Liverpool 4 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, March 15, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Pompey hit the self destruct button after 25 minutes at Anfield when keeper Ashdown had his clearance closed down, the ball ran to Maxi to playing in Fernando Torres for the simple finish. One became two minutes later when intense Liverpool pressure finally saw Torres lay the ball off to Ryan Babel who prodded home from 10-yards. A fabulous six minute spell for the Reds was rounded off when Torres and Gerrard were involved before Alberto Aquilani cracked home his first Liverpool goal in front of the Kop. (First half highlights here.) 13 minutes from time Fernando Torres bagged his second of the night to inflict more woes on Pompey, El Nino letting rip with a bullet strike into the near post. Nadir Belhadj denied the Merseysiders a clean sheet when the Algerian latched onto Piquionne’s volley across the face of the goal.
Atletico Madrid 1 – Osasuna 0 (La Liga, March 15, 2010) Atleti were reduced to 10 men when Simao saw red after the break after a second bookable offence, but the Rojiblancos still managed to claim the points through Jurado’s fabulous curler 11 minutes from time.
Pacos Ferreira 1 – Maritimo 0 (Liga Sagres, March 15, 2010) Bruno Di Paula scored the only goal after 52 minutes as sixth-placed Pacos Ferreira recorded an eighth win of the season.
Denizlispor 0 – Besiktas 1 (Super Lig, March 15, 2010) A bundled goal from Filip Holosko minutes before the interval earned Besiktas the points.
Orebro 2 – Atvidaberg 0 (Allsvenskan, March 15, 2010) Goals in the first half from Marcus Astvald and Kim Olsen got newbees Atvidaberg off to a losing start.
Gefle 0 – Elfsborg 0 (Allsvenskan, March 15, 2010)
GAIS 0 – Malmo 0 (Allsvenskan, March 15, 2010) GAIS and Malmo drew 0-0 after Malmo goalkeeper Johan Dahlin saved a penalty.
Halmstad 0 – Trelleborg 0 (Allsvenskan, March 14, 2010)
Valerenga 2 – Viking 0 (Tippeligaen, March 15, 2010) Vikingâ€™s new season got off to a fairly terrible start as Mohammed â€œMoaâ€ Abdellaoue wasted no time at all and put Valerenga ahead after just one and a half minute. Abdellaoue followed up on his fine first strike by scoring an even better second goal, cracking home a 30-yard beauty to seal victory.
Stromsgodset 2 – Kongsvinger 0 (Tippeligaen, March 14, 2010) Hapless forward Mame Niang celebrated his unlikely transfer to Kongsvinger by unleashing a spectacular chance-missing bonanza that was truly awful even by his own dismal standards. Godsetâ€™s teenage forward Marcus Pedersen was less charitable when some poor communication at the back presented him with a chance, and the impressive Fredrik Nordkvelle added a second to make it a comfortable 2-0 win for the home side.
Maccabi Haifa 1 – Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 (Ligat ha’Al, March 15, 2010) The turning point of the match came in the 29th minute, when Tel Aviv’s Emmanuel Mayuka was red-carded for an unsportsmanlike kick, albeit a soft one, to Keinan’s shin. But it took Haifa until the final stages to capitalise on their numbers, as Katan was fouled inside the penalty area and Shlomi Arbeitman converted from the spot.