League round-up: Bothroyd lifts Cardiff to top two
Sunday 17 April 2011
Cardiff City reclaimed the second automatic promotion berth in the Championship after a straightforward 3-0 win over Portsmouth. Seyi Olofinjana turned in Craig Bellamy's cross after six minutes before Pompey made the win easier when Ricardo Rocha was sent off for head-butting Jay Bothroyd. Bothroyd made it 2-0 on half-time, and Peter Whittingham's second-half tap-in wrapped up the victory.
"Every single player was on top form," the Cardiff manager Dave Jones said, "and Craig Bellamy deserved a goal as he set a very high example."
Reading, the division's form team, continued their charge when goals by Jimmy Kebe, Jobi McAnuff and Noel Hunt beat Leicester City 3-1 to lift them to fourth, three points behind Cardiff. The Royals swept past Swansea City who lost away for a fourth consecutive match, 2-1 at Burnley. The Clarets' supporters acclaimed Graham Alexander, on as a substitute two minutes from time to make his 1,000th career appearance, only the second outfield player ever to do so.
Sixth-placed Leeds United needed a late equaliser to earn a 2-2 home draw with Watford, but Hull City are within two points off them after Matt Fryatt scored two in a 3-1 defeat of Doncaster.
At the bottom, Preston North End and Scunthorpe United have fresh hope after beating fellow strugglers Sheffield United and Crystal Palace respectively. Keith Treacy scored twice as a 3-1 defeat at Preston left the Blades eight points from safety, while in a fractious match at Palace both sides had a man sent off but the Iron won 2-1.
Marlon King scored both goals as Coventry City beat Millwall 2-1, the Lions not helped when substitute Neil Harris was sent off three minutes after coming on at the start of the second half.
Elsewhere, Middlesbrough and Barnsley drew 1-1 and promising Josh Carson scored as 10-man Ipswich won 1-0 at Bristol City.
Brighton were crowned champions after Inigo Calderon, Glenn Murray and Elliott Bennett scored in a 3-1 win at Walsall.
Chesterfield need one more point to earn promotion after a 2-1 home win over Macclesfield.
Barcelona took a giant stride towards a third straight Spanish title with a 1-1 draw away to10-man Real Madrid to preserve their eight-point lead over their rivals at the top with six games left.
In a tense encounter at the Bernabeu, Lionel Messi scored from the spot in the 53rd minute after Raul Albiol was sent off for a foul on David Villa. Barça were in control until Dani Alves felled Marcelo in the area and Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty to prevent Barça winning a sixth successive "El Classico".
In Italy, Milan look poised for the title after beating Sampdoria 3-0, while Internazionale's hopes of winning a sixth straight title were dealt another blow with a 2-0 defeat at lowly Parma.
Scottish Cup Semi-Final
Motherwell booked a place in a final against Aberdeen or Celtic, who play today, when first-half goals by Stephen Craigan, Jamie Murphy and John Sutton earned a 3-0 win over St Johnstone.
Latest in Sport
Sky Sports and BT Sport announce Premier League live matches for 2015/16 with Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in action
Football kits 2015/16: The good, the bad and the downright worst new shirts from around the world for next season
Copa America 2015: When does it start, what channel is it on and who should I support?
Chelsea 2015/16 home shirt leaked again as new picture appears online
Wimbledon 2015: 'Heather Watson deserved to win the match,' concedes world No 1 Serena Williams after gruelling contest
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 San Francisco TV news crew attacked by armed robbers during live broadcast
- 4 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
- 5 Miami defendant sobs in court as he realises he and the judge attended the same school
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture