic 0 (Scottish Cup, March 7, 2009) Billy Mehmet put St Mirren in front minutes after half-time from the penalty spot after McManus had fouled Dargo. The victory was sweet revenge for St. Mirren who had been stuffed 7-0 by Celtic just seven days ago in the SPL.

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Barcelona 2 -  Athletic Bilbao 0 (La Liga, March 7, 2009) Barca were ahead against Athletic Bilbao inside 17 minutes as Sergio Busquets headed home Xavi’s free-kick. And after Iniesta was brought down in the box on the half hour Leo Messi stepped up to convert the penalty. (First half highlights here.)

Real Madrid 1 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, March 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) In the Madrid derby Real’s title dreams were evaporating at the break after Atletico’s brilliant forwards, Aguero and Diego Forlan, combined to tear open Los Blancos rearguard after 38 minutes. (First half highlights here.) After the break Klaas-Jan Huntelaar brought Real level with a powerful shot past leo Franco after a neat turn in the box.

Villarreal 1 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, March 7, 2009) Fabricio Fuentes grabbed the only goal of the game with a header in the 20th minute but the hosts were grateful to keeper Diego Lopez for a string of superb saves. The one time he was beaten, by Luiz Garcia’s 66th minute penalty, the woodwork came to his rescue.

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Genoa 0 – Inter Milan 2 (Serie A, March 7, 2009) Zlatan Ibrahimovic needed just two minutes to strike for Inter at Genoa, brilliantly controlling a ball over the top before lifting the ball over a stranded Rubinho in goal. (First half highlights here.) After the break Mario Balotelli added a second from Zlatan’s flick-on although it was hugely debatable whether the whole ball crossed the line. The win got Inter’s title charge back on track but it came at a cost ahead of the visit of Manchester United as both Burdisso and Materazzi were forced off injured.

Roma 1 – Udinese 1 (Serie A, March 7, 2009) After a goalless first half (highlights here) Roma conceded a soft goal when they failed to clear their lines from a free-kick and Felipe eventually profitted with the opener. But the lead was only briefly held, Mirko Vucinic drawing the Giallorossi level cutting in from the left and burying a shot.

Torino 0 – Juventus 1 (Serie A, March 7, 2009) Giorgio Chiellini was the hero for the Old Lady storming in to meet a Nedved free-kick and planting a winning header in the 81st minute.

Frosinone 1 – Livorno 1 (Serie B, March 7, 2009) Tavano gave the visitors the lead on the counter, but Eder replied almost immediately by nodding in an equaliser.

Brescia 0 – Rimini 1 (Serie B, March 7, 2009) Brescia went down to a shock home defeat against struggling Rimini courtesy of Cipriani’s header on the stroke of halftime.

Pisa 2 – Albinoleffe 0 (Serie B, March 7, 2009) Gasparetto was brought down for Greco to convert the penalty, then Antenucci came off the bench to put the game to bed.

Grosseto 1 – Ascoli 0 (Serie B, March 7, 2009)

Parma 0 – Treviso 0 (Serie B, March 7, 2009)

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Bayern Munich 5 – Hannover 1 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Bayern’s domestic crisis continued early doors against Hannover as the visitors took the lead with a brilliant goal from Jiri Stajner as his first touch, wide on the left, left Lucio flat on his backside before curling a beauty past Rensing. Bayern drew level soon after when Daniel van Buyten’s recent goalscoring exploits continued with a header from a Schweinsteiger free-kick. And the comeback was complete four minutes later when Miroslav Klose converted a second Schweinsteiger set-play. Hamit Altintop then stroked home the third as Bayern looked to run riot. (First half highlights here.) After the break Lukas Podolski got in on the act bagged a header from Ze Roberto’s cross, with Martin Demichelis bagging a late fifth as Bayern toyed with their opponents.

Stuttgart 2 – Borussia Dortmund 1 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Elson fired Stuttgart into a 10th minute lead over Borussia Dortmund with a free-kick that ghosted into the far corner. Nelson Valdez pulled Dortmund level in the 52nd minute but the parity was only short-lived as Mario Gomez fired Stuttgart back into the lead.

Energie Cottbus 1 – Hertha Berlin 3 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Hertha keeper Jaroslav Drobny was left with egg smeared over his face when he allowed Cagdas Atan’s 20-yard free-kick to squeeze through his legs and over the line. But Hertha had a secret goalscoring weapon, Andriy Voronin, and the on-loan Liverpool chalked up yet another goal with a 33rd minute header. Voronin bagged his second with a tap-in on the stroke of halftime to complete the turnaround. In the final minutes Andriy Voronin netted his hat-trick, weaving past two defenders and his way to goal, to clam yet another impressive win for the unlikely pace-setters.

Hoffenheim 0 – Werder Bremen 0 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Hoffenheim’s season continued to stall against Bremen, the Village Team have now drawn three and lost one of their last four matches in the Bundesliga.

Monchengladbach 4 – Hamburg 1 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Rob Friend’s back post volley put Gladbach ahead over Hamburg but the visitors levelled through Mladen Petric. But Glabdach went into the break 2-1 up after Tobias Levels scored a rare goal after playing an inadvertent one-two with Hamburg’s centre-half Joris Mathijsen. Roel Brouwers added the hosts’ third early in the second half and then battering was further by Marko Marin’s fourth from the spot.

Wolfburg 1 – Karlsruhe 0 (Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Wolfburg’s goalscoring machine Edin Dzeko (6 goals in his last 5 games) put the dark horses in the title race into a 38th minute lead against Karlsruhe.

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Lille 2 – Lyon 0 (Ligue 1, March 7, 2009) Robert Vittek broke the deadlock on the hour mark with a fine header and left-winger Michel Bastos clipped home a late second on the counter-attack to send the majority of the 78,056 crowd delirious, a record attendance for a Ligue 1 match.

Lorient 0 – PSG 1 (Ligue 1, March 7, 2009) Lyon’s cushion at the top has been reduced to just a point with 11 matches left after second-placed PSG defeated Lorient. Ludovic Giuly hit an unstoppable volley in the 23rd minute, while goalkeeper Mickael Landreau saved a late penalty from Rafik Saifi as PSG kept up the pressure on Lyon.

Toulouse 3 – Bordeaux 0 (Ligue 1, March 7, 2009) Francois Sirieix and Andre-Pierre Gignac, with his 16th of the season, earned Les Violets a halftime lead. Moussa Sissoko netted a third in stoppage time as Toulouse moved level on points with third-placed Marseille.

Grenoble 2 – Caen 1 (Ligue 1, March 7, 2009) Gregory Leca’s 11th minute dismissal gave the hosts the edge, and they took advantage when Sandy Paillot opened the scoring. Caen thought they had secured a draw when Anthony Deroin equalised with six minutes remaining, only for Larsen Toure to pop up in the dying seconds and net Grenoble their first win in six matches.

Marseille 0 – Valenciennes 0 (Ligue 1, March 7, 2009) Marseille’s attempt to make strides in the title race hit the buffers somewhat at Stade Velodrome as they allowed Valenciennes to escape with a goalless draw.

Nice 0 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, March 7, 2009) Monaco twice hit the crossbar but could not find their way past goalkeeper David Ospina.

Nancy 2 – Le Mans 2 (Ligue 1, March 7, 2009) Youssouf Hadji and Andre Luiz netted for Nancy, with Mathieu Coutadeur and Thorstein Helstad replying for the visitors, who had Samuel Bouhours sent off.

All the goals from Ligue 2 can be seen here.

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Heerenveen 2 – Groningen 1 (Eredivisie, March 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Groningen had Martijn Meerdink dismissed for a second bookable offence after 25 minutes but the hosts could not capitalise until Christian Grindheim struck 14 minutes into the second half. Groningen levelled through Danny Holla before Gonzalo Garcia was also sent off for two bookable offences. Heerenveen finally made their numerical advantage tell when Vitkar Elm struck a 90th minute winner.

De Graafschap 1 – Heracles 0 (Eredivisie, March 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Luuk de Jong’s goal early in the second half was enough for the home side to secure victory and three crucial points, ending a streak of seven games without a victory.

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Leixoes 1 – Porto 4 (Superliga, March 7, 2009) Porto took the lead with a 23rd minute penalty from Lucho Gonzalez before second half goals from Hulk (49), Jose Raul Meireles (57) and Ernesto Farias (76) put the match to bed. Jorge Diogo Valente grabbed Leixoes’ consolation in the final minute of the match. Porto maintained their four point advantage over Sporting.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Pacos Ferreira 0 (Superliga, March 7, 2009) Sporting took a two goal lead into the break against Pacos thanks to goals from Liedson and Derlei.

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Anderlecht 2 – Zulte-Waregem 0 (Jupiler League, March 7, 2009) The Brussels outfit needed just five minutes for Tom de Sutter to open the scoring and Marcin Wasilewski added a second in the 26th minute.

Roeselare 2 – Mouscron 0 (Jupiler League, March 7, 2009)

Genk 4 – Dender 3 (Jupiler League, March 7, 2009)

Gent 2 – Tubize 0 (Jupiler League, March 7, 2009)

Kortrijk 2 – Lokeren 3 (Jupiler League, March 7, 2009)

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Rubin Kazan 1 – CSKA Moscow 2 (AET) (Russian Super Cup, March 7, 2009) CSKA Moscow took the lead through a terrific strike from Lithuanian Deividas Semberas. Just after the hour mark Roman Sharonov equalised from close range for the Russian champions. In extra time Rubin Kazan’s Karadeniz saw red for two bookable offences before Tomas Necid found the winner with seven minutes to go.

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Hacettepe 2 – Besiktas 3 (Super Lig, March 7, 2009) Tambwe’s double for Hacettepe was not enough in the face of goals from Besiktas’ lethal forward line of Delgado, Nobre and Bobo.

Trabzonspor 0 – Konyaspor 1 (Super Lig, March 7, 2009) Trabzonspor’s title hopes suffered what may prove to be a critical setback after they went down to an 84th minute winner from Kratochvil.

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Panathinaikos 3 – Larissa 0 (Greek Super League, March 7, 2009) Pana warmed up for the visit of Villarreal in the Champions League with a brilliant second half display. Dimitris Salpingidis bagged the first after the home side carved through the Larissa defence. Gilberto Silva claimed the second with a header from a set-play and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos crashed home the third to end a destructive eight minute spell.

Iraklis 2 – Panionios 1 (Greek Super League, March 7, 2009) Anastasios Agritis got the final touch to put Iraklis in the lead against Panionios. Fabien Estoyanoff brought the visitors level in the 73rd minute before Denis Epstein hit the winner with five minutes left on the clock.

Asteras 4 – Aris 0 (Greek Super League, March 7, 2009) Aris should have fallen behind at Asteras when they conceded a penalty had had their keeper sent off, but Marcelao saw the resulting spot kick saved. Down to 10-men though the goal soon came, Bastia scoring with a neat volley from the edge of the box. Marcelao made up for his penalty miss with a sublime chip after the break, Kaounos claimed the third and Horasio Cardozo took advantage of slack defending to wrap up the win.

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Ried 2 – Austria Karnten 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 7, 2009) Hamdi Salihi scored both the Ried goals netting in the 23rd and 63rd minutes.

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Shakhtar Donetsk 1 – Dnepr D’petrovsk 0 (Vyscha Liga, March 7, 2009) Fernandinho’s first half penalty was enough for Shakhtar.

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Liberec 1 – Pribram 0 (Gambrinus Liga, March 7, 2009) Andrej Keric scored the only goal of the game in the first half.

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Doxa 2 – Apollon 2 (Cypriot First Division, March 7, 2009)  A90th minute equaliser from Risso earned Apollon a point.

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Red Star Belgrade 4 – Napredak 0 (Serbian Super Liga, March 7, 2009) Cleo bagged a brace in the comfortable win.

Habitfarm Javor 0 – Partizan Belgrade 1 (Serbian Super Liga, March 7, 2009) Diarra slotted home the winner in the 66th minute.

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Wisla Krakow 2 – Polonia Warszawa 1 (Ekstraklasa, March 7, 2009)

Piast 1 – Belchatow 0 (Ekstraklasa, March 7, 2009)

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Kashima Antlers 2 – Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (J-League, March 7, 2009) Defending champions Kashima opened their season with three points courtesy of goals from Nozawa and Marquinhos in each half.

FC Tokyo 1 – Albirex Niigata 4 (J-League, March 7, 2009)

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Argentinos Juniors 1 – Gimnasia La Plata 1 (Clausura, March 7, 2009)

Colon 2 – Banfield 0 (Clausura, March 7, 2009)

Tigre 4 – Racing Club 1 (Clausura, March 7, 2009)


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