Dempsey became the first American to reach 50 Premier League goals while Kljestan helped Anderlecht to the Belgian championship.
The Cottagers started off their week with a landmark victory over Liverpool on Tuesday. The 1-0 win was the club’s first at Anfield, snapping a 30 match winless streak. The only goal came in the 5th minute when a mix up in the box resulted in a Martin Skrtel own goal. Clint Dempsey was aggressive throughout the contest, nearly scoring twice.
Fulham moved up to eighth place on Sunday after defeating Sunderland 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Dempsey netted his 23rd goal of the season in the 12th minute, firing a splendid 25-yard free kick into the back of the net. The goal was Dempsey’s 50th in the Premier League, making him the first American to hit that milestone. Although Sunderland equalized in the 34th, Moussa Dembele quickly returned the lead back to the home side, scoring the winner a minute later.
Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar end season with win
Jozy Altidore started for AZ Alkmaar over the weekend, playing 66 minutes as AZ beat FC Groningen 1-0 to finish in fourth place, earning Europa League qualification. Erik Falkenburg netted the only goal of the match in the 26th minute off a cross from Altidore, assuring the victory and European football for next year.
Toffees draw twice
Everton settled for a draw on Tuesday against Stoke as a late Cameron Jerome equalizer saved a point for the hosts. Peter Crouch’s 44th minute own goal gave the Toffees a first half lead but Jerome did well late to avoid a few defenders before firing a strong strike past Howard. The burly keeper made a few stops, notably halting a Kenwyne Jones attempt.
On Sunday, the story was similar as Everton drew 0-0 with Wolves. Howard was not forced to make a save as the Toffees dominated possession; however, they could not find the net and were flagged for offside on a few goal-scoring chances. The point is a bit disappointing for the Merseyside outfit as Wolves are bound for relegation.
Fabian Johnson and TSG Hoffenheim end season with 3-1 loss against Hertha Berlin
Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes for Hoffenheim as it fell 3-1 to Hertha Berlin, courtesy of a Anis Ben-Hatira brace. With nothing to play for but pride, and playing a man down for over half the match due to Ryan Babel’s 41st minute red card, Hoffenheim limped to a 3-1 loss. With the result, the side finishes 11th in the Bundesliga.
Spurs maintain position
Friedel made four saves on Wednesday as Spurs thrashed Bolton 4-1. Emmanuel Adebayor’s double proved to be the difference as Bolton ran out of steam down the stretch. Friedel was sharp, stopping shots from David Ngog and Chris Eagles. On Sunday, Friedel failed to record a save as Spurs drew 1-1 with Villa. A deflected shot gave Villa an early lead as Ciaran Clark stunned Spurs in the 35th. However, a 61st minute penalty enabled Adebayor to equalize from the spot. With one game left, Tottenham is two points back of third place Arsenal and one point ahead of fifth place Newcastle. Spurs can clinch a top four spot by defeating Fulham next week.
Steve Cherundolo plays 90 minutes as Hannover ends the season with a 2-1 victory over Kaiserslautern
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover beat Kaiserslautern 2-1, ending their season in 7th place. With no chance of European qualification, Cherundolo and co. still played with pride, coming back from 1-0 down to finish out their 2011/12 campaign in victory.
Tim Ream played a sub-par game on Wednesday as Bolton fell at home to Spurs. Although the defender snuffed out a few counter attacks, the Bolton defense was porous as a whole as Tottenham put on a lot of pressure in the second half. The bigger story came on Sunday as the club looked to be on its way to a huge victory over West Brom. However, with a 2-0 lead and 18 minutes remaining, everything went awry. Chris Brunt halved the lead in the 75th minute before James Morrison dealt a deadly equalizer in the 90th. Ream played relatively well until late when poor man marking sunk the hosts. The draw leaves Bolton two points away from safety and it will need a win and some help on the final day of the season in order to stay up.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke end the season with 3-2 victory over Werder Bremen
Jermaine Jones played 90 minutes for Schalke as it beat Werder Bremen thanks to a brace from prolific poacher Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Former Bayern Munich star Claudio Pizarro tried to make things difficult for the visitors with a brace of his own, but in the end, the Blues were too strong. With the victory, Schalke clinches automatic qualification into Champions League.
Villains secure safety
Eric Lichaj played the full 90 on Sunday as Aston Villa drew 1-1 with Spurs. The defender was solid all day but a late blunder by Richard Dunne allowed Adebayor to equalize from the penalty spot. Despite coughing up a victory, the draw secured the club’s Premier League safety, so the home crowd went home satisfied.
Sacha Kljestan wins his first Belgian Jupiler League championship with Anderlecht
Kljestan started, playing 73 minutes as Anderlecht drew 1-1 with Club Brugge to secure victory in the Jupiler League Playoffs. The league win was Kljestan’s first with Anderlecht, which won its second title in three years.
Rangers trio shines
All three Americans played on Wednesday as Rangers throttled Dundee United 5-0. Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu both started and played the entire contest while Alejandro Bedoya came on in the 75th minute. Edu and Bedoya put the bow on a big win in the 84th when the midfielder fed Bedoya for the fifth and final goal of the match. The goal was Bedoya’s first for Rangers. On Saturday, all three men played once again, with Bedoya coming on in the 66th. Despite the similar scene, the result was much different as neither side could find a winner as Rangers drew 0-0 against Motherwell.
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