Tottenham 2 – Chelsea 1 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Tottenham’s top four charge continued to build momentum after 15 minutes at home to leaders Chelsea, John Terry was adjudged to have handled a cross in the box and Jermain Defoe gobbled up the opportunity with a rasping penalty past Cech. After scoring against Arsenal last time out, Spurs’ superb Gareth Bale scored Tottenham’s deserved second just before the break when the number three twisted Ferreira inside-out before firing a low right-footed shot past Cech. In the 66th minute Chelsea captain John Terry let his side down by going in very late on Bale as the Spurs man romped down the left to collect his second yellow. Spurs could (and should) have gone on to score a couple more goals in the final stages, and White Hart Lane fell silent in the 91st minute when Frank Lampard slid in a goal for the Blues, but the Lilywhites held on to blow the title race wide open as well as bringing themselves firmly back in the mix for fourth.
Post match interviews: Harry Redknapp & Carlo Ancelotti, Gareth Bale (man of the match) & Michael Dawson. Roman Pavlyuchenko’s individual match highlights, including a host of late misses, can be seen here.
Manchester City 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) City started the match brightly and Carlos Tevez forced a smart save from Van der Sar from a free-kick, but United also fashioned out opportunities in the first half (highlights here) with Fletcher and Rooney peppering Given with efforts on goal. The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, United have the better chances but City with the upper hand for much of the match, but as Fergie Time ticked over in the 92nd minute Evra crossed from the left and Paul Scholes got his ginger nod onto the ball to head to ball past Given and torpedo City’s top four hopes.
Blackburn 2 – Everton 3 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Everton got off to a lightning start at Blackburn when Ryan Nelson took out Mikel Arteta for one of the clearest penalties of the season and the Spaniard got up to convert from the spot. Midway through the second half Rovers levelled with a cracking strike from Steven Nzonzi, who picked up the ball about 30-yards out, picked his spot and rifled a beauty past Tim Howard. David Moyes continued to look for the win after seeing the Toffees be pegged back and in the 78th minute, just 22 seconds after Aiyegbeni Yakubu was introduced off the bench, the Yak met Anechebi’s flick-on with a header past Robinson. No sooner had the Scousers retaken the lead then they conceded again, Nikola Kalinic poked the ball through for Jason Roberts and after one bounce of the ball, the striker slapped a drive into the corner from 25-yards. A frantic end to the match Everton claimed a late late winner as Yakubu set up Tim Cahill for the Aussie to side-foot the Toffees to victory.
Stoke 1 – Bolton 2 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Stoke moved ahead at home to Bolton after just 13 minutes when Tuncay’s ball over-the-top released Dave Kitson and the flame-haired forward beat the Trotters offside trap and Jaaskelainen to score. Five minutes from time Matty Taylor levelled for Bolton with a low free-kick that snuck underneath the Stoke wall and keeper Sorenson. And amazingly there was still time for Bolton, usually so bad on the road, to claim a winner when Vladimir cross from the right and Matty Taylor connected to earned the Trotters the unlikely three points. (Both Matty Taylor goals can be seen here.)
Sunderland 2 – Burnley 1 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Burnley’s slim survival hopes withered away in the first half (highlights here) at Sunderland as Frazier Campbell and Darren Bent gave the Black Cats a 2-goal lead at the interval. The Clarets got an 82nd minute lifeline when Robbie Blake freed Steven Thompson who drove a right-foot effort low past Craig Gordon.
Birmingham 0 – Hull 0 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Relegation candidates Hull could only pick up a point at St Andrews and are now three points off safety. Birmingham had the better of the chances but look set for a ninth-placed finish.
Fulham 0 – Wolves 0 (Premier League, April 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) An unwanted new Premier League record was set – just one effort on target the whole match. Bobby Zamora came closest with a shot that hit the post.