With a week remaining in the Premier League, Clint Dempsey scored another goal and Fulham picked up three points in a 2-1 win over Sunderland. Dempsey opened the scoring in the 12th minute with Sunderland equalizing in the 34th. Moussa Dembele put Fulham in the lead for good a minute later. Fulham are 8th in the Premier League but 9th-place Liverpool have yet to play their 37th game. Trailing by three points, Liverpool holds a superior goal differential.
“Of course I’m delighted to get on the scoresheet but I think we should have won by more goals,” Dembele told the club’s official site. “I could have scored two more so it would have been nice if those had gone in but we’re happy overall.”
A point ahead of Fulham, 7th-place Everton played out a scoreless draw against Wolverhampton. Tim Howard took his usual place in Everton’s starting lineup. Brad Friedel and 4th-place Spurs drew 1-1 with Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa. Ciaran Clark scored in the 35th minute to put Villa up at home, with Emmanuel Adebayor converting a 61st minute penalty to split the points. Tim Ream and Bolton remain in the relegation zone, drawing 2-2 with West Brom. Bolton are 19th, two points and a significant goal differential from safety. A league down, Jonathan Spector returned to action with Birmingham City, subbing on in the 74th minute in their 1-0 loss to Blackpool in the promotion playoffs. A league below that, Frank Simek and Carlisle lost 2-1 to Oldham Athletic.
The Americans were in action for Rangers in a scoreless draw with Motherwell. Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra started with Alejandro Bedoya subbing on in the 66th minute. Rangers close out their season next week against St Johnstone. They will finish second in the Scottish Premier League.
Final day in the Bundesliga season and Jermaine Jones‘s Schalke 04 finishes top of the National Teamers Abroad clubs in third. Schalke beat Werder Bremen 3-2 at the Weserstadion with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring the second and third goals. Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 beat Kaiserslautern 2-1 to finish 7th. Fabian Johnson started for Hoffenheim, losing 3-1 to Hertha Berlin. Hoffenheim finish 11th. Hertha Berlin will enter the relegation playoffs while Cologne and Kaiserslautern were relegated to the 2.Bundesliga.
Jozy Altidore‘s injury didn’t keep him out for AZ, starting in the 1-0 win over Groningen. Altidore assisted on Erik Falkenburg’s 26th minute goal. AZ finish 4th. Ajax won the title with Feyenoord finishing 2nd followed by PSV Eindhoven four points ahead of AZ in 3rd. AZ qualify for the Europa League. In Portugal, Oguchi Onyewu was sent off in Sporting’s 2-0 los to Porto after picking up a second yellow card in the 67th minute. Sporting’s Anderson Polga was sent off in the 81st with Porto converting the ensuing penalty and doubling their lead in the 89th minute. Porto also didn’t finish with 11 men on the field with a stoppage time red card. There is a game remaining in the Liga season, but Sporting will finish 4th and qualify for the Europa League. Porto have already won the title, with Benfica 2nd and Braga 3rd.
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht drew 1-1 with Club Brugge, with the point handing Anderlecht the title in Belgium’s bizarre playoff system. Anderlecht won the regular season, giving them a sizeable points lead entering the playoffs. There are still two rounds to go. In Denmark, Michael Parkhurst‘s Nordsjaelland shutout Lyngby 2-0 and Clarence Goodson and Brondby lost 1-0 to AaB. Norway, and Ricardo Clark went the distance for Stabaek, losing 3-1 to Rosenborg.
Did Not Play: Marcus Hahnemann (Everton 0 – Wolves 0), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa 1 – Spurs 1), Dominic Cervi (Celtic 0 – Dundee United 1), Michael Bradley (Chievo 4 – Palermo 4), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg 1 – Bayer Leverkusen 4: Nurnberg finish 10th), David Yelldell (Leverkusen 4 – Nurnberg 1: Leverkusen finish 5th), Luis Robles (Karlsruher 1 – Eintracht Frankfurt 0: Karlsruher enter the relegation playoffs), Mix Diskerud (Gent 2 – Kortrijk 3)