Tottenham 2 – Chelsea 1 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Tottenham’s top four charge continued to build momentum after 15 minutes at home to leaders Chelsea, John Terry was adjudged to have handled a cross in the box and Jermain Defoe gobbled up the opportunity with a rasping penalty past Cech. After scoring against Arsenal last time out, Spurs’ superb Gareth Bale scored Tottenham’s deserved second just before the break when the number three twisted Ferreira inside-out before firing a low right-footed shot past Cech. In the 66th minute Chelsea captain John Terry let his side down by going in very late on Bale as the Spurs man romped down the left to collect his second yellow. Spurs could (and should) have gone on to score a couple more goals in the final stages, and White Hart Lane fell silent in the 91st minute when Frank Lampard slid in a goal for the Blues, but the Lilywhites held on to blow the title race wide open as well as bringing themselves firmly back in the mix for fourth.
Post match interviews: Harry Redknapp & Carlo Ancelotti, Gareth Bale (man of the match) & Michael Dawson. Roman Pavlyuchenko’s individual match highlights, including a host of late misses, can be seen here.
Manchester City 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) City started the match brightly and Carlos Tevez forced a smart save from Van der Sar from a free-kick, but United also fashioned out opportunities in the first half (highlights here) with Fletcher and Rooney peppering Given with efforts on goal. The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, United have the better chances but City with the upper hand for much of the match, but as Fergie Time ticked over in the 92nd minute Evra crossed from the left and Paul Scholes got his ginger nod onto the ball to head to ball past Given and torpedo City’s top four hopes.
Blackburn 2 – Everton 3 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Everton got off to a lightning start at Blackburn when Ryan Nelson took out Mikel Arteta for one of the clearest penalties of the season and the Spaniard got up to convert from the spot. Midway through the second half Rovers levelled with a cracking strike from Steven Nzonzi, who picked up the ball about 30-yards out, picked his spot and rifled a beauty past Tim Howard. David Moyes continued to look for the win after seeing the Toffees be pegged back and in the 78th minute, just 22 seconds after Aiyegbeni Yakubu was introduced off the bench, the Yak met Anechebi’s flick-on with a header past Robinson. No sooner had the Scousers retaken the lead then they conceded again, Nikola Kalinic poked the ball through for Jason Roberts and after one bounce of the ball, the striker slapped a drive into the corner from 25-yards. A frantic end to the match Everton claimed a late late winner as Yakubu set up Tim Cahill for the Aussie to side-foot the Toffees to victory.
Stoke 1 – Bolton 2 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Stoke moved ahead at home to Bolton after just 13 minutes when Tuncay’s ball over-the-top released Dave Kitson and the flame-haired forward beat the Trotters offside trap and Jaaskelainen to score. Five minutes from time Matty Taylor levelled for Bolton with a low free-kick that snuck underneath the Stoke wall and keeper Sorenson. And amazingly there was still time for Bolton, usually so bad on the road, to claim a winner when Vladimir cross from the right and Matty Taylor connected to earned the Trotters the unlikely three points. (Both Matty Taylor goals can be seen here.)
Sunderland 2 – Burnley 1 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Burnley’s slim survival hopes withered away in the first half (highlights here) at Sunderland as Frazier Campbell and Darren Bent gave the Black Cats a 2-goal lead at the interval. The Clarets got an 82nd minute lifeline when Robbie Blake freed Steven Thompson who drove a right-foot effort low past Craig Gordon.
Birmingham 0 – Hull 0 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Relegation candidates Hull could only pick up a point at St Andrews and are now three points off safety. Birmingham had the better of the chances but look set for a ninth-placed finish.
Fulham 0 – Wolves 0 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) An unwanted new Premier League record was set – just one effort on target the whole match. Bobby Zamora came closest with a shot that hit the post.
Celtic 3 – Hibernian 2 (SPL, April 17, 2010) Celtic needed just over three minutes to put Celtic ahead at home to Hibs, Aiden McGeedy tore down the left hand side before seeing his low cross tucked home by Tottenham loanee Robbie Keane. Celtic’s lead was short-lived though as just two minutes later Anthony Stokes teed up Derek Riordan who slammed a fine shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards. (First half highlights here.) The upset was on the cards 10 minutes into the second half when Josh Thompson gave away a penalty for a high kick at Anthony Stokes and the Hibs striker tucked away the spot-kick. Ten minutes from time Celtic levelled when Marc-Antoine Fortune was on hand to tap in a rebound after Robbie Keane saw his effort stopped. And the Super Hoops completed the turnaround with three minutes remaining as Morten Rasmussen (offside?) swept home a Fortune cross. (Second half highlights here.)
Espanyol 0 – Barcelona 0 (La Liga, April 17, 2010) Espanyol halted Barcelona’s title charge with a dogged display against their local rivals. Victor Valdes continued his impressive campaign with a crucial save just before the break. Barcelona’s chances of claiming all three points took a nose dive on the hour when Dani Alves was sent off.
Sevilla 3 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, April 17, 2010) Freddie Kanoute’s seventh minute header put Sevilla in front against Gijon, and the visitors’ woes worsened just after the half hour when Mate Bilic picked up a second yellow card. A clinical Luis Fabiano header in the 53rd minute doubled Sevilla’s lead and, after Diaz collected his marching orders for Gijon for a second yellow too, Cala bagged a third to wrap up the points.
Villarreal 2 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, April 17, 2010) Diego Godin’s back-heel flick from a corner put the hosts ahead in the 21st minute. Giuseppe Rossi increased the lead when he poked the ball in after a goalmouth scramble in the 44th minute, with the Atletico defence having stopped when they thought a penalty had been awarded. Atletico forward Sergio Aguero cut the deficit in the 63rd minute when he ran onto Jose Antonio Reyes’ lobbed pass, chested the ball down, and shot past Diego Lopez.
Bayern Munich 7 – Hannover 0 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) From a short Ribery corner after 20 minutes, a fine left-wing cross was whipped into the Hannover box and Ivica Olic was on hand to head in Bayern’s opener. Before the half hour in was 2-nil Bayern as Arjen Robben was freed down the right hand side and the Dutchman finished with a sublime chip over the keeper. Bayern’s first half dominance against strugglers Hannover was capped when Thomas Muller added a third before the interval. The degree of Hannover’s humiliation was the only question left to be asked at the start of the second half as Ivica Olic and Arjen Robben both claimed their seconds of the game to put Munich 5-up. Thomas Muller made it a hat-trick of braces in the 62nd minute as Bayern ran riot. The match needed a hat-trick hero, and Arjen Robben provided the home fans with a final cheer netting his third at the death.
Schalke 3 – Monchengladbach 1 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) An Ivan Rakitic thunderbolt in the 9th minute put Schalke in front against Gladbach. But the lead was quickly cancelled out by the visitors as awful defending allowed Raul Bobadilla to outjump two defenders, race onto his own flick-on and round Neuer, before the striker coolly rolled the ball in the net. Jefferson Farfan restored Schalke’s advantage on the stroke of halftime when he mopped up Kuranyi’s saved header from a corner. Immediately after the restart Schalke opened u a 2-goal cushion when Ivan Rakitic netted his second of the game from the spot.
Stuttgart 2 – Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) Leverkusen took the lead at Stuttgart when leading scorer Stefan Kiessling received the ball in the inside right channel and steered his shot into the far corner. Bayer had Barnetta sent off for two yellow cards in the 19th minute, and it didn’t take long for Stuttgart to level as Cacau nodded home a left wing cross at the back post. Stuttgart won the match with five minutes remaining when Cacau grabbed his second of the game to become the hero.
Freiburg 2 – Nurnberg 1 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) Nurnberg defender Dominic Maroh got his bearings all wrong during a fourth minute free-kick, heading Freiburg into the lead with an own goal. Woeful Nurnberg defending helped Freiburg double their lead after the break, Papiss Demba Cisse chased down a hopeful punt forward and managed to get past two defenders and the goalie to score. Dominic Maroh tried to redeem himself in the 78th minute when he scored a header from a corner.
Hamburg 0 – Mainz 1 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) Hamburg’s defence were all at sea in the 20th minute at home to Mainz, as the visitors counter-attacked to free Aristide Bance through on goal and, after running 30 yards, the striker found the back of the net.
Wolfsburg 2 – Werder Bremen 4 (Bundesliga, April 17, 2010) Wolfsburg’s serial-goalscorer Edin Dzeko once again showed his worth against Werder as the striker make no mistake when given a sight of goal in the 18th minute. Torsten Frings pulled Bremen level from the spot in the 38th minute, but the Wolves were soon back on top when Grafite scored less than two minutes later from Misimovic’s deflected through-ball. The ding-dong swung back in Werder’s favour at the start of the second half when in-form Claudio Pizarro headed home the equaliser from 10-yards out, and just after the hour Bremen moved in front when Almeida and Torsten Frings combined for the midfielder to notch his second of the game. Hugo Almeida then put Werder 4-2 up fifteen minutes from time when he chested and volleyed a cross home at the back post.
Boulogne 1 – Marseille 2 (Ligue 1, April 17, 2010) Mathieu Valbuena gave Marseille the lead shortly before halftime, only for Jeremy Blayac to equalise for the home side nine minutes from time. However, the visitors snatched the win in the dying seconds of injury time when Taye Taiwo blasted home a penalty given against Yoann Lachor for handball.
Auxerre 4 – Lorient 1 (Ligue 1, April 17, 2010) Dennis Oliech and Ireneusz Jelen gave the hosts a 2-0 halftime lead and Valter Birsa made it three before Jeremy Morel was sent off. Kevin Gameiro pulled a goal back but visiting goalkeeper Maxime Audard was sent off after conceding the penalty from which Cedric Hengbart made it 4-1.
Bordeaux 2 – Lyon 2 (Ligue 1, April 17, 2010) Marouane Chamakh and Jaroslav Plasil had both fired the hosts ahead only for goals from Lyon’s Brazilian duo Ederson and Cris to leave them deflated. And emotions boiled over in the closing stages when three players were sent off. Lyon defender Anthony Reveillere was sent packing in the first minute of stoppage time before home duo Benoit Tremoulinas and Jussie followed him down the tunnel. Bordeaux are now 11 points behind leaders Marseille with six games remaining.
Valenciennes 0 – Le Mans 1 (Ligue 1, April 17, 2010) A last-gasp free-kick from 19-year-old full-back Sebastien Corchia saw ten-man Le Mans record a shock 1-0 victory at Valenciennes to keep alive their faint hopes of Ligue 1 survival.
CSKA Moscow 1 – Lokomotiv Moscow 1 (Russia Premier League, April 17, 2010) Early Russian pacesetters CSKA struck after just seven minutes against city-rivals Lokomotiv Moscow as Guilherme scored a brilliant solo effort by controlling a pass on the edge of the box and curling a left-footed beauty into the top corner. Lokomotiv equalised a minute from time as Oleg Kuzmin earned the visitors a share of the spoils.
Tomsk 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 0 (Russia Premier League, April 17, 2010) For the first time this season Zenit failed to score in a match as the St. Petersburg moved into temporary second place having yet to be beaten this year.
Amkar Perm 0 – Rubin Kazan 1 (Russia Premier League, April 17, 2010) A solitary strike from new signing Bebars Natcho earned Kazan the points and top spot in the league.
Alania Vladikavkaz 2 – Sibir Novosibirsk 1 (Russia Premier League, April 17, 2010) Sibir suffered a fifth defeat in their opening six matches as they lost away to Alania with Aleksander Marenich scoring an 88th minute winner.
Braga 3 – Leixoes 1 (Liga Sagres, April 17, 2010) Alan’s brace and a late strike from Moises lead Braga to victory. Christian Pouga scored a consolation for Leixoes who remain in the relegation zone, four points shy of safety.
Pacos Ferreira 1 – Naval 3 (Liga Sagres, April 17, 2010) Fabio Santos (20) and Joao Real (38) put Naval in control, and although Real then put the ball in his own net (67), the visitors benefitted from another own goal from Kelly Berville (70) to seal victory.
Manisaspor 1 – Galatasaray 2 (Super Lig, April 17, 2010) A terrific drive from Kader Kieta in the first half and a neat flick from Milan Baros after the break put Gala firmly in control. A fantastic headed own goal from Memet Topal in the 74th minute gave Manisaspor hope but they were unable to find an equaliser.
Istanbul Buyuksehir 1 – Genclerbirligi 3 (Super Lig, April 17, 2010) Istanbul Buyuksehir’s European aspirations were dented by a 3-1 defeat at home to Genclerbirligi. The capital club were ahead after a 10th-minute Orhan Sam own goal, but Mustafa Pektemek equalised before the break. The visitors then scored twice in the last 10 minutes through Labinot Harbuzi (80) and Pektemek (89) to claim the win.
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 – Bnei Yehuda 0 (Ligat ha’Al playoffs, April 17, 2010) Hapoel Tel Aviv showed character in defeating Bnei Yehuda, given that midfielder Zurab Menteshashvili was red-carded in the 30th minute. Dutch forward Daniel de Ridder took a delightful pass from Itay Shechter to give Hapoel the victory.
FC Midtjylland 3 – FC Copenhagen 2 (SAS Ligaen, April 17, 2010) Jonas Borring’s 93rd minute winner, and second of the game, lead Midtjylland to a brilliant victory after Copenhagen thought they had earned a point with Dame N’Doye netting a brace.
Honefoss 0 – Viking 1 (Tippligaen, April 17, 2010) Patrick Ingelesten scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot two minutes into the second half.
Sibenik 0 – Hajduk Split 1 (1. HNL, April 17, 2010) Hajduk Split won 1-0 at NK Sibenik courtesy of Senijad Ibricic to move into second on the table.
Seattle Sounders 1 – KC Wizards 0 (MLS, April 17, 2010) Michael Fucito netted his first career goal in the 92nd minute to give Seattle a 1-0 win over the Wizards.
Houston Dynamo 3 – Chivas USA 0 (MLS, April 17, 2010) An outstanding goal for Lovel Palmer in his first MLS start and further goals from Geoff Cameron and Dominic Oduro were the icing on the cake for a Dynamo side that dominated Chivas USA from start to finish.
New York Red Bulls 2 – FC Dallas 1 (MLS, April 17, 2010) FC Dallas scored in the 10th minute through Dax McCarty’s header, but a second half Juan Pablo Angel double, including a last minute penalty, lead New York to the three points.
DC United 0 – Chicago Fire 2 (MLS, April 17, 2010) Marco Pappa scored in the 79th minute, finishing high past goalkeeper Troy Perkins after McBride’s back-heel flick redirected Patrick Nyarko’s cross. Brian McBride scored 10 minutes later, heading a long ball from his own goalkeeper, Andrew Dykstra, past Perkins and inside the near post to seal Chicago’s first win in Washington since May of 2008.
Yamagata 0 – Yokohama F. Marinos 1 (J-League, April 17, 2010) Daisuke Sakata’s goal midway through the second half earned Yokohama the points.
FC Tokyo 1 – Kyoto Sanga 1 (J-League, April 17, 2010) Makoto Kakuda’s early opener had given the visitors a lead that Tokyo’s Sota Hirayama erased with a penalty in the 73rd minute.
Jubilo Iwata 1 – Omiya Ardija 1 (J-League, April 17, 2010) Jubilo forward Ryoichi Maeda headed home a Yuichi Komano cross in the 59th minute after Omiya forward Naoki Ishihara had opened the scoring in the first half.
Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 – Albirex Niigata 1 (J-League, April 17, 2010) Nagoya defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka headed home a Magnum corner in the 83rd minute but it was cancelled out by Niigata substitute forward Hideo Oshima six minutes later. Nagoya moved up to second, though, while Niigata remained bottom of the table without a win to their name.
Gamba Osaka 1 – Shimizu S-Pulse (J-League, April 17, 2010) Shimizu started cautiously and the hosts took the lead in the 40th minute through Tomokazu Myojin’s penalty after Kazumichi Takagi was fouled by Australian defender Eddy Bosnar in the box. Gamba, who were without injured Japan midfielders Yasuhito Endo and Hideo Hashimoto, could not hold on to their lead, though, and Shimizu levelled in the 70th minute when Shinji Okazaki controlled Johnsen’s pass and fired home from just inside the box.
River Plate 2 – Godoy Cruz 1 (Argentinean Clausura, April 17, 2010) River Plate, in the first game under new coach Angel Cappa, rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 on a 69th-minute strike by Ariel Ortega and another a minute later by Paulo Ferrari. Federico Higuain had given Godoy Cruz the lead in the 33rd.
Chacarita Juniors 1 – Atletico Tucuman 2 (Argentinean Clausura, April 17, 2010) After six draws and seven losses, last-place Tucuman finally broke its drought with goals from Emanuel Cigliotti and Matias Blanes offsetting Erwin Avalos’ goal for Chacarita.
Banfield 1 – Independiente 3 (Argentinean Clausura, April 17, 2010) Andres Silvera, Leandro Gracian and Leonel Nunez scored for Independiente, while Banfield’s only goal was from Ruben Ramirez.
Tigre 1 – Estudiantes 2 (Argentinean Clausura, April 17, 2010) Alejandro Desabato opened the scoring for Estudiantes in the 9th minute Jose Sosa made it 2-0 in the 26th. Tigre’s scored on an own-goal by Marcos Rojo in the 39th.
Chivas 0 – Atlas 2 (Mexican Primera Division, April 17, 2010) In Guadalajara, Hebert Alferez scored in the 14th and 67th in Atlas’ victory over struggling Chivas. Altlas played with 10 men after Diego Jimenez was sent off in the 36th.
Pachuca 1 – Toluca 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 17, 2010) Leobardo Lopez gave Pachuca a 1-0 lead in the 26th with Manuel Perez equalising from a free-kick in the 38th for Toluca.
Monterrey 2 – Club America 1 (Mexican Primera Division, April 17, 2010) Angel Reyna gave America a 1-0 lead in the 26th, but Sergio Santana equalised in the 54th with Carreno getting the winner in the 70th.