Manchester United Lift 12th FA Cup After Triumph Over Palace

The FA Cup is the most historic competition in England. It’s a tournament like no other where clubs from the lowest divisions can sleigh EPL giants. This year’s final saw Manchester United and Crystal Palace compete to see who would have the honor of lifting the trophy. If you missed any of the action here is a brief recap. Manchester United may have been a little lucky early on not to have conceded. Conor Wickham was steaming down the touchline when Chris Smalling tripped and brought the Palace man down as well. Wickham recovered well though and went on to score. To Palace’s dismay , instead of playing the advantage Mark Clattenburg (the referee) had called a foul when Wickham fell so the goal did not count. United dominated the beginning of the second half, hitting the woodwork twice. Then in the 78th minute Jason Puncheon put Palace 1-0 up! Three minutes later United equalized through Juan Mata. The match headed into extra time. Right at the end of the first half of ET Chris Smalling was sent off! But in the 112th minute, Jesse Lingard volleyed the ball into the upper left hand corner from the top of the box giving Manchester United a 12th FA Cup title.

English Premier League, Championship Sunday

It’s the final match day of the 2015/16 English Premier League season. Although nobody is playing for much, it’s still one of the most exciting days of the year for football fans. Championship Sunday! If you missed any of the action, here is a brief recap. West Brom and Liverpool battled to a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns. Olivier Giroud’s first ever EPL hat-trick helped Arsenal to a whopping 4-0 victory over Aston Villa. Champions, Leicester drew 1-1 with Chelsea to top off an extremely memorable year that saw them lift their first ever top flight trophy. Everton cruised to a 3-0 win against relegated Norwich in Tim Howard’s final match with the Toffees. Tottenham suffered a 5-1 defeat to Newcastle, finishing 3rd, one point behind rivals Arsenal. Southampton destroyed Crystal Palace, 4-1. Stoke came from behind to beat West Ham 2-1. Manchester City drew 1-1 with Swansea, clinching the fourth UEFA Champions League spot. Watford and Sunderland tied, 2-2. Bournemouth fell 3-1 to Manchester United. Well, that’s all for the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

English Premier League, Mid-Week Matches

Here is a brief recap of the last Premier League matches before Championship Sunday. West Ham defeated Manchester United, 3-2, in a thrilling last ever match at the Boleyn Ground. Christian Benteke’s stoppage time goal salvaged a point for Liverpool against Chelsea; the final score was 1-1. Sunderland crushed Everton, 3-0, assuring them at least one more year in the EPL and condemning Norwich and rivals Newcastle to the Championship. Watford fell 4-2 to Norwich. Well, that’s all for this week’s Premier League matches.

English Premier League, Match Day 37

Now that the title has been decided our attention has turned to (1) the bottom half of the table where Sunderland, Newcastle, and Norwich our fighting to avoid relegation and (2) the third and fourth Champions League spots which Manchester United, West Ham, Arsenal, and Manchester City are contending for. If you missed any of the action, here is a brief recap. Manchester United dimmed Norwich’s hope of survival, defeating them, 1-0. Matt Ritchie late equalizer salvaged a point for Bournemouth against West Brom; the final score was 1-1. Newcastle were unable to at least temporarily pull themselves out of the relegation zone, tying Aston Villa who are already preparing for life in the Championship, 0-0. Dwight Gayle’s brace helped Crystal Palace come back from 1-0 down to beat Stoke, 2-1. Sunderland upset Chelsea, 3-2, taking them one point clear of the drop zone (relegation zone). Swansea crushed West Ham, 4-1. Leicester cruised to a 3-1 victory over Everton. Tottenham fell 2-1 to Southampton. Liverpool overcame Watford, 2-0. Manchester City and Arsenal drew, 2-2. Well, that’s all for match day 37’s EPL action.

Click on the link below for the current Premier League standings:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

UEFA Champions League, Semi-Finals, Second Legs

It’s the last two UEFA Champions League matches before the final in Milan. Two teams’ dreams will come true, and two’s will be crushed. If you missed any of the action, here is a brief recap. Bayern Munich battled ferociously against Atletico but, after failing to convert a penalty and letting Atletico come back from 1-0 down to tie it (giving them the advantage on away goals), they were unable to recover; the final score was 2-1 to Bayern (2-2 on aggregate meaning Atletico advance on away goals). Real Madrid, who finally had Cristiano Ronaldo back, edged Manchester City 1-0 in a very tight match (1-0 to Real Madrid on aggregate). So, the giants of Madrid, Atletico and Real, will face off in the final on May 28th at 2:45 PM EST on FOX. Make sure you don’t miss it!

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