As if defeating Italy wasn’t enough, Clint Dempsey had to stretch his wings even further on Sunday by notching his 17th and 18th goals of the season. Fulham came out firing as Pavel Pogrebnyak notched a first-half double with Dempsey applying a crucial pass on the second strike.
Upon beginning the second stanza, Dempsey took charge, slotting home in the 56th minute to give his side a 3-0 lead. Pogrebnyak completed his hat trick a few minutes later and Dempsey added the team’s fifth in the 83rd when he connected off a nice feed from Mahamadou Diarra.
Fulham moved up to eighth place with the victory, its third straight.
Spurs bested by United
Some clinical finishing by Manchester United led to a 3-1 drubbing on Sunday as Brad Friedel let three into goal. First, Wayne Rooney headed one in from close range before a splendid Ashley Young scissor kick doubled the lead. Young then unleashed a brilliant 30-yard effort that flew right by Friedel’s outstretched arms. The hosts would grab a late consolation goal but it did nothing to remove the sting of being defiantly outplayed at home.
Another commanding display for General Bradley
After his imperious performance against the Italian national team in the middle of the week, General Michael Bradley put in another commanding display against Juventus. Despite going behind early to an 18th minute Paolo De Ceglie goal, the Flying Donkeys held on by a shoestring, with wasteful finishing and heroics from goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino, in particular, preventing the home side from going ahead. Bradley bossed the midfield for Chievo, putting in tackle after tackle and spraying the ball around for his team to help lead it back into the match. Boukary Drame’s deflected strike in the 76th minute salvaged a point for the Veronese side.
Ream, Bolton, outclassed by City
Tim Ream, playing a central midfield role, started on Saturday as Bolton fell 2-0 to Manchester City. Ream was solid but unable to create much as City dominated possession and shots. Bolton was unfortunate to go down 1-0 early thanks to an own goal but Mario Balotelli’s 69th minute strike was all class.
Jozy starts and scores
Jozy Altidore started for AZ Alkmaar, playing 78 minutes and netting again for Alkmaar as it beat SC Heracles 3-1. Simon Poulsen bundled home the opener for AZ after just 13 minutes from a flick-on following a corner. Two minutes from the break, Jozy Altidore collected a low squared cross, turned and struck near post past Remko Pasveer to double the lead for AZ.
With the win, and PSV’s stunning 6-2 loss to Steve McLaren’s FC Twente, Alkmaar is now one point clear at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie.
Everton earns draw
Despite pounding away on the attack, QPR was unable to put away Everton on Saturday as the Toffees hung in for a 1-1 draw. Tim Howard made four stops but Bobby Zamora beat him in the 36th minute after the keeper failed to stop an Akos Buzsaky free kick. Howard was able to handle an earlier free kick from Buzsaky but the goal-scoring attempt was too much and although he did a tremendous job to stop the initial shot, Zamora was too quick and pounced. Buzsaky was once again the aggressor late but Howard was able to hold off the Hungarian and preserve the point.
Fabian Johnson starts in draw, Williams misses out through suspension
Fabian Johnson started for Hoffenheim, playing 90 minutes as it drew 1-1 with Cologne. Despite dominating the match and going ahead in the 33rd minute through a Marvin Compper goal, Hoffenheim was unable to secure the three points. Hoffenheim held a distinct advantage in chances with 23 to Koln’s 9, but German national team veteran Lukas Podolski struck for the visitors in the 81st minute, salvaging a draw for his side. Daniel Williams sat out the match with a yellow card suspension.
Rangers drop one
Maurice Edu was not eligible to play on Saturday due to suspension but Carlos Bocanegra suited up and played the full 90 for Gers as they lost 2-1 after blowing an early lead. After going up in the 45th minute, Bocanegra nearly doubled the hosts' lead but his header flashed just wide. Remaining active, Bocanegra then saved a goal by clearing a Scott Robinson shot off the line. However, Ian Black equalized shortly thereafter before a Dorin Goian foul led to a Jamie Hamill penalty kick. Despite missing the initial attempt, the Scottish native hit back on the rebound to give Heart of Midlothian the win.
Cherundolo goes the distance in draw
Steve Cherundolo played the full 90 for Hannover as it conceded an 89th minute penalty to draw 2-2 at home against FC Augsburg. Axel Bellinghausen opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Karim Haggui equalized in the 33rd minute. Mame Biram Diouf put the home side ahead in the 69th minute before Christian Schulz brought down Marcel Ndjeng in the area to concede the game-equalizing penalty in the 89th minute.
Chandler plays 69 minutes in win
Timmy Chandler played 69 minutes for Nuremberg, doing well on the right wing before being withdrawn for Christian Eigler as the hosts went in search of a winning goal. 84th-minute substitute Albert Bujaku was the hero for Nuremberg on the day, netting the winning goal in the 87th minute to secure a 1-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Jones returns from lengthy suspension
Jermaine Jones returned from his lengthy suspension to play 90 minutes for Schalke as it fell 2-1 away to Freiburg in a surprise defeat.
Davies, Mix, miss out
Charlie Davies did not make the bench for Sochaux as it drew 1-1 against Valenciennes. Mix Diskerud was not in the squad for Gent as it beat KV Mechelen 2-0. He was returning from U.S. U-23 duties.
Kljestan goes the distance
Sacha Kljestan played 90 minutes for Anderlecht as it maintained an eight-point lead at the top of the Belgian Jupiler League with a commanding 4-0 victory over Cercle Brugge at home.