Premier League final day roundup: 2014-15 season finishes with a flourish

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The 2014-15 Premier League season is in the books, as the finale did not disappoint.

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We saw 29 goals across 10 games on Sunday as Hull City were relegated, Newcastle saved themselves, Tottenham finished fifth, two PL legends finished off on the scoresheet and there were huge wins for Leicester, Stoke and Arsenal.

Here are recaps, videos, reaction and more from all 10 games on the final day of the season…

Newcastle United 2-0 West Ham UnitedRECAP

The Magpies survived on the final day of the season as goals from Moussa Sissoko and Jonas Gutierrez sealed the win for John Carver’s side. Relief was the overriding emotion for Newcastle, as they can now rebuild over the summer and put this nightmare few months behind them.

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Hull City 0-0 Manchester UnitedRECAP

Hull were relegated to the Championship after their two-year stay in the PL. The Tigers squandered several chances against 10-man United, with Marouane Fellaini sent off after a terrible lunging tackle. Steve Bruce’s Hull must now regroup and try for an immediate return but after scoring just 33 times this season it was clear that their lack of goals is what sent them down.

Chelsea 3-1 SunderlandRECAP

The Blues hoisted the Premier League trophy in west London on Sunday, as Steven Fletcher put Sunderland ahead but Diego Costa’s penalty kick leveled things up. Two second half goals from Loic Remy sealed the victory as Chelsea said goodbye to legendary forward Didier Drogba and finished the season on 87 points to win their first title in five years.

Stoke City 6-1 LiverpoolRECAP

What a way to finish a record-breaking season for the Potters. Stoke slammed home five first half goals to stun Liverpool, as Mame Diouf, Jonathan Walters, Charlie Adam and Steven N’Zonzi set them on their way to the clubs biggest-ever PL victory. Steven Gerrard, making his final appearance for the Reds, pulled one back but Peter Crouch headed home late on as Liverpool were embarrassed at the Britannia.

Arsenal 4-1 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

The Gunners blitzed West Brom in the first half after Theo Walcott scored a hat trick and Jack Wilshere smashed in a stunning volley to make it 4-0. Chris Brunt made it 4-1, but the Gunners prepare for the FA Cup final next weekend in style and sealed third-place in the PL.

Manchester City 2-0 SouthamptonRECAP

Goals in either half from Frank Lampard and Sergio Aguero gave City a final day win as Lampard ended his PL career on a high before he moves to MLS. Saints finished in seventh and must now wait on the FA Cup final next weekend to see if they have qualified for Europe. If Arsenal win then Ronald Koeman’s side will be in the Europa League.

Leicester City 5-1 Queens Park RangersRECAP

Wow. What a way to finish things off as the Foxes battered already relegated QPR and the fans inside the King Power (who were given free beer by the owners!) were treated to Leicester’s biggest win of the season. First half goals from Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton put Leicester 2-0 up and then Leonardo Ulloa and Esteban Cambiasso made it 4-0. Charlie Austin pulled one back, his 18th of the season, but Andrej Kramaric finished things off.

Everton 0-1 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

Spurs sealed fifth-place in the PL thanks to Harry Kane’s diving header in the first half. That means Mauricio Pochettino’s men will compete in the Europa League next season, while Roberto Martinez and Everton will want to forget this campaign as the Toffees finished in 11th spot.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea CityRECAP

Alan Pardew’s incredible job at Palace continued as the Eagles won back-to-back games to finish the season and secured their first top 10 finish in the PL. Marouane Chamakh’s goal was the difference, as a friendly atmosphere played out at Selhurst Park with Swansea also having a record-setting season under Garry Monk.

Aston Villa 0-1 BurnleyRECAP

Villa didn’t prepare well for their FA Cup final against Arsenal next week, as Tim Sherwood’s lost 1-0 at home to already relegated Burnley. Danny Ings popped up with the winner early on, as the Clarets finished the season on 33 points and will head back down to the Championship with their heads held high. As for Villa, they finished just three points and one spot above the relegation zone.

Real Madrid on brink of La Liga title; record ninth-straight win

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MADRID (AP) Real Madrid is on the verge of reclaiming the Spanish league title, after its ninth straight win following the pandemic break.

Madrid defeated Granada 2-1 on Monday to move within two points of winning the La Liga title.

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Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema scored first-half goals to keep Madrid four points ahead of second-placed Barcelona with two rounds to go.

Madrid can clinch its first title since 2017 on Thursday with a win at Villarreal, or if Barcelona loses points when it hosts Osasuna. Two draws in the final two rounds will also be enough to secure Madrid a record 34th league trophy.

“We are a step closer but we can’t relax, we haven’t won anything yet,” Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said. “There are still points to be won. We depend on ourselves and we have a game at home coming up, hopefully we can win it and celebrate the league title.”

Madrid was in control early in Granada and Mendy’s first goal since joining the Spanish club this season came from a beautiful angled shot into the top corner after getting past a defender inside the area in the 10th minute.

Benzema added to the lead six minutes later by scoring his 19th league goal with a right-footed strike into the far corner.

Granada, which was 10th in the standings, got on the board with a goal by Darwin Machis in the 50th and pressured to the end.

The hosts came closest to the equalizer with about five minutes left, when Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had to make a difficult save and Ramos cleared a shot at the goal line.

Madrid had not conceded a goal in its last five league matches.

Sevilla secured the final Champions League spot after Villarreal lost to Real Sociedad 2-1.

The loss left Villarreal nine points behind fourth-placed Sevilla with two rounds to go. Sevilla beat Mallorca 2-0 on Sunday for its fourth straight win.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have the other berths in the Champions League.

Sevilla last featured in the Champions League in 2018 when it was eliminated by Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals. It played in the Europa League in 2018-19 and this season, where it will face Roma in the round of 16.

Villarreal needed a win to keep alive its hopes of making it to the Champions League. It has won six of its nine matches following the pandemic break, but the home setback against Sociedad ended its chances of qualifying. It remains in good position to grab a Europa League spot, though, as it kept fifth place.

Sociedad also stayed in contention for the Europa League with its third win since the break, moving to seventh place. Willian Jose scored in the 61st minute and Diego Llorente in the 75th, while the hosts pulled closer through Santi Cazorla in the 85th.

Getafe stayed in sixth place after drawing at relegation-threatened Alaves 0-0.

A late goal disallowed by video review kept Getafe from earning its second win since the league resumed after the pandemic stoppage.

Alaves has also won only once since the break and is winless in seven straight league matches. It is four points above the relegation zone.

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Man United: ‘We will put it right’ and not feeling pressure in top 4 race

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Manchester United insist they will put their draw against Southampton right and the reaction from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players was clear that they aren’t feeling the pressure of the top four race.

Leading 2-1 in the 96th minute at home against Southampton, they conceded a late equalizer from a corner and Solskjaer looked understandably frustrated with two points dropped.

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Within a few seconds they went from moving up to third with three games to now sitting in fifth, behind both Leicester City and Chelsea in the top four race.

Speaking to reporters via Zoom after the game, Solskjaer was asked if he believes in the mentality of his players to put things right.

“I have to say the mentality of the boys has been absolutely brilliant. We’ve had a few setbacks and this is another challenge for us. I’m very confident in the mentality of them,” Solskjaer said. “Very disappointed, of course, but you have to take the disappointments as well as the positives when you win games. Disappointment because one of the last kicks of the ball you concede a goal and you lose two points, that’s just part of football. We’ve learned a hard lesson today, hopefully. We will make it right and put it right. The boys, I trust them in that respect.”

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Solskjaer was then asked if the pressure of the situation, watching Chelsea and Leicester both get hammered at the weekend and giving them the chance to jump up to third, played on the mind of his players.

“Absolutely not,” was Solskjaer’s reaction. “I don’t think any of our players have been thinking what have Chelsea done this weekend. Not at all. It is just the way the games go. We all play against the same teams and we all have 38 games to go through. It will even itself out during a long season and you will deserve the position you get in the end.”

That position for Manchester United will still probably be in the top four but they have made it harder for themselves now.

From the start they looked sluggish against Saints, with Paul Pogba giving the ball away on the first goal, then they sat back and looked tired in the second half.

Although Solskjaer said tiredness wasn’t an issue, it looked like midtable Southampton were chasing third place and not Manchester United. Maybe a busy few weeks caught up with United but they now have an FA Cup semifinal and huge games against Crystal Palace, West Ham and Leicester City to finish the season.

Going forward they looked slick and they should have just about enough in the tank to finish in the top four. However, this will be tight and could go to the final game of the season at Leicester.

WATCH: Akinfewa’s inspires after verbal abuse, Wycombe promotion

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Adebayo Akinfenwa is living the life right now.

The 38-year-old striker has helped Wycombe Wanderers into the Football League Championship for the first time in their existence after the club beat Oxford United 2-1 in the League One playoff final on Monday.

If Akinfenwa’s name sounds familiar, it should. The muscular 38-year-old “Beast” shot into the spotlight when he used Wimbledon’s promotion to broadcast that managers should “hit him up on Whatsapp” because he wasn’t done playing the game.

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The striker mentioned Whatsapp again on Monday, saying “The only person who can WhatsApp me tonight is Klopp so we can celebrate together. ”

He was recently in the news for vile reasons, reporting that he had been called a “fat water buffalo” in Wycombe’s semifinal win over Fleetwood Town. Akinfenwa says that if the barb wasn’t intended as racial abuse, then his opponents need to be educated on racism.

He didn’t want to speak about that on Monday.

“Today is about, listen, for me, life in football is all about opinions. Four years ago someone gave an opinion about me and that was their opinion. I hope my story shows that the only opinion that matters is the opinion you have about yourself. I was lucky and blessed to find a manager and players who believed in me. I’ll say it for the people in the back: Wycombe is in the Championship. Wait, wait, I’ll say it one more time. Wycombe’s in the Championsh- WAIT! The people in the back didn’t hear me: Wycombe is in the Championship.”

Akinfewa played the final 28 minutes of Monday’s win and his next league appearance will be the first above League One in his long career that started with Watford’s academy in 2000.

He scored 10 goals and added six assists this season, giving him 200 professional goals in more than 650 appearances.

Solskjaer, Maguire react to disappointing Manchester United draw

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The 18th game of Manchester United’s unbeaten streak isn’t going to leave a good taste in the Red Devils’ mouths.

United threw away a late lead and third place on Monday, drawing Southampton 2-2 on a stoppage time goal from Michael Obafemi that came after Red Devils defender Brandon Williams left United with 10 men thanks to a head injury.

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“Well it’s the worst time to concede a goal but that happens in football,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“You’ve gotta be strong and take it because we’ve won so many games that way. It’s part of learning for this team to be sat there really disappointed after you thought you’ve got the three points in the bag. We probably didn’t deserve the three points today. … They’re a physical, very very fit side. We never got the rhythm in our passing today especially after we got 2-1.”

Solksjaer was baffled that United didn’t play half the match up a man after Oriol Romeu clattered into Mason Greenwood.

“I know my ankle wouldn’t take that challenge. It’s a nasty one, but we’ve said enough about VAR.”

United failed to claim a top four place for the first time since September and remains behind fourth-place Leicester City on goal differential. Both sides trail Chelsea by one point with three to play.

Red Devils center back Harry Maguire was upset at the failed opportunity to pass his former side.

“Playing at Old Trafford you want to win every game you play for Manchester United. We go for three points. We didn’t get three. We’re disappointed at the moment but we know we’ve gotta dust ourselves down tomorrow. We’ve got some big games coming up and we’ve gotta go get three points.”

United has Crystal Palace, West Ham, and Leicester City on the schedule in its bid for a top four spot.