By Leo Linden
1. Hard-luck Southampton still thoroughly in fight for Europe
The game of the weekend featured Southampton hosting Liverpool in a matchup of two top seven clubs who still both have great European chances. A match filled with controversy was tense from the get-go. Just seconds into the game, Southampton had a penalty shout when Filip Djuricic was seemingly brought down in the box by Emre
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2. Man City close the gap in more ways than one
With Chelsea only getting a single point against Burnley, Manchester City seized their opportunity, thrashing Newcastle 5-0 to close the gap on first to just five points. With a combined three goals and two assists from their world-class wingers, David Silva and Samir Nasri, City dominated the game from the opening kickoff, scoring just two minutes in through a Sergio Aguero penalty and tacking on two more before 22 minutes had been played. City have now
3. Spurs and Hammers play to thrilling draw
Similar to the matchup involving Liverpool and Southampton, this London derby pitted teams chasing European dreams. The clubs entered the match in sixth and eighth place and with everything to play for. The match started off fairly evenly with few chances. On ten minutes, a searching ball was played forward for Harry Kane, who scuffed a one-touch half volley in the box; the effort beat Adrian but clipped the post and was cleared out. The fans didn’t have to wait too long for fireworks though. With just 22 minutes played, Hammers left back Aaron Cresswell made a run to the touch line and crossed to Cheikhou Kouyate, who powered home a header from six yards. After the break, West Ham looked like they would cruise home after Diafra Sakho coolly volleyed home a Mark Noble cross, finishing from an incredible angle to stun the home fans and double the lead. The twists and turns continued, as Spurs’ forward press left their defense vulnerable, forcing Hugo Lloris into multiple world-class saves. The Lilywhites finally got their reward when Danny Rose struck a bouncing clearance at the top of the 18-yard box into the ground. The ball bounced over and around Adrian and into the net to set up the grandstand finish. The final 10 minutes were nerve racking for both sides, and it looked like West Ham would have the points until the 95th minute. After a nice touch past Alex Song, Kane was clipped from behind in the box by the Cameroonian. Adrian saved Kane’s penalty, but the in-form striker pounced on the rebound to tie the game with the last kick. While it was a brilliant match, the result is a bit tough for both teams, who badly needed points, to swallow. West Ham’s European chances are almost gone, and Spurs have slipped to seventh in the Premier League. However, they still only trail third place by four points, setting up an end to the season as wild as the one to this game.