Premier League Results: Analysis for Chelsea vs. Sunderland, and All the Matches
The Premier League title race looks all but over after leaders Liverpool capitalised on Chelsea's shock home defeat to Sunderland on Saturday evening with a 3-2 victory over Norwich that moves the Reds five points clear at the top with just three matches left to play.
Elsewhere in the Premier League programme, David Moyes' first return to Everton as Manchester United manager ended in a 2-0 victory for the Blues, who kept the pressure on Arsenal in the race for fourth following the Gunners' 3-0 win over Hull in the FA Cup-final dress rehearsal earlier on Sunday afternoon.
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Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland
Chelsea’s Premier League title chances suffered a huge blow as Sunderland claimed a shocking 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues led early on through Samuel Eto’o, but Connor Wickham cancelled that goal out—and a late penalty from Fabio Borini sealed the win for the Black Cats.
Chelsea had their title destiny in their hands ahead of the game, but not even a win at Liverpool next week will be enough if the Reds win their other three games.
It looked good for Chelsea when Eto’o turned in Willian’s corner on 12 minutes.
Sunderland drew level on 18 minutes when Wickham was on hand to stab the ball home after Mark Schwarzer had spoiled Marcos Alonso’s shot.
Chelsea had chances to claim the win but could not beat Vito Mannone, and the home side were stunned when Cesar Azpilicueta felled Jozy Altidore in the box—having lost possession to the American.
Borini kept his cool to stroke his penalty straight down the middle to secure the win that keeps Sunderland’s survival hopes alive, and dents Chelsea’s title chances.
Jose Mourinho gave an extremely brief interview, in which he said (via Dan Levene of GetWestLondon.co.uk), "First I congratulate my players. Secondly congratulations to Sunderland—it doesn't matter how or why they won, but they won."
On target: 15-3
Norwich 2-3 Liverpool
Liverpool rode their luck on occasions, but a fine display from Raheem Sterling was enough for them to beat Norwich 3-2 as they took advantage of Chelsea’s failings to move five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Sterling scored either side of Luis Suarez on Sunday at Carrow Road, although Brendan Rodgers’ side were ultimately forced to ride their luck slightly as goals from Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass briefly raised the prospect of a dramatic comeback.
It took just 11 minutes for Liverpool to build a 2-0 lead, with Sterling scoring one and providing the other. The first was a brilliant jink and 25-yard finish after receiving Philippe Coutinho’s pass in a central position, before the England man found Suarez with a perfect cross as the Uruguayan slotted home.
Norwich then grew into the contest but it took them until the second half to score, as Hooper was on hand to tap home after Simon Mignolet had punched a cross right to his feet under pressure from Bradley Johnson.
Before the Canaries could turn the screw further, however, Sterling had reacted—running the length of the pitch before firing a low drive that deflected wickedly off a defender and over the despairing John Ruddy.
Norwich would close the deficit again with 13 minutes remaining, thanks to Robert Snodgrass’ header, but the visitors were able to hold out for the three points.
In the process, they secured Champions League football for next season. Norwich, meanwhile, remain just two points above the relegation zone with three games remaining.
On target: 5-6
Hull City 0-3 Arsenal
Arsenal cruised to victory in Sunday's FA Cup final dress rehearsal, beating Hull City 3-0 at the KC Stadium.
In a game that was briefly delayed as advertising hoardings blew onto the pitch in the opening stages, Aaron Ramsey was the whirlwind force as he scored the opener and provided the assists for both of Lukas Podolski's subsequent strikes—with Hull unable to muster any sort of positive response.
Mesut Ozil also started his first game since being sidelined through injury, although his was a less instrumental presence before he was substituted around the hour-mark.
Ramsey was the man-of-the-match by some distance, controlling the game and driving his side from midfield. His goal was a case in point; The Welshman starting and finishing the passing move as he eventually collected Santi Cazorla's measured ball before firing across Steve Harper.
It was Podolski who then wrapped up the three points with two clinical finishes—the first after running onto Ramsey's chested control and lashing his volley home, and the second after finding himself in the right place to convert the rebound after Harper had turned away Ramsey's initial snapshot.
With plenty of time remaining Arsenal had further chances to score, as Olivier Giroud hit the bar and Per Mertesacker nodded narrowly over. But in the end they settled for a three-goal win that keeps them in the driving seat for Champions League qualification—and will give them the psychological advantage when the two sides meet again at Wembley.
On target: 4-6
Everton 2-0 Manchester United
Everton kept pace with Arsenal in the race for the top four with a comprehensive 2-0 victory at home to Manchester United in David Moyes' return to Goodison Park.
Leighton Baines put the Toffees ahead from the penalty spot in the 28th minute and Kevin Mirallas doubled the lead two minutes before half-time, finishing from Seamus Coleman's fine through ball. Tim Howard preserved the clean sheet in the closing moments, saving Wayne Rooney's shot from close range.
Victory took fifth-placed Everton onto 69 points, one behind Arsenal, who currently occupy fourth place and the Premier League's final qualification spot for next season's UEFA Champions League. For the Toffees to finish fourth, they will have to successfully negotiate a tricky run-in that includes trips to Southampton and Hull City, as well as a home match against Manchester City.
Manchester United are seventh with 57 points, six points behind Tottenham Hotspur with four matches left to play. The loss ensured United will not qualify for next season's Champions League.
With the win, Everton completed a league double against United for the first time since 1969-70, per Eurosport.com.
On Target: 5-2
Manchester City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City maintained their slim Premier League title hopes with a 3-1 victory at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening at the Etihad Stadium.
City led 2-0 after 10 minutes via early goals from Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero. West Brom pulled one back with a quick counter in the 16th minute, finished superbly by Graham Dorrans, but Martin Demichelis restored City's two-goal lead nine minutes before half-time.
It wasn't all good news for City, however, as influential playmaker David Silva left the pitch on a stretcher in the second half.
The win took City onto 74 points, six behind leaders Liverpool and one behind second-placed Chelsea, though Manuel Pellegrini's side have one match in hand. West Brom are 16th with 33 points, three clear of the relegation places with four matches remaining.
On Target: 6-3
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Fulham
Tottenham Hotspur brought Fulham's recent resurgence to a halt with a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Paulinho opened the scoring for Spurs in the 35th minute with a simple chance from a Christian Eriksen free-kick. But within two minutes, Steve Sidwell equalised for the West London side.
However, three minutes after the interval, the impressive Harry Kane headed home an Aaron Lennon cross to give Spurs the advantage again.
Another Eriksen free-kick found Younes Kaboul just a yard from goal in the 62nd minute, and the defender turned the ball home.
Sidwell could have pulled Fulham, who had won their last two Premier League matches, back into the game 14 minutes from the end, but he struck his penalty at Hugo Lloris, who pushed the ball to safety.
On target: 5-4
Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton
Aston Villa ended a run of four successive Premier League defeats with a goalless draw against Southampton at Villa Park on Saturday.
After a turbulent week at the club in which manager Paul Lambert saw two of his staff suspended, Villa needed a good result to end their recent poor run.
There had been little for Villa fans to cheer in the first period with Southampton dominating possession.
Saints striker Rickie Lambert had two great chances early in the game but missed both.
Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc was finally called into action after 63 minutes when he blocked a fierce Marc Albrighton effort from 20 yards.
Manchester United manager David Moyes was in the Villa Park crowd, and he saw an impressive Luke Shaw booked in the 66th minute for an overzealous challenge on Albrighton.
Despite their lack of possession, Villa's midfield resolve was holding firm, and Southampton were struggling to create meaningful chances as the game wore on.
Bertrand was lucky to escape a penalty appeal against him in the 78th minute, when he appeared to handle inside the area, but the referee waved play on. Nevertheless, Villa deserve credit for their resilience against the Saints.
On target: 1-2
Cardiff City 1-1 Stoke City
Peter Whittingham salvaged a point for Cardiff City as they continued their battle for survival in the Premier League with a draw against Stoke City.
Marko Arnautovic had given the Potters a controversial lead in first-half injury time when referee Howard Webb adjudged Kim Bo-Kyung to have fouled Peter Odemwingie inside the area.
But the Bluebirds were also handed a spot-kick after the interval, which Whittingham slotted home to lift his team above Fulham in the relegation zone.
In a quiet first period, Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic produced a fabulous save in the 41st minute to deny Whittingham from a free-kick.
And in injury time, that save proved crucial as Stoke took the lead. Stephen Ireland's corner swung into the box, and Odemwingie fell to the ground under a challenge from Kim.
Referee Webb weighed up his decision and pointed to the spot, from where Arnautovic gave the visitors the lead.
Five minutes after the break, Webb evened up the spot-kicks when he adjudged Steven Nzonzi to have felled Fraizer Campbell in the area. Whittingham stepped up to slam home the equaliser.
Cardiff thought they had taken the lead in the 58th minute when Jordon Mutch turned home a rebound from a Steven Caulker effort, but the linesman adjudged him to be offside, and the goal was disallowed.
On target: 4-5
Newcastle United 1-2 Swansea City
Wilfried Bony eased Swansea City's relegation fears with an injury-time winner at Newcastle United.
The striker struck from the spot after Marvin Emnes had been fouled by Cheick Tiote to condemn the Magpies to a fifth successive defeat.
Shola Ameobi had given Newcastle a 23rd-minute lead, but Bony equalised in injury time at the end of the first half.
But after Newcastle were beaten in the closing stages, the home supporters jeered the team from the field.
There was a moment of early humour for the supporters inside the ground when referee Chris Foy was struck flush in the face by the ball, but the official was able to continue.
Ameobi was making his 400th appearance for Newcastle and celebrated with only his second goal in 55 Premier League matches in the 23rd minute.
Luuk de Jong was the architect, rolling the ball into the striker, who slipped the ball past Michel Vorm. It was also Newcastle's first goal after four games without scoring.
Referee Foy was clearly feeling the affects of his earlier injury, and he was replaced by Anthony Taylor on the half-hour mark.
Newcastle had already lost Papiss Cisse to injury earlier in the game when De Jong was also forced from the field after landing awkwardly on his ankle.
In injury time at the end of the first period, Bony clawed the Swans back into the game when he connected with Ben Davies' corner.
The game tailed off in the second half, but Jonathan de Guzman forced a fine save from fellow Dutchman Tim Krul in the 79th minute with a curling strike after an audacious effort from Loic Remy from distance, which fell wide of goal.
Those two shots symbolized a renewed effort on the part of both sides, and Krul produced another great stop from Bony after the Swansea man was sent clear by Emnes.
But in injury time, Swansea took the points. Emnes was brought down by Tiote inside the area, and Bony slotted home the penalty.
On target: 4-2
West Ham United 0-1 Crystal Palace
Mile Jedinak scored from the spot to extend Crystal Palace's winning sequence to five Premier League matches at the expense of West Ham United.
Jedinak struck the only goal of the game on the hour mark after Pablo Armero felled Cameron Jerome inside the area.
The result sealed the Eagles' place in the Premier League for next season after a tremendous run of form under Tony Pulis, which included the 3-2 win at Everton on Wednesday.
But the defeat means West Ham are still facing an anxious wait to confirm their top-flight status after three successive losses.
The first half of the game saw Palace's defending on top, with goalkeeper Julian Speroni producing a number of saves to deny Andy Carroll, in particular.
But it was Palace who took the lead in the 59th minute. Jerome was tripped by Armero, and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot. Jedinak stepped up to stroke home his first ever Premier League goal.
West and Palace supporters remembered Dylan Tombides, who died of cancer on Friday, with a minute's applause before the game and in the 38th minute, in honor of the number worn by the Australian at Upton Park.
On target: 4-3