Barcelona 1 – Inter Milan 0 (Agg. 2-3) (Champions League, April 28, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Barcelona struggled to break down Inter in the early stages of the match, with the talking points in the openings exchanges being a shoulder injury to Maicon and Zlatan’s ripped shirt from a free-kick. Barca looked more dangerous when Dani Alves whipped in a cross which Pedro Rodriguez volleyed off target in the 23rd minute. And then came the flashpoint in the 27th minute, Thiago Motta put his hand in the face of Sergio Busquets who embarrassingly crashed to the floor like he’d been shot, out came a second yellow for Motta, who before he left the pitch aggressively grabbed Sergio by the neck for getting him sent off.Â Julio Cesar made a stunning save from a Messi curler andÂ just before the interval Zlatan rifled a 30-yard free-kick which swerved wide of the upright and Â (First half highlights here.) Despite playing against 10 men Barca were shot of ideas throughout the second half until six minutes from time when Xavi slipped a perfect pass through to Gerard Pique (offside?), the centre back brilliantly turned in the box to wrongfoot Cordoba and Cesar before firing into the open net. Barcelona thought they had scored in injury time but Bojan Krkic’s effort was ruled out due to a Toure handball.
Jose Mourinho’s epic celebration following the final whistle – it truly is pure theaterÂ from The Special One – can be seen here.
Jose Mourinho’s post match interview can be seen here.
Valenciennes 2 – Bordeaux 0 (Ligue 1, April 28, 2010) Gregory Pujol put Valenciennes in front after 11 minutes and Foued Kadir added a second 18 minutes from time as Bordeaux’s aspirations of Champions League football next term suffered a further blow.
CSKA Moscow 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Russian Premier League, April 28, 2010) Zenit struck after five minutes away at CSKA when Ivica Krizanac got on the end of a corner, controlled, and blasted the visitors into the lead. Zenit, who had failed to score in their previous three matches, doubled their advantage into the 65th minute when Aleksandr Kerzhakov, in his second spell at the club, curled a beauty past Akinfeev from 22-yards.
Aris 2 – Olympiakos 0 (Greek Super League play-offs, April 28, 2010) American forward Eddie Johnson was the star of the show for Aris with a goal in each half.
AEK Athens 0 – PAOK 0 (Greek Super League play-offs, April 28, 2010) The Dikefale derby had very few clear-cut goalscoring chances as the sides cancelled each other out.
Kalmar 4 – Orebro 1 (Allsvenskan, April 28, 2010) Orebro’s Marcus Astvald had cancelled out Daniel Mendes’ opener, but the visitors then conceded three goals in 19 second-half minutes, with Ricardo Santos scoring twice and Henrik Rydstrom scoring a fourth after 77 minutes as they suffered a fourth loss of the season.
Hacken 0 – GAIS 2 (Allsvenskan, April 28, 2010) GAIS are fifth after a 2-0 win at Hacken featuring two goals from Eyjolfur Hedinsson.
Halmstad 1 – Gefle 0 (Allsvenskan, April 28, 2010) Halmstad are a place further back in sixth after their fourth win of the season, a 1-0 success at home to Gefle courtesy of Nascimento Anselmo’s goal.
Beijing Guoan 2 – Kawasaki Frontale 0 (AFC Champions League, April 28, 2010) Goals in each half from strike duo Joel Griffiths and Valdo ensured Chinese Super League champions Beijing Guoan progressed to the last 16.
Seongnam Ilhwa 3 – Melbourne Victory 2 (AFC Champions League, April 28, 2010) Namkung Do’s good work led to Cheon Kwang-jin’s opener after 27 minutes but Melbourne substitute Mate Dugandzic levelled immediately after the break. Namkung put Seongnam back in front with 16 minutes to go but Tom Pondeljak drew Victory level a second time four minutes later with a low drive from the edge of the box. Namkung Do flicked on keeper Jung Sung-ryong’s long kick and Cho Jae-chul lobbed Mitchell Langerak to net the winner with seven minutes left.
Zob Ahan 1 – Al-Ittihad Jeddah 0 (AFC Champions League, April 28, 2010)
Flamengo 1 – Corinthians 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 28, 2010) The mouth watering clash between the two biggest clubs in Brazil was played out on a water logged Maracana pitch. A second half penalty from Adriano proved the difference after Fla had spent much of the match down to ten men after Michael had been sent off.
Banfield 3 – Internacional 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 28, 2010) After a goalless first half James Rodriguez put the home side in front only for Kleber to equalise with a cracking strike from the edge of the box. Minutes later Kleber was sent off and further goals by Roberto Battion and Sebastian Fernandez sealed an impressive win for the Argentineans.
Universitario Peru 0 – Sao Paulo 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 28, 2010)