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As it happened: Premier League final day of the season [click here]

by Paddy Power Admin | May 19, 2013

Arsenal have claimed the final place in the Champions League with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United as it finished 1-0 at St James’ Park. Quite the achievement from Arsene Wenger despite all the flak he received this season from some quarters. Spurs finish just one point behind Arsenal on 72 so head into Europe’s second tier competition, the Europa League, once more.

On a day of lasts (Michael Owen, Steve Harper, Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher) there was also a first with a 5-5 draw between West Brom and Manchester United. Thankfully, Fergie isn’t looking for a new job after that. Meanwhile, we’re set for a massive summer of changes which could even include Michael Laudrup whose agents were at Stamford Bridge today, according to reports.

Premier League full time results

  • Chelsea 2-1 Everton
  • Liverpool 1-0 QPR
  • Man City 2-3 Norwich
  • Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
  • Southampton 1-1 Stoke
  • Swansea 0-3 Fulham
  • Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland
  • West Brom 5-5 Man Utd
  • West Ham 4-2 Reading
  • Wigan 2-2 Aston Villa

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17.50. Go home, Premier League, you’re drunk.

It’s 5-5 at the Hawthorns. That’s a first for the Premier League. Fergie out! But as the full times ring out, Spurs still need Newcastle to do them a favour.

17.47. GOAL! BALE SCORES!

It’s his 21st goal of the season but it’s not enough for Spurs who need Newcastle to equalise to reach the promised land of the Champions League. We’re into four added minutes at St James’ Park. SQUEAKY. BUM. TIME.

17.43. HOLY SHIT

It’s an unbelievable game at West Brom where Manchester United are now hanging on. Mulumbu and Lukaku on target. Match of the Day could actually be worth watching tonight.

UPDATE (see 17.47!) 17.40. Bale doesn’t look like scoring today

Simon Mignolet, who’s had a fine season, denies Bale again. No sign of a breakthrough for Spurs despite their fans’ enthusiasm which included a fake cheer earlier for a goal at Newcastle.

17.34. GOAL! Torres for Chelsea

It’s his first Premier League goal since December and could be his last for Chelsea if reports are to be believed.

As it stands…

Chelsea and Arsenal are level on points and on goal difference, but Chelsea are third on goals scored.

17.32. RED CARD for Sunderland.

Sunderland down to 10 men. David Vaughan off for a second yellow. Meanwhile, both Paul Scholes and Michael Owen are on in their final games.

17.30. McClean crashes into Bale

Worrying times for Spurs as James McClean lumps into Bale while stopping him getting a shot away. The closer Spurs go, the more gravelly Niall Quinn’s voice gets. Any more and he’s gonna turn into Lee Marvin and break out into Wandering Star.

17.24. Little Pea pops up

It’s 5-2 now to Manchester United as Hernandez puts the game beyond doubt, surely. Ryan Giggs sets it up and Chicharito does what he does… scoring from three yards.

17.21. Norwich 3, Manchester City 2

Can we play you every week? Norwich are having a laugh against Manchester City. Unlikely that the bosses at the Etihad find it that amusing, however. It’s 3-2 to the away side,  as Jonny Howson cuts through the Citizens.

17.18. AVB looks to Defoe (but he’s still on the bench)

The little fella will be hoping to break the deadlock at White Hart Lane. Wouldn’t bet against it to be honest. Meanwhile, as it stands here’s how it’s going down…

Third place – Automatic qualification for the Champions League: Chelsea

Fourth place – Champions League play-off round: Arsenal

Fifth place – Europa League play-off round: Tottenham

17.15. More goals as RVP bangs one in.

Manchester United go 4-2 up against West Brom as RVP gets in on the act, while Rodwell has scored his second for Manchester City to draw them level against Norwich. It’s all gone goal mental today in the Premier League with just one game still scoreless. C’mon you Spurs!

17.13. You know what I was saying about Reading at 60/1?

Well, they’ve just equalised against West Ham. McCleary and Le Fondre have got the goals. Reading have dropped to 4/1 for an away win. Bloody hell.

17.10. GOAL! 1-0 to the Arsenal

A fellow Frenchman leaps to Wenger’s relief. Laurent Koscielny in the 52nd minute. Arsenal are marching into the Champions League again while at The Hawthorns, West Brom pull another goal back through Lukaku. Fergie must go, etc. Grant Holt, meanwhile, has heaped more misery on Manchester City by putting Norwich one goal up at the Emirates.

17.06. Just two games left scoreless…

And of course it’s the big ones.

17.02. GOAL! Crouch on target for Stoke

The big man gets his pig’s head to it from a Geoff Cameron cross. Just 45 minutes of Premier League action left this seasons. Plus added time, of course. Arsenal might need it today.

FREAK OUT! Was this a dive from Gareth Bale? 

Bale

Spurs fans, let us know what you think in the comments section of the Paddy Power Blog below, or via @paddypower on Twitter. We think it was a push, but Bale still deserved a booking for that reaction. Sniper in the grassy knoll.

HALF TIME

The whistles are going all around England. Mainly from Spurs fans after being denied two penalties. As it stands, Chelsea will finish third, Arsenal fourth, and AVB’s men head into the Europa League play-off round. Here’s the latest odds and scores too in the Premier League, via @paddypower. Anyone fancy a nibble on Reading at 60/1? Thought not.

16.42. GOAL! 

West Brom have pulled one back through James Morrison, but still no goals from Spurs or Arsenal. We’re in for a nail-biting second half at White Hart Lane. But we could say that about any game which involves John O’Shea.

16.41. The thick plottens

16.36. John O’Shea goes close…

… For Spurs. The former Manchester United almost heads it into his own net under pressure from Bale.  Simon Mignolet saves his blushes, not for the first time this season at Sunderland.

16.35. Bale denied another penalty.

At White Hart Lane, Bale takes a shot on the right-hand side of the box which strikes Colback’s hand. No penalty (again) says the ref.

Third place: Chelsea

Fourth place: Arsenal

Fifth place: Tottenham

16.32. GOAL! I can’t believe it’s not Buttner. Oh, it is…

Alex Buttner makes it 3-0 to the champions against West Brom.

16.28. GOAL! Manchester City equalise

Jack Rodwell pulls one back for, er, Brian Kidd’s team with a left-footed peach, set up by Edin Dzeko.

GIF! Here’s that Coutinho goal for Liverpool

Nice piledriver. Gif via @Feintzebra

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16.26. GOALS! They’re flying in

Norwich go 1-0 up at Manchester City through their Irish star Anthony Pilkington after being set up by his countryman Wes Hoolahan, while Kevin Nolan has put West Ham 1-0 up against the already-relegated Reading. Everybody else is showing Spurs how to do it today.

16.22. GOAL! Coutinho scores for Liverpool

After having a goal incorrectly ruled offside earlier, Philippe Coutinho puts Brendan Rodgers’ men 1-0 after being set up by Jordon Ibe. No change in the Arsenal v Newcastle, or Spurs v Sunderland games with  both at 0-0.

Race for the Champions League as it stands…

Third place – Automatic qualification for the Champions League:Chelsea

Fourth place – Champions League play-off round: Arsenal

Fifth place – Europa League play-off round: Tottenham

16.22. GOALS!

Wigan equalise against Aston Villa (Emmerson Boyce) while Fulham go 1-0 up against Swansea through Alex Kacaniklic.

16.20. Bale booked. Ref gets it wrong

Gareth Bale has been booked for a dive at White Hart Lane in the penalty area. Niall Quinn says he’s “astonished” it’s not a penalty and for once we agree. Terrible decision. AVB is raging.

16.14. GOAL! Everton equaliser

Naismith has equalised for Everton. David Moyes definitely wants to go out on a high from his time at Goodison and is chasing his highest league finish.

16.11. GOAL! Jonas Olsson puts United 2-0 up

It’s an OG at the Hawthorns as Manchester United fans come to realise they’re a more potent attacking force without Wayne Rooney. A cross from Valencia is steered into his own net by Jonas Olsson.

16.07. GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

They’re flying in. That peach of a player, Juan Mata, has put Chelsea 1-0 at home against Everton while Shinji Kagawa has scored for Manchester United at West Brom.

16.05. GOAL!

Darren Bent has put Villa 1-0 up at Wigan. He can pick his games, that’s for sure.

16.05. It’s a painful experience at White Hart Lane

I met Niall Quinn once, having breakfast at a hotel in Manchester. He’s a smashing man. That doesn’t mask the fact that he’s not very good at all at commentating or as a pundit. He’s on Sky Sports duty today as Spurs take on Sunderland. In fact, I’m convinced the nicer a person, the more rubbish they are at footie punditing.

16.03. First goal of the day….

Unsung hero of the season Ricky Lambert has scored for Southampton against Stoke, but it’s ruled offside.

15.59. It’s kick-off time

Game on around England. Howard Webb takes charge at St James’ Park as Arsenal try to hold off Spurs’ challenge as Martin Tyler informs us that Arsene Wenger doesn’t have a great record against Alan Pardew, which probably doesn’t count for much right now, given Newcastle’s form. At the Hawthorns, mascot Baggie Bird hands Fergie a pack of chewing gum. Nice.

15.53. Chelsea fans salute Rafa

So, there’s a banner in the Shed which thanks Benitez. I’ve seen it all now.

Rafa

15.23. Manchester United’s last starting XI under Alex Ferguson

Lindegaard, Valencia, Jones, Evans, Buttner, Anderson, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa, Hernandez, Van Persie. And unless Anderson cuts out the pies and gets the finger out big time, it’ll be his last game in a United shirt too.

15.21. Team news from around the grounds

Michael Carrick captains Manchester United, Steve Harper captains Newcastle in his last game for the club, Zabaleta captains Manchester City on his return from suspension with Agueroooooooo on the bench because Dzeko starts. Liverpool academy star Jordan Ibe makes the starting line up.

15.16. West Brom pay tribute to Alex Ferguson

The Baggies impressed many in the Premier League this year as they reached the dizzy heights of third place. Today, they’ve released this picture of a jersey tribute to Alex Ferguson. It looks a little large, but it’s a nice touch. Incidentally, West Brom are doing a roaring trade in their £4 match programmes and scarves for today’s game.

Alex jersey

15.08. Refresher: What’s at stake in the Premier League today…

Sky Sports informs us that there’s £750k for each place up for grabs. Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher and Alex Ferguson will bow out for their clubs. Chelsea can confirm their third place, while Arsenal and Spurs are shooting it out for fourth. Niall Quinn has a headset on at White Hart Lane, which should make up neutrals’ minds as to which game they’re watching.

14.24. Has Wayne Rooney played his last game for Manchester United?

He won’t feature today against West Brom (see thread below). Paddy Power is listing Chelsea (5/4), Bayern (2/1), PSG (7/2), Real Madrid (12/1), Arsenal (14/1) and Manchester City (16/1) as being the striker’s next permanent club. Market is here.

14.17. Your Russian ice hockey brawl of the day

Of course the parents didn’t try to break it up. They filmed it, and uploaded to YouTube. Digging the rap soundtrack too. I’m off to have some lunch. Back in a bit.

14.11. Beckham stats, facts and figures

As David Beckham retires age 38, on top of an enviable trophy haul, he is also one of the world’s richest sportsmen with a fortune of £175m. This graphic shows career timeline and major honours won.

May 16, 2013 -- Football superstar David Beckham is to retire at the end of this season at age 38. On top of an enviable trophy haul, Beckham is also one of the world’s richest sportsmen with a fortune of £175m. Graphic shows career timeline and major honours won.

14.06.  Beckham doesn’t get the credit he deserves

So say the football experts (Paul Merson, Matt Le Tissier, etc) on Sky Sports. £175m in the bank begs to differ.

14.03.  Paddy Madden scores a beauty for Yeovil

I’ve watched this several times and still can’t quite figure out how Yeovil’s Paddy Madden scored this. Magnificent, curling effort. It’s 1-0 against Brentford in that League 1 playoff final. (Gif yoinked from @feintzebra)

Paddy Madden gif

13.49. Ribery warms up for the Champions League with this stunning volley

It’s got little to do with the Premier League, but please do check out this video of Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery’s stunning left-footed volley against Borussia Moenchengladbach, which ended 3-3.

13.44. Bradford get promoted

It’s been a cracking season for fans of Bradford. They famously beat Arsenal and Aston Villa on the way to, er, being thumped 5-0 by Swansea in the Capital One Cup Final, but today they’ve been promoted to League One. Congrats to the Bantams.

13.41. Nice tweet from Liverpool in tribute to Jamie Carragher

13.31. Beckham cries off for PSG

Here’s a Ligue 1 official video of David Beckham crying, presumably at the emotion of his final professional game, not just being substituted for PSG. Say what you want about the lad, but he’s won league titles in the top tier of four different countries, which is a monumental achievement.

13.10. Ashley offers £1m bounty to beat Arsenal

Not content with offering his manager the most ill-advised contract in history, Newcastle United owner (and rumoured Spurs fan) Mike Ashley has now promised to pay his non-playing staff a £1m bonus if they can beat Arsenal. It’s got Spurs’ fans attention at least. More on that story here. Simply, the difference between finishing 10th and 17th is worth £5m to Newcastle.

13.05. Rooney won’t play against West Brom

Rooney will not feature for Manchester United today against West Brom (with Fergie’s blessing this time) as his wife Coleen has gone into labour.

13.04. Dead rubbers on the final day

My colleague Aidan has already run through the dead rubber ramifications and despite Manchester United already crowned as champions there are several areas of interest today with Jamie Carragher and Alex Ferguson both bowing out. Meanwhile, The Mirror’s Photoshop monkeys were busy overnight helping their sports desk on the ‘Rooney to Chelsea‘ story with the below illustration. They helpfully point out that it’s a mock-up and not a real picture.

Rooney for Chelsea

12.54. Phil Bardsley is having a bad day

Good afternoon. If you’re still shaking off a Eurovision hangover, it could be worse. You could be Ireland’s Ryan Dolan who finished last. Or Phil Bardsley, who finished on his back. The Sunderland player is ‘not available for selection’ to face Spurs today after an incident at a casino. The MailOnline has the full story here, but we’ll let the picture do the talking for now.

Phil

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