Monday, March 31, 2008

Weekend Wrap

Fulham's hopes of beating the drop took a hit on Saturday, when they drew 2-2 with Derby County. Kasey Keller and Brian McBride were in the starting lineup for Fulham, while Eddie Johnson made an appearance as a late sub. The draw leaves the Cottagers six points adrift from safety, ahead of Saturday's massive match with Sunderland. Derby County had their relegation confirmed with the draw. Eddie Lewis played the full 90 minutes, while Benny Feilhaber was an unused substitute for the Rams.

Jonathan Spector and West Ham were also on the losing end this weekend, going down 2-1 to Sunderland. Spector played the full 90 minutes in the defeat.

Tim Howard and Everton face an uphill battle to a Champions League spot after they were defeated 1-0 by Liverpool on Sunday. The Toffees are now five points behind their bitter rivals for the fourth and final position in next season's competition.

Reading continue to crawl away from the drop zone after they earned a hard fought point against Blackburn on Saturday. Marcus Hahnemann kept a cleansheet for the Royals, who currently sit on 32 points.

In the Bundesliga, Heath Pearce and Hansa Rostock were the unfortunate victims of a late Wolfsburg winner. Jacek Krzynowek (who started for Poland against the U.S. at midweek) scored with virtually the last kick of the game and condemned Rostock to a tough defeat. Pearce came on just after halftime.

Hannover 96 and Steve Cherundolo played to a 0-0 draw against Stuttgart.

Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege remained on pace for the Belgian league title with a 1-0 victory over KV Mechelen.

Michael Bradley and Heerenveen fell to a 4-2 defeat to Ajax on Sunday. Bradley's club remains in fifth place in the Eredivisie.

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