With less than a handful of Premier League games remaining, here is a round-up of all of Sunday’s results. This includes goals by the bucket-load, relegations and plenty of red cards.
Wolves 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion:
Despite being the dominant side in the first half, Brighton crumbled as they failed to secure Premier League safety.
Brighton captain Lewis Dunk’s performance went from heroic to horror show as he both scored and got sent off as they threw away a lead against Wolves. His goal was an exceptional header, only for it to be undone as they would concede twice after his dismissal.
Adama Traore would equalise for Wolves rounding off a brilliant team move taking advantage of their man advantage. Morgan Gibbs-White scored the winner for Wolves late on, picking up his first Premier League goal of his career.
With relegation still a possibility, Brighton will go into their next game against West Ham without their two top goalscorers after Neal Maupay was also dismissed after the final whistle.
Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester United:
Goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani ensured Manchester United will be playing Champions League football next season. However, this was despite United once again having to come back from behind after Villa’s Bertrand Traore placed the home side in the lead with a thunderous finish.
This marked the tenth time this season United have had to come back from behind to leave with all three points. This record coupled with United losing just four games all season is a testament to their progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In addition, of those four defeats, three came within their first five Premier League games.
However, victory for United did not come consequence-free. Harry Maguire was forced off the pitch with twelve minutes left meaning he will miss a Premier League match for the first time since signing for United in 2019. Villa would also lose a key player as Ollie Watkins was sent off for simulation.
Whilst a top-four finish in the Premier League may be secured for United, victory also halted Manchester City from lifting the Premier League title for at least a few more days.
West Ham United 0-1 Everton:
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half goal put a serious dent in West Ham’s Champions League aspirations. With just three games left, they now sit five points off the top four.
West Ham have been the feel-good team of the season, but it was an underwhelming performance on Sunday. With zero shots on target and missing two big chances, this may ultimately be the result that costs the Hammers a top-four finish.
Alongside this, such a limp performance will leave an even more bitter taste in West Ham mouths after fourth placed Leicester also lost over the weekend.
With a relatively easy set of remaining fixtures in contrast to Leicester’s, there is still at least some hope for West Ham.
Arsenal 3-1 West Brom:
Three goals from Arsenal, including stunners from Nicolas Pepe and Willian relegated West Brom from the Premier League just one season after their return.
With nothing short of victory being good enough for West Brom’s Premier League aspirations, being two goals down within thirty-five minutes was the worst possible start.
First, Emile Smith Rowe placed the Gunners ahead before the aforementioned Pepe stunner. That Pepe goal was particularly reminiscent of Mohammed Salah’s 2018 Puskas goal of the year winner.
With time running out for West Brom, their player of the season Matheus Pereira produced a brilliant effort to cut the lead down to one. This would ultimately be in vain however when Willian’s ninetieth-minute free-kick put the game beyond reach for the Baggies.
This relegation marks the first one of West Brom manager Sam Allardyce’s Premier League career.
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