The 2019/19 English Premier league season came to an end on Sunday 12th May with all teams in action and African stars were on it again finishing the season on a good note.
BRIGHTON VS MANCHESTER CITY
This is the match that followed after Manchester City resided from defending the English Premier League against Liverpool who had a shot at winning the tittle. Manchester City defeated Brighton 4-1 at the Falmer Stadium.
Murray had put the home team in front in the 27th minute but a minute later Sergio Arguero equalised for Manchester City before Laporte, Mahrez and Gundogan scored the other goals.
On the day Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola trusted the Algerian Riad Mahrez to be in the starting line up and he did not disappoint as he had a top class performance playing on the right hand side of the midfield.
Mahrez used his pace and tricks on the ball to break down Brighton defence and played a perfect corner kick which Laporte headed home City’s second goal before Mahrez made his name on the score sheet with a fine finish.
With the win Manchester City has finished on position 1 with 98 points and have been crowned champions.
LIVERPOOL VS WOLVES
Liverpool invited Wolves at Anfield to battle for three points while keeping and ear at the Falmer Stadium where they hoped for Brighton to at least draw against Manchester City for them to win the league, but that was not the case as despite them winning 2-0 against Wolves, Manchester City also won it’s game.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Kloop had his two African front players, the Senegalese Sadio Mane and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah in the starting team.
The Senegalese Mane was the hero on the day as he scored a brace taking his goals tally to 22 level with Salah, despite him having a quiet performance on the afternoon.
The Egyptian Mohamed Salah was always a threat but was too wasteful as he missed chances that could have made him the outright winner of the golden boot.
The Guinean Naby Keita has missed the last three games of the season as he is nursing an injury.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS VS EVERTON
At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it ended 2-2 between the home side, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton for Spurs to finish on 4th position.
Eric Dier had put the home side in front few minutes after kick off before Theo Walcot and Cenk Tojun scored for the visitors and it took a 75th minute goal from Christian Ericksen to share the spoils.
In the match the Senegalese Idrissa Gueye for Everton didn’t play as expected as he was not really solid in midfield unlike the performance he has been displaying in the past games. Gueye was not able to go forward no wonder he was substituted in the second half.
For Tottenham Hotspur the Kenyan Victor Wanyama who started on the bench had an awful performance as he had loose passes but later won a number of crucial challenges.
The Ivory Coast international Sergio Aurier was unused substitute on the day.
LEICESTER CITY VS CHELSEA
Leicester City played to a goalless draw against Chealse at the King Power Stadium to finish the season on position 9 with 52 points.
For Leicester City the Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi was strong in midfield doing defensive duties as he covered his back four well but needs to improve on his ability to play with the ball as he easily lost possession.
The Nigerian Nkelechi Iheanacho was unused substitute while the Algerian Rachid Ghezzal was not part of the team on the afternoon.
BURNLEY VS ARSENAL
Arsenal won 3-1 against Burnley in a match the Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace to finish as the joint top goal scorer with Liverpool’s duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Unai Emery, coach for Arsenal had all three Africans in the starting line up and they all performed to impress.
The Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was in top form as he seems to have regained his scoring form. On the day he was able to pass the ball on time and was at the right place at the right time no wonder he scored two goals but was unlucky as he hit the post in search of the third goal.
The Nigerian Alex Iwobi on the left side of Arsenal midfield had a good game as with his passes and energy edged his team into attacking positions and saw his cross landing on Aubameyang’s feet to score the second goal of the afternoon.
The Egyptian Mohammad Elneny was superby in midfield and partnered well with Guendouzi . Elneny edged his team forward unlike in the previous games when he usually played the ball backwards.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS CARDIFF CITY
Manchester United had a bad end of the season as they lost 2-0 at Old Trafford to the already relegated Cardiff City with goals from Mendez-Laing and Etheridge.
For Cardiff City, the Gabonese Bruno Manga was brilliant in central defence as he was composed against Manchester United attackers. Manga was also able to win vital challenges as the home side searched for goals.
On the other side, Manchester United was without the Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly who is nursing a knee injury and the loss means Manchester United have finished on 6th position with 66 points and will not play in Champions League next season.
WATFORD VS WEST HAM UNITED
At the Vicarage Road, Watford lost 4-1 to West Ham United in a match the home side played the better part of the second half with 10 men after Helobas was shown a red card.
Mark Noble scored a brace , Lanzini and Arnautovic scored the goals for West Ham United with Deulofeu scoring the consolation goal.
The Nigerian Isaac Success who plays for Watford ended the season without game time as he was unused substitute on the day.
FULHAM VS NEWCASTLE UNITED
Newcastle United can afford a smile as they finished on position 13 after being promoted from the championship and in the last day of the season they won 4-0 against Fulham at the Craven Cottage.
Newcastle United coach Rafael Benitez had both the Ghanaian Christian Atsu and the Senegalese Mohammed Diame in the starting team and played a big part on the day.
The Ghanaian Christian Atsu seems to have regained confidence in himself and was full of energy in the 65 minutes he was on the pitch. His shot in the 11th minute was saved by Fulham goalkeeper only for Ayoz Perez to score on the rebound.
The Senegalese Mohammed Diame did everything as a defending midfielder by giving cover to the defenders and could not let Fulham enjoy possession in midfield.
CRYSTAL PALACE VS BOURNMOUTH
It was a game of more goals at the Selhust Park as a total of eight goals were scored in a match Crystal Palace defeated Bournemouth 5-3.
Batshuayi scored a brace for Crystal Palace with the other goals coming from Van Aanholt and Andre Townsend while Bournemouth had Josh King, Ibe and Lerma with the goals.
For Crystal Palace, the Ivory Coast international Wilfred Zaha was in the starting line up and as usual he was heavily involved pushing his team to go forward dispite delaying to release the ball at times.
Zara’s effort saw Simpson scoring in his own net on a day he failed to score but managed to set Van Aanholt and Townsend.
The Ghanaian Jordan Ayew and the Senegalese Cheikhou Kouyate did not make it into the final squad for the game.
So we stand up for the champions Manchester City who have managed to defend the tittle have won it again last year but hard lucky to Liverpool who on the other hand put up a good fight to try and win the league after 27 years and have made history for finishing the season with 97 points but being unable to win the league.
Hope they will fight to win the Champions League as they face Tottenham Hotspur in the Finals on 1st June in Madrid, Spain.
On the other hand, our African stars, the Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, the Senegalese Sadio Mane and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah deserve respect as they are the season’s joint top goal scorers having netted 22 goals each which is not a min achievement.
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