VIDEO: Crouch heads Spurs to Champions League glory at Man City; Inter beat Roma in the cup final as the treble stays in sight; Ronaldo hit trips for Real; Marseille win Ligue 1

Manchester City 0 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, May 5, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Manchester City began stronger against Spurs in the opening stages in their fourth place showdown, but it was the north Londoners who had first reason to grumble after Ledley King was penalised after powering home a header from a corner.  Spurs had keeper Gomes to thank for getting to the break on levelling footing after the Brazilian made several top class saves to deny City. (First half highlights here.) A pulsating second half played out at Eastlands, but after Spurs began to turn the screw they were rewarded nine minutes from time when Kaboul powered down the right hand side and fizzed in a cross that Fulop could only parry, and Peter Crouch was on hand to head a £60m goal to put Spurs on the brink of the Champions League.

Comical scenes played out during Harry Redknapp’s post match interview as David Bentley lead his teammates in drenching the Tottenham coach with a bucket of liquid. (A different angle can be seen here.)

Post match interview: Peter Crouch & Jermain Defoe.

Fulham 0 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, May 5, 2010) Matthew Etherington hammered a Ricardo Fuller cross past Mark Schwarzer to move the Potters up to 10th.


Motherwell 6 – Hibernian 6 (SPL, May 5, 2010) Colin Nish scored twice early as Hibs assumed control and coasted into a 4-2 lead at half-time which they soon extended to a 6-2 advantage through a close-range double by Anthony Stokes. But Giles Coke’s second of the game for the home side and a fumbled Tom Hateley free-kick set up a dramatic finale which gathered pace when John Sutton’s second made the score 5-6 in the 76th minute. Amazingly the home side even had time to miss a penalty in the 87th minute through substitute Ross Forbes before Lukas Jutkiewicz volleyed the equaliser from an almost impossible angle in injury time.


Inter Milan 1 – Roma 0 (Coppa Italia final, May 5, 2010) Jose Mourinho brought the entertainment in the early stages of the Coppa Italia final as the Special One tried to grab a look at the fourth assistant’s television after Diego Milito had a goal ruled out for offside. Mourinho then found himself under the spotlight when the Portuguese was lazered while patrolling his technical area. Inter broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when Diego Milito was freed on the right hand side, the forward held off the attentions of two defenders before thumping a beauty into the far corner. Roma’s match ended in disgrace as talisman Francesco Totti was sent off for a brutal kick-out on Mario Balotelli.


Mallorca 1 – Real Madrid 4 (La Liga, May 5, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Mallorca, who have been terrific at home all season and remain firmly in the Champions League shake-up, took the lead against title hopefuls Real when Aritz Aduriz nodded home a loose corner after 14 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo again came to Real’s rescue to pull the Madridstas level, C-Ron collecting a ball over the ball before lobbing the keeper from an acute angle. Eleven minutes into the second half Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his second to turn the match on it’s head as he peeled off to the back post, controlled and slipped a shot past the keeper. Ronaldo’s one-man show continued in the 79th minute as the Galactico brilliantly squeezed past three defenders before sliding home his hat-trick goal and keep Los Blancos in the title race. A fantastic lob from Gonzalo Higuain wrapped up the points for Real with eight minutes remaining

Atletico Madrid 3 – Valladolid 1 (La Liga, May 5, 2010) Atletico struck in the 41st minute against Valladolid when Juanito converted a right wing cross with a back post header. Slack Valladolid defending in the 67th minute allowed Jurado to muscle his way into the box and slam home Atleti’s second. Diego Forlan killed the match for the Europa League finalists in the 73rd when the forward punished the visitors for failing to clear their lines from a corner. Valladolid did net a consolation in the 78th minute when a counter-attack was finished by Jonathan Sesma.

Racing Santander 1 – Sevilla 5 (La Liga, May 5, 2010) A second minute goal from Alvaro Negredo and a 20th minute Freddie Kanoute penalty put Sevilla in control of proceedings at Racing santander. Sevilla continued to romp to victory after the break as Jesus Navas and Diego Capel put the visitors 4-up. Mohammed Tchite gave Racing something to cheer on the hour when he drilled a shot into the corner, but Sevilla restored their 4-goal cushion when Negredo bagged a late fifth.

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, May 5, 2010) Gaizka Toquero fired Bilbao in front after just four minutes, but Duda drew Malaga level on 19 minutes.

Osasuna 3 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (La Liga, May 5, 2010) Osasuna beat Deportivo with goals from Javier Camunas, Walter Pandiani and Juanfran.

Zaragoza 1 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, May 5, 2010) Promoted Real Zaragoza took a giant stride towards safety with a 1-0 win over Espanyol with Adrian Colunga’s penalty on 78 minutes sealing a crucial win for Zaragoza who move five points clear of the drop zone.


Marseille 3 – Rennes 1 (Ligue 1, May 5, 2010) A stunning 30-yard free-kick from Gabriel Heinze put champions elect Marseille in front at home against Rennes. Rennes weren’t behind for long as Jimmy Briand scored a diving header after 38 minutes. Didier Deschamps’ side kept their cool to win with goals by captain Mamadou Niang and midfielder Lucho Gonzalez to spark joyous scenes of celebrations at the Stade Velodrome as OM claimed their first league title since 1992.

Lyon 2 – Auxerre 1 (Ligue 1, May 5, 2010) Auxerre’s serial-goalscorer Ireneusz Jelen took advantage off a woefully underhit backpass to fire the visitors into the lead at Lyon. Lisandro Lopez pulled the hosts level on the stroke of halftime with a penalty. Miralem Pjanic’s 85th minute won the match for Lyon.

Toulouse 0 – Lille 2 (Ligue 1, May 5, 2010) Lille boosted their chance of a Champions League spot with a 2-0 success at Toulouse. Goals from Yohan Cabaye (34) and Ludovic Obraniak (48) were enough to give Lille the points and send them into second spot.

PSG 2 – Valenciennes 2 (Ligue 1, May 5, 2010) Mevlut Erding fired PSG in front on the half hour, but Gaetan Bong replied for Valenciennes just before the hour. Mateja Kezman looked to have won it for PSG with his goal in the final minute, but Fahid Ben Khalfallah popped up with an equaliser two minutes into injury-time.

Nice 1 – Bordeaux 1 (Ligue 1, May 5, 2010) Bordeaux are in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League after being held to a 1-1 draw away to Nice. Emersen Fae gave Nice the lead on 26 minutes, but last season’s champions drew level seven minutes later thanks to a superb free-kick from Wendel.


Trabzonspor 3 – Fenerbahce 1 (Turkish Cup final, May 5, 2010) After a goalless first half, league leaders Fener struck first in the cup final when Alex de Souza opened five minutes after the restart. Trabzonspor  forward Umut Bulut pulled the underdogs 12 minutes after before Engin Baytar scored the goal of the game with a solo stunner 10 minutes from time. Gustavo Colman wrapped up a surprise cup victory for Trabzonspor in injury time.


Lokomotiv Moscow 0 – Saturn 1 (Russia Premier League, May 5, 2010) A clinical finish from Saturn striker Dmitri Kirichenko six minutes into the second half broke the deadlock in the match with Lokomotiv.

Samara 1 – Alania Vladikavkaz 0 (Russia Premier League, May 5, 2010) Igor Strelkov’s 51st minute header earned the points for the hosts.

Dynamo Moscow 1 – Amkar Perm 1 (Russia Premier League, May 5, 2010)


Shakhtar Donetsk 1 – Dynamo Kiev 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, May 5, 2010) Ilsinho’s 15 minute goal put Shakhtar in complete control of the title race.


Austria Vienna 1 – Rapid Vienna 0 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, May 5, 2010) Tomas Jun netted the all important winner in the Vienna derby as Austria leapfrogged Rapid into second place and into a Champions League spot.

Mattersburg 3 – Ried 1 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, May 5, 2010) A late double from striker Robert Waltner lead Mattersburg to victory.


Rosenborg 2 – Stabaek 0 (Tippeligaen, May 5, 2010) After suffering a mini-crisis following two goalless draws, Rade Prica netted a goal in each half to get Rosenborg back on the winning trail.

Brann 0 – Tromso 1 (Tippeligaen, May 5, 2010) Sigurd Rushfeldt goal on the half hour proved enough for league leaders Tromso.

Viking 1 – Haugesund 0 (Tippeligaen, May 5, 2010) Birkir Bjarnason’s winner on the stroke of halftime lead Viking to three points.

Sandefjord 0 -  Kongsvinger 1 (Tippeligaen, May 5, 2010) A 64th minute strike from Mame Niang settle the match in Kongsvinger’s favour.

Stromsgodset 0 – Odd Grenland 4 (Tippeligaen, May 5, 2010) Goals from Fredrik Gulsvik (19), Morten Fevang (34), Havard Storbaek (38) and Simen Brenne (76) earned Odd a fine away win.

Valerenga 0 – Honefoss 0 (Tippeligaen, May 5, 2010)


Elfsborg 2 – Malmo 2 (Allsvenskan, May 5, 2010) Goals from Jimmy Durmaz and Wilton Figueiredo had put the visitors 2-0 up and they looked set to overtake Helsingborgs on goal difference, but Denni Avdic pulled one back before slotting home from the spot in the 86th minute.

Atvidaberg 4 – Brommapojkarna 1 (Allsvenskan, May 5, 2010) Lowly Atvidabergs turned in a fine display as they secured a 4-1 win over Brommapojkarna. Kristian Bergstrom opened the scoring in just the third minute before Jesper Arvidsson, Paulus Roiha and Amir Suljic made sure of the win, Joakim Runnemo getting a late consolation.

Kalmar 1 – Halmstad 0 (Allsvenskan, May 5, 2010) An 81st minute strike from substitute Abiola Dauda was enough to give Kalmar a 1-0 win over Halmstad.

Hacken 0 – Gefle 2 (Allsvenskan, May 5, 2010) Gefle were 2-0 winners at Hacken as Alexander Gerndt and Jonatan Berg grabbing the goals.


Midtjylland 2 – Brondby 4 (SAS Ligaen, May 5, 2010) Alexander Farnerud scored a double for Brondby in the win.


Young Boys 2 – St. Gallen 1 (Swiss Super League, May 5, 2010) Nico Abegglen had put St Gallen ahead but Mauro Lustrinelli responded for the hosts just before the interval and Henri Bienvenu then struck in injury time. Young Boys retain their three-point lead at the top.


DC United 2 – Kansas City 1 (MLS, May 5, 2010) DC United belatedly opened its points account for the season thanks to two goals from Australian striker Danny Allsopp. Kei Kamara scored for Kansas City in second-half stoppage time.


Kyoto Sanga 2 – Shimizu S-Pulse 4 (J-League, May 5, 2010) Jungo Fujimoto converted twice from the penalty spot and Eddy Bosnar scored a late blockbuster as leaders Shimizu came from two goals down to preserve their unbeaten start to the season with at Kyoto.

Albirex Niigata 2 – Yokohama F. Marinos 1 (J-League, May 5, 2010) After Kazuma Watanabe put Yokohama in the lead, Cho Young-Cheol and Andrade turned the match around for Niigata.

Gamba Osaka 4 – Kawasaki Frontale 4 (J-League, May 5, 2010) Gamba looked to be cruising to victory when they were 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go, but a late hat-trick from Kawasaki’s Jumpei Kusukami earned Frontale an unlikely point in the 8-goal thriller.

Jubilo Iwata 2 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 (J-League, May 5, 2010) After condeding early doors, Ryoichi Maeda bagged a brace to lead Jubilo to victory.

Yamagata 1 – Omiya Ardija 0 (J-League, May 5, 2010) Furuhashi’s second half penalty settled the match.

Shonan Bellmare 2 – Vissel Kobe 2 (J-League, May 5, 2010) Ken Tokura bagged a brace for Kobe in the draw.


Estudiantes 3 – San Luis 1 (Agg. 4-1) (Copa Libertadores, May 5, 2010) Leandro Gonzalez scored the opening goal in the fifth minute before Leandro Benitez added two more in the second half against San Luis to cap Estudiantes’ 1-0 win in the first leg at Mexico. Diego De La Torre scored the lone goal for San Luis in the eighth minute.

Club Nacional 0 – Cruzeiro 3 (Agg. 1-6) (Copa Libertadores, May 5, 2010) Thiago Ribeiro gave Cruzeiro the lead with a 29th minute free-kick while Diego Coates doubled their advantage three minutes after the break. Gilberto secured the win with ten minutes remaining. Nacional ended the game with nine men as defender Sebastian Coates and forward Gustavo Varela were sent off during the second half, while Cruzeiro defender Leonardo Silva also saw red.

Cortinthians 2 – Flamengo 1* (Agg. 2-2) Corinthians took a two-goal first half lead with a David own goal and a Ronaldo header but Vagner Love scored early in the second half for the visitors to dash Corinthians’ hopes and advance Flamengo on away goals.


Gremio 2 – Fluminense 0 (Copa do Brasil, May 5, 2010) Goals from Hugo  and Jonas proved desicive for Gremio.

Santos 3 – Atletico MG 1 (Copa do Brasil, May 5, 2010) Neymar maintain his terrific goalscoring trend netting for Santos in the comfortable win.

Atletico-GO 1 – Palmeiras 0 (Copa do Brasil, May 5, 2010)

Vasco 3 – Vitoria 1 (Copa do Brasil, May 5, 2010)


Argentina 4 – Haiti 0 (International Friendly, May 5, 2010) Argentina took the lead shortly after the half-hour mark when uncapped Facundo Bertoglio profited from a defensive mistake by Pierre-Richard Bruny.  They doubled their tally nine minutes later when Boca Juniors’ all-time top-scorer Martin Palermo headed home an Ariel Garce cross from the right. The hosts extended their lead in somewhat fortunate circumstances five minutes after the interval. Lanus midfielder Sebastian Blanco crossed the ball from outside the box and it flew over his team-mates and into the net past surprised Haiti goalkeeper Dominique-Jean Zephyrin. Bertoglio grabbed his second of the night in the 55th minute, beating substitute goalkeeper Occenat Peterson with a right-footed shot.

Chile 2 – Trinidad & Tobago 0 (International Friendly, May 5, 2010) Pedro Morales and Sebastian Toro scored to give Chile a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.