Southampton Escapes Despite Loss To Man City, Swansea Joins Stoke in Relegation

by Samuel Abasi Posted on May 13th, 2018

Manchester, UK: Southampton escaped relegation after losing 1-0 to Manchester City in todays premier League match. Gabriel Jesus scored in the dying seconds to puts the Champions, Manchester City, on course for an astonishing one hundred points.

Manchester City became the first Premier League team to reach a century of points.

Manchester City finished 19 points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester United, winning 50 points at home and 50 away.

Manchester United beat Watford 1-0, with Tottenham, who edged out Leicester City 5-4, four points further back in third.

As well as winning the most points by an English top-flight side in a single campaign, City’s 32nd win broke Tottenham’s 57-year record for victories in a single top-flight season.

Manchester City also set a new Premier League record for the biggest goal difference in a single season (+79).

Southampton needed a point to ensure safety but Swansea’s 2-1 home defeat by Stoke means Saints will play in the top flight for a seventh successive season.

Swansea’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed when already demoted Stoke won 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Andy King gave Swansea an early lead, but Badou Ndiaye and Peter Crouch scored before halftime to give Stoke only its second victory since Paul Lambert took charge in January.

Stoke could even afford the luxury of Xherdan Shaqiri failing to convert a second-half penalty, and the two clubs will next meet in the second-tier League Championship next season.

Swansea’s survival hopes had rested on the longest of long shots, victory coupled by a Southampton defeat to Manchester City and a 10-goal swing in the process.

But, by the final whistle, Swansea’s seven-season stay in the top flight was over and Stoke had drawn level with the south Wales team on 33 points.

Swansea paid tribute to long-serving custodians Angel Rangel and Leon Britton before kickoff.

Spanish defender Rangel led the side in his last game after 11 years at Swansea, while midfielder Britton came on as a 57th-minute substitute in his 537th and final appearance for a club he made his debut for in 2002. But there was little else to celebrate at the Liberty Stadium.

Meanwhile, Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, won the Premier League Player of the Season award – on the day he set a record for most goals in a 38-game season.

The 25-year-old Egypt international scored his 32nd goal of the campaign in the 4-0 win over Brighton at Anfield, with Liverpool securing fourth place, five points above Chelsea, who were beaten 3-0 at Newcastle..

Salah beat the record he was sharing with Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Andy Cole and Shearer hold the record for most goals in a Premier League season with 34 but that was when it was a 42-round competition.

The Egyptian finished two goals ahead of Golden Boot runner-up Harry Kane, with the Spurs striker becoming the first player to score 30 goals in a season and not win the award.

Salah also won the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards.

Liverpool warmed up for this month’s Champions League final against Real Madrid with goals from Salah – who won the Golden Boot as league top scorer – Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson sealing a place in next season’s Champions League.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed off after 22 years and 1,235 games in charge with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbing the winner.

Manuel Lanzini scored twice as West Ham beat Everton 3-1, while Crystal Palace beat bottom side West Brom 2-0 and Bournemouth won 2-1 at seventh-placed Burnley in the day’s other matches.

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