Sunday, May 24, 2015

It Happened in England: Hull drop down on Championship Sunday

Hull City 0-0 Manchester United
Nobody will accuse Hull of not trying to stay up in the Premier League. They had two goals called back by offside in the opening 20 minutes, they had a flurry of chances after the hour mark, and overall left it all out in the pitch against a tough opponent. Marouane Fellaini was even sent off with less than a quarter hour to play, giving Hull a numbers advantage. It was all for naught anyway, as Newcastle got the win they needed to send Hull down to the Championship regardless of any result here. On the other end if the spectrum, Manchester United remain in fourth place where they are destined to play in a qualifier to reach the group stage of the Champions League.

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham
Moussa Sissoko secured safety for Newcastle with a header in the 53rd minute. Jonas Gutierrez made it for certain in the 85th. Newcastle lives because of the win and Hull gets sent down.

Arsenal 4-1 West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal hopefully saved some goals for Saturday's FA Cup final. They had three inside 20 minutes. Theo Walcott scored in the fourth and 14th minutes and Jack Wilshire added a glorious half volley in the 17th. Walcott completed his first half hat trick in the 37th. West Brom's goal came from Gareth McCauley in the 57th. The win means Arsenal take third place and avoid a Champions League qualifier in August and go straight to the group stage. WBA settle for 13th place.

Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley
I guess Aston Villa were saving their goals for Saturday against Arsenal. Danny Ings got Burnley's goal after only six minutes. They avoid a last place finishs only on goal difference, but they will still head down to the second tier next season.

Leicester City 5-1 QPR
The Foxes finish their first season back in the Premier League with a bang against last place QPR. Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa, Esteban Cambiaso, and Andrej Kramaric were their goal scorers. Charlie Austin gave QPR their consolation tally on their way down from the top tier.

Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool
It was nice of Liverpool to show up for Steven Gerrard's swan song. Stoke issued the proper beat down on the Reds once the 20 minute mark hit. It was Mame Diouf twice, Jonathan Walters, Charlie Adam, Steven N'Zonzi, and Peter Crouch doing the damage. Gerrard did have his moment, however. He scored Liverpool's goal in the 70th minute to end his English career before joining LA Galaxy.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea
Two midtable teams round out the season as Crystal Palace gets the win in front of their home crowd. Marouane Chamakh scored the game's lone goal in the 57th minute. Crystal Palace continues to enjoy the best stretch of seasons in club history with a 12th place finish. Swansea seems to be used to finishing in the mid-table. This year they take eighth.

Manchester City 2-0 Southampton
Frank Lampard is the other major name departing England for the New World this season and he also scored in his final Premier League game. He put City ahead 1-0 in the 31st before heading of to New York City FC. Sergio Aguero would notch his Golden Boot winning 26th goal of the season in the 88th to finish the 2-0 scoreline. The win means City finish second and the loss means Southampton take seventh. They will play in the Europa League if Arsenal lift the FA Cup over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Everton 0-1 Tottenham
Harry Kane, who else, scored for Spurs to secure a sixth place finish and a spot in next season's Europa League. Everton are probably happy to see the season end. They finish in a distant tenth.

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland
Chelsea celebrated their title becoming official by coming back from being down early to defeat Sunderland. After Steven Fletcher scored for the Black Cats, Diego Costa scored first and then Loic Remy scored twice for the Champions.

So there it is, another Premier League season in the books. Chelsea take the title with 87 points, eight more than second place Manchester City. Hull City, Burnley, and Queens Park Rangers will spend the next campaign in the Football League Championship. They are replaced by Bournemouth, Watford, and the winner of Monday's promotion playoff final between Norwich and Middlesbrough.

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