Arsenal beat Newcastle, Chelsea beat Everton, Ferguson ends career with 10-goal thriller; EPL final weekend review

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Everton

Victor Anichebe challenges Oscar in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton

The 2012/2013 English Premier League has come to a close, with the final day of football proving as dramatic as it was exciting.  Although Arsenal held on to take fourth place and a spot in the Champions League, The Gunners had a nervy finish in their match against Fulham after Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0.  Chelsea held on to third place in their 2-1 win over Everton, while Queens Park Rangers ended the season with a 1-0 loss to Liverpool.  Elsewhere, Norwich beat Manchester City, Southampton drew 1-1 with Stoke City, Fulham beat Swansea 3-0, West Ham United took the three points against Reading, Wigan’s matcg against Aston Villa ended level, and Sir Alex Ferguson singed off at Manchester United with a thrilling 5-5 draw at West Brom.

West Brom looked like they were doomed from the start at The Hawthorns, and The Baggies were down by the third minute cortesy of Shinji Kagawa’s header.  Jonas Olsson directed the ball into his own net, before Alexander Buttner’s low shot gave United a 3-0 lead.  James Morrison pulled one back for West Brom five minutes before the half, and Romelu Lukaku’s low effort from the edge of the box made it 2-3.  Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez made the score 5-2 in United’s favor, but two late goals by Lukaku and Youssuf Mulumbu from low crosses made it 5-4, before Lukaku earned his hat-trick by shuffling the ball into the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny’s volley from point-blank range gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Newcastle, and while Theo Walcott cold have relieved the late nerves in the last minute, his chip from six-yards hit the post.  Anyhow, Arsenal still took fourth place.

Tottenham missed multiple chances in their 1-0 win over ten-man Sunderland, and it took a eighty-ninth minute stunning thirty-five yard curler from Gareth Bale too give Tottenham the win.  Spurs should have taken the lead much earlier though, but they didn’t, even though Scott Parker had his shot blocked on the line and Aaron Lennon hit the post in a goalmouth scramble in the sixty-first minute. Continue reading

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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MOTD- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Although coming back from behind to earn a draw at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League hopes have been handed a severe blow with only a point against Chelsea in their London derby.  Chelsea definitely looked like a Champions League side at the start of the match, with Rafa Benitez’s side starting brightly.  Juan Mata almost put the Blues in front in the seventh minute when Fernando Torres jabbed the ball to him on the edge of the Tottenham box, before Mata spun with the ball and firing a dipping volley just over the bar.  Chelsea didn’t have to wait much longer for their first goal though, and they were up within ten minutes.  Mata swung a corner, and an unmarked Gary Cahill flicked it on to the back post, where a waiting Oscar headed it into the back of the net. Continue reading

Schurrle expected to join Chelsea over the summer

Andre Schurrle is coming closer to his long awaited move to Chelsea

Andre Schurrle is coming closer to his long awaited move to Chelsea

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Andre Schurrle looks set to join Chelsea over the summer, with Bayer’s general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser suggesting that the German has already signed a pre-contrcat with the English club.

Schurrle has long been linked with a move to Chelsea, and was tipped to move to the English club over the summer.  Although the move fell through, Chelsea still have the German international on their radar, and the reigning Champions League champions have reportedly made a bid for twenty-two-year-old, which Scurrle has so far refused to comment on.

Schurrle, who has been capped by the German national team multiple times, rose through the ranks at Mainz, before making his senior debut in 2009.  The twenty-six-year-old scored twenty times in his first two seasons with Mainz, earning him a move to Bayer in 2011.  He has become an instrumental part of Bayer’s midfield, and has scored fourteen goals in his forty appearances for the club so far this season, also having eight assists. Continue reading

Ferguson claims David Luiz’s “dying swan” reaction lead to Rafael red

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that David Luiz’s “dying swan”-like reaction lead to Rafael’s sending off during Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea.  Rafael became the first United player to get sent off in United’s Premier League campaign after David Luiz elbowed the Brazilian twice, before Rafael reacted by lashing out with his right leg.  Although looking in considerable pain after the tackle, Luiz was seen laughing at the feet of assistant referee Sian Massey once noticing Rafael’s sending off a few seconds later.

The indecent happened in the eighty-ninth minute of United’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea, and Ferguson has smartly accused Luiz play-acting to get Rafael dismissed, taking the spotlight off of United’s lackluster performance. Continue reading

MOTD- Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea

Manchester United defender Rafael frowns after receiving a straight red card for a foul on David Luiz

Manchester United defender Rafael frowns after receiving a straight red card for a foul on David Luiz

Chelsea have grabbed a crucial late winner at Old Trafford to earn a crucial win over Premier League champions Manchester United, with referee Howard Webb not doing his reputation of favoring United any favors, by sending off United right back Rafael.  The match started fairly slowly, although Chelsea were getting much freedom down the right flank.  The flow of the game became very open as both sides settled into the match, and Oscar almost put Chelsea in front in the fourteenth minute.  Oscar took on Nemanja Vidic after romping down the right flank, and after taking the ball up to the edge of the eighteen yard box, spanked a shot through the legs of Vidic.  United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard amazingly managed to push onto the post, before smothering the rebound.

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MOTD halftime- Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Manchester United are still tied with rivals Chelsea at halftime in the English Premier League, with Chelsea desperately needing a win to take them into third place.  The match started fairly slowly, although Chelsea were getting much freedom down the right flank.  The flow of the game became very open as both sides settled into the match, and Oscar almost put Chelsea in front in the fourteenth minute.  Oscar took on Vidic, and after taking the ball up to the edge of the eighteen yard box, spanked a shot on goal, which United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard amazingly managed to push onto the post, before smothering the rebound. Continue reading