Liverpool 3 – Newcastle 0 (Premier League, May 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) With Alan Shearer taking the decision to bench Michael Owen, Liverpool controlled the opening stages at Anfield as Gerrard forced Harper into a finger-tip save early on. It was no surprise when the Reds finally scored, Yossi Benayoun (offside) converting a Kuyt cross. Poor Newcastle quickly conceded a second, Bassong lost Dirk Kuyt from a corner and the flying Dutchman threw himself into a crashing header. Xabi Alonso was unfortunate to see his shot rebound off the woodwork as Liverpool ran riot in the first half. (First half highlights here.) Joey Barton received a straight red for a nasty foul on Alonso late on, before Fabio Aurelio’s free-kick was headed home by Lucas Leiva with the Toon defence all at sea.
Sunderland 0 – Everton 2 (Premier League, May 3, 2009) After a drab goalless first half at the Stadium of Light, Everton took the lead minutes after the restart as Jo played the ball into Steven Pienaar who scored an ugly goal to further puncture the Black Cats’ hopes of survival. Soon it was 2-nil, Pienaar was given the freedom of the right-hand side and his cross was converted by Marouane Fellaini in the centre of the box.
Sheffield Wednesday 1 – Cardiff 0 (Championship, May 3, 2009) Cardiff suffered the torment of dropping out of the play-off places on the final day of the season needing only a point to be safe, a stunning strike from Jermaine Johnson ended the season on a high note for the Owls.