Top ten matches of the 2015-16 Premier League season

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season. From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.

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For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, it’s time to take a look back at the ten best matches from the 2015-16 Premier League season.


September 13, 2015: Leicester City 3-2 Aston Villa

Unbeaten through four matches, it looked like Leicester would suffer their first loss of the season as they trailed Aston Villa by two goals with less than 20 minutes to play. But then, a miraculous comeback capped off by Nathan Dyer’s 89th minute winner handed the Foxes another three points, showing a spirit and fight that was omnipresent during Leicester’s title run.

November 28, 2015: Bournemouth 3-3 Everton

When the clock showed 80 minutes, Everton led this match 2-0. However, the Cherries fought back to tie the score at two after quick goals from Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas, only to have Ross Barkley silence the Vitality Stadium with what looked to be the game-winner in the 95th minute. However, Everton’s long celebration led to added stoppage time, with Stanislas grabbing a last-gasp equalizer with the final kick of the ball as the clock hit 98′.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Junior Stanislas (1st R) of Bournemouth celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Everton at Vitality Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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December 28, 2015: Everton 3-4 Stoke City

0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4. Look away Everton fans, it’s another blown lead for the Toffees. After twice drawing level from a goal down, Everton took their first lead of the match in the 71st minute when Gerard Deulofeu put the home-side ahead 3-2. Finally in the driver’s seat, Everton collapsed in the closing minutes, allowing Joselu to equalize before Marko Arnautovic buried Stoke’s winner from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

January 13, 2016: Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal

Liverpool and Arsenal combined for six goals in a snowy thriller at Anfield that ended with a 90th minute equalizer from Reds’ substitute Joe Allen. After 25 minutes the scoreline read 2-2 as a Roberto Firmino brace canceled out goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. Giroud would get his own brace in the second half to put the Gunners in front until Allen’s late tally split the points.

January 16, 2016: Chelsea 3-3 Everton

Everton supporters must really be hating this list. Once again the Toffees led this match 2-0, but quickfire goals from Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas knotted the score at two. Everton thought they won the match when Ramiro Funes Mori scored the Toffees’ third in the 90th minute, only to see John Terry equalize in the 98th to steal a point for Chelsea in his 700th Premier League appearance for the Blues.

[ MORE: Premier League Playback – What did we learn from the 2015-16 season? ]

January 23, 2016: Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool

Nine goals scored from ten shots on target could give Liverpool’s epic win over Norwich the crown for match of the season. The Canaries led 3-1 in the 54th minute, then found themselves down 4-3 just 20 minutes later. Sebastien Bassong thought he won back a point for Norwich with their fourth goal in the 92nd, but Adam Lallana found Liverpool a winner in the 95th, highlighted by a classic Jurgen Klopp moment in which the Reds’ boss broke his glasses while celebrating with a shirtless Lallana.

February 6, 2016: Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City

An emphatic win at the Etihad put Leicester six points clear at the top of the table and had people thinking, “Maybe they can pull this off.” Robert Huth put the Foxes ahead inside the opening three minutes, with Riyad Mahrez doubling their lead with a brilliant individual effort just after the break. Huth would score again to put Leicester up 3-0 as a team of misfits tore apart the one of the most expensive starting lineups in football history.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Robert Huth (3rd L) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Shinji Okazaki (2nd R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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April 9, 2016: West Ham United 3-3 Arsenal

With Arsenal still in pursuit of the Premier League title, a 2-0 lead on the road seemed like the perfect position to be in. Enter: Andy Carroll. The big West Ham striker grabbed a hat-trick in just eight minutes as Upton Park erupted, only to see Laurent Koscielny pull the Gunners back as the match finished a 3-3 draw. The result effectively ended Arsenal’s title hopes but was a thrilling 90 minutes in the final London derby at Upton Park.

May 2, 2016: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham needed a win to keep their title hopes alive, and sitting 2-0 up at halftime, Spurs were in control. However, second half goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard leveled things up to hand Leicester City the title. The final minutes of this match were overshadowed by a bench-clearing altercation that saw Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink take a tumble.

May 10, 2016: West Ham United 3-2 Manchester United

The final match at Upton Park was one of the more memorable ones, as West Ham went 1-0 up and 2-1 down before coming from behind to win by a final score of 3-2. Winston Reid scored the game-winner in the 80th minute, the final goal ever scored at West Ham’s fabled ground.

Sessegnon beats Neuer to score first Spurs, Champions League goal

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Ryan Sessegnon has his first Spurs goal, which also happens to be his first UEFA Champions League goal, and he’ll love telling the tale of it.

The 19-year-old Englishman ripped a rocket past Manuel Neuer of all people, collecting a deflection to equalize early in Tottenham’s match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

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Sessegnon entered the day with an assist in 30 minutes spread across three appearances for Spurs, and needed just 20 more minutes to find a goal.

He made a big money move from Fulham this summer, having made a remarkable 120 senior appearances. Almost all of those came before he turned 19, and he’s scored 25 times with 18 assists.

Kingsley Coman has Bayern’s goal as the teams remain locked at 1 after Bayern hung 7 on Spurs in England earlier in the group stage.

 

Jesus hat-trick downs Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta qualifies for knockouts

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Manchester City looked sluggish again, but Gabriel Jesus made sure it didn’t matter.

The Brazilian cropped up at a critical juncture for Pep Guardiola, sending Manchester City through into the knockout stage on a winning note as his hat-trick sealed a 4-1 come-from-behind victory that knocked Dinamo Zagreb from European competition altogether.

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The first half was especially lackluster for the English visitors to Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, with lots of possession but little to show for it. The hosts went in front early on, punishing Man City on the counter on a fabulous volleyed finish from former Barcelona youth product Dani Olmo.

That was the best goal of the day, but Man City picked itself up and pulled back level before the break, with Jesus grabbing his first via a header as Dinamo Zagreb shut off, screaming for Man City to put the ball out with a Zagreb player down. The visitors rightly did not, and Dinamo was punished by the equalizer.

After halftime, Man City was much better, hammering the left flank to take a commanding lead. The second came on excellent work by Jesus in the box to shake a defender and finish with his right, while the third flew in minutes later on a pinpoint Benjamin Mendy cross that Jesus met with a flying karate kick. Pep Guardiola had one eye on the festive fixtures, withdrawing Jesus soon after the hour mark, replaced by Oleksandr Zinchenko who curiously took Jesus’s place at the striker position.

Phil Foden was the best Manchester City player throughout, and finished off the scoreline with seven minutes to go. An excellent buildup down the right saw Bernardo Silva sprung through, and he cut back to Foden at the top of the six-yard box who slid to meet the ball with pace and poke home the cherry on top.

Elsewhere, Atalanta topped Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in the Ukraine on goals by Timothy Castagne, Mario Pasalic, and Robin Gosens, meaning the Italians secured the second spot in Group A, qualifying for the knockout stage. The Ukranians were left dead in the water after right-back Dodo was sent off 13 minutes from time, leading to the second goal to seal things up. Atalanta’s advancement marks a stunning comeback given the Italian side failed to secure points in any of their first three group stage matches.

That left Shakhtar in third, dropping to the Europa League, while Dinamo Zagreb was left at the bottom of the group, on the outside looking in.

Charlotte MLS club files trademarks for eight potential names

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It is being heavily reported that Charlotte is the next city to earn a club in the rapidly expanding Major League Soccer landscape, and Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper has taken the next step towards that possibility.

The new club needs a name, and they appear to be nearing a selection. Tepper filed for eight different name trademarks, according to multiple reports, including The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue who confirmed the filings were made under Tepper’s Panthers address.

Here is the list of names he filed copyright requests for:

“Charlotte FC” would be a bare-bones and generic name that follows in the footsteps of recent MLS expansion clubs such as Orlando City SC, NYCFC or LAFC. Others are a little more colorful, including “Carolina Gliders FC” or “Charlotte Monarchs FC,” while a few others like “Charlotte Town FC” or “Charlotte Athletic FC” clearly call forth thoughts of smaller English clubs.

Rodrigue speculated that the relative lack of “Carolina” encompassing names is potentially due to the possibility of an expansion bid from Raleigh down the road, and a Carolina team would potentially provide an unnecessary roadblock to that future prospect. There is a clear lack of region-encompassing names in Major League Soccer, with “New England Revolution” the only example, and there’s no real reason to break that mold with another potential bid city down the road.

Which name is your favorite? What would you have gone with if you could name the club?

LIVE, UCL: Two knockout spots remain; Man City, Tottenham in play

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Two more spots in the knockout round remain unclaimed as the final day of group stage play begins on Wednesday.

Groups C and D both require a second team to progress through to the Round of 16, with five teams still in the mix.

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Manchester City has already won Group D, but the remaining three teams Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, and Atalanta all remain in contention for the second spot. Shakhtar currently sits second and has a home match with Atalanta, while Dinamo Zagreb host Man City in Croatia. Both those games feature in the early 12:55 p.m. ET kickoffs.

Group D, meanwhile, has a pair of sides vying for the last spot. Atletico Madrid has a point advantage, currently sitting in second with a home match against already eliminated Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow. Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, hosts group winners Juventus in Germany.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur has already locked up a spot in the knockout stage, locked into the second spot in Group A, and they finish out the group stage with a visit to confirmed group winners Bayern Munich. Jose Mourinho told the press he forbid his players from watching any footage of the 7-2 defeat to Bayern to begin group stage play, and is resting “a few players” ahead of the festive Premier League fixtures.

Finally, Group A has already been decided with Real Madrid confirmed to finish second behind winners Paris Saint-Germain, but the two still have to complete the fixture list. Madrid heads to Belgium to take on Club Brugge, while PSG hosts Galatasaray. The Spanish side is most likely to rest players, with a weekend visit to Valencia coming up on Sunday followed by a midweek El Clasico that was rescheduled from earlier in the season.

Below is the full schedule for the last UCL games on Wednesday, with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted, and you can follow the action live by clicking on the link above.


Wednesday Champions League action

Group A

Club Brugge v. Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain v. Galatasaray

Group B

Bayern Munich v. Tottenham Hotspur
Olympiakos v. Red Star Belgrade

Group C

Dinamo Zagreb v. Manchester City (12:55 p.m. ET)
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Atalanta (12:55 p.m. ET)

Group D

Atletico Madrid v. Lokomotiv Moscow
Bayer Leverkusen v. Juventus