Ronaldo’s stunner & the Gunners win over the Yellow Submarine set up a Manchester United-Arsenal CL semi-final

FC Porto 0 – Manchester United 1 (Agg. 2-3) (Champions League, April 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) After just six minutes Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of the goals of the season, cracking a stunning long-range strike past Helton to put United into the lead at Porto.

Arsenal 3 – Villareal 0 (Agg. 4-1) (Champions League, April 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) Theo Walcott chipped Arsenal into the lead after ten minutes at the Emirates following a move involving Eboue and Fabregas. On the hour mark Arsenal doubled their lead, Robin van Persie was the creator with a fine through ball that Emmanuel Adebayor finished for his second goal of the tie. Six minutes later Robin van Persie sealed the win from the penalty spot and Sebastian Eguren received his second booking for complaining for the Spanish side.

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Spartak Moscow 0 – Dynamo Moscow 3 (Russian Cup, April 15, 2009) The Russian Cup represented Spartak’s last possible entry into the Europa Cup next season but, having begun the new season with just one win in four games, and then being swept aside at home by Dinamo in their quarter-final, coach Michael Laudrup was given the boot.

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Hacken 4 – IFK Gothenburg 1 (Allsvenskan, April 15, 2009) Paulinho, Josef Karlsson and a Mathias Ranegie double gave Hacken the win.

Halmstad 0 – Brommapojkarna 1 (Allsvenskan, April 15, 2009) Joakim Runnemo struck the winner in the 65th minute to send Brommapojkarna to the top of the table.

Djurgarden 0 – Gefle 0 (Allsvenskan, April 15, 2009)

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Brondby 3 – Aalborg BK 3 (Elkstra Bladet Cup, April 15, 2009) Anders Randrup headed in at the back post to give Brondby the lead on 10 minutes, 12 minutes later Kasper Risgard fired in an equaliser. Eight minutes before the break Randrup gave Brondby the lead again, showing some fine attacking instincts again for a right back. Just after the hour mark Luton Shelton levelled things up with a fine turn and flick only for the home side to claim a third through Jan Kristiansen three minutes later. Former Wigan midfielder Andreas Johansson had the last word with Aalborg’s third equaliser of the match.

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Dinamo Bucharest 4 – Rapid Bucharest 2 (Romanian Cup, April 15, 2009)

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Red Star Belgrade 4 – Sartid Smederevo 1 (Serbian Cup, April 15, 2009) Cleo and Milijas both struck braces for Red Star.

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Palmeiras 1 – Sport Recife 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 15, 2009) Palmeiras remain in grave danger of exiting the Copa Libertadores in the group stage after failing to beat ten-man Sport Recife. Keirrison continued his fine scoring run with a penalty only for Wilson to equalise just before the break. Seconds later Wilson was sent off for a second booking despite having not taken his shirt off completely during his goal celebration.

Universidad de Chile 0 – Gremio 2 (Copa Libertadores, April 15, 2009) Leo and Maxi Lopez secured an impressive victory for the Brazilians.

Independiente Medellin 2  – Sao Paulo 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 15, 2009) Medellin took the lead through Diego Cabrera in the 15th minute following good work from Restrepo, and a Rafael Castillo shot took a couple of deflections en route to goal to make it 2-nil in the 27th. The Brazilians got one back at six minutes from the break as Andre Lima struck home from outside the box.


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