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One last embarrassment for Man United: losing to Cardiff (video)

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  • Mendez-Laing opens the scoring (23′)
  • Mendez-Laing closes the scoring (54′)
  • Man United finish 6th, on 66 points
  • Cardiff land 18th, on 34 points

Manchester United losing, at Old Trafford, to already-relegated Cardiff City would have perhaps been the most fitting end to a thoroughly disappointing season for the Red Devils, so that’s what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side went out and did on Sunday.

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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing did it all on the opening goal: he won the penalty kick after he was taken down inside the box, and he stepped up to convert and beat David De Gea with a cool finish to his right.

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It was Mendez-Laing who bagged the Bluebirds’ second goal as well. Bobby Reid played Josh Murphy down the flank and Mendez-Laing popped up in front of goal to turn home an easy square ball from Murphy.

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Cardiff will now head back down to the EFL Championship, while United will begin what is sure to be a massive overhaul and rebuild of the first-team squad this summer.

Cardiff City relegated from Premier League

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  • Cardiff relegated from PL
  • Zaha, Batshuayi, Townsend score for Palace
  • Bluebirds will finish in 18th

Cardiff City’s second season in the Premier League ended the same way as their first: relegation after one season.

Cardiff lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, as the Welsh side are four points from safety with one game to go and Neil Warnock‘s newly-promoted side have joined Fulham and Huddersfield as the three teams who were relegated this season.

With Cardiff’s relegation confirmed, Brighton & Hove Albion are now secured of being in the Premier League for the 2019-20 season.

Wilfried Zaha and Michy Batshuayi scored for Palace, who had handed Cardiff brief hope in the game through Martin Kelly‘s own goal. Then Andros Townsend made it 3-1 before Bobby Reid scored late on to make it 3-2, but that wasn’t enough to save Cardiff.

With the win Palace move on to 46 points for the season, while Cardiff have 31 points and now travel to Manchester United on the final day knowing it will be their last in the top-flight for at least 12 months.

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Palace started the game well as Zaha went close and the visitors were soon ahead via their main man. Zaha controlled the ball, cut inside and placed a low finish past Neil Etheridge to put the Eagles 1-0 up as Cardiff’s slow start was punished.

But no sooner had they went behind, Cardiff equalized in bizarre circumstances. Leandro Bacuna whipped a ball into the box which was harmless, but Kelly got his clearance all wrong and shanked the ball into his own net. 1-1. Game on.

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Batshuayi then scored to regain the lead for Palace, as he played a one-two with Jordan Ayew and then slotted home to make it 2-1 in a frantic first half.

Moments later James McArthur ran down the right and found Zaha who struck a shot at goal but his effort was blocked by his own player Ayew. At the other end Bruno Manga headed over and then Vicente Guaita made a fine stop to deny Bobby Reid, while Palace then went close again but Neil Etheridge saved bravely.

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In the second half Palace looked dangerous on the counter, as Cardiff pushed forward to try and save themselves from relegation.

The Bluebirds were causing problems from set piece situations and Josh Murphy somehow shanked his effort wide after Nathaniel Mendez-Laing found him at the back post.

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Murphy’s shot was blocked and Kenneth Zohore‘s shot was saved by Guaita as Cardiff pushed hard, but that led to Palace scoring another as Townsend’s low strike hit the post and went in to make it 3-1.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing had a shot cleared off the line, then Junior Hoilett missed a great chance as the home side threw everything at Crystal Palace to try and keep their hopes of a dramatic survival alive.

Reid curled home to make it 3-2 late on, but that was how the game finished as the Eagles sent the Bluebirds back down to the second-tier.

Watch Live: Cardiff City v. Crystal Palace

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Cardiff City host Crystal Palace on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) and the equation for the Bluebirds is simple.

Neil Warnock‘s men must win to keep their faint hopes of Premier League survival alive, as they are four points behind Brighton with two games to go for both teams but Cardiff have a much worse goal difference compared to Brighton who sit one place out of the relegation zone.

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As for Crystal Palace and Roy Hodgson, they will be aiming to finish as high as possible after a fairly comfortable campaign.

In team news Cardiff bring in Josh Murphy, Danny Ward and Bobby Reid for Leandro Bacuna, Junior Hoilett and Oumar Niasse.

Crystal Palace make four changes as Joel Ward, Michy Batshuayi, Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew replace Patrick Van Aanholt, Cheikhou Kouyate, Max Meyer and Christian Benteke.


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Cardiff snatch dramatic late win at Saints (video)

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  • Zohore scores stoppage time winner
  • Back-to-back wins for first time this season for Cardiff
  • Southampton equalized in 91st minute 
  • Bamba put Cardiff ahead
  • First defeat in six for Saints

Cardiff City secured victory in a huge relegation scrap at Southampton, as the Bluebirds scored a dramatic winner in stoppage time.

In the same week as Emiliano Sala was confirmed dead, both clubs paid tribute to the Argentine striker and Cardiff’s club-record signing before the game with a minute’s silence.

Sol Bamba had given Cardiff the lead in the second half but Saints looked to have rescued a point as Jack Stephens equalized in stoppage time. However, Cardiff went straight up the other end and substitute Kenneth Zohore slotted in off the post to spark wild scenes in the away end at St Mary’s.

The win pushed Neil Warnock‘s men out of the relegation zone and into 15th place on 25 points, as they leapfrogged Burnley, Southampton and Newcastle.

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Southampton had plenty of the ball early on but Cardiff looked dangerous from long throws as Neil Warnock’s men set up their stall early.

Saints struggled to get going in attack, as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg‘s shot from distance was the only one Neil Etheridge had to save.

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Cardiff didn’t get going in attack either, as Bobby Reid and Oumar Niasse had little service.

Before half time Bruno Manga blocked superbly as Nathan Redmond surged into the box as Southampton finished the first half strongly.

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In the second half Saints continued to see the majority of the ball but were hit by a Cardiff set piece. A corner was flicked to the back post and Bamba flicked home expertly to made it 1-0.

Saints then came so close to drawing level as Yan Valery‘s run saw his shot blocked, then substitute Charlie Austin and Mohamed Elyounoussi had shots cleared on the line by Manga and Lee Peltier. From the resulting corner Austin sent a header over.

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Stephens then finished at the back post in stoppage time to make it 1-1, and just as Southampton thought they were back in the game they lost it.

A long ball into the box found Cardiff sub Zohore who poked a shot home off the post to seal a huge win for the Bluebirds and cue wild scenes of celebration in the away end.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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The latest Premier League player Power Rankings are here, and things are getting very interesting in the upper echelons.

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With big wins for Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Wolves and Tottenham see plenty of their players feature.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


  1. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – Up 10
  2. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Up 9
  3. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – New entry
  4. Gonzalo Higuain (Chelsea) – New entry
  5. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – Up 1
  6. Ben Foster (Watford) – New entry
  7. Paul Pogba (Man United) – Down 3
  8. Fernandinho (Man City) – New entry
  9. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – New entry
  10. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – New entry
  11. David De Gea (Man United) – New entry
  12. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) – New entry
  13. Harry Maguire (Leicester) – Down 6
  14. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – New entry
  15. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 1
  16. Declan Rice (West Ham) – New entry
  17. Bobby Reid (Cardiff City) – New entry
  18. Diogo Jota (Wolves) – Down 5
  19. Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – Down 5
  20. James Tarkowski (Burnley) – Down 5