EPL, April 27: Liverpool crush Newcastle, Tottenham handed a draw
Wigan Athletic remain in the Premier League relegation zone after Emmerson Boyce's last-minute own goal gifted Tottenham Hotspur a 2-2 draw on Saturday, while Liverpool put the Luiz Suarez saga behind them with a 6-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.
Wigan Athletic remain in the Premier League relegation zone after Emmerson Boyce's last-minute own goal gifted Tottenham Hotspur a 2-2 draw on Saturday, while Liverpool put the Luiz Suarez saga behind them with a 6-0 thrashing of Newcastle United. (All AFP Photos and text)
Having earlier cancelled out Gareth Bale's opener for Spurs with an 11th-minute header, Boyce inadvertently diverted Tom Huddlestone's free-kick into his own net in the dying stages at the DW Stadium.
A left-foot howitzer by Callum McManaman early in the second half had looked set to heave Wigan out of the bottom three, but the FA Cup finalists now trail fourth-bottom Aston Villa by two points with four matches to play.
The dropped points were similarly damaging for Spurs, who squandered an opportunity to move back into the Champions League places and could fall further off the pace if third-place Arsenal and fourth-place Chelsea win their games on Sunday.
Liverpool proved there is life after Suarez by romping to a crushing win at St James' Park to deepen Newcastle's relegation fears. <br> Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson each scored twice, with Daniel Agger and substitute Fabio Borini also on target.
Newcastle, who lost Mathieu Debuchy to a late red card, sit five points above the bottom three but have now played a game more than all four teams below them. Liverpool's Borini seen celebrating here with teammates.
Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure scored a pair of fine goals as Manchester City began life as former champions by winning 2-1 at home to West Ham United.
Aguero opened the scoring with a well-worked effort after 28 minutes on a bright, sunny day at the Etihad Stadium, before Toure settled the game seven minutes from time with a crisp left-foot drive that flew into the top-left corner.
Everton improved their chances of European football next season with a 1-0 win at home to Fulham that left them three points behind fifth-place Spurs, albeit having played a game more. <br> South African midfielder Steven Pienaar scored the only goal of the game in the 16th minute at Goodison Park, sweeping the ball into the bottom-left corner from Seamus Coleman's cut-back.
Meanwhile, Marc-Antoine Fortune scored one goal and made another but was then sent off as West Bromwich Albion won 3-0 at Southampton, who ended the game with nine men.<br> Fortune forced the ball over the line from a corner in the sixth minute and then released Romelu Lukaku to add a second goal with 23 minutes remaining.<br> Shane Long claimed a late third but by that stage Fortune had been shown a straight red card for slapping Southampton's Gaston Ramirez.