Clint Dempsey scored his 13th goal of the Premier League season in a 2-1 Fulham win against Norwich City. After opening the scoring two minutes in, Dempsey setup Damian Duff's 13th minute winner. Norwich pulled a goal back in the 77th minute. Zak Whitbread subbed out at halftime for Norwich.
‘When you’re two-nil ahead and you concede one it’s always going to be a bit scary," Dempsey told his club's official site. "Credit to Norwich, they came out in the second half and fought hard and played some really good football. We weren’t able to get going like we did in the first half."
Also in the Premier League, Eric Lichaj got the start and a goal for Aston Villa, losing 4-2 to Chelsea. Lichaj setup Villa's opener in the 77th minute and scored an 80th minute equalizer, but Chelsea got goals in the 83rd and stoppage time for the win.
On Sunday, Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in AZ's 2-2 draw with Vitesse Arnhem. Altidore's goal came in the 32nd minute, with Vitesse Arnhem equalizing three minutes later. Vitesse Arnhem took the lead in the 46th minute, with Simon Poulsen equalizing for AZ in the 59th. The draw dropped AZ out of first-place in the Eredivise. After 28 games, Ajax are top of the table with 58 points to AZ's 57.
Elsewhere in Europe, Michael Bradley went the distance for Chievo, beating Fiorentina 2-1. at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Sergio Pellissier put Chievo up in the 24th minute, with Fiorentina equalizing in the 71st. Luca Rigona scored in the 88th to give Chievo all three points. Chievo are 12th in Serie A after 30 games. In Belgium, Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht opened the playoffs with a 1-1 draw against Kortrijk. Scotland, and Maurice Edu started for Rangers in their 2-1 win over Motherwell at Fir Park. The two teams traded goals early with Motherwell in the lead by the sixth minute and Rangers level through Steven Whittaker in the 9th. Lee McCulloch scored the winner in the 89th.
Premier League, and Tim Howard picked up the shutout for Everton, beating WBA 2-0. An own-goal opened the scoring in the 18th minute with Victor Anichebe doubling the lead in the 68th. Tim Ream took his now regular place in Bolton's eleven for a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton at Molineux. Wolves took the lead in the 53rd minute with Bolton's Martin Petrov equalizing from the penalty spot ten minutes later. Bolton took the lead when Marcos Alonso scored in the 80th and doubled it at 3-1 in the 84th through Kevin Davies. Wolves pulled a goal back in the 88th but couldn't come up with an equalizer. Brad Friedel's Spurs beat Swansea 3-1. Two leagues down, Frank Simek and Carlisle United beat Huddersfield 2-1.
Bundesliga, and Timmy Chandler was in the lineup for Nurnberg's 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich. Chandler was yellow carded in stoppage time. Fabian Johnson started and Danny Williams subbed on in the 81st minute for Hoffenheim, drawing 1-1 with Jermaine Jones's Schalke 04. Jones was yellow carded in the 23rd minute at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Steve Cherundolo and Hannover picked up a 2-1 win against Borussia Moenchengladbach and ended up moving to 5th-place in the Bundesliga. Didier Ya Konan opened the scoring in the 57th minute and Mame Diouf doubled the lead in the 76th. 'Gladbach pulled a goal back two minutes later.
Primera Division, and Jose Francisco Torres went the distance for Pachuca, beating Edgar Castillo's Tijuana 1-0 on a 61st minute Javier Munoz goal. Castillo was yellow carded in the 28th minute. DaMarcus Beasley assisted on Lucas Silva's 68th minute goal in Puebla's 1-0 win over Queretaro. Michael Orozco's San Luis lost 3-1 to Cruz Azul.
Did Not Play: Charlie Davies (Sochaux 2 – Brest 1), Mix Diskerud (Gent 3 – Standard Liege 0), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa 2 – Chelsea 4), Marcus Hahnemann (Everton 2 – WBA 0), Carlos Bocanegra and Alejandro Bedoya (Rangers 2 – Motherwell 1), Dominic Cervi (Celtic 2 – St Johnstone 0), David Yelldell (Bayer Leverkusen 0 – Freiburg 2), Luis Robles (Karlsruher 2 – Union Berlin 0), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna 3 – Toluca 1), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres 4 – Morelia 1)
Injured: Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting 1 – Uniao Leiria 0), Stuart Holden (Bolton 3 – Wolves 2), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City 3 – Doncaster 1), Robbie Findley (Nottingham Forest 3 – Crystal Palace 0), Robbie Rogers (Leeds 0 – Watford 2)