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EPL Results Week 30: Tracking Final Scores and Top Scorers for Matchday 30

Manchester City's David Silva celebrates after scoring against Hull City during their English Premier League soccer match at the KC Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIISeptember 14, 2016

Goals and red cards were plentiful in Matchday 30, and the league leaders at the end of Saturday’s action were somehow extremely disappointed. In other words, the weekend’s slate of Premier League games provided plenty of entertainment. Here are the results and top individual performers from the day’s play, complete with recaps of the most exciting and eventful matches.

Matchday 30 Results
HomeScoreAway
Hull City0-2Manchester City
Swansea City1-2West Bromwich Albion
Sunderland0-0Crystal Palace
Stoke City3-1West Ham United
Southampton4-2Norwich City
Fulham1-0Newcastle United
Everton2-1Cardiff City
Aston Villa1-0Chelsea
Manchester United0-3Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur0-1Arsenal
PremierLeague.com
Top Scorers
GoalsPlayerTeam
2Peter OdemwingieStoke City
2Steven GerrardLiverpool
1David SilvaManchester City
1Edin DzekoManchester City
1Roland LamahSwansea City
1Stephane SessegnonWest Bromwich Albion
1Youssuf MulumbuWest Bromwich Albion
1Marko ArnautovicStoke City
1Andy CarrollWest Ham United
1Morgan SchneiderlinSouthampton
1Rickie LambertSouthampton
1Jay RodriguezSouthampton
1Sam GallagherSouthampton
1Johan ElmanderNorwich City
1Robert SnodgrassNorwich City
1Ashkan DejagahFulham
1Gerard DeulofeuEverton
1Seamus ColemanEverton
1CalaCardiff City
1Fabian DelphAston Villa
1Luis SuarezLiverpool
1Tomas RosickyArsenal
PremierLeague.com

 

Manchester City Gain Ground With Win at Hull

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Edin Dzeko (R) of Manchester City celebrates his goal with team mates Jesus Navas (L) and David Silva during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at the KC Stadium on March 15, 2014 in Hull, Eng
Paul Thomas/Getty Images

Manchester City 2, Hull City 0

With three games in hand over league-leading Chelsea, Manchester City just have to handle their own business moving forward to give themselves a shot at the Premier League crown. They did just that in difficult circumstances against Hull City.

City captain Vincent Kompany was sent off in just the 10th minute after he dragged Nikica Jelavic to the ground as the striker was streaking toward goal.

The event had all the makings of a dangerous turning point in the match for manager Manuel Pellegrini and his Manchester City side as they had to play 80 minutes with a numbers disadvantage.

Instead, David Silva scored for the visitors on a beautiful, swerving strike from outside the box just four minutes after the red card.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce talked about the importance of that goal in his postgame press conference (h/t to PremierLeague.com):

We were chasing the game against them. The turning point was the Silva goal [four minutes after Vincent Kompany was sent off]. If we had gone 10-15 minutes without them scoring, then it could have been a different story. They defended deep. We huffed and puffed and it ended up being a frustrating afternoon.

It may have been a frustrating afternoon for Hull City, but it was a satisfying one for the Citizens as they picked up ground on Chelsea at the top of the table.

After losing in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League earlier in the week, Manchester City improved their chances of lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of the season and have to be considered the favorites with nine games left on their schedule.

 

Southampton Hold on in Thriller Against Norwich

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  First goal scorer Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton is kissed by Gaston Ramírez of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Norwich City at St Mary's Stadium on March 15, 2014 in South
Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Southampton 4, Norwich City 2

You wouldn’t have expected this match to be that exciting, considering the talent differential between the two sides, and you would have been correct for the first 84 minutes.

Morgan Schneiderlin opened the scoring for Southampton in the fifth minute. Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez added to the tally in the second half, and it looked like Mauricio Pochettino’s side would stroll to victory.

But things got interesting late, starting with Johan Elmander’s 85th-minute goal after he capitalized on a Southampton mistake in the back line. Just a minute later, Robert Snodgrass smashed in Norwich’s second goal to raise the blood pressure of the Southampton manager and make it a thrilling finish.

Norwich weren’t able to finish the comeback, however, and Sam Gallagher scored his first-ever Premier League goal in stoppage time to cement Southampton’s win.

 

Chelsea See Red as They Lose to Aston Villa

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Ramires of Chelsea (3L) is shown a red card and is sent off by referee Chris Foy after a challenge on Karim El Ahmadi of Aston Villa (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Par
Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 0

Chelsea ended Matchday 30 as the league leaders, but it was a bad day at the office for the Blues. By the time the match ended, Chelsea only had nine men on the pitch, and manager Jose Mourinho had been sent off into the stands for protesting a call too strongly for the referee’s liking.

The Blues dominated the match against Aston Villa, controlling 63 percent of possession, per ESPN FC, over the 90 minutes. That stat is somewhat hollow, however, as Chelsea couldn’t make anything of their possession, and the Villa defense wasn’t seriously challenged after the early going.

Paul Wilson of The Observer explained how Villa were able to contain the Chelsea attack:

Villa spent the first 10 minutes bemused by the movement and interchangability of Chelsea's three-quarter line of Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard as the visitors opened the game with businesslike intent, moving the ball around smartly and purposefully and always appearing to have a spare man making himself available.

It was impressive to watch, yet Chelsea's approach work did not lead to any openings in front of goal, just speculative long shots from Willian and Oscar. Most of the actual attacking threat was being channelled through the industrious Hazard, and once Villa worked that out they settled down and began to put together some moves of their own.

The frustration mounted for Chelsea as the match went on, and the red started flying in the 68th minute when Willian was shown his second yellow card.

Villa’s attack was rewarded when Fabian Delph made fortuitous contact with the ball to flick it into the back of the net in the 82nd minute.

The ugliness continued for Chelsea, as Ramires was shown a straight red for a reckless challenge in stoppage time.

It was a performance that Chelsea would like to forget, and they are locked in a furious battle at the top of the table. The end of the season will be thoroughly entertaining with no real favorite and four legitimate candidates to hoist the trophy when it’s all said and done.

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