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Manchester City 3 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, May 1, 2010) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) The City of Manchester Stadium fell silent after 15 minutes when a brilliant forward run and pass from Stewart Downing freed John Carew in the box and the bulky striker shot on the turn to beat Fulop between the sticks on his debut. City levelled from the spot after Warnock fouled Adam Johnson out wide near the byeline, with Carlos Tevez squeezing his penalty underneath Brad Friedel’s dive. Less than 90 seconds later City took the lead when Adam Johnson feed Emmanuel Adebayor in the six-yard box and the striker stroked the ball into the bottom right corner. Manchester City killed off the Midlander’s Champions League hopes with two minutes left on the clock as sub Wright-Phillips teed up Craig Bellamy through the middle and the Welshman curled a cracker into the top left corner.

Post match interviews: Roberto Mancini & Martin O’Neill.

Tottenham 1 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, May 1, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Spurs took a lead into the break at home to Bolton courtesy of a belter from Tom Huddlestone, Benoit Assou-Ekotto laid a pass off to the young Englishman and, after trying to score a thumper for much of the season, the midfielder whacked home a beauty into the top corner from 22-yards.

Post match interviews: Harry Redknapp & Owen Coyle.

Birmingham 2 – Burnley 1 (Premier League, May 1, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Birmingham struck after 29 minutes against relegated Burnley when Cameron Jerome chested Sebastian Larsson’s cross towards goal only for Clarets keeper Brian Jensen to carry the ball over the line with his trailing leg for a messy own goal. The Blues doubled their advantage from a set play in the 41st, McFadden whipped over a free-kick from the right which Johnson headed back into the mixer at the far post and Chucho Benitez was on the spot to chest home from a yard out. Four minutes from time Burnley got on the scoresheet when Steven Thompson broke the offside trap and coolly finished past Joe Hart.

Post match interviews: Alex McLeish & Brian Laws.

Portsmouth 3 -  Wolves 1 (Premier League, May 1, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) An unmarked header from Aruna Dindane put the relegated FA Cup finalists after 20 minutes, but Wolves forward Kevin Doyle hit the back of the net to put his side back on level terms. However, strikes from John Utaka and Michael Brown saw the home side take away all three points.

After the match Avram Grant gave an impassioned speech to the Fratton Park faithful and can be seen here.

Post match interviews: Avram Grant & Mick McCarthy.

Stoke 0 – Everton 0 (Premier League, May 1, 2010) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) Everton’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Europa League are over after they were held to a goalless draw by Stoke.

Post match interviews: Steve Round & Tony Pulis.

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Charlton 1 – Leeds 0 (League One, May 1, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Leeds blew their chance to seal automatic promotion to the Championship after Richard Naylor headed into his own net two minutes from time.

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Bolton 1 – Manchester United 1 (Premier Academy League, May 1, 2010) Bottom of the table and on a run of five straight defeats, the Trotters rocked United with an early goal from Michael O’Halloran. A scrappy effort from Will Keane got the league leaders back on terms after only eight minutes in arrears, but despite and going close on a number of occasions, United couldn’t find the goal they needed to be crowned champions with a game to spare.

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Dundee United 1 – Rangers 2 (SPL, May 1, 2010) It took champions Rangers barely 120 seconds to move ahead of Dundee United, Kris Boyd scoring his 23rd of the season and his 100th SPL goal curling a low right-foot shot past Dusan Pernis. Nacho Novo jinked into the area before slotting the ball into the far corner after 41 minutes. Rangers looked to be cruising to a win until Damian Casalinuovo’s deflected late header led to a nervous ending. (The last few minutes of the match & post match scenes can be seen here.)

Celtic 4 – Motherwell 0 (SPL, May 1, 2010) Aiden McGeady’s delightful second-half chip gave the hosts a 48th-minute lead. McGeady played a role in Celtic’s second goal, crossing in for Darren O’Dea to nod in at the back post in the 78th minute. James Forrest scored on his debut with a flick-on then Robbie Keane completed the win with a well-executed strike.

Hibernian 1 – Hearts 2 (SPL, May 1, 2010) Hibs took the lead at Easter Road in the second half when John Rankin went down in the area under the challenge of Marius Zaliukas and Anthony Stokes converted from the spot. Hearts equalised when substitute Suso Santana found the net seven minutes later after good work from another replacement Calum Elliot. The turnaround was completed in the 89th minute when Hibs goalkeeper Graeme Smith missed a low ball and David Obua could not miss from close range.

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Villarreal 1 – Barcelona 4 (La Liga, May 1, 2010) Villarreal had a great chance to lead against Barcelona when Nilmar ran through on goal on for the striker to blast his shot over the bar. Ten minutes later the Catalans made the hosts pay when Bojan and Xavi combined before Leo Messi picked up the ball in the box and saw his shot take a deflection en route to goal. Just after the half hour it was two to Barcelona as Xavi Hernandez curled home a stunning from 25-yards out. In the 41st minute it was game, set and match to Barca as Bojan Krkic spun past his marker and nicked the ball around the covering defender and produced the clinical finish to boot. Villarreal pulled a goal back midway through the second half when Joseba Llorente latched onto a through-ball and toe-poked his effort past Valdes. Barca restored their 3-goal cushion in the 88th minute when Xavi freed Dani Alves down the right and the full-back played in Leo Messi who produced a dinked finish to seal the three points.

Espanyol 0 – Valencia 2 (La Liga, May 1, 2010) Valencia’s charge for the Champions League remained firmly on target with victory at Espanyol, Nikola Zigic got across his marker to first Los Che into a second half lead. Zigic sealed the win smashing home a second at the back post soon after.

Deportivo La Coruna 0 – Zaragoza 1 (La Liga, May 1, 2010) Zaragoza forward Adrian Colunga drilled a low right-footer into the far left corner to put the struggling visitors into a potential season saving lead away at Deportivo five minutes into the second half.

Xerez 2 – Almeria 1 (La Liga, May 1, 2010)  10 men Xerez recorded a last ditch victory against Almeria at the Nuevo Chapin winning 2-1 thanks to a 95th minute winner from Mario Bermejo.

Malaga 1 – Sporting Gijon 1 (La Liga, May 1, 2010) Malaga striker Baha hit the back of his own net just before half time to give Sporting the lead, but Felipe Caicedo scored a late equaliser to keep the hosts just out of the bottom three.

Tenerife 2 – Racing Santander 1 (La Liga, May 1, 2010) Tenerife beat Racing Santander with goals from Roman Martinez and Ayoze.

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AC Milan 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Serie A, May 1, 2010) After a terrible run of results AC Milan finally got back on the winning trial thanks to a 78th minute Ronaldinho penalty. Ambrosini saw red for Milan at the death.

Parma 1 – Roma 2 (Serie A, May 1, 2010) Roma scored a brilliant goal after five minutes at Parma when a perfect ball over the top from De Rossi picked out Francesco Totti and the Giallorossi talisman controlled before lobbing the keeper. Roma looked to seal their temporary return to the top of the table 15 minutes from time when Totti cross for Rodrigo Taddei who headed in number two.  But Parma struck back in the 81st to set up a frantic finish, Davide Lanzafame scoring for the hosts after a cross from Jonathan Biabiany.

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Bayern Munich 3 – Bochum 1 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Bochum’s defence was breached after 17 minutes at the Allainz Arena as Lahm whipped in a cross from the right and Thomas Muller chested the ball over the line for the Champions League finalists, Bayern. Minutes later Bayern established a 2-nil lead as Ribery volleyed a crossed back into the box from the left and Thomas Muller was again in the right place to head in number two. Bayern killed the match with a third midway through the second half as Thomas Muller stole the headlines with his hat-trick goal. A brilliant free-kick from Christian Fuchs late on proved mere consolation for Bochum.

Schalke 0 – Werder Bremen 2 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) After a goalless first half (highlights here) between Schalke and Werder Bremen, Felix Magath saw his second place side lose the Bundesliga championship early in the second half when Mesut Ozil weaved his way through the home defence to curl in a 55th minute opener. Soon after Hugo Almeida netted a killer second to torpedo the hosts’ title dreams.

Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Hertha Berlin 1 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Against the form book, lowly Hertha Berlin struck first at Bayer Leverkusen when Raffael volleyed home a beauty from the edge of the box. Manuel Friedrich’s header on the hour brought Bayer back on a level footing.

Hamburg 4 – Nurnberg 0 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Licking their Fulham wounds, Jonathan Pitroipa put Hamburg in a 10th minute lead over relegation strugglers Nurnberg. Mladen Petric sidefooted Hamburg into a 2-nil after 20 minutes and Petric closed out a one-sided first half with a third for the hosts. Ruud van Nistelrooy wrapped up the points with a fourth in the second half.

Hannover 6 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) After Karim Haggui had headed Hannover into a 15th minute lead over Gladbach the floodgates opened in the first half as Sergio Pinto, Didier Ya Konan and Mike Hanke all got on the scoresheet in the opening 45. Gladbach’s humiliation grew when Sofien Chahed added a fifth early in the second half, Patrick Herrmann got the visitors on the scoreboard, before Arnold Jan Bruggink sealed an emphatic home win with a sixth.

FC Cologne 2 – Freiburg 2 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Manchester United’s loanee Zoran Tosic hit a sweet left-footed shot to fire Cologne into the lead over Freiburg, but the visitors hit back through Mohamadou Idrissou on the half hour. Idrissou fired Freiburg ahead in the second half with a low left-footed drive from 20-yards. Sebastian Freis earned a point for Cologne converting a corner at the near post.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – Hoffenheim 2 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Pirmin Schwegler fired Frankfurt into a 20th minute lead over Hoffenheim. Prince Tagoe came off the bench to level 10 minutes from time and Tagoe grabbed the winner two minutes from the end.

Borussia Dortmund 1 – Wolfsburg 1 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Borussia had a great chance to take the lead in the first half when they won a penalty but Nuri Sahin saw his spot-kick superbly turned aside. Edin Dzeko put last year’s champions in the lead with a cheeky backheel in the second half, but Dortmund salvaged a point through Marco Stiepermann’s left-footed drive.

Stuttgart 2 – Mainz 2 (Bundesliga, May 1, 2010) Malik Fathi and Andre Schurrle scored on 53 and 64 minutes respectively for Mainz before Ciprian Marica struck on 72 and 74 minutes for Stuttgart.

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Monaco 0 – PSG 1 (AET) (Coupe De France final, May 1, 2010) PSG grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage time of the first half of extra-time when Guillaume Hoarau headed home from close-range after Ruffier could only parry Christophe Jallet’s effort. (Trophy celebrations here.)

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Spartak Nalchik 1 – Dynamo Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, May 1, 2010) League leaders Spartak pulled further ahead at the top of the table thanks to Nikita Malyarov’s winner midway through the second half.

Terek Grozny 0 – Lokomotiv Moscow 0 (Russian Premier League, May 1, 2010)

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Dynamo Kiev 2 – Zakarpattia 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, May 1, 2010) A 12th minute Artem Milevsky penalty put Kiev in front against Zakarpattia. Michel’s bullet strike just before the hour sealed the points for Kiev.

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Istanbul Buyuksehir 0 – Galatasaray 1 (Super Lig, May 1, 2010) A super solo goal from Milan Baros midway through the first half saw Gala pick up the points.

Fenerbahce 2 – Eskisehirspor 0 (Super Lig, May 1, 2010) First half goals from Alex De Souza and Ozer Hurmaci saw Fener take the points and stay top of the table.

Ankaragucu 1 – Trabzonspor 0 (Super Lig, May 1, 2010) From Geremi’s right wing cross, Robert Vittek nicked in front of his marker to earn Ankaragucu the points.

Bursaspor 2 – Kayserispor 0 (Super Lig, May 1, 2010) Turgay Bahadir opened the scoring in the 19th minute for the surprise side of the season, and goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov slotted home from the spot on 37 minutes – his fourth tally of the season.

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Stromsgodset 1 -Valerenga 0 (Tippligaen, May 1, 2010) A brilliant end-to-end move from the hosts five minutes before the break ended with Marcus Pedersen tucking home the only goal of the game.

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Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 – Yamagata 1 (J-League, May 1, 2010) Serial-Aussie striker Joshua Kennedy opened the scoring for Nagoya after just seven minutes, but the visitors headed into the break on a level footing courtesy of Tomotaka Kitamura’s 42nd minute equaliser. Nagoya stole the points at the death as Hayuma Tanaka bagged an injury time winner.

Yokohama F. Marinos 1 – Jubilo Iwata 0 (J-League, May 1, 2010) Takashi Amano proved the match-winner for Yokohama netting the only goal 13 minutes from time.

Omiya Ardija 2 – Kyoto Sanga 1 (J-League, May 1, 2010) A double from Omiya striker Naoki Ishihara lead the hosts to victory.

Shimizu S-Pulse 2 – Urawa Red Diamonds 1 (J-League, May 1, 2010) Japan international striker Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring for Shimizu with a header from a Jungo Fujimoto corner in the 17th minute, but Brazilian Ponte fired a 25-yard equaliser in the 22nd minute. Norwegian striker Frode Johnsen scored a decisive injury time goal to keep Shimizu S-Pulse on top of the J-League table.

Kashima Antlers 2 – Gamba Osaka 1 (J-League, May 1, 2010)

Vissel Kobe 1 – Albirex Niigata 2 (J-League, May 1, 2010) Niigata earned their first win of the season after beating hosts Vissel Kobe 2-1 to move off the bottom of the table. Cho Yong-cheol opened the scoring in the first half before substitute Fagner netted the winner in the 69th minute.

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Morelia 4 – Chivas 2 (Mexican Clausura quarter-final first-leg, May 1, 2010) Marvin Cabrera opened the scoring for Morelia in the 24th minute, but Jose Enriquez struck an equaliser in the 40th. Omar Arellano was sent off for Chivas two minutes later, but Omar Bravo put the visitors ahead with a goal on the stroke of half time. Morelia made its extra man count in the second half, starting with Luis Gabriel Rey’s left-foot equaliser from the edge of the box in the 55th minute. Gabriel Pereyra headed Morelia into the lead from a right wing cross in the 63rd and veteran striker Jared Borgetti gave the home side a two-goal advantage for the return leg with a close-range header in the 66th.

Pachuca 1 – Monterrey 0 (Mexican Clausura quarter-final first-leg, May 1, 2010) Damian Alvarez scored the only goal of the game for Pachuca after swapping passes with Edgar Benitez and prodding the ball past Monterrey goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco in the 30th minute.

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Houston Dynamo 3 – KC Wizards 0 (MLS, May 1, 2010) Luis Angel Landin opened for Houston in the first half before the goalscorer teed up Brian Mullan five minutes after the break for number two. Samuel Appiah, who made his MLS debut as a late substitute, completed the scoring for the Dynamo in the 88th minute.

DC United 0 – New York Red Bulls 2 (MLS, May 1, 2010)After United controlled the first half without scoring, New York landed a sucker punch through a goal from Ibrahim Salou, before Juan Pablo Angel secured the points against the Black-and-Reds.


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