Chelsea 8 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) Stamford Bridge took just five minutes to erupt in celebration, Drogba’s free-kick caused mayhem at the back for Wigan and Nicolas Anelka (offside?) was in the right place to slam home the opener for champions-elect Chelsea. The Blues went 2-up on the half hour when Frank Lampard made no mistake from the spot after Lampard had been felled in the box by Gary Caldwell – who saw red. (First half goals here.) Chelsea confirmed their first Premier League title since the departure of Mourinho nine minutes into the second half, Lampard played a one-two with Salomon Kalou who netted a classy goal. Two minutes later Chelsea chalked up number four as Nicolas Anelka cracked home a sweet back post volley from Ivanovic’s fizzed cross. In the 62nd minute Didier Drogba bagged the goal to put him at the top over the scoring charts in the league, the Ivorian’s initial overhead-kick was superbly saved but Drogba headed home his goal seconds later. Wigan’s humiliation increased in the 68th minute when Ashley Cole was fouled for the Blues second penalty, Didier Drogba stepping up to secure the Golden Boot and notch the Pensioners’ 100th goal of the season. For the third time this season Chelsea chalked up seven in the 80th, Joe Cole’s shot was only parried by Pollitt and Didier Drogba gobbled up his hat-trick goal. With Wigan just wishing the season would draw to a close, Ashley Cole volleyed home an incredible eighth to completed a crushing victory. (Second half goals here.)
Manchester United 4 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) Manchester United took a 30th minute lead against Stoke when a corner ping-ponged around the Potters box before Darren Fletcher prodded the ball over the line. United doubled their lead in the 36th minute when Berbatov tore down the left and cross for Ryan Giggs to score in the centre on the Stoke area. United’s third arrived early in the second half when Wayne Rooney turned well inside the box and hammered a cross into the mixer that Danny Higginbotham sliced into his own net. United grabbed a fourth six minutes from time as Giggs’s left-wing corner was headed home at the back post by Ji Sung Park.
Before the match Manchester United fans protested against the Glazer family, with the police forced to get involved. Footage from the protest can be seen here.
Manchester United’s lap of honour at the end of the match can be seen here.
Burnley 4 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Champions Leaguers Spurs got off to a great start at Burnley when Lennon teed up the superb Gareth Bale for the opener. Luka Modric oozed confidence bagged the Lilywhites second as the Croatian weaved his way into the box and lashed a beauty into the apex of the near post. The Clarets got on the scoresheet before the interval when Fletcher flicked the ball through to Wade Elliott and he fires well past Ben Alnwick in the Spurs goal. (First half goals here.) Second half goals from Jack Cork, Martin Paterson and substitute Steven Thompson pulled off an unlikely comeback as the hosts rounded off a miserable campaign with only a second win in nine games.
Arsenal 4 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) Andrey Arshavin capitalised on a poor Schwarzer mistake to fire Arsenal into an early lead, and Robin van Persie netted the Gunners second after being teed up by Theo Walcott down the right. In the 36th it was 3-nil after Walcott whipped in a low cross from the right which Chris Baird tried to clear but only managed to stick into his own net. Seven minutes from time Arsenal claimed their fourth as Carlos Vela was freed through the centre and the Mexican chipped Schwarzer to close out the year.
West Ham 1 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) West Ham breached City’s backline with a tremendous opener, Alessandro Diamanti producing an outrageous back-flick to set up Luis Boa Morte who clipped his shot over Marton Fulop. City were back on level terms within minutes, Adam Johnson crossing from the right to the far post where Shaun Wright-Phillips scored with a header. (First half goals here.)
Hull 0 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool’s season of failure was summed up at the KC Stadium at Sunday, where Rafa Benitez’s side were held to a goalless draw by relegated Hull that means they end the season in seventh place.
Everton 1 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After Anthony Vanden Borre’s second half effort had been controversially disallowed for offside, Everton substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s last-gasp effort consigned already-relegated Portsmouth to defeat at Goodison Park.
Aston Villa 0 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Richard Dunne headed Martin Olsson’s cross into his own net six minutes from time to ensure Rovers finished 10th in the Barclays Premier League after a run of only one defeat in their last nine games.
Wolves 2 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Steve Bruceâ€™s hopes of a top-ten finish evaporated on the final day of the season as Adlene Guediouraâ€™s 78th minute strike condemned the Black Cats to defeat after Kevin Doyleâ€™s penalty had cancelled out Kenwyne Jonesâ€™ eighth minute strike.
Bolton 2 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, May 9, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Kevin Davies made the breakthrough in the 33rd minute when he headed home a free-kick from Paul Robinson. Klasnic extended their lead, only for James McFadden to pull a goal back for Birmingham after Chris Benitez’s penalty had been saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.