Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick and Kevin De Bruyne starred on his return to Stamford Bridge as Manchest...
Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City
Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick and Kevin De Bruyne starred on his return to Stamford Bridge as Manchester City defeated 10-man Chelsea 3-0.
This was a match between last season’s top two – but both have fallen from grace since last August, and both managers here knew they would be looking for work in the summer.
But the visitors appeared buoyant, with a first Champions League semi-final in the bag, and two breakaway goals and a late penalty from Aguero – Thibaut Courtois sent off after conceding the spot-kick with a foul on Fernandinho – kept City on course to achieve their revised goal of a top-four finish.
West Brom 0-1 Watford
Heurelho Gomes was Watford’s hero as he saved two second-half penalties from Saido Berahino in a 1-0 win at West Brom.
Gomes had been in fine form all afternoon, producing smart saves to twice thwart Stephane Sessegnon in the first half and acrobatically deny Gareth McAluey shortly after half-time.
But the Brazilian saved his best work to torment Berahino. First he made amends for his own error by diving to his right to beat away the West Brom striker’s first penalty after 67 minutes and then repeated the feat 20 minutes later, launching himself the other way to palm away the spot-kick.
Newcastle 3-0 Swansea
January signing Andros Townsend turned in a man of the match display to hand birthday boy Rafael Benitez his first win as Newcastle grabbed a Premier League lifeline.
Townsend, a £12million January signing from Tottenham, set up Jamaal Lascelles and skipper Moussa Sissoko either side of the break and then added a third himself with a minute remaining as the Magpies secured a first victory since February 6 to keep alive their hopes of avoiding the drop.
Swansea gave as good as they got for long periods in the game, but could do nothing to prevent Benitez’s men from collecting a first win in April since 2013 and send home the locals among a crowd of 48,949 with hope.
Everton 1-1 Southampton
Sadio Mane cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori’s opener as Southampton denied Everton only a fifth Premier League win of the season at Goodison Park as the sides played out a 1-1 draw
Everton’s problems on their home turf continued as their inability to hold onto a lead cost them a much-needed three points ahead of a pivotal week – and led to one disgruntled fan confronting Roberto Martinez on the pitch.
Defender Funes Mori went from hero to villain in the space of eight second-half minutes as his missed tackle allowed Saints striker Mane to cancel out his earlier goal.
Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa
Manchester United condemned Aston Villa to the Championship with a 1-0 victory secured by Marcus Rashford’s first-half strike at Old Trafford.
Four managers, three wins and two chief executives was how one banner concisely summed up an atrocious season for the fifth most decorated club in English football history.
The 1982 European Cup winners’ latest drab display came at Old Trafford as rudderless Villa fell to a ninth straight loss, with United’s win rubber-stamping the visitors’ fate with four games of the Premier League season remaining.