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Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Chelsea Dent Liverpool's Title Hopes

Crippy CookeContributor IApril 27, 2014

Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Chelsea Dent Liverpool's Title Hopes

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    There's been another fantastic weekend of football with plenty of talking points and results with huge ramifications at the top and the bottom of the Premier League.

    There was a wonder goal scored at the Liberty Stadium, a miraculous comeback at Craven Cottage and a crumble by the away side at St Mary’s. Not to mention, a certain Ryan Giggs making his managerial debut for Manchester United against Norwich.

    But the biggest talking point will no doubt be another Jose Mourinho masterclass, which saw his Chelsea side beat Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

    Here we review all of the weekend action in the form of 20 pictures that sum it up the best.

Ryan Giggs Makes Managerial Debut

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    Long-serving Manchester United player Ryan Giggs is given a superb ovation from the home crowd at Old Trafford in his first game as manager. He looked overcome with the supporters' reaction as he made his entrance from the tunnel.

Super-Sub Mata Grabs a Brace

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    Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata comes off the bench to score a quick brace as the Red Devils romp to a 4-0 home win against relegation-threatened Norwich City. The Spanish international took his United tally to five goals.

Shelvey Celebrates Dream Goal

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    Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey celebrates after scoring a screamer from the halfway line against Aston Villa. The former Liverpool midfielder hit a sweet volley from distance which left Villa ‘keeper Brad Guzan embarrassed to watch the ball flying over his head and into the back of the net.

Bony in Rich Scoring Vein for Swansea

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    Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony scores a brace against Aston Villa to take his league tally to 15 for the season. He’s now bagged consecutive doubles against Newcastle and Villa respectively.

Coleman’s Own Goal Gaffe

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    Everton defender Seamus Coleman wishes the ground would swallow him whole after scoring the Toffees’ second own goal of the game, which has now put Arsenal in the driving seat to finish in the top four.

Fulham in Dreamland After Scoring Twice in Three Minutes

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    Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta celebrates after putting the relegation-threatened side 2-0 up against Hull City around the hour mark. A victory would have taken them out of the drop zone.

But Hull Fight Back to Earn a Credible Draw

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    Kirsty Wigglesworth

    Fulham centre-back Fernando Amorebieta goes from hero to zero after missing his header from a cross that sees Hull City striker Shane Long scoring at the far post. Long equalised with just minutes of normal time remaining to ensure the Tigers avoided defeat and that Fulham remain in the drop zone.

Shawcross Earns the Fourth Red Card of His Stoke Career

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    Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross is sent off against Tottenham after picking up two yellow cards. It was the fourth red card of his Stoke career and his first of the season.

Berahino Scores to All but Confirm West Brom’s Premier League Survival

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    West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino celebrates after scoring an 11th minute header to put the Midlands outfit ahead against West Ham. The Baggies held on for the win, which meant they finished the day five points clear of the drop zone with a game in hand on their relegation rivals.

Allardyce Faces Revolt from the West Ham Fans

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    West Ham supporters make their feelings clear about manager Sam Allardyce with signs and banners calling for the 59-year-old’s immediate exit. The Londoners lost 1-0 at the hands of West Brom, which was their fourth consecutive league defeat.

Rose Scores First Tottenham League Goal for Four Years

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    Rui Vieira

    Tottenham left-back Danny Rose celebrates after scoring only his second Spurs league goal in his entire career, ending a four-year wait. Tottenham held on to win 1-0 against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Cardiff Crumble in the First Half Against Sunderland

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    Cardiff City defender Juan Cala gets sent off and gives away a penalty that Sunderland striker Fabio Borini scores to put his side 2-0 up before half-time.

Connor Wickham Can’t Stop Scoring

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    Sunderland’s in-form striker Connor Wickham scores a clever header into the far corner to put his side 1-0 up. It was his fourth goal in three games. He later went on to score a second as Sunderland romped to a 4-0 home win against Cardiff. The win took them out of the relegation zone with a game in hand.

Solskjaer Looks Forlorn After Watching His Cardiff Side Get Hammered

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    Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on as his side are knocked for four at the Stadium of Light by Sunderland. It was the fourth time in just six games that the Bluebirds have conceded three or more goals.

David Moyes Statue Unveiled at Anfield

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    Bookmakers Paddy Power unveil a David Moyes statue at Anfield with the words "For his services to Liverpool Football Club", prior to the Sunday afternoon clash between Liverpool and Chelsea.

Gerrard Error Could Lose Liverpool the Title

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    Liverpool's long-serving midfielder Steven Gerrard looks on as his mistake gifts the first goal to Chelsea. Gerrard slipped on the ball and lost possession in his own half, which allowed Chelsea striker Demba Ba to go on and score the opening goal in the title-race six-pointer at Anfield.

Mourinho's Wry Smile as the Master Beats the Apprentice

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks pleased with his day's work as he masterminds an impressive away victory against Liverpool, managed by his former youth coach at Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers.

Dzeko Goal Sets City on Their Way

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    Kirsty Wigglesworth

    Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko celebrates after scoring an early goal against Crystal Palace. The 28-year-old headed home from a Yaya Toure cross into the middle. With Liverpool having lost to Chelsea, City knew a win meant the title was now in their own hands.

Yaya Marks Return from Injury with a Goal

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    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure curls a left-footed effort into the top corner past Crystal Palace 'keeper Julian Speroni to make it 2-0 to the Sky Blues. The 30-year-old played a one-two with Samir Nasri before powering his way through the Crystal Palace defence and finishing superbly. The perfect way to mark his return from injury.

Man City Make Statement of Intent to Win This Season's Premier League Title

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    Kirsty Wigglesworth

    After Toure's goal celebration, Manchester City went on to claim a vital win in the Premier League title race by beating Crystal Palace. The Citizens now have their destiny in their own hands and can go top of the pack if they win their next league game away to Everton.

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