Tottenham 3 – Fulham 1 (FA Cup quarter-final replay, March 24, 2010) Fulham struck first at White Hart Lane when Duff strode through the middle and slipped a ball through to Bobby Zamora and the striker curled a beauty past Gomes with his left foot. Minutes into the second half and Spurs levelled as substitute David Bentley saw his free-kick bounce in the box and beyond Mark Schwarzer without anyone touching the ball. On the hour, fellow replacement Roman Pavlyuchenko continued his outstanding form as he fired home. The win was sealed not long after when a wonderful flowing Spurs move saw Eidur Gudjohnsen round Schwarzer and fire home
Portsmouth 0 – Chelsea 5 (Premier League, March 24, 2010) (Slightly longer highlights here.) Chelsea went into the break 1-nil up at Fratton Park, and the goal was a howler as David James completely missed a kick (via a bump in the pitch) that allowed Didier Drogba to latch onto the ball and score into an open net. (First half highlights here.) Th excellent Florent Malouda netted Chelsea’s second when he was released on the left by Lampard and he lashed home an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net left-footed. The Blues killed the game with a third, Lampard seeing his parried shot converted by Florent Malouda on the rebound. Pompey were then embarrassed when Chelsea notched a fourth, Didier Drogba running on to Jon Mikel Obi’s pass and drilling home his shot in at the near post. A horrible night for Pompey ended when Drogba’s knock-back fell to the unmarked Frank Lampard who nodded in from a yard.
Aston Villa 1 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, March 24, 2010) Villa were stuck at 1-all at the interval with Sunderland (first half highlights here) after Frazier Campbell raced through the home backline and produced a fabulous finish to score. John Carew pulled Villa level getting on the end of Young’s cross.
Manchester City 0 – Everton 2 (Premier League, March 24, 2010) Everton took the lead at Eastlands when a training ground free-kick saw the ball cut back to Baines who whipped in a cross that Tim Cahill nodded over the line. City’s top four ambitions were sunk five minutes from time when Mikel Arteta slotted home a fine second after a superb run from Jack Rodwell.
Injury time saw a scuffle between the two managers as Roberto Mancini went a little insane as David Moyes held on to the ball a little too long.
Blackburn 2 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, March 24, 2010) David Dunn put Blackburn ahead against his former club in the fifth minute with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area. James McFadden equalised for Birmingham in the 55th minute with a perfectly-placed free-kick, but Dunn grabbed the winner in the 67th minute, heading home El-Hadji Diouf’s corner.
St. Mirren 4 – Celtic 0 (SPL, March 24, 2010) Celtic suffered one of their worst domestic nights for decades when they were humiliated 4-0 by relegation-threatened St Mirren. Two goals each for Andy Dorman and Steven Thompson gave them their first home win over Celtic for 21 years.
Barcelona 2 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, March 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here) in which Osasuna had good chances to take the lead, Barca finally broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic found himself on the end of Maxwell’s ball across the box and tapped into an empty net. ï»¿ The Catalans added a second at the death when Bojan turned in Iniesta’s cross from the left to seal the game.
Tenerife 2 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, March 24, 2010) Nilmar headed Villarreal ahead at the end of the first half before Juan Francisco Martinez equalised in the 60th. Jose Antonio Culebras gave Tenerife the lead in the 76th before Giuseppe Rossi pulled the visitors level two minutes from the end.
Almeria 1 – Zaragoza 0 (La Liga, March 24, 2010) Kala Uche was the man in the right place to sweep home Pablo Piattiâ€™s through pass and claim the points for Almeria.
Racing Santander 0 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, March 24, 2010) Both sides put on an attacking display but neither Racing nor Mallorca could break the deadlock.
Valladolid 0 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, March 24, 2010)
Inter Milan 3 – Livorno 0 (Serie A, March 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.)Â Inter raced into a 2-goal lead against Livorno, Samuel Eto’o bagged a brace with the Cameroonian scoring a terrific overhead-kick for his second. Maicon sealed the win in the second half when the full-back gallop[ed up the inside right channel and drilled a shot across the keeper into the far post.
Parma 1 – AC Milan 0 (Serie A, March 24, 2010) AC Milan dropped down to third after they were beaten 1-0 at Parma, Valeri Bojinov got the only goal of the game before Milan’s Andrea Pirlo was sent off.
Bari 2 – Sampdoria 1 (Serie A, March 24, 2010) For the second game running Antonio Cassano got on the scoresheet for Samp, the maverick striker pulling out a fancy flick in the box to give the visitors the lead at Bari. Riccardo Meggiorini pulled Bari level when he thumped in the leveller from close range, and four minutes from time Bari took the lead through a well-placed header from Barreto.
Lazio 2 – Siena 0 (Serie A, March 24, 2010) Lazio struck after six minutes in their relegation 6-pointer with Siena, Stephan Lichtsteiner converting a cross on the volley to put the Romans in front. In the 72nd minute Julio Cruz secured Lazio all three points as he netted his side’s second.
Genoa 2 – Palermo 2 (Serie A, March 24, 2010) Abel Hernandez slid in Palermo’s opener at Genoa ten minutes before the break, but Salvatore Bocchetti levelled for Genoa. Javier Pastore restored his team’s lead, before Simon Kjaer went for an early bath after picking up his second yellow card. Palmero looked good to hold on for three points but goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu saw red and Houssine Kharja snatched a point from the resulting spot kick.
Atalanta 3 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, March 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Cagliari were reduced to ten men after just 17 minutes when Daniele Dessena was sent off. But hosts Atalanta could take the lead only in the 53rd minute when Simone Tiribocchi found the target. Four minutes after the hour mark Valdes made it 2-0 when he successfully found the Cagliari goal from the penalty spot. Then eight minutes later Valdes wrapped up all three points when he scored his second goal of the evening. Daniele Conti scored an injury time consolation for the Sardinians.
Udinese 0 – Chievo 0 (Serie A, March 24, 2010)
Schalke 0 – Bayern Munich 1 (AET) (DFB Pokal, March 24, 2010) Bayern had to wait until the 112th minute to score but when it came it was beauty as Arjen Robben received the ball in his own half and ran down the right hand side beating two defender before unleashing a tremendous left-footed shot that gave Neuer no chance.
Monaco 4 – Sochaux 3 (AET) (Coupe de France, March 24, 2010) Sochaux opened their French Cup match at Monaco scoring an absolute screamer when a clearance ran to Ryan Boudebouz just inside the home side’s half at the Algerian scored a brilliant lob into the unguarded net. Monaco struck back five minutes later as Sebastien Puygrenier heading home from a Nene free-kick, and went ahead in the 38th when Lukman Haruna found the net with a brilliant half-volley from the edge of the box. (First half goals here.) Monaco were stunned after the break when Stephane Dalmat played a fine one-two with Marvin Martin before coolly slotting home to make it 2-2. Dalmat then set up Ideye Brown for Sochaux’s third in the 71st. The visitors wasted a great chance four minutes into added time and on the counter attack, Pino sent the game into extra time with a shot that was slightly deflected by Sochaux’s Perquis. Sochaux conceded a fourth in the 95th when Moussa Maazou poked the ball home after Teddy Richert failed to block Pino’s attempt.
Lens 3 – St. Etienne 1 (Coupe de France, March 24, 2010) The visitors had gone in front just a minute in through Kevin Mirallas but were hit by a Lens backlash. Eduardo Dos Santos levelled nine minutes before the break and after Alaeddine Yahia’s 76th-minute strike, Sebastian Roudet wrapped it up in added time.
Feyenoord 2 – FC Twente 1 (KNVB Beker, March 24, 2010) Steve McClaren’s team went ahead three minutes from the interval when Bryan Ruiz found his way through the Rotterdam defence after sloppy defending by Wijnaldum. Feyenoord hit back when a combination between Makaay and Denny Landzaat gave skipper Van Bronckhorst the chance to equalise eight minutes into the second half. From that moment the match flared up and seven minutes before time Leroy Fer set up Makaay to fire Feyenoord into the cup final.
Rio Ave 1 – FC Porto 3 (Taca de Portugal, March 24, 2010) The defending league champions started well with Ruben scoring the opener on 20 minutes, but Bruno Moraes equalised 17 minutes later. The visitors did take distance in the second half. Raul Meireles netted his side’s second in the 54th minute and Colombian Fredy Guarin made it 1-3 in the 76th.
Panathinaikos 3 – Pas Giannina 1 (Greek Cup semi-final first leg, March 24, 2010) Pana put oneÂ foot in the final with a convincing home win courtesy of an own goal from Elias Kotsios and Sotiris Ninis’ strike in the first half, while serial goalscorer Djibril Cisse sealed the win at the death. Pas grabbed a lifeline though in injury time when Georgios Kousas bagged a crucial away goal.
Metalurg Donetsk 2 – Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (Ukrainian Cup, March 24, 2010) Metallurg stunned Shakhtar in the opening 10 minute of their cup tie when Musawengosi Mguni and Velizar Dimitrov handed the hosts an earlier 2-goal lead. Fernandinho netted for Shakhtar in injury time at the end of the match.
Zakarpattia 1 – Dynamo Kiev 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 24, 2010) Aleksandr Trishovich’s goal early in the second half downed Kiev.
Arsenal Kyiv 2 – Vorskla Poltava 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 24, 2010) A second half double from Ionut Mazilu lead Arsenal to victory.
FC Copenhagen 0 – FC Nordsjaelland 2 (SAS Ligaen, March 24, 2010) Patrice Bernier and Nickie Nielsen scored for the visitors in the first 15 minutes of the second half to leave Copenhagen three points ahead of Odense, who have a game in hand.
Aalborg 1 – Silkeborg 0 (SAS Ligaen, March 24, 2010) AaB beat Silkeborg 1-0 thanks to Andreas Johansson’s 55th-minute goal.
Dinamo Zagreb 0 – Hajduk Split 0 (Croatian Cup, March 24, 2010)
Vojvodina Novi Sad 1 – Partizan Belgrade 2 (Serbian Superliga, March 24, 2010) Cleo scored a brace of first half headers for Partizan.
Flamengo 3 – Tigres Brasil 1 (Campeonato Carioca, March 24, 2010) Adriano scored a brace and Vagner Love bagged the third as Fla ran out comfortable winners.
Madureira 1 – Fluminense 3 (Campeonato Carioca, March 24, 2010) Goals from Mariano, Lima and Conca wrapped up th ewin for Flu in the first half.
Corinthians 0 – Paulista 1 (Campeonato Paulista, March 24, 2010) Mazola grabbed the only goal, tucking home a rebound.
Rio Branco 2 – Palmeiras 2 (Campeonato Paulista, March 24, 2010)
Cruzeiro 2 – Deportivo Italia 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 24, 2010) Fabinho scored the opener for Cruzeiro at home against Deportivo Italia with a header from a corner in the 6th minute. Pedro Ken secured the points in the 70th minute with a second goal from close range that deflected off a defender following a scramble in the Deportivo area.
Universidad Catolica 1 – Caracas 1 (Copa Libertadores, March 24, 2010) Jaime Bustamante gave Caracas the lead against Catolica with a finish from Dario Figueroa’s free kick in the 52nd minute. Juan Jose Morales ensured a share of the points for Catolica when he headed in a Mirovan Mirosevic pass in the 83rd minute.
Lanus 1 – Blooming 0 (Copa Libertadores, March 24, 2010) A penalty from Santiago Salcedo in the 16th minute proved the winner for Lanus.
Changchun Yatai 1 – Jeonbuk Motors 2 (AFC Champions League, March 24, 2010) Substitute Du Zhenyu put the hosts ahead in the 64th minute with a left-footed drive that was cancelled out by Choi Tae-uk 10 minutes later when the striker clipped the ball home following a goalmouth scramble. Lee Dong-gook scored the winner for the K-League champions five minutes before the final whistle, curling home Seo Jung-jinâ€™s pass inside the box.
Adelaide United 3 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2 (AFC Champions League, March 24, 2010) Travis Dodd had given the home side an early lead before Sanfrecce defender Ilian Stoyanov saw red for a professional foul in the 32nd minute when he brought down Matthew Leckie. But Sanfrecce fought back to take the lead with second-half goals from Kazuyuki Morisaki and Issei Takayanagi only for Robert Cornthwaite to make amends for an earlier error with a 77th minute header before Cassio’s deflected free-kick snatched the points.
Pohang Steelers 1 – Shandong Luneng 0 (AFC Champions League, March 24, 2010) A Noh Byung-joon free-kick special was enough to give Pohang Steelers a valuable 1-0 win over Shandong.
Singapore Armed Forces 2 – Gamba Osaka 4 (AFC Champions League, March 23, 2010) Shoki Hirai scored a hat-trick as Gamba Osaka recorded its first win of the season with a hard-fought win over 10-man Singapore Armed Forces.
Mexico 0 – Iceland 0 (International Friendly, March 24, 2010) Iceland were grateful to goalkeeper Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson who made a string of saves in the closing stages.