VIDEO: Torres at the double as Liverpool sink Sunderland; Burnley slip closer to the drop after Blackburn loss; Juve & Fiorentina win; Ajax close in on Twente

Liverpool 3 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, March 28, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Fernando Torres needed less than three minutes to break the deadlock with Sunderland, the Spaniard picked up the ball in a wide left position, jinked his way inwards before curling a stunner past Gordon for his sixth goal in four matches. A brilliant performance from Liverpool was rewarded with a second in the 32nd minute, a Gerrard corner fell to Glen Johnson on the edge of the box and the full-back’s drive deflected off Turner and into the near post. Fernando Torres struck the post in the 42nd minute, while the cameras caught legends Rush and Thommo on the edges of their seats as the chance came and went. The Reds killed the game on the hour when, in a crowded penalty area, Fernando Torres wrong-footed the entire Sunderland defence before calmly slotting the ball into an empty goal.

Rafa Benitez’s post match interview can be seen here, Fernando Torres’s here, and Steve Bruce’s here.

Burnley 0 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, March 28, 2010) Blackburn opened after 20 minutes in the derby with Burnley when David Dunn slotted home a spot-kick after Martin Olsson took a blatant dive in the Clarets box. (First half highlights here.)

Sam Allardyce’s post match interview can be seen here.


Norwich 1 – Leeds 0 (League One, March 27, 2010) Chris Martin grabbed a dramatic winner a minute from time to take Norwich 11 points clear at the top of League One and extend Leeds’ miserable recent run, the substitute striker heading home a perfect Stephen Hughes cross to take the Canaries to the brink of promotion.


Real Madrid 3 – Atletico Madrid 2 (La Liga, March 28, 2010) Atletico struck first in the Madrid derby at the Bernabeu when, after nine minutes, the visitors worked a throw-in from left to right and Jose Antonio Reyes was able to collect the ball and curl a beauty into the far corner. Real pulled level early in the second half when Xabi Alonso slide home Albiol’s flick-on at the back post. The turnaround was complete in the 55th minute when Alonso sprayed a glorious pass to Alvaro Arbeloa down the right and the full-back cut inside and produced a killer finish. Real looked to be smooth sailing when Gonzalo Higuain opened u pa 2-goal cushion for the hosts, but Diego Forlan netted a 68th minute penalty to keep the match alive.

Villarreal 3 – Sevilla 0 (La Liga, March 28, 2010) Early goals from Giuseppe Rossi and Joseba Llorente fired Villarreal into a 2-nil lead over Sevilla in the opening 20 minutes. Bobby Pires wrapped up the points in injury time when he streaked clear on the breakaway and coolly finished.

Osasuna 1 – Almeria 0 (La Liga, March 28, 2010) An early header from veteran striker Walter Pandiani earned Osasuna victory.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Getafe 3 (La Liga, March 28, 2010) Miku opened the scoring, tapping home after excellent work from Pedro Leon set up the opportunity. Ten minutes later, it was two when the unfortunate Ze Castro inexplicably headed the ball past Manu and into his own net. Getafe were impressive on the break all afternoon, and Miku added a third on the hour mark, scrambling home inside the six yard box after an assist from Manu.

Xerez 3 – Valladolid 0 (La Liga, March 28, 2010) Last-place Xerez maintained their hopes of remaining in the Spanish league by beating fellow relegation battler Valladolid. Victor Sanchez converted Carrilero’s pass after two minutes before bulky striker Miguel Angel Carrilero nodded an inswinging free kick home in the 36th. Mario Bermejo then blasted a penalty past Haris Medunjanin in the 71st, after the Valladolid midfielder replaced goalkeeper Justo Villar, who was sent off for tripping Bermejo.

Espanyol 0 – Sporting Gijon 0 (La Liga, March 28, 2010) Shot-shy Espanyol once again failed to find the net as stubborn Sporting Gijon held on for a stalemate in Barcelona.


AC Milan 1 – Lazio 1 (Serie A, March 28, 2010) AC Milan took an 18th minute lead against Lazio when Marco Boriello struck home a penalty. The Romans pulled level thanks to a horror mistake from Antonini which allowed Stephan Lichtsteiner to pounce for the second week running.

Juventus 2 – Atalanta 1 (Serie A, March 28, 2010) A textbook free-kick from the evergreen Alex Del Piero, curling a right-footer into the top corner from 25-yards, gave Juve the lead at home to Atalanta. The Old Lady conceded on the stroke of halftime when awful defending kept Nicola Amoruso onside and free on the left-hand side of the box, and when the ball arrived the striker made now mistake from 6-yards. Eight minutes from time Juventus retook the lead when Felipe Melo jumped high at the back stick to loop a header back across goal and into the far corner.

Fiorentina 4 – Udinese 1 (Serie A, March 28, 2010) The brilliant Juan Manuel Vargas added another fantastic goal to his scrapbook as he fired Fiorentina ahead against Udinese, the Peruvian thumping a free-kick into the top corner from over 30-yards out. Udinese hit back before the interval when a breakaway attack was finished by striker Simone Pepe from close-range. The Viola asserted their authority on the match after the break as Alberto Gilardino put the hosts back in front before Mario Santana swept in a third connecting with a left-wing cross. Shaggy-haired forward Steven Jovetic sealed the win leaping like a salmon to connect with a bullet header for sublime fourth.

Livorno 1 – Bari 1 (Serie A, March 28, 2010) Struggling Livorno fell behind in bizarre circumstances at home to Bari when Riccardo Allegretti managed to deflect a shot into the net after the ball ricocheted in off his thigh. Livorno equalised five minutes from time when Francesco Tavano was able to turn in the box and toe-poke a shot into the corner of the net.

Napoli 1 – Catania 0 (Serie A, March 28, 2010) Fabian’s younger brother Paolo Cannavaro scored a rare goal to hand Napoli the lead over Catania, the defender finding himself at the right place at the right time to convert a left wing cross.

Siena 0 – Genoa 0 (Serie A, March 28, 2010) Relegation strugglers Siena had a goal chalked off at the end of the first half with Genoa after Abdelkader Ghezzal crashed a header against the bar, only to convert the rebound after being in an offside position. A frustrating match for Ghezzal continued after the break when the forward cracked a picture-perfect overhead-volley into the net only for the goal to be chalked after the ball was earlier adjudged to have gone out of play.

Sampdoria 1 – Cagliari 1 (Serie A, March 28, 2010) Stefano Guberti had opened the scoring for Samp on 48 minutes and they looked on course for an important win. But substitute Nene equalised on 80 minutes and the game ended in a stalemate, although Nene was then sent off deep into injury-time.

Chievo 0 – Parma 0 (Serie A, March 28, 2010) Chievo failed to make the most of a number of chances as they attempted to make their Serie A status secure for another season.


Monchengladbach 1 – Hamburg 0 (Bundesliga, March 28, 2010) Gladbach’s free-scoring centre-half Roel Brouwers broke the deadlock at home with Hamburg scrambling home a free-kick two minutes before the interval.

Hoffenheim 1 – Freiburg 1 (Bundesliga, March 28, 2010) A comedy of errors in the home backline allowed Mohamadou Idrissou to put Freiburg in the lead, but Hoffenheim claimed a point when Josip Simunic equalised with ten minutes to go.


Lille 4 – Montpellier 1 (Ligue 1, March 28, 2010) Gervinho put the home side ahead only for Souleymane Camara to equalise with a fine long range effort into the corner. Lille retook the lead through a Yohan Cabaye penalty on 54 and further goals from Pierre-Alain Frau and Larsen Toure wrapped up the victory.

PSG 3 – Boulogne 0 (Ligue 1, March 28, 2010) Behind closed doors, Boulogne defender Antony Lecointe put PSG ahead when he deflected a shot by Stephane Sessegnon into his own net on 26 minutes. Two minutes later, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when defender Bakary Soumare was sent off for a challenge on Guillaume Hoarau. Striker Hoarau doubled the advantage from a penalty on 35 minutes and Mateja Kezman wrapped it up from close range 10 minutes from time.

Le Mans 1 – Rennes 3 (Ligue 1, March 28, 2010) Ismael Bangoura put Rennes ahead with a penalty in the 51st minute after goalkeeper Didier Ovono had fouled Sylvain Marveaux. Mathieu Dossevi levelled for Le Mans in the 58th with a low shot. But Jimmy Briand scored with a header in the 74th before Briand sealed the win by chipping Ovono in the 86th.

Toulouse 0 – Nice 2 (Ligue 1, March 28, 2010) Mounier put them ahead after 40 minutes, with Mouloungui doubling the lead with seven minutes left.

Lorient 4 – Saint-Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, March 28, 2010) Kevin Gameiro scored twice as Lorient crushed struggling St Etienne 4-0. Morgan Amalfitano and Sebastian Dubarbier were also on target to leave the visitors with work still to do to retain their top-flight status.

Nancy 5 – Lens 1 (Ligue 1, March 28, 2010) Issiar Dia hit a hat-trick (first, second, third) as Nancy ran out 5-1 winners in their Ligue 1 clash with Lens. Youssouf Hadji and Pascal Berenguer also netted for the hosts with all their goals coming in a 25-minute spell either side of half-time. Issam Jemaa’s 90th-minute penalty was scant consolation for well-beaten Lens.


Ajax 3 – Groningen 0 (Eredivisie, March 28, 2010) Ajax struck after 38 minutes at home to Groningen when centre-half Jan Vertonghen powered in a free-kick connecting with a bullet header. The Amsterdammers doubled their lead midway through the second half when Siem de Jong beat the offside trap and cracked a sweet first-time shot into the roof of the near post. Ajax closed out the match the same way they started as Jan Vertonghen headed in his second set-piece of the day as Ajax closed the gap to four points on league leaders Twente.

VVV Venlo 2 – PSV 4 (Eredivisie, March 28, 2010) An early Otman Bakkal header, getting on the end of Toivonen’s left-wing cross, put PSV ahead at VVV Venlo. PSV doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Balazs Dzsudzsak cracked a tidy left-footed shot in off the far post. The guests started the second half superbly as well and Danny Koevermans made it three for PSV after a good cross from Manolev. VVV never gave up and Ruben Schaken pegged one back around the hour mark. However, again Bakkal restored his side’s three-goal lead only one minute later. Young attacker Kris Boymans scored the a second consolation in the dying minutes of the game for Venlo.

FC Utrecht 2 – RKC 0 (Eredivisie, March 28, 2010) Dries Mertens and Michael Silberbauer scored first-half goals as FC Utrecht enjoyed a 2-0 home win over bottom club RKC Waalwijk.

NEC 0 – Feyenoord 0 (Eredivisie, March 28, 2010)


Belenenses 0 – FC Porto 3 (Liga Sagres, March 28, 2010) Hulk returned from a three-month suspension to score a cracking goal for the second. Rolando and Radamel Falcao scored the first and third.


Atromitos 0 – Panathinaikos 3 (Greek Super League, March 28, 2010) Goals from Dimitris Salpingidis, Djibril Cisse and Sebastian Leto gave Panathinaikos a 3-0 win at Atromitos  in the Greek league on Sunday.

AEK Athens 1 – Panionios 1 (Greek Super League, March 28, 2010) Ignacio Scocco scored in the 90th minute to rescue a 1-1 draw for fourth-placed AEK Athens at home to Panionios, who went ahead through Fanouris Goundoulakis but had Lorenzo Sito Riera sent off four minutes from time.

Larissa 2 – PAOK 1 (Greek Super League, March 28, 2010) Daniel Cousin had given Larissa the lead in the 16th minute, while they finished the game with 10 men following the sending-off of Panagiotis Katsiaros in the 90th minute. Substitute Sander Puri scored the winner in the 90th minute after Pablo Contreras’s 83rd-minute leveller looked to have snatched a point for PAOK.

Aris 1 – Levadiakos 0 (Greek Super League, March 28, 2010)


Standard Liege 2 – Charleroi 0 (Jupiler League playoffs, March 27, 2010) A lacklustre game exploded into life right at the end as a Dieumerci Mbokani double ensured Standard started the play-offs with a much needed win and gained confidence ahead of the midweek trip to Hamburg.

Sint Truiden 0 – Club Brugge 0 (Jupiler League playoffs, March 27, 2010) Club Brugge blew their first opportunity to gain ground on leaders Anderlecht with an extremely disappointing scoreless draw away to a somewhat depleted Sint-Truiden in which they never even remotely looked like title contenders.


Spartak Moscow 2 – Lokomotiv Moscow 1 (Russian Premier League, March 28, 2010) Spartak raced into a 2-goal lead through Marek Suchy and Ari in the opening 18 minutes. Alexander Aliev pulled Lokomotiv back in the match just before the half hour, but Spartak held on to claim the three points.

Rubin Kazan 0 – Terek Grozny 0 (Russian Premier League, March 28, 2010) Rubin Kazan dropped their first points of the season as the defending champions were held to a goalless draw by Terek.

Rostov 1 – Saturn 0 (Russian Premier League, March 28, 2010)


Shakhtar Donetsk 3 – Arsenal Kyiv 1 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 28, 2010) Shakhtar’s Brazilian forward were in fine form against Arsenal in the first half, Jadsen curling in a beauty after 16 minutes before a team effort carved open the visitors allowing Willian to slot in the second. Maxim Shatskyh gave the visitors hopes netting 12 minutes from time, before teenager Douglas Costa sealed the win for Shakhtar in the first minute of injury time. (Second half goals here.)

Dynamo Kiev 3 – Metalist Kharkiv 0 (Ukrainian Premier League, March 28, 2010) First half goals from Taras Mikhalik and Artem Milevskyi put Kiev 2-up at halftime against Metalist. Milevsky wrapped up a comfortable home win when he swept home a third from the edge of the box in the second half.


Galatasaray 0 – Fenerbahce 1 (Super Lig, March 28, 2010) Daggers were drawn at Gala goalie Leo Franco when he let in a clanger in the big big against Fener, the Argentine letting Selcuk Sahin’s straightforward shot through his hands for the only goal of the game.

Gaziantepspor 2 – Sivasspor 2 (Super Lig, March 28, 2010)

Denizlispor 3 – Kasimpasa 3 (Super Lig, March 28, 2010)

Antalyaspor 0 – Manisaspor 0 (Super Lig, March 28, 2010)


Gefle 1 – Malmo 3 (Allsvenskan, March 28, 2010) Robert Ahman-Persson scored after 11 and 58 minutes to hand the visitors a comfortable lead, which was extended by Daniel Andersson in the 62nd minute before Alexander Gerndt netted a consolation goal with 12 minutes remaining.

Halmstad 4 – Atvidaberg 0 (Allsvenskan, March 28, 2010) Halmstad won for the first time this campaign, after a defeat and a draw in their opening two matches, thrashing newly-promoted Atvidaberg 4-0. Goals came from Anel Raskaj, Emil Salomonsson, Alexander Prent and Johnny Lundberg.


Stromsgodset 2 – Viking 1 (Tippeligaen, March 28, 2010)

Valerenga 0 – Rosenborg 0 (Tippeligaen, March 28, 2010)


Young Boys 3 – Aarau 1 (Swiss Super League, March 28, 2010)


Slask Wroclaw 1 – Korona Kielce 1 (Ekstraklasa, March 27, 2010)

Polonia Warsaw 2 – Arka Gdynia 1 (Ekstraklasa, March 27, 2010)

Cracovia Krakow 1 – Ruch Chorzow 4 (Ekstraklasa, March 27, 2010)


Mattersburg 1 – RB Salzburg 6 (T-Mobile Bundesliga, March 27, 2010)


Omiya Ardija 0 – FC Tokyo 2 (J-League, March 28, 2010) Tokyo striker Kentaro Shigematsu scored on his debut to complete a 2-0 win over nine-man Omiya Ardija.


Arsenal 1 – San Lorenzo 0 (Clausura, March 28, 2010) Nicolas Aguirre scored the only goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over San Lorenzo.

Velez Sarfield 1 – Atletico Tucuman 0 (Clausura, March 28, 2010) Marco Torsiglieri’s effort gave Velez Sarsfield a 1-0 win over Atletico Tucuman.

Colon 1 – Independiente 1 (Clausura, March 28, 2010) Leonel Nunez scored the opener for Independiente in the 10th minute before Esteben Fuertes equalized for Colon in the 20th. Independiente finished with nine men after losing Leonel Galeano and Dario Gandin to red cards in the 34th and 73rd minutes respectively. Colon had Marcelo Goux sent off a minute after half time.

Chacarita Juniors 4 – Boca Juniors 1 (Clausura, March 28, 2010) Matias Gimenez gave Boca a 1-0 lead in the 30th. That was the end of the good news. Chacarita followed with two goals from Facundo Parra and others by Nicolas Ramierz and Sebastian Sciorilli.


Corinthians 4 – Sao Paulo 3 (Campeonato Paulista, March 28, 2010) Elias opened for Corinthians in the 18th minute and Danilo added to the lead in the 34th with a well-placed right-footer. Both teams had a man sent off in the 38th after Dentinho and Washington got into a scuffle. Jean put Sao Paulo on the board in the 43rd before veteran left back Roberto Carlos made it 3-1 in the 53rd with a booming, low free-kick. Rodrigo Souto pulled Sao Paulo closer in the 75th with a goal from close range, and Souto netted again with a header in the 83rd. But Corinthians clinched victory with an own goal by Sao Paulo defender Alex Silva two minutes into stoppage time.

Santos 5 – Monte Azul 0 (Campeonato Paulista, March 28, 2010) Paulista leaders Santos, without Robinho who is still recovering from a minor thigh injury, beat Monte Azul 5-0 to take their tally to 69 goals in 20 matches.


Puebla 2 – Club America 1 (Mexican Premiera League, March 28, 2010) After a goalless first half, Carlos Ruiz opened the scoring in the 55th minute and Herculez Gomez doubled the advantage 12 minutes from time. Daniel Marquez pulled one back just a minute later, but America had Aquivaldo Mosquera sent off three minutes from the end to banish thoughts of a comeback.