English Premir League, Match Day 36

There are only three matches remaining in the 2016/17 EPL season and almost every result is crucial. If you missed any of the action here is a brief recap. West Ham all but ended Tottenham’s title dreams with a stunning 1-0 victory. Manchester City routed Crystal Palace, 5-0. Stoke and Bournemouth drew, 2-2. Sam Vokes’ brace helped Burnley to a 2-2 tie with West Brom. A struggling Hull City fell 2-0 to already relegated Sunderland. Leicester cruised to a 3-0 win against Watford. Swansea just edged Everton 1-0 to lift them out of the drop zone. Southampton keeper Fraser Forster saved a penalty to salvage his side a 0-0 draw against Liverpool. Arsenal comfortably beat Manchester United, 2-0. League-leaders Chelsea moved within three points of winning the title as they defeated Middlesbrough, 3-0. Well, that’s all for match day 36’s Premier League action.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

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

English Premier League, Match Day 35

Here is a brief recap of match day 35’s English Premier League action. Southampton and Hull drew 0-0. Bournemouth just edged Sunderland, 1-0, condemning the Black Cats (Sunderland) to life in the Championship next year. Crystal Palace fell 2-0 to Burnley. Jamie Vardy’s solo goal in the 43rd minute gave Leicester a 1-0 victory over West Brom. Stoke tied 0-0 with West Ham. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s spectacular free kick in the 79th minute secured a vital point for relegation-threatened Swansea against an injury-weakened Manchester United (the final score was 1-1). The Icelandic international’s late equalizer also denied Mourinho’s men (Manchester United) the opportunity to commandeer third place. Manchester City came from behind twice to tie Middlesbrough, 2-2.  In a thrilling London Derby, Tottenham assured their position above Arsenal, and canceled Sir Totteringham’s Day, as they defeated the Gunners 2-0 with goals coming from Harry Kane and Dele Alli. This is the first season in 22 years that Spurs will finish above their archrivals. Although we are nearing the end of the season, not everything is set in stone. All of these teams still have a lot to play for (except for maybe Sunderland*) and the last three match days are sure to be more exciting than ever. Make sure you check back for more recaps and other football news.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

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

*Sorry Sunderland fans.

UEFA Champions League, Quarter-Finals, Second Legs

Here is a brief recap of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second legs. Atletico Madrid held Leicester to a 1-1 draw, advancing on aggregate, 2-1. Cristiano Ronaldo netted yet another hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich, 4-2 in a thrilling match decided in extra time (6-3 Real on aggregate). Monaco stunned Dortmund, 3-1, with 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe becoming the first ever player to score in each of his first four UCL knockout matches (6-3 Monaco on aggregate). Over at the Camp Nou, Barcelona’s hopes of another miracle comeback were crushed by Juventus’ impenetrable defense, who held the Spanish giants goalless and advanced 3-0 on goal differential. The semi-final teams are set, but only one can lift the trophy. Make sure you check back soon for my recap of the semi-final action.

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