Fulham loses badly
Clint Dempsey tried his hardest but despite his four shot attempts and various runs, the Cottagers were beaten handedly 4-0 by Everton. Fulham is destined for a mid-table finish regardless but this loss was more demoralizing than anything.
Jozy Altidore and AZ have title dream ended by Feyenoord
Jozy Altidore started for AZ Alkmaar over the weekend, playing 85 minutes as AZ fell 1-0 away from home courtesy of a 54th minute goal from Otman Bakkal. With the loss, AZ drops out of the title race with the focus now on securing a place in the Champions League for next season.
Toffees destroy Cottagers
Tim Howard banked his 14th clean sheet of the season on Saturday as Everton dominated Fulham 4-0 at Goodison Park. Howard made two saves, notably halting a Clint Dempsey shot as Nikica Jelavic’s double led the way. The win bumps Everton up to seventh, two points ahead of rivals Liverpool.
Compatriots Chandler and Johnson battle, with Nurnberg coming out on top against Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes for Hoffenheim as it hosted Timothy Chandler’s Nurnberg over the weekend in an exciting Bundesliga matchup between two sides who, at kickoff had an outside chance of Europa League qualification. Tomas Pekhart opened the scoring for Nurnberg in the ninth minute, with fullback Andreas Beck equalizing in the 22nd. Daniel Didavi put the visitors back in the lead just before halftime, having assisted or scored 11 of his side’s last 13 goals. Tomas Peckhart completed his brace in the 71st minute before Dutchman Edson Braafheid gave his side hope for an equalizer in the 88th minute. It was not to be, however, and the thriller of a match ended 3-2 with neither side able to qualify for Europa League due to other results. Timothy Chandler also played 90 minutes on the day, picking up a yellow card in the process.
Spurs back in top four
Tottenham dominated Blackburn on Sunday 2-0, putting on a clinic in which Rovers failed to attempt a single shot. Keeper Brad Friedel wasn’t threatened once and obviously did not record a save. The win puts the London outfit back in the coveted top four of the Premier League.
Steve Cherundolo plays 90 minutes as Hannover falls 1-0 to Leverkusen, ending Europa League dream
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover fell 1-0 against Leverkusen, ending their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League. In a largely even game, striker Stefan Kiessling was the hero for Leverkusen, striking in the 75th minute to win the match for the home side
Bolton still alive
Tim Ream played a solid game on Saturday as Bolton drew 2-2 with Sunderland, keeping its survival hopes intact. Both team exchanged the lead before Bolton finally scored a late equalizer in the 70th. Ream nearly allowed a penalty kick when Philip Bardsley’s shot careened off his arm but the appeals from Sunderland were luckily denied. The draw keeps Bolton in 18th place, but the club is tied on points with 17th placed QPR.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke secure automatic Champions League qualification
Jermaine Jones played 85 minutes for Schalke 04, drawing his customary yellow card as Schalke beat Hertha Berlin 4-0 to automatically qualify for Champions League. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted a brace and an assist to lead Schalke to victory over a rather poor Hertha side.
Aston Villa gets closer to safety
The Villains battled to a tough 0-0 draw against West Brom on Saturday, inching even further towards top flight safety. Lichaj played the full 90 and made a few nice defensive stands along the way. Now in 15th place, the Birmingham outfit remains three points above the drop zone.
Michael Bradley and Chievo struggle to goalless draw against Cagliari
Michael Bradley and Chievo continued their goal struggles, drawing 0-0 away to Cagliari to remain mid-table. Bradley went the full 90 for the Flying Donkeys, putting in a solid shift on the day. With zero goals in its last four matches, the Veronese side has found the going difficult of late, but currently sits in 10th place in Serie A, just one point away from assuring safety in the top flight.
Celtic blows out Rangers
Celtic torched its bitter rivals 3-0 on Sunday as Rangers failed to create many chances. The Old Firm clash put a nice button on Celtic’s championship campaign. Both Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra started but neither had a huge impact. Bocanegra was a bit off on Celtic’s first goal as Charlie Mulgrew snuck in unmarked to score in the 17th minute. Alejandro Bedoya dressed but did not get on the pitch during the contest.