Top 5 Moments from the Weekend. 16th April
Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Manchester City win Premier League title
Manchester City won the Premier League title on Sunday after rivals Manchester United’s surprise 1-0 defeat hosting West Brom. United’s loss leaves them an unreachable 16-points off the champions in 2nd place with 5-games remaining. Pep Guardiola’s men have had a remarkable season winning 28 of their league matches, drawing three and losing only twice, while scoring a hefty 93 goals and conceding 25. Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils had postponed City’s crowning last week with a comeback win at the Etihad, but at Old Trafford on Sunday the 0-0 deadlock was finally broken when Jay Rodriguez headed in the winner from a corner with less than 20-minutes on the clock. The victory was the Baggies’ first league win since January and only their fourth all season, but they remain bottom of the table and 9-points from safety.
2 – Salah scores 40
Mohamed Salah became the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 40 goals in all competitions when he headed in a contribution to the Reds’ 3-0 win hosting Bournemouth on Saturday. Rush was the last player to achieve the feat in the 1986-1987 season and Salah has done it in 45 appearances this term. The win over the Cherries caps off an enjoyable week for Liverpool after they defeated Manchester City to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they’ll face Italian side Roma on the 24th of April.
3 – Wolves are promoted
Fulham’s draw with Brentford on Saturday saw Wolves promoted to the Premier League and after beating Birmingham 2-0 in the midlands derby on Sunday, Wolves have now moved within 1-point of securing the Championship title. Diogo Jota scored from close range just after 20-minutes play and in the second-half visiting Birmingham were reduced to 10-men when defender Harlee Dean was dismissed for a foul on Helder Costa. Substitute Benik Afobe completed the victory by chipping past Birmingham keeper David Stockdale in the 87th minute. The team then celebrated their promotion on the pitch at full time and they’ll visit Bolton this weekend where at least a draw will see them title winners.
4 – Bury are relegated
Rochdale, Northampton and MK Dons are all in danger of sinking from League One but after losing 3-2 hosting the Cobblers on Saturday, Bury saw themselves relegated from third-tier football. Rock-bottom Bury have won just 7 league games all season and are 12-points off MK Dons who are 23rd. Player-manger Ryan Lowe, who took over temporarily from Lee Clark in October and then again from Chris Lucketti in January, has criticised the squads’ passion and told BBC Radio Manchester he’s “not taking responsibility for that relegation”.
5 – Barcelona break La Liga unbeaten record
Former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho played a part in both Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti’s goals, when Barcelona beat Valencia 2-1 on Saturday and set a new record for most games unbeaten in La Liga. After finishing off last term with 7 league wins Barcelona have now gone 39 league games unbeaten, Real Sociedad went 38 games without a loss across the 1978-1979 and 1979-1980 seasons, but Barce are still on track to become the first team undefeated in a single 38-game season. The victory also leaves them in need of just 7-points to claim the La Liga title.