Arsenal 2 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, March 20, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal needed just five minutes before scoring against West Ham, Denilson exchanged passes with Bendtner on the edge of the box before the Brazilian hit a sweet shot into the bottom right-hand corner, past Green’s despairing dive. The crucial moment of the match arrived on the stroke of halftime when Thomas Vermaelen was dismissed for pulling back Franco as the striker burst into the Arsenal area but Almunia saved Diamanti’s spot kick. (First half highlights here.) Seven minutes from time Arsenal wrapped up the win and continued the Premier League title charge when Upson was penalised for a handball in the box and Cesc Fabregas converted from the spot. (Second half highlights here.)
Portsmouth 3 – Hull 2 (Premier League, March 20, 2010) Iain Dowie’s life at Hull started on the front-foot at Championship bound Pompey as the host only partially cleared a corner, Craig Fagan tried his luck from long range and his shot deflected off Caleb Folan for the striker’s first Premier League goal since August 2008. The Tigers lead lasted just 10 minutes when an O’Hara corner caused havoc in the visitor’s defence and Tommy Smith was able to bundle in a scrappy equaliser. In the 72nd minute Hull took a crucial lead in their bid for Premier League survival when ref Dowd managed to get tangled up in the build up to allow Bullard an extra second before threading a pass through to Caleb Folan and the striker bagged his second goal as Hull crept close to their first away win the season. But Hull couldn’t hang on, Jamie O’Hara bent an 87th minute free-kick into the top right-hand corner to level proceedings, and Belhadj then raced down the left and crossed to Kanu who grabbed a dramatic 89th minute winner. (O’Hara & Kanu goals here.)
Stoke 1 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, March 20, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Neither Stoke nor Spurs were able to break the deadlock in a goalless first half (highlights here) at the Britannia. All that changed after the break, with Eidur Gudjohnsen slotting away the opener seconds after the restart after Crouch had played him through with a delightful chip. Dean Whitehead then picked up his second booking, but the 10-men rallied with a 64th minute equaliser from Matthew Etherington’s penalty. Spurs would not be denied a valuable win in their top four quest as a 77th minute Assou-Ekotto cross was dummied by Gudjohnsen, allowing Nico Kranjcar to race into the box and fire Spurs’ second past Sorensen.
Aston Villa 2 – Wolves 2 (Premier League, March 20, 2010) A fast tempo Midlands derby went they way of Villa early doors, Ashley Young raced down the left hand side after 16 minutes and his low cross was turned home by John Carew. Wolves pulled themselves level in the 23rd minute, Villa fell asleep from a Jones free-kick and, after Zubar tried his best too fluff the chance, Jody Craddock was on hand to slam home his fifth of the season. Villa, who disappeared after conceding, fell behind in the 38th minute when David Jones carried the ball towards the edge of the box, fed Jarvis on the left who drove his cross across the box and James Milner turned the ball into his own net. (First half highlights here.) Villa laboured throughout the second half without looking much like scoring, but nine minutes from time they drew level with a route one goal that saw Heskey and Sidwell combined before John Carew got the final touch to equalise for the Villains.
Sunderland 3 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, March 20, 2010) Darren Bent took his tally to 21 league goals with a first half double against Birmingham, the striker taking advantage of Benjani’s miss-kick to put Sunderland in the lead and Bent scored a brilliant second beating two Brum defenders to claim his second. (First half highlights here.) Birmingham reduced the deficit through Cameron Jerome’s strike on the hour they threatened to leave with a point, but Fraizer Campbell’s 88th minute strike ended the hopes of Alex McLeish’s men.
Everton 2 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, March 20, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) A horrible match at Goodison Park was finally brought into life by Mikel Arteta brilliant 71st minute free-kick into the top corner. The Toffees wrapped up the points when Leon Osman caused havoc with a neat run into the box and his cut-back was converted by Steven Pienaar.
Wigan 1 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, March 20, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Hugo Rodallega broke Burnley’s hearts with a last-gasp winner to add to the Clarets’ deepening relegation woes and keep Wigan on course for Premier League survival.
West Brom 3 – Preston 2 (Championship, March 20, 2010) The Baggies looked set to enjoy a comfortable afternoon after Ben Watson and Chris Brunt scored inside the opening 10 minutes, but Preston hit back quickly through Sean St Ledger. Graham Dorrans restored West Brom’s two-goal cushion on 33 minutes before Neil Mellor responded for Preston ten minutes later.
Stevenage 0 – Kidderminster 0 (Agg. 5-1) (FA Trophy, March 20, 2010) Stevenage reached the final of the FA Trophy for the third time in four years after a comfortable aggregate victory over Conference rivals Kidderminster.
Celtic 3 – St. Johnstone 0 (SPL, March 20, 2010) Celtic took the lead at St. Johnstone when Josh Thompson flicked a header into the net from Landry N’Guemo’s inswinging free-kick. Celtic finally added to their lead on 67 minutes, Robbie Keane notching his eighth goal in nine games from the penalty spot after the excellent Smith brought down Marc-Antoine Fortune in the St. Johnstone area. Georgios Samaras then grabbed his thirteenth of the season to make it 3-0 to the home side on 87 minutes, slamming the ball past Smith into the far corner of the net to seal all three points.
Hearts 2 – Hibernian 1 (SPL, March 20, 2010) The hosts built up a two-goal lead within 27 minutes through Andrew Driver’s strike and Gary Glen’s header. Suso Santana missed an open goal after the break as Hearts continued to press and Glen had a header well saved by goalkeeper Graham Stack. Derek Riordan pulled one back for Hibs 11 minutes from the end with a shot in off the crossbar.
Real Madrid 3 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half at the Bernabeu David Barral put Sporting ahead against Real, but the lead was short-lived as Rafael van der Vaart and Xabi Alonso scored twice in two minutes to turn the match in Madrid’s favour. Real opened up a 2-goal buffer 10 minutes later when Gonzalo Higuain slid home number three.
Espanyol 2 – Sevilla 0 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) Pablo Osvaldo claimed a brace for the home side with a goal in each half to complete a miserable week for Sevilla after their Champions League exit.
Deportivo La Coruna 0 – Valladolid 2 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) Valladolid took the lead five minutes before halftime when Aleman rifled in a fierce drive into the top corner from inside the area. A minute into injury time Haris Medunjanin made it 2-nil when he slotted in a low cross from Diego Costa.
Athletic Bilbao 2 – Getafe 2 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) Bilbao broke the deadlock when Fernando Llorente shook off his marker down the right to tee up Pablo Orbaiz, who curled a well-placed shot past Jordi Codina from 20 yards out. On 32 minutes Los Azulones drew levelled when Manu del Moral picked up a short corner and curled in a hopeful cross-cum-shot on the left flank which sailed past Iraizoz and into the net. 10 minutes from time Athletic regained their lead when Fernando Llorente converted a spot-kick, but it only lasted five minutes as Pedro Leon made it 2-2 after being set up being Miku.
Xerez 2 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, March 20, 2010) Xerez’s goals came from Mario Bermejo and Aythami Artiles, with Tenerife scoring through Juan Francisco Martinez.
Palermo 1 – Inter Milan 1 (Serie A, March 20, 2010) A 10th minute penalty from Diego Milito put Inter ahead at Palermo, but the lead lasted just 15 minutes before Edison Cavani drew the men in pink level.
Roma 4 – Udinese 2 (Serie A, March 20, 2010) Luca Toni struck after 15 minutes to give Roma the lead at home to Udinese, and the Romans went 2-up when Mirko Vucinic curled a beauty into the top corner from 14-yards out. The visitors grabbed a lifeline at the end of the first half when Antonio di Natale slotted home a penalty. The Zebrette drew level on the hour when Di Nalate bagged his second of the game, but the Giallorossi were soon back in the lead when Vucinic converted his second from the penalty spot after Menez was hacked down in the box. Mirko Vucinic sealed the win with his hat-trick goal seven minutes from time.
Fiorentina 3 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, March 20, 2010) Mario Santana scored with an audacious backheel to help Fiorentina boost their hopes of a Europa League. Alberto Gilardino then netted a second-half penalty after rowing with team mate Stevan Jovetic over who would take the kick following a foul by keeper Marco Amelia on the Montenegrin.Â 17-year-old substitute Khouma Babacar then calmly slotted in his first Serie A goal late on after an error from Salvatore Bocchetti.
Borussia Dortmund 3 – Bayer Leverkusen 0 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) After weathering the storm in the first half, Lucas Barrios became Dortmund’s hero with two goals in 10 second-half minutes before Dimitar Rangelov rounded things off late on to earn the Westphalians all three points. The win sees Jurgen Klopp’s side in fourth position, just five points behind Leverkusen who remain in third, three points behind the leaders.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Bayern Munich 1 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Peeling off at the Frankfurt back post in the 7th minute, Bayern forward Mirolsav Klose fired the league leaders into an early lead. Bayern blew the match in dramatic fashion just before the fulltime when when a howler from stand-in left-back David Alaba allowed sub Juvhel Tsoumou to draw Frankfurt level and then fellow sub Martin Fenin cracked home a stunner in the far post to leave Van Gaal tearing his hair out as Bayern’s title hopes to a big hit.
Stuttgart 2 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) Stuttgart broke the deadlock with Hannover 10 minutes before the break when Alex Hleb whizzed down the left and saw his cross converted at the near post by Ciprian Marica’s diving header. The hosts doubled their lead at the start of the second half when Marica finished tidily for his brace.
Freiburg 1 – Mainz 0 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) A rare 20-yard daisy-cutter from Johannes Flum the cannoned into the net off the foot of the post put second-bottom Freiburg into a 10th minute lead over Mainz.
Werder Bremen 3 – Bochum 2 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Relegation threatened Bochum took a surprise 14th minute lead at Werder when striker Stanislav Sestak burst through the home defence and steered his shot past the keeper. Claudio Pizarro fired in the equalizer on 58 minutes, but as they sought a winner, the hosts were far too exposed at the back: just five minutes later, Zlatko Dedic reclaimed the lead for Bochum on the counterattack. Werder would not be denied their points, however. Within seconds, Marko Marin responded with a strike of his own, before Torsten Frings blasted in the winner on 81 minutes.
Nurnberg 0 – Hoffenheim 0 (Bundesliga, March 20, 2010)
Auxerre 2 – Le Mans 1 (Ligue 1, March 20, 2010) A last-gasp goal by Benoit Pedretti moved Auxerre into top spot in Ligue 1. Pedretti netted with a low shot in stoppage time, just after Thorstein Helstad of Le Mans had cancelled out Ireneusz Jelen’s first-half opener.
Rennes 4 – Toulouse 1 (Ligue 1, March 20, 2010) Rennes opened when Yohann Pele headed in a free-kick, and the hosts doubled their advantage after 35 minutes when Briand burst forward from his own half before feeding Asamoah Gyan to his left in the penalty area, who scored. Gyan scored a minute into the second half to make it 3-nil, Toulouse gave themselves some hope in the 51st minute when Cheikh M’Bengue played in Daniel Braaten to slot home with his left foot, but Jires Kembo Ekoko smashed home a right-footed shot in the closing moments.
Nice 1 – PSG 0 (Ligue 1, March 20, 2010) Loic Remy scored the only goal of the game 11 minutes from time at the Stade Municipal du Ray, in a match which was played behind closed doors following crowd trouble in Nice’s game at Monaco in January.
Grenoble 0 – Monaco 0 (Ligue 1, March 20, 2010) ock-bottom Grenoble and out-of-sorts Monaco shared the spoils in a topsy-turvy goalless draw at the Stade des Alpes. Both sides enjoyed periods of domination without making the breakthrough, while even the dismissal of Grenoble goalkeeper Jody Viviani in the 80th minute could not result in a goal.
Saint-Etienne 0 – Nancy 0 (Ligue 1, March 20, 2010) St Etienne and Nancy were unable to trouble the scorers, with the home side now eight points above the relegation zone.
PSV 1 – FC Twente 1 (Eredivisie, March 20, 2010) Blaise N’Kufo, making his first start following injury, cancelled out Danny Koevermans’ opener for PSV to keep Steve McClaren’s men five points clear at the summit.
Heracles 3 – NAC Breda 0 (Eredivisie, March 20, 2010) Heracles’ impressive season continued as they destroyed NAC Breda 3-0 at the Polman Stadion. The Almelo side went above AZ Alkmaar, who have yet to play this weekend, by one point through goals by Bas Dost, Willy Overtoom and Everton.
Willem II 0 – FC Utrecht 3 (Eredivisie, March 20, 2010) Jacob Mulenga capitalised on a defensive error to put the visitors ahead in the 14th minute and second-half goals from Jan Wuytens and Alje Schut made the points safe.
Feyenoord 1 – Vitesse 1 (Eredivisie, March 20, 2010) Feyenoord’s match with Vitesse was abandoned at halftime due to heavy rain in Rotterdam. Ron Vlaar had fired the hosts into a 13th minute lead and Wiljan Pluim had netted a 45th minute equaliser.
Lokomotiv Moscow 3 – Samara 0 (Russian Premier League, March 20, 2010) Quick-fire second half penalties from Alexander Aliev and Dmitri Sychev put Lokomotiv firmly in control of the match, and Aliev completed a brilliant seven minutes cracking home a 30-yard free-kick.
Amkar Perm 1 – Anji Makhachkala 0 (Russian Premier League, March 20, 2010) After Shukurov saw red for Anji at the end of the first half, Amkar finally made their numerical advantage count 15 minutes from time when Ivan Cherenchikov bundled home a right wing cross at the back post.
Saturn 1 – Sibir Novosibirsk 1 (Russian Premier League, March 20, 2010) Aleksei Medvedev toe-poked a left wing cross on the stroke of halftime to give Sibir the advantage, but Alexei Ivanov bundled home Saturn’s equaliser midway through the second half to leave it honours-even.
Terek Grozny 1 – Rostov 1 (Russian Premier League, March 20, 2010) Terek Grozny top the fledgling table, level on four points with Spartak Nalchik, after being held to a 1-1 at home to Rostov. Mersudin Ahmetovic equalised for Rostov in the 80th minute after Shamil Asildarov had given the hosts a fifth-minute lead.
Manisaspor 1 – Buyuksehir 0 (Super Lig, March 20, 2010) Mehmet Guven was on target three minutes from time as Manisaspor moved three points clear of the drop zone with a 1-0 home victory over Istanbul Buyuksehir.
Diyarbakirspor 1 – Antalyaspor 0 (Super Lig, March 20, 2010) Diyarbakirspor moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference at the expense of Sivasspor courtesy of a 1-0 home triumph over 10-man Antalyaspor. Substitute Erhan Kucuk notched the only goal of the game 20 minutes from time after Sedat Agcay had been sent off for the visitors.
Zorya 0 – Shakhtar Donetsk 2 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 20, 2010) A tidy finish from Willian in the first half and a blinding free-kick from Dario Srna after the break earned Shakhtar the points.
Metalist Kharkiv 4 – Metalurg Zaporizhya 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 20, 2010)
Brommapojkarna 0 – AIK Stockholm 0 (Allsvenskan, March 20, 2010) Swedish champions AIK remain without a win in the current season after failing to score for the second week running at Brommapojkarna. Things could have ended even worse for AIK, who finished the match with nine players as Sebastian Eguren was red-carded in the 82nd minute and teammate Kenneth Pavey followed four minutes later.
Young Boys 4 – Grasshoppers 0 (Swiss Super League, March 20, 2010) Young Boys hammered third-placed Grasshoppers 4-0 to move seven points clear at the top of the Swiss Super League. Goals from Seydou Doumbia and Henri Bienvenu had the home side two up after 12 minutes and Doumbia added two more after the break to complete his hat-trick and the rout.
Melbourne VictoryÂ 1 – Sydney FC 1* (Pens. 2-4) (A-League Grand Final, March 20, 2010) Sydney scored first just after the hour through Mark Bridge after taking advantage of a Melbourne disallowed goal by playing on quickly and sending the ball the length of the field in a matter of seconds. Adrian Leijer replied for the Victory after heading home a Muscat free-kick with ten minutes in normal time remaining. Sydney won the shootout after after Muscat hit the post and keeper Langerak produced an outstanding one-handed effort to deny Shannon Cole.
Yokohama F.Marinos 4 – Kawasaki Frontale 0 (J-League, March 20, 2010) Celtic legend Shunsuke Nakamura scored with a sensational 35-yard beauty to put Yokohama their way against local rivals Kawasaki. Koji Yamase chipped in with a double before the interval and Yuzo Kurihara netted a fourth on the hour.
Omiya Ardija 0 – Kashima Antlers 1 (J-League, March 20, 2010) Yuya Osako’s 83rd minute strike lifted Kashima to third in the table, joint league leaders alongside Shimizu and Sanfrecce.
Gamba Osaka 0 – Albirex Niigata 0 (J-League, March 20, 2010) For the second week running Gamba could only pick up a point as the Osaka powerhouse continue to search for their first win of the season.
San Lorenzo 2 – Colon 2 (Clausura, March 20, 2010) Facundo Bertoglio opened the scoring for Colon after four minutes before Alejandro Gomez levelled on 12 minutes. German Rivarola was sent off for Colon after 31 minutes but that did not stop the visitors taking the lead after 45 minutes through Eduardo Coudet. Gomez levelled again a minute from time to secure a share of the spoils before the striker was sent off just moments later for a second bookable offence.
Newells Old Boys 1 – Velez Sarfield 1 (Clausura, March 20, 2010) Newells went ahead through Rolando Schiavi’s 62n -minute penalty before Pablo Lima levelled for Velez five minutes from time.
Lanus 1 – Racing Club 0 (Clausura, March 20, 2010) Lanus ran out 1-0 winners over Racing Club, Sebastian Blanco bagging the only goal 17 minutes from time.
Argentinos Juniors 1 – Tigre 1 (Clausura, March 20, 2010) Carlos Luna scored in the 78th minute to give Tigre the draw with Argentinos Juniors after Nicolas Pavlovich scored in the 15th.
Palmeiras 0 – Ponte Preta 2 (Campeonato Paulista, March 20, 2010)
Atlas 0 – Tecos 1 (Mexican Primera Division, March 20, 2010) Fredy Bareiro was on target as Tecos posted a 1-0 winner at Atlas, who lost Nestor Vidrio to a red card with 25 minutes remaining.
San Luis 2 – Toluca 3 (Mexican Primera Division, March 20, 2010) An early San Luis own goal and Hector Raul Mancilla’s second on the half hour put Toluca in control, but Alfredo Moreno and Blas Perez scored in the 54th and 60th minute to pull San Luis level. Toluca stole the points courtesy of a last-minute goal from Nestor Calderon.
Monarcas 0 – Atlante 1 (Mexican Primera Division, March 20, 2010) Fourth-placed Morelia lost ground of the leaders as they went down 1-0 at home to Atlante, Johan Fano with the only goal after 34 minutes.
Cruz Azul 4 – Tigres 0 (Mexican Primera Division, March 20, 2010) Melvin Brown and Biancucchi Maxi fired the hosts 2-0 ahead by the break, before second-half efforts from Emanuel Villa and Cristian Riveros Nunez completed the rout.
Monterrey 2 – Chivas 1 (Mexican Primera Division, March 20, 2010) Osvaldo Martinez fired Monterrey ahead from the penalty spot after 48 minutes while Jesus Zavala doubled the advantage after 63 minutes. Javier Hernandez pulled one back but it was not enough for Guadalajara, who slip a point behind Monterrey at the head of the standings after only their second loss of the campaign.
New York Red Bulls 3 – Santos 1 (Friendly, March 20, 2010) Joel Lindpere scored off the rebound of his own free-kick in the 11th minute, Mike Petke added a goal in the 43rd and Dane Richards made it 3-0 two minutes later as the Red Bulls christened their new stadium with a win. Germano headed in Santos’ goal in the 90th, just before the lights were cut and a fireworks display was shot off from the center circle.