Manchester United 0 – Arsenal 0 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal dominated possession in the first-half at Old Trafford, United did though have their moments. Wayne Rooney saw a shot deflected by Toure following good work by Ronaldo and also headed wide from a penetrating cross from Carrick. The second half continued in the same manner with the Gunners spending much of the time with the ball but without scoring, Tevez had a great opportunity midway through the half, while a Park Ji-sung “goal” was ruled out for offside. At the other end, Cesc Fabregas came close after a patient Gunners’ attack late on, but United held on to secure the point they needed to win the Premier League. (The scenes at the final whistle can be seen here, extended footage of the celebrations can be seen here, and Manchester United’s trophy celebrations can be seen here.)
Middlesbrough 1 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Tuncay Sanli had the Riverside on their feet after 14 minutes, the Turk scoring an overhead-volley to put Southgate’s charge in front against Villa. Villa equalised early in the second half thanks to a John Carew strike through a crowd of players. The result leaves Boro all but relegated.
Newcastle 0 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) In a moment to break Newcastle’s spirits, Erik Nevland sped away down the Fulham right hand side before finding Diomansy Kamara in the box who had the simple task of lashing his shot high into the net. Newcastle slipped back into the relegation zone after Hull gained a point at Bolton.
Tottenham 2 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) The first half at White Hart Lane was all Tottenham, the Lilywhites scoring midway through the half when Jermain Defoe convert a Tom Huddlestone cross with a cheeky flick from the striker’s heel. City, who upped their game significantly after the break, levelled midway through the second half after Valeri Bojinov started and finished an excellent more. But Spurs ran out late winners after a controversial penalty decision against Micah Richards allowed Robbie Keane the opportunity to score from the spot.
Everton 3 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) West Ham made the ideal start and Radoslav Kovac gave them the lead before Louis Saha equalised with a penalty after Tim Cahill had been tripped by James Tomkins. That resulted in Tomkins being sent off and the visitors imploded, Joseph Yobo put Everton ahead and Saha added a second.
Bolton 1 – Hull 1 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) Gretar Steinsson gave Bolton the lead with a fine drive for his second goal of the season midway through the first half, but Craig Fagan came up with a vital equaliser a minute after the restart following a swift Hull counter-attack. The Tigers’ point means their fate in their own hands going into the final game of the season against Manchester United next Sunday.
Stoke 2 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, May 16, 2009) Ricardo Fuller broke the deadlock after 69 minutes when he fired the ball past Wigan keeper Richard Kingson after the visitors failed to clear their lines, with Fuller taking advantage of the slack defending. James Beattie added what proved to be the decisive goal on 76 minutes with a close range header from a Matthew Etherington cross.