Hull 1 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) The Gunners took a 14th minute lead at lowly Hull courtesy of a fabulous individual goal from Andrei Arshavin, the Russian jinking his way into the box before planting his shot past Boaz Myhill. Just before the half hour mark the Tigers levelled with a controversial goal after Campbell fell on Hesselink in the box after the striker looked offside in the build up and Jimmy Bullard converted from the spot. (First half highlights here.) With the match entering the 92nd minute Arsenal snatched a winner to reaffirm their title credentials, Nicklas Bendtner becoming the hero when he pounced on Denilson’s parried shot.
Chelsea 4 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After Ilan missed a guilt-edged opportunity to put West Ham ahead at the Bridge, Chelsea punished their London rivals when Alex powered home a 15th minute header. The Hammers, battling for their top flight survival, pulled level through Scotty Parker just before the half hour as the returning midfielder scored against his former employers with a class half-volley from 22-yards. (First half highlights here.) Ten minutes into the second half Chelsea moved back into front, Malouda floating a delightful cross onto Didier Drogba’s head and the Ivorian finished from close range. Florent Malouda capped a fine personal performance grabbed Chelsea’s third with a low left-footed shot past Green. As the match ticked into injury time Lampard took aim at Green’s goal and Didier Drogba was on hand to mop up the rebound.
Tottenham 3 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After a pretty awful first 45 at White Hart Lane, Jermain Defoe stabbed Spurs into the lead in injury time from a corner that Corluka flicked on, after Rovers had lost keeper Robinson earlier in the half. (First half highlights here.) The Lilywhites doubled their lead nine minutes into the second half when a static Rovers side watched as Defoe played in Roman Pavlyuchenko who drilled a shot through stand-in keeper Brown. Ten minutes from time Blackburn pulled themselves back into the game when Christopher Samba out-jumped Dawson and Corluka from a corner to head home past Gomes. Spurs responded by restoring their 2-goal cushion within five minutes as Bale played in Pavlyuchenko who couldn’t miss from two yards out.
Bolton 4 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) A bad error in the Wigan defence allowed Davies’s flick on to run through to Johan Elmander who slotted home from the edge of the area with a cool finish. Kevin Davies added the second from the penalty spot three minutes after half-time after Tamir Cohen had been tripped by Steven Caldwell. Five minutes later Fabrice Muamba lashed in a third, his first goal for the club on his sixtieth start. Matt Taylor notched the fourth with his first touch after coming off the bench.
Burnley 1 – Wolves 2 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Burnley conceded a horror goal as Wolves moved ahead in the relegation 6-pointer at Turf Moor as Tyrone Mears saw his header back to keeper Jensen intercepted by Wolves winger Matt Jarvis who nicked the ball past the big goalie to score. Clarke Carlisle deflected an Adlene Guedioura shot into his own net to make it 2-nil to the visitors in the 47th, while Steve Thompson headed one back for Burnley with 17 minutes remaining.
Birmingham 2 – Everton 2 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Victor Anichebe’s powerful left-footed strike put Everton ahead against Birmingham, and the Toffees doubled their lead when Pienaar’s cross from the right was headed in by Yakubu. The Blues got themselves back in the game before the break when Fahey’s ball was converted by Cameron Jerome from just outside the six-yard box. (First half highlights here.) A fine volley from Craig Gardner at the start of the second half gave Birmingham a share of the points and ensured they stay eighth in the table.
Stoke 0 – Aston Villa 0 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Stoke cancelled out Aston Villa in a goalless first half (highlights here) at the Britannia. The game failed to improve after the break leaving Villa’s top four hopes hanging by a thread while Stoke stay mid-table.
Middlesbrough 2 – Newcastle 2 (Championship, March 13, 2010) The Tees-Tyne bragging right were shared in a pulsating derby at the Riverside that did more to enhance Newcastleâ€™s promotion hopes than it did to assist Boroâ€™s dreams of making the play-offs. Andy Carrollâ€™s 82nd minute equaliser earned the Magpies a point after Barry Robson and Scott McDonald had fired Boro into the lead following Peter Lovenkrandsâ€™ 16th minute opener.
This video has all the goals from WBA 3 – Blackpool 2 at 2.00 mins, watch out for Robert Koren’s great strike and Preston 3 – Nottingham Forest 2 at 3.25 mins, the Matthew James goal is well worth a look.
Kilmarnock 0 – Celtic 3 (Scottish Cup, March 13, 2010) Celtic had to wait until just past the hour to take the lead against Killie in the cup, Edson Braafheid’s long pass into the box was controlled by Robbie Keane and the on-loan striker rounded Cammy Bell to score. The Bhoys then killed the match with two goals in the 81st and 82nd minutes as firstly Samaras’s tireless work allowed Robbie Keane to bag his second at the back post. Keane completed his hat-trick with a low arrowed shot into the far corner following a swift Celtic attack.
Sevilla 1 – Deportivo La Coruna 1 (La Liga, March 13, 2010) Federico Fazio had glanced Sevilla in front only for Adrian Lopez to level three minutes later on 24.
Getafe 3 – Mallorca 0 (La Liga, March 13, 2010) Mallorca squandered the chance to climb above Sevilla into fourth place, as goals from Daniel Parejo and Miku and a Manu Del Moral penalty won the points for Getafe.
Sporting Gijon 0 – Athletic Bilbao 0 (La Liga, March 13, 2010) Igor Gabilondo was the villain of the night for Bilbao missing a penalty.
Napoli 1 – Fiorentina 3 (Serie A, March 13, 2010) Fiorentina secured a morale boosting away victory following their Champions League exit in midweek. Ezequiel Lavezzi headed Napoli in front two minutes into the second half. But back came The Viola, Alberto Gilardino stooped low for the equaliser on the hour and Gilardino headed home the second from a flicked on corner with three minutes to go. Stevan Jovetic tapped into an empty net following a lung bursting run for the third in injury time.
Bayern Munich 2 – Freiburg 1 (Bundesliga, March 13, 2010) Bayern were stunned on the half hour at home against lowly Freiburg as visiting forward Cedric Makiadi crashed home a fierce drive from the edge of the Bavarians’ D. Arjen Robben pulled Bayern level midway through the second half with a thunderous free-kick. Robben the claimed sealed Bayern’s comeback scoring an 83rd minute penalty.
Monchengladbach 0 – Wolfsburg 4 (Bundesliga, March 13, 2010) Wolfsburg took control of their away match at Gladback in the minutes before the interval as Zvjezdan Misimovic drilled home 20-yard daisy-cutter to open before Edin Dzeko doubled the lead fro the spot. Christian Gentner headed in the reigning champs’ third in the 58th minute, and Dzeko raced clear ten minutes from time to complete the rout.
Bochum 1 – Borussia Dortmund 4 (Bundesliga, March 13, 2010) After Sebastian Kehl put Dortmund in front at Bochum, before in-form Egyptian forward Mohamed Zidan bagged another goal as his purple patch continued. Lewis Holtby pulled a goal back for Bochum on 53 minutes, but two goals in three minutes from Lucas Barrios (74,77) secured all three points for Dortmund.
Hertha Berlin 1 – Nurnberg 2 (Bundesliga, March 13, 2010) Bottom club Hertha Berlin’s hopes of survival were left in tatters after a 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Nurnberg who snatched the points in stoppage time through Greece striker Angelos Charisteas.
Hannover 2 – Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (Bundesliga, March 13, 2010) Leon Andreasen fired Hannover in front after 14 minutes only for Halil Altintop to draw Frankfurt level right on the stroke of half-time. Frankfurt were reduced to ten men on 54 minutes when Selim Teber saw red and Hannover made their numerical advantage count with Sergio Pinto netting three minutes later. Maik Franz was dismissed in stoppage time to complete a miserable afternoon for Frankfurt.
Lyon 1 – St Etienne 1 (Ligue 1, March 13, 2010) Les Verts stunned Lyon when Emmanuel Riviere headed the opener into the bottom corner on 38. The equaliser from the home side came from Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez with 11 minutes remaining.
Montpellier 1 -Â Auxerre 1 (Ligue 1, March 13, 2010) Auxerre went ahead when Kenya striker Dennis Oliech squeezed through two defenders to score just before halftime. Argentine midfielder Alberto Costa brought the home side level from a counter-attack on 66 minutes.
PSG 4 – Sochaux 1 (Ligue 1, March 13, 2010) Guillaume Hoarau opened for the hosts after 17 minutes before Turkish striker Melvut Erding doubled their account a minute later, before claiming a second after 35 minutes. Ryad Boudebouz got one back for Sochaux after 63 minutes when he stepped up to take a penalty awarded for a foul by Jallet on midfielder Marvin. But Erding found the net again five minutes later to seal the rout.
Le Mans 0 – Nice 1 (Ligue 1, March 13, 2010) Le Mans slid closer to the trapdoor to Ligue 2 as Loic Remy gave Nice a vital win over their fellow strugglers at Leon-Bollee.
Nancy 1 – Boulogne 3 (Ligue 1, March 13, 2010) Boulogne boosted their survival hopes with just their second away win of the Ligue 1 season at Nancy. Boulogne had not won on their travels since August but were on course to end their barren run when Laurent Agouazi headed home at the far post after 32 minutes. Chris Malonga equalised nine minutes later but second-half goals from Matt Moussilou and Alexandre Cuvillier ensured a vital win for the visitors.
AZ Alkmaar 6 – RKC 2 (Eredivisie, March 13, 2010) Mounir El Hamdaoui set the ball rolling after just 38 seconds and while RKC equalised through Benjamin De Ceulaer the game was beyond doubt at half-time as AZ opened a 4-1 lead. Goals from Moussa Dembele, Hector Moreno and a second from Hamdaoui had done the damage before the break after which Jermanie Lens was also on target and Hamdaoui completed his treble. Derk Boerrigter grabbed a consolation goal for RKC with a superb free-kick in stoppage time.
NAC 0 – Groningen 3 (Eredivisie, March 13, 2010) Femi Ajilore did the damage with goals in the 31st and 45th minutes, leaving NAC with an uphill task in the second half. It got worse for the hosts, though, as Koen van de Laak added a third 10 minutes from time and Donny Gorter was dismissed four minutes later to add insult to injury.
VVV Venlo 0 – Utrecht 1 (Eredivisie, March 13, 2010) Utrecht kept themselves firmly in the race for a place in the Europa League play-offs thanks to Jacob Lensky’s goal against VVV.
NEC 0 – Roda 2 (Eredivisie, March 13, 2010) Willem Janssen and Mads Junker scored against the run of play in either half as Roda pulled four points ahead of their opponents in the Eredivisie table.
Braga 1 – Rio Ave 0 (Liga Sagres, March 13, 2010) Andres Madrid scored in the 16th minute to extend Braga’s unbeaten home record in the league. It was the first time the team has beaten Rio Ave in three attempts this season.
Academica 1 – FC Porto 2 (Liga Sagres, March 13, 2010) Porto came back from behind to beat Academica. Modou Sougou put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute, but Bruno Alves equalised three minutes later and Cristian Rodriguez netted the winner with three minutes left in regular time.
Samara 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 1 (Russian Premier League, March 13, 2010) Luciano Spalletti opened his tenure as the new Zenit manager with an opening round win at Samara, Portuguese playmaker Danny scoring a fine solo goal in the 66th minute as he picked up the ball in his own half, raced 60-yard upfield and calmly finishing in the box.
Rostov 0 – Tomsk 2 (Russian Premier League, March 13, 2010) Sergey Kornilenko scored the game-winning goal midway through the second half and added another one in the dying minutes of the game.
Olympiakos 2 – Pas Gianina 2 (Greek Super League, March 13, 2010) Olympiakos was held to a 2-2 draw Saturday after scoring two own goals against relegation-threatened Giannena, falling further behind in the Greek league title race. Defenders Avraam Papadopoulos and Olof Mellberg both deflected shots into their own net to cancel out goals by Matt Derbyshire and Lomana LuaLua.
AEK Athens 3 – Kavala 0 (Greek Super League, March 13, 2010) Fourth-placed AEK Athens eased to a 3-0 home win over Kavala. Ismael Blanco’s first-half penalty set them on their way and full-back Sanel Jahic and substitute Gustavo Manduca struck after the interval.
Atromitos 2 – Iraklis 1 (Greek Super League, March 13, 2010) First half goals from Thanassis Karagounis and Marek Saganowski earned the hosts victory. Grigoris Papazacharias replied for the visitors.
Genclerbirligi 0 – Fenerbahce 0 (Super Lig, March 13, 2010) Fener remain a point behind Galatasaray at the top of the Turkish league after they were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw.
Polonia Warszawa 1 – Ruch Chorzow 1 (Ekstraklasa, March 13, 2010)
Dynamo Kiev 1 – Vorskla Poltava 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 13, 2010) A tidy left-footed strike from Andriy Shevchenko ten minutes into the second half put Kiev ahead against Vorskla.
Hajduk Split 1 – Rijeka 1 (1. HNL, March 13, 2010)
Vegalta Sendai 3 – Omiya Ardija 1 (J-League, March 13, 2010) Ryang Yong Gi scored for the second week in a row as he opened with a penalty in the first half. Mato Neretljak pulled Omiya levelled in the 42nd minute with a thunderous free-kick, but the hosts went into the break in the lead after Elizeu prodded home a free-kick in the 42nd. A second half Fernandinho header saw Vegalta make it two wins out of two on their return to the top flight.
Albirex Niigata 1 – Jubilo Iwata 1 (J-League, March 13, 2010) Daisuke Nasu struck 12 minutes from time to give Jubilo Iwata their first point of the campaign at Albirex Niigata.
Sydney FC 4 – Wellington Phoenix 2 (A-League Preliminary Final, March 13, 2010) Two first half goals to substitute Chris Payne and one each to Mark Bridge and Alex Brosque in the second 45 ensured the home side’s passage into next Saturday’s grand final against Melbourne Victory. Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante headed a first half goal and substitute Eugene Dadi bagged his side’s second late but to no avail in front of a large contingent of traveling fans.
Colon 1 – Gimnasia La Plata 1 (Clausura, March 13, 2010)
Chacarita Juniors 0 – Independiente 1 (Clausura, March 13, 2010) Eduardo Tuzzio’s fourth-minute header was enough to give Independiente its fourth straight victory.
Estudiantes 2 – Newells Old Boys 0 (Clausura, March 13, 2010) A Nahuel Roselli own goal gifted the home side the lead just before the half-time whistle, and Mauro Boselli made it 2-0 in the 58th minute as he continued his hot play this season.
Banfield 0 – Arsenal 0 (Clausura, March 13, 2010) Title holders Banfield, fielding reserves to rest their first team for a Libertadores match at home to Nacional of Uruguay on Tuesday, lost ground in a 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
Queretaro 1 – Morelia 1 (Mexican Primera Division, March 13, 2010) Romo overcame an early missed penalty kick and scored a late equaliser in Queretaro’s 1-1 draw with Morelia. Hugo Droguett scored for the visitors in the 27th minute.
Chivas 0 – Pumas 0 (Mexican Primera Division, March 13, 2010)
Tigres 0 – Atlas 1 (Mexican Primera Division, March 13, 2010) Atlas had a golden chance after Tigres was reduced to 10 men in the 12th minute, but Tigres ran out winners courtesy of Gonzalo Vargas solitary goal 10 minutes before the break.
Pachuca 0 – Santos 3 (Mexican Primera Division, March 13, 2010) Carlos Darwin Quintero scored the game’s first goal in the 54th minute as Pachuca crumbled. Pachuca’s Gregorio Torres sunk his team even further when he fouled Jimenez inside the box. He was sent off and Santos were awarded a spot kick. Juan Pablo Rodriguez easily converted the kick as Santos took a commanding lead. Daniel Luduena put the game away in the 89th minute when he received the ball unmarked inside Pachuca’s penalty area.
Atlante 2 – America 2 (Mexican Primera Division, March 13, 2010) America looked to be in cruise control late in the game but Atlante came back from a two goal deficit to rescue a point.
Jaguares 1 – San Luis 1 (Mexican Primera Division, March 13, 2010) Alfredo Moreno converted a penalty kick to help San Luis escape Chiapas with a point.