Sunderland 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, May 2, 2010)Â (MOTD highlights here.) Just before the half hour at the Stadium of Light Nani lashed home the opener following a terrific move involving Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney and Fletcher. (First half highlights here.) A montage of the match can be seen here.
Liverpool 0 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, May 2, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) If evidence was needed that Liverpool wanted to throw the league in Chelsea’s favour it arrived in the 32nd minute when Scouse captain Steve G played a shocking backpass towards Reina which Didier Drogba all-too-easily cut out, and the Ivorian rounded the keeper to score. (First half highlights here, while discussion of Gerrard’s pass can be seen here.) Nine minutes into the second half Chelsea scored a crucial second, Anelka crossed from the right and Frank Lampard slid his effort past Reina after Mascherano had kept the Blues onside.
Fulham 3 – West Ham 2 (Premier League, May 2, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Clint Dempsey opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and an own goal by Carlton Cole put them 2-0 ahead shortly after the re-start. Cole redeemed himself when he headed West Ham back into the game but Fulham substitute Stefano Okaka made it 3-1 to Fulham in the 79th minute. West Ham substitute Guillermo Franco scored an injury-time goal for the visitors but it was to no avail.
Sheffield Wednesday 2 – Crystal Palace 2 (Championship, May 2, 2010) Crystal Palace’s survival hopes got a massive boost in the winner-stays-up match at Hillsborough when striker Alan Lee rose unmarked to thump in a powerful header from a Darren Ambrose corner after 24 minutes. The relegation-threatened Owls levelled two minutes before the interval when Leon Clarke netted with a tidy finish into the far corner, despite appearing to have fouled Eagles defender Butterfield in the build-up. Palace were under the cosh for the opening 15 minutes of the second half, but after weathering the storm Sean Scannell set up top scorer Darren Ambrose who put the cash-strapped Eagles in the lead for the second time. Against the odds Wednesday got themselves a lifeline three minutes from time when Darren Purse bagged a second for the Owls. But it wasn’t enough, and the Sheffield giants were relegated to League One. A montage of the match can be seen here.