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Weekend Football Review

A big final day of Premier League football while Juventus seal their 9th title in a row!

Premier League MW 38

Leicester 0 vs. 2 Man United

Leicester needed the win to reach the top four while United needed the point. Leicester for about 70 minutes of the game were the better side as United couldn’t put a pass together. United got their customary penalty lifeline in the 71st minute as Fernandes stepped up and gave the away side a lead. Leicester then had Jonny Evans sent off in the 94th minute while Lingard popped up with his first Premier League goal since 2018 as United sealed 3rd on goal difference and returned to the Champions League. Leicester finish 5th up from their 9th placed finish last season in what has been a very bad 2nd half of the season but an overall improvement. Leicester were comfortably 3rd but their drop has been calamitous. United can thank Fernandes for their 3rd place finish as they improve from last seasons 6th placed finish and I’m sure Ole has probably thrown him a party because the Norwegian manager was hanging by a string before the Portuguese came. United will now go into the mini Europa League tournament while Leicester can now focus on September 12th and the return of the Premier League. 

Southampton 3 vs. 1 Sheffield United

Lundstram gave Sheffield the lead in the 26th minute as Southampton posted a 2nd half comeback. Che Adams scored in the 50th minute and the 71st minute to give Southampton the lead while Ings sealed matters off with a penalty in the 84th minute. Southampton finish the season in 11th up from their 16th placed finish last season, in what has been a largely successful 2nd half of the season for Hassenhutl one the German can build upon. Sheffield United finish 9th in the table after having a tough time post lockdown but their accomplishments have been great under Wilder and with a stronger squad they will do even better next season. The two teams will go on break now before a return to pre season training. 

Newcastle 1 vs. 3 Liverpool

Gayle scored in the 1st minute to give Newcastle the lead which just woke Liverpool up as Klopp was playing his B team. Van Dijk equalised for Liverpool in the 38th minute while Origi and Mane completed the comeback in the 2nd half. Newcastle end the season in 13th exactly where they ended last season as Steve Bruce did well to take the Magpies out of the relegation zone and well into safety. The question remains whether Newcastle will be involved in an Arab takeover and how big their summer will be. Liverpool end the season with 99 points matching City’s 2nd best season. The two teams can now focus on pre season but before that a vacation for the players. 

West Ham 1 vs. 1 Aston Villa

Villa needed a win to seal safety for sure while a point would have been enough if Watford dropped points and that is what happened. After a goalless 80 minutes Villa got the lead in the 84th minute through Grealish. Yarmolenko though equalised for West Ham a minute later but Villa held on. As the away team waited for news from the Watford game the final whistle brought them relief as they survive and remain in the league for next season. West Ham finish 16th dropping down from last seasons 10th placed finish, escaping the relegation zone but with much work to do. Villa finish 17th and really need to reorganise before next season comes around. A vacation for both before pre season training.

Burnley 1 vs. 2 Brighton

Brighton ended their season with a win and their highest points tally in history as they beat Burnley away from home. Bissouma gave Brighton the lead in the 20th minute before Wood equalised for Burnley in the 44th minute. Connolly then got the winner for Brighton in the 50th minute. Burnley end the season 10th up from last seasons 15th placed finish for what has been a strong outing but Dyche and team. Brighton finish 15th up from last seasons 17th placed finish as they also can look upon building a better squad for next season. The two teams have no further football until they return for preseason. 

Arsenal 3 vs. 2 Watford

Aubameyang scored two and Tierney scored the other as Arsenal raced to a 3-0 lead in a game that Watford had to win to stand any chance of survival. Deeney got one back before half time while Welbeck got another in the 66th minute but it was not enough as the away team will be heading back to the Championship next season. Arsenal have had a turbulent season going through 3 managers and finishing 8th in the table dropping down from their 5th placed finish. The Gunners can still make Europa League football though if they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup. Watford finish 19th in the table after having finished 11th last season. Pearson looked like he was taking Watford to safety but a snap decision by the board to sack him really broke any chance of survival for the club. A massive rebuild needed in a tough Championship. Arsenal have the FA Cup to play for next weekend and then they head into a vacation.

Man City 5 vs. 0 Norwich

Jesus scored 1, De Bruyne scored 2, while Sterling and Mahrez added the rest as City ended their season on a high and took revenge on Norwich for the reverse fixture. City end their season in 2nd losing their title and dropping 17 points from last season. Pep has to think hard and will probably invest big again to return City to a title contenders once again. Norwich remain bottom as they are the only promoted team this season to be relegated as well. Farke and team have a good squad and philosophy but they need to adapt it to return to the Premier League. City now have the mini Champions League tournament to look forward to as Pep looks gain another trophy. 

Crystal Palace 1 vs. 1 Tottenham

Kane scored in the 13th minute while Schlupp scored in the 53rd minute as the two teams shared the points. Spurs needed a point at least and hope that Chelsea would beat Wolves and that is what happened as Mourinho and team sealed a 6th placed finish and Europa League football for next season. A drop from their 4th placed finish last season but after what Mourinho picked up on his appointment it is a good accomplishment. Palace finished 12th last season and finish 14th this season in what has been another ok 38 games from the Eagles. Neither team has any further involvements until pre season. 

Everton 1 vs. 3 Bournemouth

King scored a penalty in the 13th minute before Kean equalised for Everton in the 41st minute. Solanke restored Bournemouth’s lead before half time while Stanislas sealed the win in the 80th minute. Bournemouth needed both Watford and Villa to lose their games and while Arsenal could complete their task Villa held on for a point. Eddie Howe and team ended their season a point from safety and with a better goal difference than the teams around them as they return to the Championship after 5 seasons in the Premier League. Everton finished 8th last season and finish 12th this season as Ancelotti looks to begin next season in a fresh way and with some much needed investment. Vacation for both before pre season. 

Serie MW 36

AC Milan 1 vs. 1 Atalanta

Calhanoglu gave Milan the lead in the 14th minute but Zapata equalised in the 34th minute as neither team could break the deadlock. Milan remain 6th a point above Napoli while Atalanta drop down to 3rd a point behind Inter. 

Brescia 1 vs. 2 Parma

Darmian gave Parma the lead in the 59th minute but Dessena equalised for Brescia 2 minutes later. Kulusevski then scored the winner in the 81st minute for Parma. Parma move up to 11th in the table with the win as they go to within 2 points of 8th. 

Genoa 0 vs. 3 Inter Milan

Lukaku scored two and Sanchez scored the other as Inter got a comfortable win over Genoa. Inter move into 2nd but as with two games to go and Juventus 7 points ahead Conte and Inter’s title hopes are over. Genoa remain 17th and 4 points above the relegation zone. 

Napoli 2 vs. 0 Sassuolo

Hysaj scored in the 8th minute and Allan scored in the 93rd minute as Napoli got a win against Sassuolo. Sassuolo had 4 goals disallowed by VAR in an unlucky game. Napoli go to within a point of Milan while Sassuolo remain 8th in the table. 

Bologna 3 vs. 2 Lecce

Palacio and Soriano scored two goals in 5 minutes to give Bologna the lead while Mancosu got one back for Lecce before half time. Falco equalised for Lecce in the 66th minute but Barrow scored the winner for Bologna in the 93rd minute. Bologna move up to 10th while Lecce remain 18th 4 points behind Genoa with 2 games to go.

AS Roma 2 vs. 1 Fiorentina

Veretout scored a penalty in the 45th minute to give Roma the lead. Milenkovic equalised for Fiorentina in the 54th minute while Veretout scored the winner via another penalty in the 87th minute. Roma remain 5th while Fiorentina drop down to 12th.

Cagliari 0 vs. 1 Udinese

Okaka scored in the 2nd minute as it was enough for Udinese to seal 3 points. Cagliari drop into 14th while Udinese move into 13th. 

Verona 1 vs. 5 Lazio

Amrabat gave Verona the lead in the 39th minute via a penalty but it woke Lazio up. Immobile equalised before half time via a penalty as well while he added two more in the 2nd half with Savic and Correa adding the rest. Verona remain 9th while Lazio remain 4th but go level on points with Lazio.

SPAL 1 vs. 1 Torino

Verdi gave Torino the lead in the 57th minute but D’Allesandro equalised for SPAL in the 80th minute. Torino remain 16th but are now safe for next season. 

Juventus 2 vs. 0 Sampdoria

Ronaldo scored before half time while Bernardeschi scored in the 2nd half as Juventus won 2-0 and sealed their 9th consecutive Serie A title. Thorsby was sent off for Sampdoria in the 77th minute. Sarri suffered some bumps along the way but he got the job done and won his second trophy in as many seasons. The Italian has worked hard to get here and people should be happy for him. Juventus go 7 points clear while Sampdoria drop down to 15th. 

Coupe De France Final

Paris Saint Germain 1 vs. 0 St.Etienne

Neymar scored the only goal in the 14th minute while Perrin was sent off for St.Etienne in the 31st minute. PSG were always likely to win but perhaps the biggest problem from this game will be the ankle sprain to Kylian Mbappe as PSG’s Champions League tie looms. 

 

 

 

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