European Football Saturday Round-up

A round-up of Saturday's football action from selected leagues across Europe.

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Danish Superliga

AC Horsens climbed out of the Danish Superliga relegation zone following a goalless draw at AGF Aarhus. The point the visitors earned lifted them above Brondby, who play rock-bottom Silkeborg on Sunday.

Russian Premier League

Krylya Sovetov and Volga Nizhny Novgorod boosted their Premier League survival hopes by picking up wins to haul themselves further clear of the relegation zone.

First-half goals from Reginal Goreux and Benoit Angbwa lifted Krylya to a 2-1 home success over Alania Vladikavkaz, Tamas Priskin grabbing an 88th-minute consolation for the bottom-of-the-table visitors.

Volga, meanwhile, scored three goals in the final 12 minutes - through Aleksei Sapogov, Alexander Belozerov and substitute Artur Sarkisov - to win 3-1 at Mordovia Saransk following Ruslan Mukhametshin's 40th-minute opener.

The victories moved Krylya and Volga seven and eight points clear, respectively, of the bottom two with five games remaining.

Also, Europa League hopefuls Kuban Krasnodar were held to a 0-0 home draw by Lokomotiv Moscow.

Portuguese Liga

Porto kept the heat up on Liga leaders Benfica with a 3-0 victory over struggling Moreirense.

Colombia striker Jackson Martinez opened the scoring in the 34th minute and then wrapped things up with his second in the 55th minute moments after Francisco Fernando had made it 2-0.

The victory lifts two-time reigning champions Porto to within one point of Benfica, who face a local derby against Sporting Lisbon on Sunday.

In Saturday's other match, third-placed Pacos Ferreira fought back from a goal down to beat Rio Ave 2-1. Visiting Rio took a 58th-minute lead through Ricardo Tarantini but Pacos recovered to claim the points through strikes from Christopher Hurtado (76) and Andre Leao (80).

Belgian Championship

Standard Liege suffered their first defeat of the Belgian Championship play-off on Saturday evening, going down 4-1 at previously winless Lokeren.

Benjamin Mokulu and Nill De Pauw had the hosts two goals to the good within 25 minutes and, although Paul-Jose M'Poku halved the deficit just after the half-hour mark, Hamdi Harbaoui's second-half brace sealed an emphatic home win.

In the Europa League play-offs, Gent remained in pole position in Group A thanks to a 3-0 home triumph over Lierse. Ilombe M'Boyo, Valery Nahayo and substitute Elimane Coulibaly grabbed the goals in the second half.

Mons also boosted their hopes, climbing to second with a 2-1 victory over KV Kortrijk. Mustapha Jarju's brace overturned Mustapha Oussalah's opener, the visitors' cause not helped by Oussalah's dismissal eight minutes before half-time.

OH Leuven moved level with Group B leaders Charleroi courtesy of a 5-1 success at KV Mechelen.

Seth De Witte opened the scoring for the hosts four minutes before half-time, but Leuven turned the game on its head after the interval through goals from Ebrahim Savaneh (two), Tomislav Mikulic, Severino Robson and Alessandro Cerigioni.

Both sides ended the match with 10 men, Mechelen's Joachim Van Damme sent off after 61 minutes and Leuven's Stefan Gislason following suit 13 minutes later.

Also in Group B on Saturday night, Charleroi drew 0-0 at Waasland-Beveren.

Dutch Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven capitalised on Ajax's slip against Heerenveen to cut the lead at the top of the Eredivisie to just four points with a 3-1 victory at AZ Alkmaar.

Frank de Boer's reigning champions were held to a 1-1 draw by seventh-placed Heerenveen on Friday and Mark Van Bommel responded by scoring first at the AFAS Stadion, his opener arriving in the 36th minute.

Dries Mertens doubled PSV's lead in the 57th minute and Jeremain Lens made the points safe four minutes later, with Aron Johannsson scoring a consolation goal four minutes from time.

Having missed the chance to rein Ajax in when losing 3-2 in last week's head-to-head encounter at the Philips Stadion, the new four-point margin gives PSV an outside chance of winning the title over the three-game run-in.

Elsewhere, both teams had a man sent off as Groningen edged into the final Europa League play-off spot by beating ADO Den Haag 2-1.

Goals from Genero Zeefuik (38) and David Texeira (42) were enough to secure victory for Groningen, who did wobble when Virgil van Dijk was sent off in the 64th minute.

Kevin Jansen halved the deficit in the 75th minute but 11 minutes later he was following Van Dijk down the tunnel after seeing red.

Groningen have a four-point cushion over ninth-placed Heracles, who put any lingering relegation fears behind them with a 4-0 win over RKC Waalwijk.

Kwame Quansah broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute and Marko Vejinovic (65) put Heracles out of sight before Everton added a brace in the 71st and 85th minutes.

RKC remain four points clear of the relegation places after 16th-placed Roda JC succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at bottom side Willem II.

The Tilburg club are condemned to a last-three finish but could still make the relegation play-offs by dragging VVV Venlo into 18th place.

Philipp Haastrup opened the scoring in the 52nd minute and Aurelien Joachim promptly doubled Willem's lead with a penalty on the hour mark.

Sanharib Malki ensured a nervous finish for the Tricolores when he notched for Roda two minutes from time, but the hosts had done enough to secure their fourth win of the season.

Turkish Super Lig

Mersin Idmanyurdu were relegated from the Super Lig as Akhisar Belediye climbed out of the bottom three with a 4-1 victory over Besiktas.

A 1-0 defeat at Karabukspor, decided by Lomana LuaLua's 74th-minute strike, meant an Akhisar win at the Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium would leave Mersin 14 points adrift of safety with only four games remaining.

And their return to the second tier after two seasons away was soon confirmed as Theofanis Gekas beat Besiktas goalkeeper Allan McGregor within two minutes.

The Greece international edged Akhisar ahead moments after Mustafa Pektemek managed to level in the 27th minute, with Gokhan Suzen's dismissal in the 56th minute putting Besiktas firmly on the back foot.

Further goals from Ugur Demirok (74) and substitute Emin Aladag (81) settled the tie to leave Besiktas six points behind second-placed Fenerbahce, who occupy the final Champions League berth.

Kasimpasa are three points further back in fourth after a brace from Kalu Uche decided a 2-0 win at Orduspor.

The Nigerian striker scored in the 10th and 42nd minutes to leave Shota Arveladze's club in 17th place and needing six points to leave the drop zone.

Swiss Super League

St Gallen are six points off Super League leaders Basel after winning 3-1 at struggling Lausanne Sports.

Stephane Besle put the visitors in front after 21 minutes before a Matt Moussilou spot-kick five minutes later brought the home side level.

However, Ezequiel Scarione put St Gallen ahead in the 56th minute before Kristian Nushi (73) sealed the points.

Lausanne are one place off the relegation zone, but Servette are firmly on the bottom after they were thumped 4-0 at FC Zurich.

Stjepan Kukuruzovic struck in the 18th and 53rd minutes to put the hosts two up before Yassine Chikhaoui (60) and substitute Adis Jahovic (90) sealed the win to leave Servette five points adrift of second-bottom Lucerne.



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