Sunday, 14 April 2013

EPL 5-Match Round-Up with Analysis:

Hello again everyone, and welcome to my latest blog post where I have a round-up of all 5 of the EPL matches including Everton vs QPR and Arsenal vs Norwich that were played earlier yesterday along with one of the two FA Cup semi-finals between Millwall and Wigan.


Arsenal 3 Norwich City 1

This match was played at The Emirates Stadium, as 5th placed Arsenal looked to move up to 3rd place with a home win against Norwich, a mid-table side who beat them 1-0 at Carrow Road earlier on in the season. 

The hosts conceded in the 57th minute to a headed goal from a corner thanks to defender Michael Turner who beat Fabianski with his effort into the corner of the net. 

Ahead: Norwich defender Michael Turner breaks the deadlock in the 57th minute with a leaping header past Fabianski.

There we go: Turner wheels away to celebrate his headed effort to put Norwich ahead against Arsenal.

Arsenal tried to get back into the match which they did but they left it VERY late. 3 goals in 5 minutes from the hosts prevented a home loss and moved them into the top 4 again with a shaky performance.
Spainsh midfielder Mikel Arteta equalised in the 85th minute from the penalty spot, after Kamara was judged to bring down Giroud from a corner. 

Equal: Arteta slots the ball into the net from the penalty spot to make it 1-1 at home for The Gunners
Substitute and forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a nice cut back before laying the ball off for Giroud who poked the ball past Bunn into the net to make it 2-1 in the 88th minute, despite deflecting off defender Sebastien Bassong.    

German forward Lukas Podolski made it 3-1 to the hosts in the 90th minute to seal the victory with a nice finish from 18 yards out.  

3 points sealed: Lukas Podolski celebrates his finish to make it 3-1 against Norwich.
Aston Villa 1 Fulham 1

This match was played at Villa Park, as 16th placed Aston Villa hosted 10th Fulham in a vital match for Villa in their relegation battle. 

French winger Charles N'Zogbia broke the deadlock in the 55th minute for the hosts, before an own goal in the 66th minute by winger Fabian Delph gave Fulham an important away point.

Ahead - but not for long: N'Zogbia celebrates his goal to put Villa 1-0 up against Fulham.

That's a shame: Fabian Delph heads the ball into his own net with a back-header to equalise for Fulham.

Everton 2 QPR 0
This match was played at Goodison Park, as 6th placed Everton hosted relegation-fighters QPR.

The hosts beat QPR comfortably by 2 goals to nil, thanks to strikes by Victor Anichebe and Darren Gibson, which moves The Toffees within 4 points of 3rd placed Arsenal. 

Cool finish: Gibson slots the ball past the goalkeeper to break the deadlock for Everton.
6th of the season: Anichebe beats the keeper with an aerial tap-in to make it 2-0.

Secured the 3 points: Everton striker Victor Anichebe celebrates his goal to make it 2-0 at home.
Reading 0 Liverpool 0

This match was played at The Madejski Stadium, as Reading hosted Liverpool. Liverpool paid their respects to the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster, with a one-minute silence before the match - despite The Reds fans' discontent and banners aimed at former English PM Margaret Thatcher, who died earlier this week.

Silence: The Liverpool players observe a one-minute silence for the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster

Disrespect: Liverpool fans unveil a banner talking about the late Margaret Thatcher, who died earlier this week

The hosts were dominated throughout, with chances galore for players such as Coutinho and Suarez.  
Coutinho had a lovely backheel goal disallowed for offside, while Suarez was denied by goalkeeper Adam Federici. 

Flair: Liverpool playmaker Phillipe Coutinho has a cheeky skillful backheel effort disallowed for offside.

Chances: Top scorer Luis Suarez continuously pressed the Reading defence, but could not find the net.
Southampton 1 West Ham United 1 
This match was played at St.Mary's Stadium, as Southampton hosted West Ham in a mid-table clash.

Goals from Gaston Ramirez and Andy Carroll within 10 minutes of each other gave both sides just a point in this match, with West Ham the happier of the two, gaining an away point.

Not for long: Gaston Ramirez celebrates his finish to put the hosts ahead in the 59th minute.

English rep: Andy Carroll is mobbed by his fellow West Ham team-mates after equalising at St.Mary's.

FA Cup Semi-Final: 

Wigan 2 Millwall 0 

This match was the first of two semi-finals to be played at Wembley, with EPL side Wigan playing against Championship underdogs Millwall.
Goals from strikers Shaun Maloney and Calum McManaman either side of each half sealed Wigan's place into the FA Cup final next month with a comfortable 2-0 victory in a lowly-attended match.

Opener: Shaun Maloney cooly slots the ball into the net, after a through ball by team-mate Arouna Kone.

Thanks to you: Kone has been influential throughout for Wigan this season, and assisted Maloney's strike

McManaman erases the controversy surrounding him (that horror tackle) to seal Wigan's place in the final.

Lowly-attended: Wembley was almost empty yesterday in the first of two FA Cup semi-final matches.

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