Premier League review: The Last Round of the 2018/19 season
The last match day of the 2018/19 Premier League has just finished and Manchester City have managed to retain their title finishing just a single point ahead of Liverpool. We had a look at the Nigerian players and those of Nigerian descent who were in action in this round.
West Ham scored four goals to beat their London neighbours Watford at Vicarage Road. In this “no pressure” encounter, the Hammers took the lead in the 15th minute through Mark Noble. Manuel Lanzini doubled that lead with a goal in the 39th minute.
Straight after the restart, the Hornets pulled a goal back courtesy of Gerard Deulofeu. But two minutes later they went down to ten men when Jose Holebas received his marching orders. In the 71st minute, Marko Arnautovic made it 3:0 West Ham before Mark Noble rounded up the scoring with his second and West Ham’s fourth from the penalty spot.
Isaac Success Ajayi watched the game from the bench. With this win, West Ham overtook Watford to finish in 10th place, with the Hornets finishing 11th a couple of points behind.
Eric Dier opened the scoring for Tottenham three minutes into the game against Everton. This was the only goal of the first half. In the second half, Everton played better. Ademola Lookman came off the bench in the 65th minute. Four minutes later the Toffees were level after a Theo Walcott strike.
Shortly after, Everton turned the score around and went 2:1 up with a Cenk Tosun goal. But, just three minutes later, the hosts equalized making the final score 2:2. Christian Eriksen was the scorer of the equalizer.
Leicester met Chelsea at the King Power Stadium. The match finished a goalless draw, the only one in this round. Wilfred Ndidi was once again in the starting line-up for the Foxes while Kelechi Iheanacho spent the game on the bench.
In one of the more entertaining matches of the afternoon, Crystal Palace defeated Bournemouth 5:3 at Selhurst Park. Jordon Ibe started for the Cherries after a long time of starting from the bench. But it was Michy Batshuayi who opened the scoring for the Palace with two quick goals, in the 24th and the 32nd minute.
And they were 3:0 up going into the break since Jack Simpson was unlucky to put the ball in his own net in the 37th minute. But, just before the break, the Cherries pulled a goal back through Jefferson Lerma.
Eleven minutes into the second half Jordon Ibe scored to bring the visitors within a goal of going level. However, Patrick van Aanholt restored the two-goal lead for the hosts with a strike in the 65th minute. Ibe was then substituted with Chris Mepham who took just three minutes to set Joshua King up for a goal which brought Bournemouth back to within a goal of levelling the match.
But seven minutes later Andros Townsend made sure Crystal Palace would win their last match of the season, making the final score 5:3 to the home team.
Arsenal were adamant to finish this season on a high after four matches without a win. But they had to do in front of the hostile Burnley crowd. Alex Iwobi was in the starting line-up this time. After a goalless first half, the game opened up in the second.
The Gunners scored their first goal of the day in the 52nd minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang. Ten minutes later they were 2:0 up when Aubemayang got his second goal after an assist by Iwobi. However, a couple of minutes later, Burnley countered and managed to pull a goal back through Ashley Barnes.
The match was tight all the way till the end with Arsenal confirming the win four minutes into the stoppage time. Edward Nketiah scored it with Iwobi registering his second assist of the game.
Gunners miss out on the Champions League place by a single point but will have a chance to play in the qualifiers for the prominent competition if they win the Europa League final against Chelsea. Aubameyang finished the season joint top scorer with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane of Liverpool.
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