Sunday, May 10, 2015

It Happened in England: Relegation race gets no clearer

The relegation picture is still clear as mud after this Premier League Saturday, here's how the matches went down.

Everton 0-2 Sunderland
The Black Cats take a very important and very shocking step towards staying in the Premier League next season. It was Danny Graham in the 53rd getting an advantageous deflection of a Jordi Gomez shot to open the scoring. Jermaine Defoe capped it off in the 85th to give Sunderland the three points they desperately need.

Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham
Tom Cleverly scored in the 31st minute to give Villa the well deserved three points. It was a much needed win, too. They are now four points and five spots above the drop zone with only two to play. In what looked like the season that Villa might finally drop down, they are now awfully close to safety.

Hull City 0-1 Burnley
Burnley are probably still going down, but they will certainly take a big road win against fellow relegation candidates Hull City. Danny Ings put them in front to stay in the 61st minute. Even with the win, the Clarets still fail to stay alive in the Premier League this season. Newcastle earning a point today means they sit seven points behind safety with only six left to play for.

Leicester City 2-0 Southampton
It was Riyad Mahrez with a double before 20 minutes had been played that give Leicester the win. Once thought to be falling down for sure, the Foxes of Leicester City keep rolling on with their late season surge. They get a big win against the Europa League contending Southampton to move to three point clear in the safe zone. Southampton, on the other hand, could have taken a large step towards Europe had they not faltered.

Newcastle 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Victor Anichebe scored a huge goal for WBA in the 32nd minute by heading home a corner. This sucked the air out of the home crowd at St. James Park. Ayoze Perez gave them life in the 41st with a nice shot to the bottom corner. With the shared honors, Newcastle are only two points from relegation with Hull nipping at their heels. With QPR and West Ham remaining on their schedule, it could be a very nervy finish on the Tyne River

Stoke City 3-0 Tottenham
Tottenham also screwed the pooch on their chance to qualify for the Europa Leagye. They got whacked right oout of town by midtable also-rans Stoke City. Charlie Adam, Steven N'Zonzi, and Miame Diouf were your goalscorers.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
Liverpool can still technically catch United for the final spot in the Champions League, but this win pretty much sealed the deal for the Red Devils' return to Europe. Juan Mata converted a penaltty in the 19th minute to get it started. Substitue Jason Puncheon scored 12 minutes past halftime to put Palace level, but Marouane Fellaini made sure the points wen United's way in the 78th.

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