Manchester United players beat Chelsea 4-1 in the postponed match of the 32nd round of the Premier League at Old Trafford and already secured their appearance in the Champions League next season before Sunday’s last round.
The Red Devils, who will host Fulham in the last round, have 72 points, two more than fourth-placed Newcastle. Liverpool, in fifth place, collected 66 points and will play in the Europa League next season.
Interim Chelsea manager Frank Lampard suffered his eighth defeat in ten games. This is the Blues’ worst season in two decades. With a round to go, they are in a humble 12th place with 43 points and will not be playing in any European competition next season.
Casemiro’s header ensured a quick leadIn the 6th minute, Christian Eriksen sent a free kick from the left side in front of the goal, and Casemiro shook the net with his head. Videosdonik watched the footage and found that the Brazilian was not in a prohibited position.
Antony left the green on a stretcherThe Brazilian Antony was injured after half an hour of the game. He was carried off the green in tears after being fouled by Trevoh Chalobah. It is very likely that his season is over and he will not be able to play in the FA Cup final on June 3 at Wembley against Manchester City.
Martial scored just before the breakIn first half stoppage time, Casemiro sent the ball through the Chelsea defense and Jadon Sancho sent it in front of goal from the right, Anthony Martial easily made it 2-0 from close range.
Defender Fofana from one stupidity to anotherChelsea defender Wesley Fofana, who had a very bad night, brought down Bruno Fernandes in the 72nd minute. The Portuguese pushed the ball between his legs and the 22-year-old Frenchman improperly stopped him. Stuart Attweel immediately pointed to the penalty spot, and Fernandes sent a right-footed shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga to make it 3-0.
Six minutes later, Fofana passed straight to the feet of Fernandes in his own penalty area, who extended the ball to Marcus Rashford. The striker’s first shot was deflected by Kep, but then Rashford just pushed the ball into the empty net.
Joao Felix scored an honorable goal for ChelseaIn the penultimate minute, Hakim Ziyech passed to Joao Felix, who had a lot of space. He penetrated to the penalty area and then with a diagonal shot with his right foot slightly eased the defeat of the Blues.
Brighton ends City’s winning streakThe players of Manchester City, who already secured the title of English champions on Saturday, drew (1:1) in the postponed match of the 32nd round in Brighton. With a game to go, they extended their lead over second-placed Arsenal to eight points.
With a point, Brighton finally secured their place in the Europa League, and they can also be proud of the fact that they broke the streak of 12 consecutive victories for the blue-blues, who remained unbeaten in 25 consecutive games in all competitions.
City, which played in almost a complete formation, against the sixth-ranked team of the championship, Phil Foden took the lead in the 25th minute, and in the 38th minute, Julio Cesar Enciso equalized with an outstanding long-range shot.
Premier League top scorer Erling Haaland hit the net in the 79th minute (this would be the 53rd goal of the season in all competitions combined), but after watching the footage, the video referee disallowed the goal due to a foul by the Norwegian striker.
Postponed matches of the 32nd round:BRIGHTON – MANCHESTER CITY 1:1 (1:1)Enciso 38.; Foden 25.
Brighton: Steele, Caicedo, van Hecke, Colwill, Estupinan, Gross, Gilmour (52nd/Mac Allister), Buonanotte (75th/Veltman), Mitoma, Welbeck (75th/Undav), Enciso (52nd/Ferguson).
Man. City: Ortega, Walker, Stones (84./Sergio Gomez), Rodrigo, Lewis, Gündogan, De Bruyne (57./Alvarez), Bernardo Silva (84./Phillips), Mahrez, Haaland, Foden (51./Palmer).
Judge: Simon Hooper
MANCHESTER UNITED – CHELSEA 4:1 (2:0) Casemiro 6th, Martial 45th, Fernandes 73rd, Rashford 78th; Joao Felix 89.
Man. United: de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelöf, Shaw (46./Malacia), Casemiro, Eriksen (70./Fred), Antony (29./Rashford), Fernandes (86./McTominay), Sancho, Martial (70 ./Garnacho).
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Fofana, Chalobah, Hall, Fernandez, Chukwuemeka (82./Loftus Cheek), Gallagher (82./Fofana), Madueke (82./Ziyech), Havertz (64./Joao Felix), Mudrik (64. /Pulisic).
Judge: Stuart Attwell
38th, last round, Sunday at 17:30: ARSENAL – WOLVERHAMPTON ASTON VILLA – BRIGHTON BRENTFORD – MANCHESTER CITY CHELSEA – NEWCASTLE CRYSTAL PALACE – NOTTINGHAM FOREST EVERTON – BOURNEMOUTH LEEDS – TOTTENHAM LEICESTER – WEST HAM MANCHESTER UNITED – FULHAM SOUTHAMPTON – LIVERPOOL