Manchester United 1 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Was it intentional? Chelsea were celebrating after 19 minutes at Old Trafford after a mazy run from the excellent Malouda down the left was converted by a brilliant back-to-goal flick from Joe Cole that saw the ball trickle into Van der Sar’s far post. United were denied penalty calls for tackles on Park Ji-Sung and Gary Neville in the first half (highlights here) but the Blues were worthy of their lead at the break. United cranked up the pressure for the majority of the second half, but in the 77th minute Chelsea score on the counter-attack as Kalou freed fellow sub Didier Drogba (a yard offside) on the right and the Ivorian slammed his shot past Van der Sar. Within minutes United had a lifeline with their own two substitutes combining, Nani teased his way down the left and his cross was turned into the net (handball?) by 18-year-old sensation Federico Macheda. (Post match montage here.)
Arsenal 1 – Wolves 0 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal had the bulk of the possession and chances in the first half (highlights here) against Wolves but the Gunners were frustrated in their efforts to find the back of the net. Wolves were harshly reduced to 10-men early in the second half when Karl Henry saw red for a tackle on Tomas Rosicky but it took Arsenal until the 94th minute to capitalise when Sanga cross was header home by Nicklas Bendtner for a dramatic winner to keeper their title hopes alive.
Burnley 1 – Manchester City 6 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Manchester City came charging out the blocks at Turf Moor and had the game wrapped up in the opening minutes. Emmanuel Adebayor volleyed home the first from a corner, Craig Bellamy nipped in for number two and Carlos Tevez tapped home the third after Jensen had spilled a shot. After three goals in the opening seven minutes, City had to wait till the 20th to score the fourth, Patrick Vieira heading home the fourth. An appalling first half for Burnley ended when Tevez freed Emmanuel Adebayor through the centre and the striker faked out Jensen in goal before netting City’s fifth. City continued their rampage after the break when Adam Johnson’s swung in another corner from the left that Vincent Kompany headed in. Steven Fletcher netted a consolation 20 minutes from time smashing in a beauty into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Sunderland 3 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Darren Bent dented Spurs’s top four hopes after just 36 seconds at the Stadium of Light as the striker pounced on Gomes’s parry from Campbell to score. Just before the half hour Tottenham were 2-down, Gomes saved Malbranque’s shot only for newbee Kyle Walker to foolishly handle in the box, and Darren Bent gobbled up the chance to bag a second against his former employers. Spurs were fortunate not to be 3-down at the break but Gomes saved a second spot-kick fro Bent after Modric had given away another penalty. (First half goals here.) Sunderland won another penalty when Palacios brought Meyler down in the box but again Gomes denied Bent his hat-trick saving a second spot-kick. Connecting with Kranjcar’s looping cross in the 72nd minute, Peter Crouch out-jumped everyone to direct a downward header past Gordon. But hopes of a fightback were dashed by Bolo Zenden when he brilliantly volleyed his team’s third after his left foot met Henderson’s cross.
Bolton 0 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Ashley Young put Villa 1-up at the Reebok when the winger picked up the ball in the inside left channel and curled a right-footed beauty in the top corner of the far post.
Stoke 2 – Hull 0 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â A lightning start at the Britannia saw Stoke score inside six minutes against Hull, Dave Kitson headed on a long ball for Ricardo Fuller, who took advantage of a flat-footed McShane to race through on goal and finish with the outside of his right foot. Liam Lawrence wrapped up the win a minute from time when he passed the ball into the bottom corner from 16 yards after being teed up by Etherington.
Iain Dowie’s post match interview can be seen here.
Portsmouth 0 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, April 3, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â PortsmouthÂ produced a fantastic fighting display to earn a goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers after Anthony Vanden Borre was sent off for the Blues midway through the second half.
Cardiff 2 – Swansea 1 (Championship, April 3, 2010) Andrea Orlandi gave the Swans a 28th minute lead straight from a right-wing corner as the Spaniard scored his first this season. Michael Chopra scored his first league goal for three months just before halftime smashing home Jay Bothroyd’s flick. Michael Chopra dramatically ended Cardiff south Wales derby hoodoo with a stoppage time winner.
QPR 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Championship, April 3, 2010) Alejandro Faurlin’s first goal for QPR midway through the first half appeared set to move Neil Warnock’s side on to 50 points for the season. But the Owls hit back with 13 minutes to go as Tom Soares headed home from close range to leave his team two points outside of the bottom three.
Leeds 0 – Swindon 3 (League One, April 3, 2010) Billy Paynter pounced either side of half-time to take his goal tally against Leeds this season to four, and strike partner Charlie Austin headed Swindon’s third in the 55th minute. Leeds have now gone an alarming 385 minutes without scoring.
Rangers 1 – Hamilton 0 (SPL, April 3, 2010) Scottish champions-elect Rangers took a 20th minute lead at home to Hamilton when Maurice Edu finished off a great pass-pass-pass attack from the Gers. Rangers’ lead was kept intact by a wonderful finger-tip save from Allan McGregor to turn aside Flavio Paixao’s bender into the top corner.
Barcelona 4 – Athletic Bilbao 1 (La Liga, April 3, 2010) Barcelona struck 25 minutes in against Bilbao, the Catalans built up an attack on the edge of the visitors’ box before Abdial played the killer ball to the back stick where Jeffren slid in to score. Barca doubled their advantage five minutes from the break when Bojan Krkic finished clinically after being put clear by Carlos Puyol. Just before the hour mark Barca score a tremendous team goal as a patient attack involving several players finally sped up with Bojan Krkic smashing home a 20-yard rocket for number three. Things heated up when Yaya Toure motioned a headbutt at Javi Martinez after a coming together in which both players were booked. But soon Barca were back to scoring as Leo Messi go tin on the act converting Pedro’s right wing cross. Markel Laskurain netted a 77th minute consolation for Bilbao.
Sevilla 3 – Tenerife 0 (La Liga, April 3, 2010) Fredi Kanoute and Luis Fabiano were on target in the first half and a fine free kick from Jose Carios completed the scoring in the second half.
Zaragoza 2 – Malaga 0 (La Liga, April 3, 2010) A howitzer from Leonardo Ponzio on the stroke of halftime put Zaragoza into the lead, and a second half volley from striker Humberto Suazo sealed the hosts’ victory.
Udinese 3 – Juventus 0 (Serie A, April 3, 2010)Â Juve’s porous defence was exposed after nine minutes at Udinese when the Old Lady had their crossbar rattled before Alexis Sanchez nipped in to score the rebound. Second half goals from Simone Pepe and Antonio Di Natale completed another miserable evening for Juventus in a traumatic season.
Inter Milan 3 – Bologna 0 (Serie A, April 3, 2010) League leaders Inter, with Mario Balotelli back in the team, took a 19th minute lead at home to Bologna when Thiago Motta’s speculative left-foot ended up nestled in the far corner. Inter doubled their lead early in the second half when Milito’s ball from the left hand side found Mario Balotelli in the area and the sulky forward capped his first team return with a goal. Inter sealed their win late on as Thiago Motta clinically struck from 15-yards.
Cagliari 2 – AC Milan 3 (Serie A, April 3, 2010) A slick one-two between Clarence Seedorf and Marco Borriello sent the forward free into the Cagliari box and AC Milan striker chalked up a 7th minute lead. Cagliari pulled level when 18-year-old forward Daniele Ragatzu collected the ball in the Rossoneri box and he toe-poked a strike past a flat-footed Dida. But Milan, who have fallen away so badly in the title race in recent weeks, showed their character by quickly retaking the lead with a left-foot belter from Klaas Jan Huntelaar. A ding-dong battle saw Alessandro Matri pull the hosts back level, but a horror own goal from defender Davide Astori put Milan back in front at the interval.
Chievo 1 – Sampdoria 2 (Serie A, April 3, 2010) Antonio Cassano needed less than a minute to put Samp ahead at Chievo finishing off the visitors first attack of the match, and a fast start to the second half saw striker Giampaolo Pazzini break the home offside trap at Sampdoria doubled their lead.
Lazio 1 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, April 3, 2010) Lazio’s recent revival against relegation continued early doors against high-flyers Napoli when Sergio Floccari met a left wing cross with a bullet header, but Napoli equalised through Marek Hamsik’s close-range lob. (First half goals here.)
Genoa 1 – Livorno 1 (Serie A, April 3, 2010) A rare goal from Genoa centre-back Emmanuel Boakye put the hosts ahead against relegation-threatened Livorno. A late Francesco Tavano tap-in earned the strugglers a point.
Catania 2 – Palermo 0 (Serie A, April 3, 2010) Former Barcelona joke striker Maxi Lopez continued his reputation rehabilitation with a match-winning performance, the blonde-haired assassin firing home a low shot after 14 minutes and before netting his brace just after the half hour.
Schalke 1 – Bayern Munich 2 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) The top-of-the-table clash between Schalke and Bayern when the way of the Bavarians midway through the opening 45 when Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller netted twice in two minutes to put the Munich giants into a commanding position. Schalke grabbed a lifeline through Kevin Kuranyi’s well-directed header in the 31st minute and Bayern’s woes increased when Altintop picked up his second booking just before the break.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) Selim Teber’s 28th minute penalty put Frankfurt in the ascendancy against title hopefuls Leverkusen, but Bayer weren’t behind for too long before top-scorer Stefan Kiessling pulled the visitors level. Bayer took the lead a minute into the second half when Stefan Kiessling produce a second clinical finish to take his total for the season to 19 in the league. But Frankfurt hit back on the hour when Caio scored a incredible 30-yard swerver that gave the keeper no chance. Leverkusen they suffered a sucker-punch late goal to see their title hopes torpedoed, Mike Franz netting the winner with a dramatic close-range bicycle-kick from a corner.
Cologne 0 – Hertha Berlin 3 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) Bottom side Hertha pulled the rabbit out the hat with another fabulous away win in their great escape efforts to beat the drop, with Raffael scoring in the 25th and 45th minutes to put the visitors in a commanding lead at the break. Mohamad and Zoran Tosic saw red for Cologne in the second period and Cicero scored in the 75th minute to put the match out of sight.
Borussia Dortmund 2 – Werder Bremen 1 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) A 9th minute header from Kevin Grosskreutz put Dortmund in front at home to Werder, and Bremen’s trouble’s worsened when defender Neven Subotic headed in Borussia’s second from a corner. Aaron Hunt brought Bremen back into the game just after the hour mark.
Nurnberg 2 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) Mainz were in the mire after just four minutes at Nurnberg when Ivanschitz saw red, and the hosts took advantage 10 minutes later when Mike Frantz side-footed home from 14-yards. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting doubled the lead with a header from a right wing cross.
Freiburg 1 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) A tidy turn and finish from Papiss Demba Cisse put Freiburg ahead against Bochum, but the visitors pulled level midway through the first half when Christoph Dabrowski headed home a free-kick.
Stuttgart 2 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, April 3, 2010) Gladbach broke the deadlock at Stuttgart when Marco Reus raced through the middle and finished with aplomb, Ciprian Marica levelling for the hosts in the 66th minute. Stuttgart went on to claim all three points when Zdravko Kuzmanovic crashing home a half-volley from the edge of the Gladbach box.
Rennes 1 – Lyon 2 (Ligue 1, April 3, 2010) Asamoah Gyan gave Rennes the lead in the 15th minute. Lyon staged a fine second half comeback with goals from Michel Bastos (an explosive finish)Â and Lisandro Lopez (great header).
Bordeaux 1 – Nancy 2 (Ligue 1, April 3, 2010) Youssouf Hadji put Nancy into a surprise 18th minute lead at Bordeax, before the hosts pulled level through Fernando Cavenaghi ten minutes later. But Laurent Blanc’s title hopefuls suffered a shock loss when in-form striker Issiar Dia followed up a hat-trick last weekend with the 72nd minute winner.
Valenciennes 1 – Lille 0 (Ligue 1, April 3, 2010) Aurelien Chedjou struck the crossbar for Lille in the first half before Mamadou Samassa snaffled the points for Valenciennes with an 82nd minute winner.
Saint Etienne 2 – Le Mans 0 (Ligue 1, April 3, 2010) Second half goals from Cedric Varrault and Yohan Benalouane sealed the win for the home side.
Montpellier 0 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, April 3, 2010) Montpellier are Lyon’s nearest challengers at the top of the table, but could only earn a point in a stalemate at home to ninth-placed Monaco.
Grenoble 1 – Lorient 2 (Ligue 1, April 3, 2010) Eighth-placed Lorient kept alive their slim hopes of European football next term with a 2-1 win at Grenoble. Nassim Akrour had put bottom club Grenoble in front after three minutes, only for Kevin Gameiro to equalise after 32 minutes and substitute James Fanchone to net the winner five minutes from time.
VVV Venlo 0 – FC Twente 2 (Eredivisie, April 3, 2010) Steve McClaren’s charges took another big step forward to claiming the Dutch championship with a fin away win at Venlo courtesy of goal in each half from Blaise N’Kufo and the excellent Bryan Ruiz.
Roda 5 – RKC Waalwijk 1 (Eredivisie, April 3, 2010) The visitors took an early lead through Charlison Benschop’s goal but a Morten Skoubo strike and an own goal from Jurgen Colin put the hosts ahead at the break. And things only got worse for the home team as Mads Junker helped himself to a second-half hat-trick inside 19 minutes.
Heerenveen 4 – Sparta 1 (Eredivisie, April 3, 2010) Heerenveen defender Michael Dingsdag was given his marching orders after just 17 minutes. Joshua John stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick but it was saved by Henk Timmer. Despite their numerical disadvantage, the hosts led 3-0 at the break after Hernan Losada and Roy Beerens struck either side of a Gerald Sibon penalty. Erik Falkenburg offered the slightest of consolations when he pulled a goal back on the hour, but a wonder solo-goal from Hernan Losada after 77 minutes left Sparta red-faced.
Vitesse 3 – Groningen 0 (Eredivisie, April 3, 2010) Claudemir set them on their way with a quarter of the game remaining and Santi Kolk’s 20-yard strike and Alexander Buttner’s amazing stoppage-time lob made the result safe.
Porto 4 – Maritimo 1 (Liga Sagres, April 3, 2010) Porto moved within five points of second-placed Braga in the Portuguese Liga with a 4-1 hammering of Maritimo despite going behind in the first minute to Takahito Soma’s strike. They were 2-1 up inside eight minutes thanks to Falcao (an incredible overhead-volley) and Raul Meireles, and Falcao struck again six minutes after half-time before Hulk wrapped up victory with 12 minutes remaining.
Olhanense 2 – Vitoria Setubal 2 (Liga Sagres, April 3, 2010) Bernardo Henrique gave the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead and, when Ladji Keita made it 2-0 13 minutes after the interval, it appeared Vitoria would open up a three-point gap over their hosts, who occupy the third and final place in the drop zone. But in a stunning conclusion to the game, Vieira Djalmir pulled one back with five minutes to go and, in the last minute, Andre Castro earned a vital draw with kept Olhanense level on points with their opponents.
Academica Coimbra 0 – Uniao Leiria 0 (Liga Sagres, April 3, 2010) Academica moved a point above the relegation zone with a goalless home draw against Uniao.
Pacos Ferreira 0 – Belenenses 0 (Liga Sagres, April 3, 2010) Basement club Belenenses gained a creditable share of the spoils at Pacos Ferreira in another match which failed to yield a goal.
Anderlecht 2 – Club Brugge 2 (Jupiler League Championship Play-Off, April 3, 2010) An own goal from Ryan Donk put Anderlecht ahead on 16 minutes and Matias Suarez made it 2-0 eight minutes after the break. Brugge did fight their way back as Nabil Dirar crashed home a swerving free-kick in the 55th minute and Donk, making up for his own goal, in the 81st. Donk’s day ended with the defender seeing red at the death.
Amkar Perm 3 – Sibir Novosibirsk 1 (Russian Premier League, April 3, 2010) Close-range finishes from Sergey Volkov and Georgi Peev fired Amker in control after 24 minutes, but an outstanding bullet free-kick from Dmitri Molosh pulled Sibir back into the match ten minutes from the interval. Amkar wrapped up the victory at the death when Georgi Peev cracked home his second with a powerful shot into the near post.
Anji Makhachkala 2 – Alania Vladikavkaz 0 (Russian Premier League, April 3, 2010) Anji won the battle of the newly promoted clubs as Andrey Streltsov netted a first half penalty and Dutchman Jan Holenda’s first goal in Russia early in the second half.
Spartak Nalchik 5 – Rostov 2 (Russian Premier League, April 3, 2010) Spartak got off to a flying start with David Siradze grabbing the first in the third minute before Leandro doubled the advantage from the penalty spot in the 13th minute. Another penalty from Alexander Amisulashvili early in the second half made it 3-0. Rostov substitute Mersudin Ahmetovic got one back for the visitors in the 64th minute, but Vladimir Dyadyun responded three minutes later to make it 4-1. Roman Adamov converted Rostov’s 80th-minute penalty, but Leandro needed only a minute to restore the three-goal advantage and put Spartak three points clear of Rubin Kazan.
Bursaspor 2 – Antalyaspor 1 (Super Lig, April 3, 2010) After Necati Ates scored yet another header for Antalyaspor early doors, Bursaspor keeper Dimitar Ivankov levelled from the penalty spot before Omer Erdogan sealed the title hopefuls comeback with a winner 15 minutes from time.
Istanbul Buyuksehir 3 – Denizlispor 1 (Super Lig, April 3, 2010) Ahmet Cebe had fired Denizlispor into the lead after 38 minutes, but they were over-run in the second half as Damien Chrysostome’s 50th-minute own goal was followed by strikes from half-time substitutes Ibrahim Akin (64) and Tevfik Kose (75). The defeat left Denizlispor seven points adrift of safety.
Obolon Kyiv 0 – Shakhtar Donetsk 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 3, 2010) Another world-class free-kick from Dario Srna from tight on the right touchline into the far top corner settled the match for Shakhtar.
Zorya 0 – Dynamo Kyiv 2 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 3, 2010)
Urawa Red Diamonds 2 – Shonan Bellmare 1 (J-League, April 3, 2010) Urawa forward Tatsuya Tanaka was bought down by defender Muramatsu in the area, allowing Brazilian midfielder Ponte to duly flick in the following penalty shot shortly before the break. In the 56th minute Yuki Abe was pulled down just outside the penalty area, and Abe himself hit a free kick, which picked up a deflection off a defender before going in. Shonan managed to pull one back in injury time through Genki Nakayama from a cross by Koji Sakamoto.
Yokohama F.Marinos 1 – Shimizu S-Pulse 2 (J-League, April 3, 2010) Shimizu’s serial goalscorer Shinji Okazaki put the visitors’ 2-up with a first half double, Norihisa Shimizu pulled a late goal back for Yokohama but it was too little, too late.
Cerezo Osaka 3 – Kyoto Sanga 1 (J-League, April 3, 2010) Osaka claimed a comfortable home win after Shinji Kagawa had given Cerezo a 2-goal lead by the 53rd minute. A last minute Ryuji Bando third rounded off the win.
Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 – Vissel Kobe 0 (J-League, April 3, 2010) A brace of dazzling free-kicks in each half from Igor Burzanovic lead Nagoya to victory.
Albirex Niigata 0 – Omiya Ardija 0 (J-League, April 3, 2010)
Independiente 1 – Arsenal 0 (Clausura, April 3, 2010) Independiente went seven matches unbeaten and opened up a five-point lead with their home win courtesy of a fine goal from Leonel Nunez, the striker’s third in as many matches.
San Lorenzo 0 – Gimnasia La Plata 1 (Clausura, April 3, 2010) Midfielder Sebastian Romero scored the only goal at San Lorenzo’s Nuevo Gasometro ground after five minutes, leading to Diego Simeone quitting as coach of San Lorenzo after his team’s seventh defeat in 12 matches.
Argentinos Juniors 2 – Chacarita Juniors 1 (Clausura, April 3, 2010) Argentinos Juniors climbed to second on 22 points with a 2-1 win over Chacarita Juniors, Facundo Coria scoring both their goals.
Newells Old Boys 0 – Tigre 2 (Clausura, April 3, 2010)
Atlas 3 – Atlante 3 (Mexican Premiera Division, April 3, 2010) Johan Fano and Jesus Paganoni exchanged goals in the first half as the game was even 1-1 at the break. Nestor Vidrio found Ricardo Jimenez inside the box in the 62nd minute to give Atlas a lead as Jimenez redirected the cross from inside the six-yard box and somehow beat Federico Vilar. But Fano headed home a cross from Christian Bermudez to level terms. Santiago Solari knifed through four Atlas defenders in the 85th minute and gave his side what appeared to be a game-winner. Torres Nilo answered as he buried a header off a cross from Carlos Gutierrez in stoppage time.
San Luis 0 – Tigres 3 (Mexican Premiera Division, April 3, 2010) Lucas Lobos and Francisco “Kikin” Fonseca scored first-half goals and Jesus Molina added a third goal early in the second half for the final margin.
Morelia 1 – Puebla 1 (Mexican Premiera Division, April 3, 2010) Miguel Sabah and Herculez Gomez exchanged goals as Morelia blew yet another lead at home.
Monterrey 1 – Pumas 0 (Mexican Premiera Division, April 3, 2010) Walter Ayovi scored on the penalty kick midway through the second half and Monterrey beat Pumas to gain control of the Group 2 table.
Indios 1 – Pachuca 2 (Mexican Premiera Division, April 3, 2010) Damian Manso’s 82nd-minute goal helped Pachuca put away a pesky already-relegated Indios side.
Cruz Azul 1 – Queretaro 0 (Mexican Premiera Division, April 3, 2010)