Sunday, April 12, 2015

It Happened in England: Sunday's Premier League Action

A feisty club in a relegation battle taking on the likely champions and one of the greatest rivalries in the game made this quite the Sunday in the Premier League. Here's how those matches went down.

QPR 0-1 Chelsea
Cesc Fabregas rescued a subpar Chelsea in the 88th minute. The masked Spaniard threaded a low shot through many QPR legs to give Chelsea all three points. QPR actually held their own against the likely champions for the duration. They did well to make the most of their chances, they launched 14 shots, but none quite had the finishing touch. Chelsea certainly didn't have their A-game this afternoon, but it was enough to extend their lead to seven points and a match in hand over Arsenal.

Manchester United 4-1 Manchester City
United stays red hot City's struggles continue as United gets a rather decisive win on Manchester Derby Day.

The Citizens did have the upper hand early on, however. Sergio Aguero got them started early after United's defense decided to take a nap eight minutes in. Jesus Navas delivered a perfect low pass across the face of goal that left a wide open Aguero with an easy tap in. United responded just six minutes later. Ashley Young put it in while spinning and falling down off to the left of goal. It was a pretty finish, but he just as well could have flubbed it entirely. Marouane Fellaini then put United ahead by afro-ing home a gorgeous Ashley Young cross to cap off a bonkers opening half hour.

The second half was less lively, but United managed to turn a simple lead into a blowout. Juan Mata extended the United lead by getting around the City back line to slot a shot past Joe Hart. The slaughter continued when City got horribly confused marking a free kick, allowing Chris Smalling a free header on a helpless Joe Hart. Aguero scored a second in the 89th minute, but it was far too little, far too late.

Manchester city still holds on to their top four spot by five points over Liverpool. they better get their act together or they just might be sitting out the Champions League next season.

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