JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, May 20, 2013
Clint Dempsey and Tottenham were victorious over Sunderland but did not jump Arsenal for a Champions League spot, while Tim Howard and Everton went down to Chelsea in David Moyes' last game with the Toffees.
Chelsea 2 - 1 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton went down to Chelsea in the final game of the season and the last match for David Moyes with the Toffees.
The American ‘keeper went the distance and recorded four saves.
Chelsea were up early as Demba Ba's shot was saved by Howard, but the subsequent rebound was knocked into the back of the net by Juan Mata in the seventh minute.
In the 14th minute the Toffees leveled the game when David Luiz lost the ball in the midfield leading to an Everton counter attack that saw Steven Naismith beat Petr Cech for the goal.
The Blues then got the lead in the 76th minute when a cross was knocked down by Victor Moses and then fired home by Fernando Torres from close range.
Everton game close to leveling the game in the 88th minute when Leighton Baines crossed the ball to Nikica Jelavic who headed the ball towards goal. Cech however made an impressive reaction save to cement the victory for Chelsea.
The win for Chelsea secured third place in the Premier League and a Champions League spot for next season.
Everton ends the season in sixth place, two points ahead of bitter rival Liverpool.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 0 Sunderland
Clint Dempsey and Tottenham beat Sunderland at White Hart Lane, however Spurs fell short of the final coveted Champions League spot.
Because of Arsenal's win on Saturday, Tottenham's three points were not enough to overtake their London rival in the standings and notch a top four finish in the Premier League.
Dempsey started and played 73 minutes for Spurs, while Brad Friedel dressed but did not feature.
Spurs only their goal came in the 88th minute from none other than Gareth Bale. Tottenham's star pushed the ball to his left foot and smashed a ball into the back of the net from outside the box to give Spurs the victory.
Tottenham finishes the season in fifth place in the standings and wins a spot in the Europa League.
Southampton 1 - 1 Stoke City
Geoff Cameron went the distance in Stoke City's draw with Southampton on the road on Saturday.
Cameron played as a center midfielder instead of his usual full back position. Brek Shea did not dress for the Potters.
The game was void of decent chances in the first half, however early in the second half saw the first goal of the game.
Peter Crouch was first to a cross and headed the ball into the back of the net in the 47th minute to give the Potters the lead.
Rickie Lambert leveled the game for Southampton in the 57th minute when he tapped in a ball from close range after continued pressure on goal by the home team.
The draw finishes Stoke City's season in 13th place in the league.
Wigan Athletic 2 - 2 Aston Villa
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa drew their last game of the season against relegated Wigan Athletic.
Guzan went the distance and recorded three saves, while Eric Lichaj did not dress for Villa.
Darren Bent opened the scoring early as he received the ball outside the box and smashed a low ball passed Wigan ‘keeper Ali Al Habsi in the fifth minute of the game.
The Latics responded in the 20th minute when ex Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza crossed the ball into the box and found Emmerson Boyce who headed the ball passed Guzan.
In first half stoppage time Wigan got the lead when a corner kick led to a Nathan Baker own goal after a scrappy sequence in front of Guzan's goal.
Villa leveled the game however in the 60th minute when Ron Vlaar received a high ball in the box, turned around and impressively sent the ball into the back of the net.
The game finished as a draw, leaving Villa in 15th place at the end of the season.