Premier League Round 37 Review
Teams in the Premiership played in the penultimate round of this season during this four-day weekend. We reviewed the games where Nigerian players and those of Nigerian descent were in action for their respective clubs.
On Friday night Everton confidently dispatched off Burnley at Goodison Park. They were a little lucky to take the lead when Ben Mee put the ball in his own net in the 17th minute. But three minutes later the Toffees scored themselves to double the lead and set the final score. Sean Coleman netted the second goal. Ademola Lookman came off the bench in the second half for Everton.
Just after noon on Saturday, fans at the Vitality Stadium watched Bournemouth get a shock win over Tottenham after Spurs played most of the second half with nine men. Jordon Ibe started for the Cherries, his first start after a long while. Nnamdi Ofoborh watched the whole game from the bench.
It wasn’t an easy win for Bournemouth by any means. Even though they had an advantage in the second half, they had to wait until the first minute of stoppage time to get the winning goal. And it was Nathan Ake who headed the ball home after a corner kick.
Cardiff were relegated back to the Championship with the defeat to Crystal Palace at home. Wolverhampton Wanderers continued their great run by beating Fulham at Molineux.
West Ham beat Southampton 3:0 at the London Stadium in the last of the Saturday afternoon games. Liverpool won away in Newcastle to regain the top spot, at least until Manchester City’s game on Monday.
Sunday afternoon at the Emirates saw Arsenal and Brighton play out a 1:1 draw with both goals coming from penalty kicks. After three straight defeats, the Gunners kicked-off the game in style with Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang scoring nine minutes into the game after Nacho Monreal was fouled inside the box.
But the Seagulls battled back and equalized in the 61st minute when Glenn Murray converted a penalty kick after Solly March was fouled. This draw leaves Arsenal in fifth with no chance of a Champions League spot. Their only chance of Champions League next year is to win the Europa League and qualify. Alex Iwobi subbed in as part of a triple substitution by coach Emery in the 77th minute. Leon Balogun was on the bench for Brighton but didn’t come in.
Brave Huddersfield held Manchester United to a 1:1 draw without Philip Billing.
Chelsea produced a good display to beat Watford at Stamford Bridge in this Sunday afternoon London derby. Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored the opener for the Blues in the 48th minute with David Luiz adding another one three minutes later. Gonzalo Higuain made the final score 3:0 in the 75th minute. Isaac Success Ajayi came off the bench in the 83rd minute to replace Gerard Deulofeu.
In the last match of the round, Manchester City went back to the top of the Premiership thanks to a wonderful strike by the captain Vincent Kompany which was enough to beat Leicester on Monday night.
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