Premier League roundup: Gerrard’s disappointing farewell; Leicester, Aston Villa now safe
Do you feel that? It’s the impending doom of realization that the 2014-15 Premier League is practically finished. Just one more week to go, somehow.
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On Saturday, the final Saturday of the season (all Matchweek 38 games will be played at the same time on Sunday), Steven Gerrard bid farewell to the Liverpool faithful one last time, as the legend, and one-club man — until July — played his final game at Anfield.
Elsewhere, a pair of teams clinched safety from relegation and confirmed their top-flight status for the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
For recaps, reaction and analysis on every game, look no further than below.
Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace — RECAP
There was no fairytale ending for Gerrard. No late winner, no goal, not even a victory for his beloved Reds. Alan Pardew’s Palace spoiled the party and made it mathematically impossible for Liverpool to qualify for next year’s Champions League. Goals scored by Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray canceled out Adam Lallana’s opener.
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- Rodgers, Pardew salute Gerrard
- VIDEO: Gerrard speaks, says goodbye to Anfield
- A fitting finale for a Liverpool legend
Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa — RECAP
Sadio Mane recorded the fastest hat trick in Premier League history (three minutes apart from the 13th to 16th minutes), which set Saints well on their way to victory. Shane Long added a pair of goals before halftime and Graziano Pelle’s 81st-minute tally made six. Christian Benteke’s goal was the only bit of consolation for Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, who despite the result, are now officially safe from relegation.
Sunderland 0-0 Leicester City — RECAP
What’s a 0-0 draw doing this far up the running order, you ask? A point was all Leicester needed to clinch their own safety from relegation. Not a terrible result for Sunderland either, who need just a point themselves next week, or a single point dropped by either Newcastle United or Hull City on the season’s final day.
Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Newcastle United — RECAP
The fear of relegation continues to get more and more real for Newcastle, who lost to already-relegated QPR on Saturday, thanks to goals scored by Matthew Phillips and Leroy Fer. Emmanuel Riviere was the visitors’ lone goalscorer. A Hull victory coupled with a Newcastle draw or defeat will see the Geordies relegated next Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Hull City — RECAP
Goals by Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose kept Hull in the bottom three. The Tigers host Manchester United next week, which means it’s not looking good for Steve Bruce’s boys.
West Ham United 1-2 Everton — RECAP
Everton leapfrogged West Ham for a place in the Premier League’s top half, thanks to a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Leon Osman and Romelu Lukaku (93rd-minute winner) were the Toffees’ goalscorers, following Stewart Downing’s opener.
Burnley 0-0 Stoke City — RECAP
Stoke City clinched a ninth-place finish with a 0-0 draw away to Burnley, which will go down as their highest top-division finish in the club’s history.