Chelsea 7 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, April 25, 2010) It took Chelsea 24 minutes to finally turned their pressure into a goal against Stoke, as Malouda picked out Drogba down the Chelsea right who kept the ball in play with an outrageous piece of control before firing a cross into the box where Salomon Kalou stooped to nod the ball over the line. Just after the half hour the Pensioners chalked up number two, Drogba drilled a low shot that Sorenson could only parry and Salomon Kalou slid in to claim his brace. Chelsea killed off Stoke with a third after 44 minutes, Kalou drew a penalty from Robert Huth and Frank Lampard stepped up to convert from the spot. After the interval Salomon Kalou netted his hat-trick goal for the Blues and a brilliant performance from the would-be champions was sealed nine minutes from time when Frank Lampard stuck out a right boot to meet Sam Hutchinson’s inch-perfect cross to the back stick. Stoke’s humiliation deepened three minutes from time when sub Daniel Sturridge chalked up number six and there was still time for a seventh to be scored as Joe Cole teed up Florent Malouda.
Aston Villa 1 – Birmingham 0 (Premier League, April 25, 2010) A terrific Midlands derby, in which both sides created chances to score but were repeatedly denied by fantastic saves from Friedel and Hart at each end (first half highlights here), finally had the deadlock broken in hugely controversial circumstances 10 minutes from time. Johnson made a beautifully timed tackle on Agbonlahor in the box, ref Atkinson wrongly pointed to the spot, and James Milner smacked his spot kick into the net to send Villa Park wild and leave Birmingham spewing blood.
Everton 2 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, April 25, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) A horrendous error from Leighton Baines handed Fulham the lead at Goodison Park, the full-back played a blind pass back to Tim Howard which Erik Nevland intercepted and coolly chipped over the helpless American goalie. The Toffees drew level early in the second half when Arteta’s cross was headed home by sub Victor Anichebe. Everton completed a fine turnaround at the death when Mikel Arteta claimed a winner from the penalty spot.
Burnley 0 – Liverpool 4 (Premier League, April 25, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here) Burnley’s Premier League survival hopes evaporated early in the second half when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard cut in from the left and saw his right foot shot deflect off Leon Cort and past Jensen into the near post. In the 58th minute Stevie G bagged a classy second as he latched onto Aquilani’s slip to curled a right-footed beauty into the near top corner. The Reds the confirmed Burnley’s relegation with a third, Benayoun found Aquilani who released a long pass to Maxi Rodriguez and the winger hammered a shot past Jensen from 12 yards. A late fourth from Ryan Babel confirmed a horrible afternoon for Championship Burnley.
Newcastle 2 – Ipswich 2 (Championship, April 24, 2010) Andy Carroll’s opening header was cancelled out by Connor Wickham, before a Shola Ameobi penalty six minutes from time looked to have given Newcastle all three points, until Jonathan Walters found the net deep into injury time.
Hibernian 0 – Rangers 1 (SPL, April 25, 2010) Champions-elect Rangers took a 17th minute lead at Hibs when Kyle Lafferty latched onto Miller’s ball over the top to score a super solo goal for the Gers. Rangers held out for the narrow win which saw the Ibrox giants crowned SPL champions amid jubilant scenes at the full-time whistle.
A Sky Sports News report on Rangers’ title win can be seen here.
Dundee United 0 – Celtic 2 (SPL, April 25, 2010) Celtic broke the deadlock at Dundee United on the half hour when Fortune threaded an incisive pass through to Diomansy Kamara who lashed a strike from 15 yards into the far corner of the net. Celtic grabbed a second in the third minute of injury time after McGeady was clattered by home keeper Pernis, and Robbie Keane made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Getafe 4 – Sevilla 3 (La Liga, April 25, 2010) Adrian Gonzalez put Getafe after 17 minutes, but Sevilla were ahead before the break as Luis Fabiano and Fredi Kanoute scored. Getafe levelled through Pedro Leon just before the hour, but moments later Kanoute scored his second to put Sevilla back ahead. But Getafe were not finished as they levelled through Manu Del Moral on 76 minutes. Kanoute was then red-card for a second bookable offence with five-minutes remaining, before Getafe grabbed the winner in stoppage time as Dani Parejo fired home from the penalty spot.
Atletico Madrid 3 – Tenerife 1 (La Liga, April 25, 2010) Argentina star-of-tomorrow, 19-year-old forward Eduardo Salvio, had a match to remember for Atleti as he opened after 11 minutes. Salvio then doubled the hosts lead on the half hour. After the break Roman Martinez brought Tenerife back into the game but a late Kun Aguero goal sealed the win for the Rojiblancos.
Racing Santander 1 – Villarreal 2 (La Liga, April 25, 2010) Real Madrid-bound teenager Sergio Canales scored after 39 minutes with a stunner, the forward skipping past Gonzalo Rodriguez before slamming the ball into the top corner with aplomb. The Yellow Submarine hit back after the break, Diego Godin bundled the ball into the net from a Cazorla corner to get the equaliser before Nilmar netted from inches out to clinch a vital three points.
Mallorca 1 – Malaga 1 (La Liga, April 25, 2010) Despite being down to 10-men for much of the match, Malaga took a late lead four minutes from time when Victor Obinna rammed home a powerful shot. Mallorca rescued a precious point in injury time, when Aritz Aduriz finally forced the ball home following a frantic scramble.
Sporting Gijon 0 – Valladolid 2 (La Liga, April 25, 2010) Former Manchester United striker Mauncho put Valladolid ahead with just ten minutes remaining before both sides were reduced to ten-men with Francisco Maldonado and Asier Del Horno seeing red. Javier Baraja then sealed the much needed win on the stroke of full-time. The three points now means that Valladolid are within two points of safety.
Roma 1 – Sampdoria 2 (Serie A, April 25, 2010) Francesco Totti put the capital club ahead on 14 minutes, but Giampaolo Pazzini headed an equaliser early in the second period with Sampdoria’s first effort on goal, and with their second effort Pazzini fired home an 85th minute winner.
Juventus 3 – Bari 0 (Serie A, April 25, 2010) After a goalless first half between Juventus and Bari, the halftime interval saw rival fans get involved in a confrontations in the stands. The old Lady then took the lead ten minutes into the second half when Vincenzo Iaquinta rounded the keeper and squeezed his shot home from a tight angle. Alex Del Piero doubled Juve’s lead from the penalty spot before Vincenzo Iaquinta slid home a late third to complete a comfortable home win.
Udinese 4 – Siena 1 (Serie A, April 25, 2010) Simone Pepe gave Udinese the lead over Siena with a header, but the visitors levelled through Emanuele Calaio five minutes from the break. The Zebrette, however, still when into the interval ahead when Pepe curled home his second of the game in the 42 minute. It became 3-1 to Udinese just after the hour mark when Alexis Sanchez netted the ball. Nine minutes from normal time the hosts were awarded a penalty and Serie A’s top scorer Antonio Di NataleÂ made no mistake from the spot.
Genoa 1- Lazio 2 (Serie A, April 25, 2010) Rodrigo Palacio fired Genoa into an earl lead over Lazio, but the Romans equalised through Andre Dias header from a corner midway through the half and Sergio Floccari’s close range finish put the visitors in the lead just after the half hour.
Bologna 2 – Parma 1 (Serie A, April 25, 2010) A fine solo goal from Jonathan Biabiany put Parma in a 23rd minute lead at Bologna, but after the visitors had Cristian Zaccardo sent off of the half hour the hosts levelled through Marco Di Vaio’s neat flick to go into the break on an equal footing. Five minutes after the break Di Vaio bagged his brace to complete the turnaround for the hosts.
Livorno 3 – Catania 1 (Serie A, April 25, 2010) Cristiano Lucarelli put Livorno ahead against Catania from the penalty spot in an incident that saw Capuano dismissed for the Sicilians. On the hour mark Livorno scored their second goal through Claudio Bellucci and six minutes later Catania conceded their third goal of the afternoon when Martin Bergvold struck. However, the visitors did pull a goal back when, on 87 minutes, Maxi Lopez scored one of the goals of the weekend with an outstanding overhead-volley from 15-yards out.
Fiorentina 0 – Chievo 2 (Serie A, April 25, 2010) Fiorentina could have gone ahead just six minutes into the second half but Juan Manuel Vargas failed to convert the spot-kick. Five minutes later Sergio Pellissier made the Florence-based side pay with the opener, and with 15 minutes remaining Gennaro Sardo put the Veronese side 2-0 up.
Napoli 0 – Cagliari 0 (Serie A, April 25, 2010) Napoli’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season were dealt another blow when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Cagliari.
Hoffenheim 5 – Hamburg 1 (Bundesliga, April 25, 2010) Hoffenheim took a 3-nil lead into the break at home against Hamburg courtesy of Vedad Ibisevic’s double inside the opening 11 minutes and Obasi’s third of the half hour. (First half highlights here.) An outstanding 40-yard lob from Robert Tesche gave Hamburg a lifeline after the break, but that wonder-strike was soon forgotten as Obasi notched his second before Sejad Salihovic put the match out of sight with a fifth.
Freiburg 1 – Wolfsburg 0 (Bundesliga, April 25, 2010) Cedrick Makiadi netted the all important goal on 38 minutes, firing in a shot from 25-yards that Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio should have done better with.
Marseille 1 – Saint-Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, April 25, 2010) Mathieu Valbuena’s 6th minute strike prove enough for champions-elect Marseille.
AuxerreÂ 3 – ToulouseÂ 0 (Ligue 1, April 25, 2010) After midfielder Benoit Pedretti gave Auxerre the lead in the 47th minute, Poland striker Ireneusz Jelen took his league tally to 13 this season with goals in the 68th (a brilliant finish) and 79th.
Lens 1 – Valenciennes 1 (Ligue 1, April 25, 2010) Sebastien Roudet gave the hosts the lead in the 38th minute but Gregory Pujol levelled matters 18 minutes from time. Lens are 14th, 12 points above the drop zone with four games remaining, while Valenciennes are five points above them in 11th.
Ajax 2 – Feyenoord 0 (Dutch Cup Final first-leg, April 25, 2010) Ajax raced into a 2-goal lead against Feyenoord in the Dutch cup final first-leg, Seim de Jong broke the offside trap to claim the opener and inside 60 seconds De Jong grabbed a second for the Amsterdammers.
Associacao Naval 0 – Braga 4 (Liga Sagres, April 25, 2010) Braga kept their faint title hopes alive with a crushing display at Naval which began with a cracking free-kick from Luis Aguiar after 25 minutes. Matheus added a second before the break before Paulao headed home number three 15 minutes from time. Luis Aguiar sealed the win with a tidy lob in the final minutes.
Nacional 1 – Pacos Ferreira 1 (Liga Sagres, April 25, 2010)
Galatasaray 0 – Bursaspor 0 (Super Lig, April 25, 2010) Galatasaray held off their closest competitors for the title to inch closer to the championship.
Gaziantepspor 2 – Istanbul Buyuksehir 3 (Super Lig, April 25, 2010)
Spartak Moscow 0 – Spartak Nalchik 0 (Russian Premier League, April 25, 2010) 10-man Nalchik maintained their lead in the Russian Premier League thanks to a goalless draw against away at Spartak.
Zenit St. Petersburg 0 – Terek Grozny 0 (Russian Premier League, April 25, 2010) Luciano Spallettiâ€™s have grabbed their second 0-0 draw in a row, failing to find the way through Grozny keeper Andrey Dikan.
Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – Chernomorets Odessa 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 25, 2010) Shakhtar, looking to take top spot away from Kiev who could only draw on Saturday, got off to a perfect start against Chernomorets Odessa when Jadsen converted a sixth minute penalty. Much-hyped teenager Douglas Costa doubled the lead at the start of the second half curling home a brilliant free-kick from tight on the right byline. Adriano claimed number three to seal a comfortable win for Shakhtar.
Zakarpattia 0 – Metalurg Zaporizhya 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, April 25, 2010)
Austria Vienna 5 – Mattersburg 1 (T-Mobile (Bundesliga, April 25, 2010) Tomas Jun got Austria off to a lightning start after 4 minutes, but Robert Waltner levelled late in the first half. There was still time in the opening 45 for Manuel Ortlechner to put the hosts back in front and in-form striker Roland Linz made it 3-1 after the interval. Linz made it four on the hour and Zlatko Junuzovic made it five with one of the goals of the weekend to seal the one-sided victory.
Orebro 3 – Halmstad 0 (Allsenskan, April 25, 2010) Magnus Kihlberg gave Orebro the perfect start in the second minute and Kim Olsen doubled their lead shortly after the half-hour mark. Substitute Paulinho Guara sealed the victory eight minutes from time to move Orebro to within four points of Helsingborg, who have a game in hand.
GAIS 2 – Kalmar 2 (Allsenskan, April 25, 2010) The hosts took the lead in the 17th minute when the unfortunate Petter Wasta turned into his own net but Tobias Eriksson equalised a minute before the break. Carneiro Wanderson’s 66th-minute goal seemed to have given GAIS the win but substitute Marcel Sacramento snatched a share of the points in stoppage time.
Brommapojkarna 2 – Gefle 1 (Allsenskan, April 25, 2010) Pablo Pinones-Arce opened the scoring with just two minutes gone and John Guidetti doubled Brommapojkarna’s lead in the 57th minute before substitute Jakob Orlov pulled one back on the hour mark, just two minutes after coming off the bench.
Elfsborg 4 – Trelleborg 1 (Allsenskan, April 25, 2010) Trelleborg took the lead within five minutes through Joakim Sjohage but Emir Bajrami levelled in the 18th minute and Denni Avdic put the hosts firmly in control with goals either side of the break. Half-time substitute Johan Larsson capped a good night 10 minutes from time.
Rosenborg 0 – Lillestrom 0 (Tippeligaen, April 25, 2010)
Toronto FC 2 – Seattle Sounders 0 (MLS, April 25, 2010) Toronto captain Dwayne De Rosario was the star of the show, opening the scoring in the 58th minute with his fifth goal in five matches this season. De Rosario then teed up O’Brian White for the Canadian’s second.
Boca Juniors 2 – San Lorenzo 0 (Clausura, April 25, 2010) Boca Juniors scored a fourth win of their disappointing campaign, with Matias Gimenez and Martin Palermo securing a 2-0 win against San Lorenzo.
Atletico Tucuman 2 – Rosario Central 2 (Clausura, April 25, 2010) Luis Rodriguez got both of the goals for Tucuman, who had Rodrigo Herrera red carded, with Emilio Zelaya and Milton Caraglio twice equalising.
Racing Club 2 – Banfield 0 (Clausura, April 25, 2010) Racing Club beat Banfield with goals from Matias Martinez and Claudio Bieler in the last 15 minutes.
Argentinos Juniors 3 – Gimnasia La Plata 1 (Clausura, April 25, 2010) Nestor Ortigoza opened the scoring for the hosts with a 26th-minute penalty before Lucas Castro equalised just seconds after coming on in the 67th minute. Ismael Sosa restored the lead two minutes later and Santiago Raymonda made it three in the closing minutes.
Santo Andre 2 – Santos 3 (Campeonato Paulista final first-leg, April 25, 2010) Santo Andre opened the scoring at Pacaembu stadium through Bruno Cesar in the 34th minute, but Santos came back with a goals by Andre in the 13th and by Wesley in the 17th and 70th minutes. Rodriguinho hit Santo Andre’s second goal in the 83rd.
Indios 2 – Pumas 0 (Mexican Primera Division, April 25, 2010)
Club America 1 – Santos 0 (Mexican Primera Division, April 25, 2010) America claimed the final spot in Mexico’s Clausura playoffs courtesy of Angel Reyna’s seventh minute goal.
Toluca 2 – Puebla 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 25, 2010)