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PSG vs. Metz turning into a bad miss highlight reel

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Newly fortified Paris Saint-Germain is visiting the northeast of France to take on FC Metz, and with the score tied at 1-1 at halftime, it’s already turned into a bad miss highlight reel fit for yakety sax background music.

Who else but Edinson Cavani is at the forefront, having scored the only PSG goal of the evening but also owning two glaring mistakes in front of net.

First, in the 10th minute, Cavani had a Julian Draxler rebound ricoche directly to him in front of a wide open net, but instead all he could do was pound the ball straight into the goalkeeper floundering in front of him from the Draxler save. He was no more than three feet off the line, but somehow failed to find the back of the net.

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Cavani wasn’t done yet. In the 22nd minute, he managed to add another to the collection when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper again, but failed to get it around Elji Kawashima and instead blasted the ball off the post.

The Uruguayan would eventually net PSG’s first in the 31st minute, but that wasn’t the end of the ugly showing, which apparently was contagious and migrated to the other side. Metz striker Emmanuel Riviere, formerly of Newcastle United, submitted his own resume by chasing down a rebound off Alphonse Areola, but with the net wide open and Areola slow to recover, he rifled the off-balance chance over the post.

Then, the referee got in on the act. With Metz challenging the Ligue 1 juggernaut hard just out of halftime, promiscuous former Tottenham midfielder Benoit Assou-Ekotto slid into Kylian Mbappe studs down and dispossessed the teenager, but with an impressive four-roll follow-through, Mbappe did enough to convince the referee to send Assou-Ekotto off with a straight red card.

That left Metz a man down, for which they were hopelessly outmatched. PSG scored three goals in the next 25 minutes, and that was all she wrote for the home side. Mbappe picked up a debut goal, Neymar scored, and Cavani grabbed a second. The final score read 5-1 with Lucas finishing it off in the dying minutes.

The Premier League’s top and bottom transfers of the season

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2014-15 Premier League season. From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the 380 games 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.¬†For now, enjoy our look into the most beneficial and the least effective transfers of the season. This list will tend to include more high-profile names than low-risk moves that didn’t pan out.

Five best

5. Aaron Cresswell, West Ham United — Out of nowhere, the former Ipswich Town man provided a real threat from outside back, and isn’t a poor defender either. A real coup for the Hammers.

4. Diego Costa, Chelsea — Jose Mourinho knew what he was paying for and, aside from a wonky hamstring, Costa brought goals to the league. He also may’ve inherited the “biggest villain” mantle from Luis Suarez.

3. Esteban Cambiasso, Leicester City — Not only was it a bit of an profile-raiser that a man of his caliber was headed to Leicester, but the bull of a midfielder was invaluable down the stretch as the Foxes rescued their season. Fit right into the fabric of the club.

2. Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea — A successful return to England, and a near perfect yin to Nemanja Matic’s yang (or vice versa)

1. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal — No need to explain. Alexis was dynamite.

Five worst

source: AP5. Radamel Falcao, Manchester United — Never fit in at Old Trafford, and became an unnecessary subplot each week as Louis van Gaal tried to restore United’s PL power.

4. Dejan Lovren, Liverpool — Looked like a big ‘get’ for Brendan Rodgers, but failed to find the dominant form he showed at Southampton.

3. Juan Cuadrado, Chelsea — Perhaps unfair to have a winter transfer so high, especially when his team won the title, but the move did very little for a good deal of dough.

2. Emmanuel Riviere, Newcastle United — After struggling to match the promise of Ayoze Perez as a pair of striker moves for the Magpies, Riviere was especially poor in trying to fill in for suspended Papiss Cisse in Newcastle’s nearly tragic relegation run-in.

1. Mario Balotelli, Liverpool — Too easy, and I was wrong on this one. Balotelli was simply a distraction apart from the odd goal. Looked aimless on the pitch and didn’t come close to¬†being worth the risk.

Newcastle United 2-0 West Ham United: Sissoko, Jonas leave nothing to chance

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A finally-inspired Newcastle United kept control of its own destiny to beat their former manager and maintain Premier League status on Sunday at St. James Park.

Moussa Sissoko headed home a Jonas Gutierrez cross early in the second half to give the Magpies a 1-0 lead they would not give back, as Jonas added a goal of his own in the late stages.

West Ham finishes 12th with 47 points, a far cry from their lofty early season pace.

In an odd twist of fate, Newcastle finishes above its rivals at Sunderland.

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Newcastle came out of the gates hard, taking 11 of the game’s first 13 shots and coming close to a first-half goal on several occasions. Both Daryl Janmaat and Emmanuel Riviere flat out missed the frame and producing good opportunities.

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Vurnon Anita sprung Newcastle on a 3-on-GK break with 10 minutes to spare, but inexplicably passed while very close to West Ham keeper Adrian and the score remained 1-0.

And then Jonas made St. James Park erupt when he added the insurance tally, months after returning to the team from a battle with testicular cancer. Newcastle was safe.

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LINEUPS

Newcastle United:¬†Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita (Gouffran, 82′), Colback, Gutierrez, Rivi√®re, Ciss√©.¬†Subs:¬†Woodman, R.Taylor, Gouffran, Ameobi, Cabella, de Jong, Perez.

Goal: Sissoko (54′), Gutierrez (85′)

West Ham United:¬†Adrian, Jenkinson, Burke (Tompkins, 69′), Reid, Cresswell, Song, Nolan (c), Kouyate (Lee, 77′), Downing, Valencia (Amalfitano, 63′), Cole.¬†Subs:¬†Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Tomkins, Amalfitano, Jarvis, Lee, Nene

Watch Live: Newcastle United vs. West Ham United (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Newcastle could survive in the Premier League without a win on Sunday, and West Ham United is surely hoping to force a lot of scoreboard watching at St. James Park (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on USA and online via Live Extra).

Papiss Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere will lead Newcastle’s charge.

Former NUFC manager Sam Allardyce will use ex-NUFC captain Kevin Nolan.

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LINEUPS

Newcastle United: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Gutierrez, Rivière, Cissé. Subs: Woodman, R.Taylor, Gouffran, Ameobi, Cabella, de Jong, Perez.

West Ham United:¬†Adrian, Jenkinson, Burke, Reid, Cresswell, Song, Nolan (c), Kouyate, Downing, Valencia, Cole.¬†Subs:¬†Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Tomkins, Amalfitano, Jarvis, Lee, Nene

Premier League roundup: Gerrard’s disappointing farewell; Leicester, Aston Villa now safe

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Do you feel that? It’s the impending doom of realization that the 2014-15 Premier League is practically finished. Just one more week to go, somehow.

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On Saturday, the final¬†Saturday¬†of the season (all Matchweek 38 games will be played at the same time on Sunday), Steven Gerrard bid farewell to the Liverpool¬†faithful one last time, as the legend, and one-club man ‚ÄĒ until July ‚ÄĒ played his final game at Anfield.

Elsewhere, a pair of teams clinched safety from relegation and confirmed their top-flight status for the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.

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For recaps, reaction and analysis on every game, look no further than below.

Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace ‚ÄĒ¬†RECAP

There was no fairytale ending for Gerrard. No late winner, no goal, not even a victory for his beloved Reds. Alan Pardew’s Palace spoiled the party and made it mathematically impossible for Liverpool to qualify for next year’s Champions League. Goals scored by Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray canceled out Adam Lallana’s opener.

Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa ‚ÄĒ RECAP

Sadio Mane recorded the fastest hat trick in Premier League history (three minutes apart from the 13th to 16th minutes), which set Saints well on their way to victory. Shane Long added a pair of goals before halftime and Graziano Pelle’s 81st-minute tally made six. Christian Benteke’s goal was the only bit of consolation for Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, who despite the result, are now officially safe from relegation.

Sunderland 0-0 Leicester City ‚ÄĒ RECAP

What’s a 0-0 draw doing this far up the running order, you ask? A point was all Leicester needed to clinch their own safety from relegation. Not a terrible result for Sunderland either, who need just a point themselves next week, or a single point dropped by either Newcastle United or Hull City on the season’s final day.

Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Newcastle United ‚ÄĒ RECAP

The fear of relegation continues to get more and more real for Newcastle, who lost to already-relegated QPR on Saturday, thanks to goals scored by Matthew Phillips and Leroy Fer. Emmanuel Riviere was the visitors’ lone goalscorer. A Hull victory coupled with a Newcastle draw or defeat will see the Geordies relegated next Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Hull City ‚ÄĒ RECAP

Goals by Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose kept Hull in the bottom three. The Tigers host Manchester United next week, which means it’s not looking good for Steve Bruce’s boys.

West Ham United 1-2 Everton ‚ÄĒ RECAP

Everton leapfrogged West Ham for a place in the Premier League’s top half, thanks to a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Leon Osman and Romelu Lukaku (93rd-minute winner) were the Toffees’ goalscorers, following¬†Stewart Downing’s opener.

Burnley 0-0 Stoke City ‚ÄĒ RECAP

Stoke City clinched a ninth-place finish with a 0-0 draw away to Burnley, which will go down as their highest top-division finish in the club’s history.