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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.

PL At The Half: City owns the title advantage

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It’s all happening on Premier League Championship Sunday! Liverpool came into the day needing a win and Manchester City help to win its first Premier League title ever, and they had the lead for a bit on Sadio Mane‘s opener, and City stunningly fell behind, but Pep Guardiola‘s group has recovered to regain the advantage.

The rest of the table is lit as well, with Tottenham reclaiming third in the table thanks to Eric Dier‘s early goal with Chelsea held goalless at Leicester City. There’s still 45 minutes left to play!

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Here’s a quick look at what’s happening around the English top flight with all games at the halfway break.

Brighton 1-2 Man City

The unthinkable happened early on when Brighton took the lead when Glenn Murray got a touch from a corner. Sergio Aguero was on hand to immediately nullify the opener, flicking in through the legs of Matt Ryan on a David Silva feed, and Aymeric Laporte restored order and put City back on top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool 1-0 Wolves

Sadio Mane is the man to give Liverpool hope, scoring 17 minutes in to put the Reds on top of the league as it stood, before being pegged back in the table by Manchester City’s double. Wolves hit the bar before the break to give Reds fans a scare.

Leicester City 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea has been relatively tame so far, with Ross Barkley and Gonzalo Higuain coming close but no breakthrough just yet, with the latter putting forth a candidate for Miss of the Season as he bundled an opportunity on the doorstep as the halftime buzzer sounded.

Tottenham 1-0 Everton

Eric Dier got things started just three minutes into the match as he pinged a loose ball into the back of the net on a corner with Everton failing to immediately clear.

Burnley 0-0 Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the crossbar in the opening minutes but Arsenal has not yet found a way through. Mateo Guendouzi had a pinpoint tackle to deny Burnley its biggest opportunity.

Manchester United 0-1 Cardiff City

The nightmare continues for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Cardiff opening the scoring on a penalty by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, despite Diego Dalot’s foul proving soft on replay.

Watford 0-2 West Ham

Mark Noble struck 15 minutes in with a stunning solo goal, weaving through the defense straight down the middle to complete a sliding finish. Manuel Lanzini doubled the lead eight minutes before the break.

Crystal Palace 3-1 Bournemouth

Michy Batshuayi was the man to kick off the scoring 24 minutes in, striking on a deflected Wilfried Zaha cross that fell to his feet. He struck again less than 10 minutes later, and Jack Simpson‘s own goal marked Palace’s third. Jefferson Lerma scored for Bournemouth right on the stroke of halftime.

Fulham 0-2 Newcastle

The Magpies opened the match with a quickfire double to silence the Craven Cottage faithful, with Jonjo Shelvey striking an absolute stunner of a volley, followed by a scrappy goal from Ayoze Perez.

Southampton 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Nathan Redmond hit a blistering strike four minutes before the break to put Saints up at the half.

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.

Cardiff City alive after huge win at Brighton (video)

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  • Cardiff pulls within 2 points of Brighton
  • Seagulls have match-in-hand
  • Mendez-Laing scores beauty

Cardiff City is not going down without a fight.

The Welsh side won for just the second time in eight Premier League outings, putting Brighton and Hove Albion deep in the relegation fight following a 2-0 win for the visitors at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison scored Cardiff City’s goals; The Bluebirds are two points behind 17th place Brighton, who has one more match to play than Cardiff’s four.

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Both teams attacked early, and Solly March spun an outside of the foot effort through traffic but wide of the post in the seventh minute.

Cardiff would take the lead through a beauty, Mendez-Laing starting a play and racing down field to take a pass from Oumar Niasse. Mendez-Laing then curled a shot around Mat Ryan.

And Cardiff doubled its advantage early in the second half, with Morrison at the back door to take advantage of a free kick lofted into the perfect place for a header.

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Arsenal edge past battling Cardiff (video)

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  • Aubameyang, Lacazette score in 2nd half
  • Gunners win two-straight PL games
  • No win in 4 PL games for Cardiff

Arsenal beat Cardiff City 2-1 Tuesday, on an emotional evening at the Emirates Stadium. Playing for the first time since their club-record signing Emiliano Sala disappeared, Neil Warnock, his players and everyone inside the Emirates paid tribute to the Argentine striker.

Second half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette sealed all three points for the Gunners, but Cardiff were the better team in the first half. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored a late consolation for Cardiff.

With the win Unai Emery‘s men move on to 47 points and are level with fourth place Chelsea, while Cardiff remain in the bottom three.

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Arsenal were on the front-foot from the start and Lacazette almost tapped home at the back post after a teasing cross from Sead Kolasinac.

Cardiff battled their way back into the game as Oumar Niasse and Bobby Reid combined well and the latter flashed an effort inches wide of the post.

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Reid then went close again soon after as Callum Paterson whipped in a delightful cross which Reid headed over. Niasse then felt like he was clipped in the box but no penalty kick was given, while Skhodran Mustafi somehow missed a chance from a corner soon after.

The Bluebirds continued to have the best chances as Paterson and Reid got in great positions but Arsenal cleared. Lacazette went down in the box but no penalty kick was given as the game turned into an end-to-end encounter.

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At the start of the second half it was Cardiff who did all the pressing as Paterson surged into the box on numerous occasions.

The first goal of the game arrived via the penalty spot as Aubameyang slotted home after Manga brought down Kolasinac in the box.

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Half time sub Alexi Iwobi then linked up with Ozil down the left and his shot was saved by Neil Etheridge as Arsenal threatened to pull away from the Bluebirds.

In the end they did, as Lacazette was played in and his drilled shot was only pushed into the corner of his own net by Etheridge. 2-0.

Aaron Ramsey almost nodded home late on, while at the other end the Gunners failed to record a clean sheet. Mendez-Laing struck late on to make it 2-1, but Arsenal held on for the win.