EPL Up For Grabs, La Liga Beyond Reach for Barca

Pienaar Goal to tie Manchester United 4-4, April 22, 2012

The weekend brought some interesting results for the Premier League. With only a few more weeks to go, Manchester United has seemed to be immune to a Premier League title. After Manchester City’s hopes were nearly squashed a couple weeks ago, they once again received new hope after defeating a worrisome Wolverhampton and sending them into relegation.

Meanwhile at Old Trafford, the Red Devils were poised to hold on to a 3-1, later 4-2 lead over Everton. The Toffees struck first in the 33rd minute, but United showed their strength first with Wayne Rooney goal, then goals by Danny Welbeck and Nani, followed up by another by Rooney.

Calamity struck United in the 83rd, when Jelavic brought Everton within one, only to see South African Steven Pienaar, unmarked, receive a feed from Fellaini. The equalizer would force Alex Ferguson to sub in Chicharito and Phil Jones, but to no success. The draw was final.

Newcastle United rushes into the fourth table, after Tottenham’s streak of brilliance seems to have run out of gas, now with only two wins since February, the Spurs hope of advancing to next year’s Champions League are all but evaporating. Arsenal seems poised to advance in the third position, with remaining matches against Stoke City, Norwich City, and West Brom.

SPANISH LA LIGA | With an impressive run at Real Madrid, Barcelona was not able to keep their Spanish league title hopes alive. El Clasico took place on Saturday from Camp Nou when Madrid finally looked to have the composure and strategy to defeat their long-time rivals.

A goal by Khedira (17′) was all the scoring until late in the second half. Barcelona, though dominating posession (72%:28%) could not get their brilliant strikers beyond the midfield. Real Madrid played smart overall. Alexis who subbed in for Xavi made an easy attack after Iker Casillas deflected a shot by Christian Tello.

Then only three minutes later, a brilliant ball from Mesut Ozil sent Cristiano Ronaldo racing down the right to score on a signature finish. Pep Guardiola would bring on Cesc Fabregas in a last attempt, but to no avail.

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