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Hypnotic Lionel Messi has defences believing a tackle is a violation

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by BBC.com

Defenders retreat, crouch and stiffen like threatened animals when confronted by Barcelona's magician Barcelona's Lionel Messi is so good defenders cannot bring themselves to tackle him. In October 2000 Barcelona's technical director, Carles "Charly" Rexach, returned from the Sydney Olympics to watch a youth match organised to help the club decide whether a tiny Argentinian boy known as "The F...Full Story »

Chelsea 7 - 1 Aston Villa

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by BBC.com

Lampard scores the first of his four goals against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge Frank Lampard passed the 150 goal mark for Chelsea as they threw the gauntlet down to Premier League pace-setters Manchester United by destroying Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Lampard's four goals made him the third-highest scorer in the club's history eclipsing legends Roy Bentley and Peter Osgood with 151 goa...Full Story »

United romp to win without Wayne

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by PA

Sir Alex Ferguson's calculated gamble paid off as Manchester United remained on top of the Barclays Premier League even without the services of Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand with a 4-0 win at Bolton.Ferguson admitted the England duo would both have been risked at Bolton had United's need been dire.Instead, with Saturday's crunch clash with Chelsea splitting a Champions League quarter-final aga...Full Story »

Mann stunner seals win

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by PA

Robert Mann's 35-yard screamer ensured Peterhead came out 3-1 victors in this mid-table clash at Dumbarton.The home side were first to draw blood though, as Scott Chaplain tapped home Michael Dunlop's cross from six yards after 49 minutes.Just six minutes later, Peterhead equalised as Daniel Moore's corner caused confusion in the Dumbarton box, and Barry Wilson made no mistake from 12 yards out...Full Story »

Mullin late show for Albion

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by PA

Michael Mullin's late winner helped Stirling to a crucial 1-0 victory over promotion-rivals Cowdenbeath.The win moves Albion to within three points of the Blue Brazil, who currently occupy the division's second promotion place.The importance of the game was evident from the off, as both sides opted to feel each other out rather than take any unnecessary risks.And when efforts at goal did come, ...Full Story »

No joy for Alloa

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by PA

Alloa missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of Division Two after a goalless draw against an Arbroath side battling to stave off relegation. The league leaders dominated the first half, going close through efforts from Mark Brown, Anthony Stevenson and Gary Carroll. But Arbroath were equal to the challenge, as an Alan Rattray header from Marc McCulloch's corner threatened the visit...Full Story »

Craig earns County point

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by PA

An 87th-minute equaliser from Steven Craig was enough to earn Ross County a point at home to Dundee United.The away side had the better of the early exchanges, going close with efforts from Ben Hutchinson and Gary Harkins which twice forced County keeper Michael McGovern into good saves.But McGovern could do nothing about Hutchinson's close range effort early in the second half, which he stroke...Full Story »

Caley top of the pile

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by PA

Inverness climbed to the summit of the First Division with a narrow 1-0 victory over Partick at Firhill Stadium.Liam Buchanan nearly gave Partick an early lead but Caley also looked threatening and went close when Richie Foran's cross-shot was kept out by Jonathan Tuffey.The visitors went ahead when Foran centred for Adam Rooney to head into the top corner.The victory could prove to crucial in...Full Story »

Morton pay penalty

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by PA

Two Paul Lovering penalties helped Airdrie claim their second successive home win as they beat fellow strugglers Morton 3-0 at New Broomfield. United were hammered by Inverness last time but have sprung a surprise in recent weeks by seeing off leaders Dundee. The bottom club set about cutting the gap on the team one place above them and their hopes were boosted by Kevin Cuthbert seeing red aft...Full Story »

Archdeacon hero for Brechin

Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 by PA

Mark Archdeacon's second-half strike kept Brechin's promotion hopes alive as they earned a 2-1 victory at Stenhousemuir.The visitors were quick out of the blocks, taking the lead in the seventh minute when Charlie King's pin-point cross found Rory McAllister who powered a header past Scott Bennett.The Warriors' response was clinical though, equalising in the 31st minute through Ian Diack.Spurre...Full Story »

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