Chelsea 7 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, April 25, 2010) It took Chelsea 24 minutes to finally turned their pressure into a goal against Stoke, as Malouda picked out Drogba down the Chelsea right who kept the ball in play with an outrageous piece of control before firing a cross into the box where Salomon Kalou stooped to nod the ball over the line. Just after the half hour the Pensioners chalked up number two, Drogba drilled a low shot that Sorenson could only parry and Salomon Kalou slid in to claim his brace. Chelsea killed off Stoke with a third after 44 minutes, Kalou drew a penalty from Robert Huth and Frank Lampard stepped up to convert from the spot. After the interval Salomon Kalou netted his hat-trick goal for the Blues and a brilliant performance from the would-be champions was sealed nine minutes from time when Frank Lampard stuck out a right boot to meet Sam Hutchinson’s inch-perfect cross to the back stick. Stoke’s humiliation deepened three minutes from time when sub Daniel Sturridge chalked up number six and there was still time for a seventh to be scored as Joe Cole teed up Florent Malouda.
Aston Villa 1 – Birmingham 0 (Premier League, April 25, 2010) A terrific Midlands derby, in which both sides created chances to score but were repeatedly denied by fantastic saves from Friedel and Hart at each end (first half highlights here), finally had the deadlock broken in hugely controversial circumstances 10 minutes from time. Johnson made a beautifully timed tackle on Agbonlahor in the box, ref Atkinson wrongly pointed to the spot, and James Milner smacked his spot kick into the net to send Villa Park wild and leave Birmingham spewing blood.
Everton 2 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, April 25, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) A horrendous error from Leighton Baines handed Fulham the lead at Goodison Park, the full-back played a blind pass back to Tim Howard which Erik Nevland intercepted and coolly chipped over the helpless American goalie. The Toffees drew level early in the second half when Arteta’s cross was headed home by sub Victor Anichebe. Everton completed a fine turnaround at the death when Mikel Arteta claimed a winner from the penalty spot.
Burnley 0 – Liverpool 4 (Premier League, April 25, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here) Burnley’s Premier League survival hopes evaporated early in the second half when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard cut in from the left and saw his right foot shot deflect off Leon Cort and past Jensen into the near post. In the 58th minute Stevie G bagged a classy second as he latched onto Aquilani’s slip to curled a right-footed beauty into the near top corner. The Reds the confirmed Burnley’s relegation with a third, Benayoun found Aquilani who released a long pass to Maxi Rodriguez and the winger hammered a shot past Jensen from 12 yards. A late fourth from Ryan Babel confirmed a horrible afternoon for Championship Burnley.
Newcastle 2 – Ipswich 2 (Championship, April 24, 2010) Andy Carroll’s opening header was cancelled out by Connor Wickham, before a Shola Ameobi penalty six minutes from time looked to have given Newcastle all three points, until Jonathan Walters found the net deep into injury time.