Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Chelsea Take Another Blow to Title Hopes
It’s been a typically superb weekend of football, as the race for the title and the fight for Premier League survival both look a little clearer.
Chelsea lost 1-0 away from home again to all but hand the Premier League crown to Manchester City, while West Brom and Cardiff City played out the most entertaining finale to a relegation six-pointer that there’s surely ever been.
But there’s been plenty more action this weekend too, so enjoy 20 pictures from the Premier League weekend that sum it up the best.
The Moment Where Chelsea Handed the Title to Manchester City or Liverpool?
In Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win against Chelsea, the Blues’ long-serving defender, John Terry, likely wished the ground would swallow him whole after scoring an own goal that led manager Jose Mourinho to officially rule Chelsea out of the title race...again, per the AFP (h/t The Sydney Morning Herald).
It Was Going so Well...
Juan Mata’s First Goal for Man United
January signing Juan Mata finally bagged his first goal for Manchester United, as David Moyes’ side put their Manchester City humiliation behind them to comfortably see past Aston Villa.
'Moyes Out' Banner Gets a Hostile Reception
As planned, the plane rented by Manchester United fans was seen flying over the ground 15 minutes after kickoff, carrying the message “Wrong One - Moyes Out.” The United supporters booed the act throughout until the plane had left.
Saints' English World Cup Hopefuls Impress Yet Again
Above, Southampton’s English contingents— and Ireland’s Steven Davis— celebrate their goal against Newcastle.
England manager Roy Hodgson would have been very pleased with what he saw from his hopefuls, as they all impressed in an emphatic win against the Magpies.
Don’t Fight with Jesus!
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski went head-to-head with Manchester City winder Jesus Navas as tempers flared at the Emirates stadium. Both sides took a share of the spoils in the end.
Odemwingie All Smiles
Stoke City’s Peter Odemwingie scored the winning goal against Hull to give his side hit coveted 40-point marker. He celebrated with teammates after bagging his fifth goal in nine games since his January arrival from Cardiff. Inspired signing.
Super-Sub Chicharito Does It Again from the Bench
The tricky Mexican striker scored within minutes of coming off the bench in place of two-goal Wayne Rooney to wrap the game up for Manchester United. He glanced a stare toward the Manchester United bench, almost as if to hint at manager David Moyes that he should be in line for more game time.
Unhappy Return for Pardew
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew watched on as his side got trounced by Southampton.
Not the best way to mark his return from his three-match stadium ban.
David Marshall Gets Beaten from Distance
Above, Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall watches the ball go over his head as West Brom midfielder Morgan Amalfitano lobs the usually reliable shot-stopper from long-range to give the Midlands side the lead early on.
Pressure Mounting on Hughton
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton was forced to once again watch his traveling side get comfortably beaten by sides around them in the Premier League.
Mourinho Threatens the Crystal Palace Ballboy
Per Martha Kelner of the Daily Mail, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told the Crystal Palace ballboy that "he could be punched" if he continued his time-wasting antics on the sideline.
Forlorn Fulham Lose Again
Fulham midfielder Lewis Holtby covered his eyes, as he couldn't believe what he saw at Craven Cottage Sunday afternoon.
His side were in good display, but they shipped another three goals. Fortunately, Holtby returns to parent club Tottenham in the summer.
Naismith: The Game-Changer
Everton forward Steven Naismith came off the bench and got Man of the Match after playing a huge part in two of Everton's three second-half goals. He wrapped the game up with his prodded effort minutes from time.
Suarez Scores Again
Anfield Erupts in a Sea of Red
The Liverpool supporters are daring to dream of a Premier League title, with their home stadium of Anfield finally looking like a fortress.
They Think It's All Over...
West Brom's Thievy Bifouma celebrates after scoring with just a minute of injury time remaining, putting the Midlands side 3-2 up at home to relegation rivals Cardiff City. Their joy was short-lived, however.
...But Cardiff Level It in the 95th Minute
Cardiff City's Mats Daehli broke West Brom hearts after scoring in the final minute of an enthralling match at the Hawthorns to ensure the Welsh outfit take a share of the spoils.
Moyes Thanks the Loyal Supporters
Manchester United manager David Moyes applauds the supporters, who in turn gave him a fantastic reception when he stepped out onto the pitch before kickoff.
A Man out of Ideas?
Despite the air in his cheeks, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looked deflated as he watched his side surrender the title with a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.