It was a day for coronation in the Midlands, but desolation for some of the Northeast.
The majority, however, was decidedly livelier following Sunderland’s defeat of Chelsea and Middlesbrough’s promotion to the Premier League.
Newcastle, well, that’s another story, one we’ll tell over the course of Saturday’s Premier League roundup.
Leicester City 3-1 Everton — RECAP
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Jamie Vardy returned from suspension with a roar, scoring twice and missing a penalty kick that would’ve given him a hat trick. Andy King had a goal and an assist for Leicester, which somehow was not distracted by a glorious performance from tenor Andrea Bocelli. Leicester led 1-0 before the entire crowd had settled into the King Power Stadium, and led 3-0 before Kevin Mirallas put one home for Everton.
Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle United — RECAP
If and when Newcastle United is relegated to the Championship for the second time in a decade, it can point to the fact that it gave Aston Villa two of its 17 points through 37 weeks of the season. Rafa Benitez‘s unit couldn’t find a goal with Papiss Cisse up top, and a more lively Aleksandar Mitrovic missed three opportunities to provide a winner against an already-relegated Villa side which has allowed 72 goals this season.
Newcastle outshot Villa 9-2, but few will care about anything other than the scoreless result. Woof. Villa was also rife with protest against owner Randy Lerner, with inflatable balls strewn about the pitch.
Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea — RECAP
The Black Cats came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before Jermain Defoe belted Sunderland back into safety with a match-in-hand on Newcastle and a 4-point lead on Norwich City. Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini also scored for Sunderland, but Defoe will never buy a drink at a Sunderland pub again; He’s got 15 of the Black Cats’ 40 goals.
Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United — RECAP
Juan Mata kept United’s Top Four hopes alive while essentially dooming the Canaries. Norwich is three points behind Newcastle and four back of Sunderland with two matches to play. The victors, meanwhile, are in a mix of teams hoping to finish third, four points back of Arsenal, three of Man City and four ahead of West Ham. All four sides have two matches this week.
Bournemouth 1-1 West Bromwich Albion — RECAP
Artur Boruc made a remarkable pair of saves off a Craig Gardner penalty attempt, and Matt Ritchie scored for Bournemouth as the Cherries erased a 1-0 deficit brought about by Salomon Rondon’s early header.
West Ham United 1-4 Swansea City — RECAP
West Ham picked a bad day to have a stinker at home, going down 3-0 to Swansea and conceding (probably) far too much ground in the race for the Top Five. Andre Ayew, Wayne Routledge, Bafetimbi Gomis and Ki Sung-yeung put balls in the West Ham goal, with an own goal the Irons’ only route into the Swansea cage.
Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke City — RECAP