Sunday, 12 May 2013

EPL 7-Match LIVE Coverage + Analysis:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post, where I have LIVE coverage of the penultimate round in the 2012-13 EPL season. 
Yesterday, Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1, while Wigan beat Manchester City in the FA Cup Final with a dramatic goal in the dying seconds of the match. 


Lampard surpassed the all-time goal record for Chelsea with his double against Villa yesterday. 

Late winner: Ben Watson celebrates his header against City to win Wigan their first trophy in 81 years.

That blog post will be out later on today, don't worry.

Today's EPL Action:

Stoke City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Spurs have leapfrogged Arsenal into 4th place with a vital 2-1 win over tough test Stoke at The Britannia Stadium in the early kick-off today.

Defensive midfielder Steven N'Zonzi broke the deadlock in just the 3rd minute for the hosts to give Spurs a wake-up call before American forward Clint Dempsey scored his 7th goal of the campaign to equalize in the 20th minute. 


Early: Steven N'Zonzi heads the ball across goal and past Lloris into the net to make it 1-0. 

Stunner: N'Zonzi is mobbed by his Stoke team-mates as he scores the opening goal. 

Equaliser: Clint Dempsey celebrates his equaliser to make it 1-1 in the 20th minute. 

Stoke defensive midfielder Charlie Adam was sent off in the 47th minute for two yellow cards, and the hosts were in trouble from that point on with ten men. 


Down to ten: Charlie Adam was sent off for two yellow cards and Stoke were in trouble.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored his second goal in two games (after his strike against Chelsea on Wednesday) in the 83rd minute to ensure Totttenham went back to north London with the three points. 


Adebayor celebrates scoring the winner against Stoke to move them in-front of rivals Arsenal.

LIVE matches (3pm unless stated):

Everton 2 West Ham United 0 

The hosts are giving manager David Moyes a great send-off in his last home match as Everton manager before he leaves to join Manchester United at the end of the season. 

Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas has repaid Moyes' faith in him, scoring a double to make it 2-0 in the 70th minute. 


Impressive: Mirallas scored a double against West Ham to seal all three points on Moyes' last home game.

Mirallas celebrates his double against West Ham in-front of manager David Moyes. 

Fulham 1 Liverpool 2  

Liverpool are currently leading 2-1 away from home, thanks to a double by English forward Daniel Sturridge. 
Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring for Fulham in the first half, but the hosts are trailing with 20 minutes to play.

Talisman: Berbatov celebrates his goal against Liverpool to put Fulham ahead at Craven Cottage. 

Not for long: Sturridge cooly slots the ball past Schwarzer in the net to equalise. 

Can't hear you: Sturridge celebrates his first of his hat-trick against Fulham to level the scoring

Fulham need the points more than The Reds as they are still in a relegation battle, but they still have time to get a result. 

Norwich 3 West Bromwich Albion 0 

Robert Snodgrass, Grant Holt and an own goal by Gareth McAuley has given Norwich a comfortable 3-0 lead at home against 8th placed West Brom who have seemed to take their foot off the pedal after a solid season. 


Safe: Norwich striker Grant Holt celebrates his strike to make it 2-0 against WBA. 

QPR 1 Newcastle United 2

Already relegated QPR host relegation-threatened Newcastle. 
If it stays like this however, Newcastle should be safe from the drop zone.
Goals from French duo Hatem Ben Arfa (penalty) and Yoan Gouffran has given the away side the lead. 

Sunderland 1 Southampton 0

Defender Phil Bardsley has scored the only goal of the game so far in a fierce relegation battle match. 17th vs 14th.... 

Can The Saints get back into the match?


4pm kick-off - Manchester United 0 Swansea City 0 


The late kick-off started not long ago at Old Trafford, on an emotional day for fans worldwide. 

Today sees legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson manage his last home game as United boss, while Paul Scholes plays his last home match as he announced his retirement (for the second time) yesterday night. 

16:45: 

Manchester United have broken the deadlock! Javier Hernandez scores his 49th goal in a Manchester United shirt in the 39th minute after a set piece is failed to be cleared away by the Swansea defence, before bouncing straight on the ground for the Mexican striker to pounce on and slot the ball beyond Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm into the net. 


49 for the club: Hernandez celebrates opening the scoring for United just before half-time 

1-0 to the hosts, and it's party time for the hosts! 

16:52:

Half-time at Old Trafford, and it is full-time in all of the 3pm kick-off matches;

Everton 2 West Ham 0
Fulham 1 Liverpool 3
Norwich 4 West Brom 0
QPR 1 Newcastle United 2
Sunderland 1 Southampton 1

Southampton rescued a vital point against Sunderland in the 74th minute thanks to a strike by Jason Puncheon, while Daniel Sturridge completed his hat-trick against Fulham to secure all three points for The Reds. 

David Moyes won his last home match in charge of Everton, while Newcastle are safe from relegation after a 2-1 away win against already relegated QPR. 

Staying up: Newcastle celebrate Goufran's goal to secure their place in the EPL next season

That leaves Sunderland, Southampton and Fulham all looking behind their shoulder, getting a bit worried before the final day of the EPL season, this time next week - May the 19th. 

Earlier today, the Championship play-off semi-final second leg was played between Watford and Leicester, with the winner playing in the final at Wembley to decide which team would be the third to join the EPL next season.

Watford were victorious with a dramatic 3-1 (3-2) win, and they will face Crystal Palace or Brighton at Wembley in two weeks time. 


Bullet volley: Vydra was on the scoresheet for Watford as they progressed to the Wembley final 

Important goal: Vydra runs over to celebrate his finish with the Watford supporters. 

You can see what it means: Watford celebrate the winner against Leicester. 

17:07:

The second half has started at Old Trafford, with Sir Alex Ferguson delivering his last team-talk at home before he retires from management. 

17:10:

GOAL! Manchester United have conceded! Bargain of the season Miguel Michu equalizes for Swansea in the 49th minute with a great finish inside the box after some quick build-up play by The Swans. 

English winger Nathan Dyer ran down the wing with pace, before whipping in a cross for Michu to connect with, beating David De Gea with his strike straight into the net.


Great finish: Michu connects with the ball perfectly to beat De Gea into the net and equalise.

Bargain of the season: Miguel Michu celebrates his 18th EPL goal of the season.
Most of the Manchester United fans do not really seem that bothered that they have conceded, they cannot wait for full-time where they are presented with the EPL trophy. 

17:37:

Ten minutes left of the match at Old Trafford, and Swansea are not giving United an easy time, I can tell you that. 

They are dominating the possession and passing the ball well.
Meanwhile, Michu and Scholes have both been replaced for Swansea and United respectively as both teams look to close the game out. 

17:43:

GOAL! Manchester United have regained the lead, from an unlikely source!

Defender Rio Ferdinand has made it 2-1 in the 87th minute with a bullet strike, to score his first goal in over five years! 


Rocket shot: Ferdinand hits a stunner to win the match for United in the 87th minute. 

Long time coming: Ferdinand roars with delight after scoring his first goal in over 5 years.

The United flags are waving fiercely now! 


Waving flags: Manchester United fans waving flags before and during the match. 

17:46:

The fourth official has signalled for 3 minutes of stoppage time at the end of the match at Old Trafford, with 72,000 fans chanting in perfect harmony. 
Great atmosphere, and this will continue long into the night and tomorrow when they parade the trophy. 

17:48:

Swansea are trying to get the ball further up the pitch to try and make one more chance, but the home fans are booing them off the ball and United are pressing them each time they have the ball.

17:49:

That's it! The referee has blown his whistle for full-time, and Manchester United celebrate their 28th win of the season.
Sir Alex is taking a round of applause, and giving some handshakes to some fans near the dugout. 

17:58:

Very emotional speech from Sir Alex just now, addressing all of the supporters in the ground, telling them to support their new manager and thanking them for all their support over the last 25+ years along with the players including Paul Scholes (who retires today) and Darren Fletcher (who is recovering from bowel cancer).

Warm reception, and touching tribute from a legendary manager. 


Emotional speech: Sir Alex made a touching tribute to the club, thanking them for everything. 

18:00:

Staff are getting ready for the unveiling of the Premier League trophy, getting the platforms and banners onto the pitch while the players wait in the tunnel.  

No-one is leaving the ground just yet! 

18:07:

The preparations are almost finished, the Premier League trophy is in the tunnel and we are almost ready to celebrate United's title win. 

18:08:

Hull manager and former United player Steve Bruce carries out the Premier League trophy to applause from the United fans.

18:13:

The ceremony has begun, with the medals being handed out to all of the United players one-by-one including Rooney who was not involved in the match today, which was a major story as rumours run rampant about his future at the club. 


Champions: United wait patiently for the ceremony to begin by celebrating on the pitch.
18:20:

The trophy has been unveiled! Sir Alex lifted it high in the air with a proud look on his face as the fans screamed and shouted, chanting "Glory Glory Man United"


Living legend: Sir Alex Ferguson lifts his 13th EPL title aloft, and United's record 20th. 

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