Europa League final: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica- as it happened

Chelsea players triumphantly lift the Europa League trophy after Branislav Ivanovic's injury time header game Chelsea the win

Chelsea players triumphantly lift the Europa League trophy after Branislav Ivanovic’s injury time header game Chelsea the win

Preamble
Well well well. This should be good. Chelsea players called to their dressing rooms at the Amsterdam Arena, and so are the Benfica players. Chelsea will be without the injured Eden Hazard and John Terry, while Benfica have um…-nobody injured as far as I can tell. The Blues will have to play Lampard in place of Hazard, and in my opinion, he should be the one lifting the trophy if Chelsea do win. Or Benitez- yeah, that would be fun. Still doubtful that Chelsea fans would like him again even if he did win, but imagine how much they would hate him if the Blues lost.

1 mins: Peep peep! Game starts, Benfica kick off, attempt a long ball which goes out for a goal kick to Chelsea.

2 mins: Er- can’t tell who, but a Benfica player heads over from a cross from the right. Good start for Benfica.

3 mins:
Benfica switching the ball between flanks, but one of the balls balloons out.

5 mins:
Benfica pressuring well, but they loose the ball and Matic slips over (accidentally he tells the ref), taking down Ramires.

6 mins: Players slipping all over the place. The field looks more like a pool then grass. Just kidding. But really, its wet out there.

7 mins: Mata chips one over to Oscar, but the Brazilians first touch is straight to Benfica goalkeeper Atrur.
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Ferdinand retires from England

Times up: Rio Ferdinand has called time on his international career

Times up: Rio Ferdinand has called time on his England career

Rio Ferdinand has called time on his international career for England to keep his club career at Manchester United in good shape.  The 34-year-old has informed England manager Roy Hodgson of his retirement before the Hodgson will announce the Three Lions squad for their friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Ferdinand won 81 caps for England during his 16-year career with the Three Lions, and was the youngest defender to ever to play for the national team when he made his debut for England in a match against Cameroon in 1997 at the age of 19.  Although the center-back’s international career Continue reading

Tuesday Match Roundup

Sergio Aguero celebrates his goal against Reading in Manchester City's 2-0 win

Sergio Aguero celebrates his goal against Reading in Manchester City’s 2-0 win

Today there were three top-flight matches, the English Premier League matches between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic, and Reading and Manchester City, and the Copa Libertadores match between Palmeiras and Tijuana.  The final scores were Arsenal 4-1 Wigan Athletic, with Wigan being relegated from the Premier League only two days after capturing their first FA Cup, Reading 0-2 Manchester City, Continue reading

MOTD- Arsenal 4-1 Wigan Athletic

Wigan players moan after going down at the Emirates

Wigan players moan after going down at the Emirates

Wigan Athletic continue their big week as they are relegated from the Premier League with a 4-1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.  Only three days after The Lactics won their first FA Cup, the side has been relegated to the Championship for the first time since 2005.  The result is also massively important for Arsenal, and the win takes them above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place, setting the stage for a dramatic final weekend of Premier League football for the season.

A strong start to the match lead to Arsenal almost taking the lead in the sixth minute, but Santi Cazorla headed Theo Walcott’s cross from the right inches wide of the near post.  Arsenal’s strong start continued, with the Gunners playing at an exhilarating tempo.  Arsene Wenger’s side look sure to score, and Lukas Podolski finally gave them the lead in the tenth minute off a corner.  Cazorla chipped the ball into the box, a strange method for a cross, and it bounced right across the box before meeting the unmarked head of Podolski, who headed it past the Wigan defenders guarding the line into the back of the net from six yards out. Continue reading

MOTD preview- Arsenal v Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic are set to travel to The Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in a highly important match for both sides. Wigan currently sit in eighteenth place in the Premier League, and need at least a draw to maintain their hopes of staying up. Arsenal on the other hand sit at the other end of the table in fifth place, and will be looking to go above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place with a win, heavily increasing their chances of a top-four finish. Both sides know they desperately need the win, although it is perhaps more important to Wigan, who are on the brink of being relegated. The two sides will also be confident about gaining the three points, as they have both been on excellent form. Arsenal have been unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions, winning seven out of those nine matches and drawing twice. Wigan have only lost twice in their last eleven matches, and come off the back of a stunning 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final to win the FA Cup for the first time.

Although Arsenal have recently had the upper hand in this fixture, winning four of the previous six meetings, Wigan will be looking to pull if an upset as they did the last time they faced Arsenal at the Emirates when the beat The Gunners 2-1. But whether The Lactics can pull off the upset of not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review right here on Football Every Day!

Roberto Mancini sacked by Manchester City

Something to ponder; Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini

Something to ponder: Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City have finally axed manager Roberto Mancini, a year to the day after Mancini lead City to their first Premier League title in 44 years.  After the 72 hour wait for City’s Abu Dhabi-owner’s and 24 hour after Mancini was told he would be shown the door at City by chairman Khaldoon al Mubara, the Italian’s sacking has been confirmed.  City’s owners’ claimed Mancini had failed to meet any of their targets or the season (except Chapions League qualification), resulting in the 48-year-old’s sacking.

Mancini’s City future was in doubt after City’s shock 1-0 loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final, meaning City will go without silverware this season.  Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini was reported to have been approached by City after their FA Cup defeat, and with Mancini out the Chilean looks set to move to Manchester.

Assistant manager Brian Kidd will take over for City’s remaining two Premier League matches, unless a replacement for Mancini is found before Sunday.  Continue reading

Sunday Match Roundup

Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the English Premier League title for the last time after Manchester United's win over Swansea City

Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the English Premier League title for the last time after Manchester United’s win over Swansea City

Today there have been some excellent matches, so here are the scores.

English Premier League
Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City- United come back from behind to beat Swansea, a fitting win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s last home match for the club
Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Everton 2-0 West Ham United
Fulham 1-3 Liverpool- Daniel Sturridge’s hat-trick earns Liverpool an unsurprising win over Fulham Continue reading