With the recent season ending over the past weekend, Goal Singapore takes a look at the most thrilling and memorable games over the course of the campaign
It has been well documented how this Premier League season had surpassed all expectations in terms of the excitement, surprises and entertainment.
The title was only decided on the final day of the season, while there were as many as nine teams who were still not assured of avoiding relegation with three matches to go.
With so much drama, twists and turns over the course of the season, Goal Singapore takes a look at the best matches in this week’s top 5.
|5. Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal|
There were ominous signs prior to Manchester City’s top-of-the-table clash against Arsenal as the home side stuck four goals past Newcastle and Manchester United, seven past Norwich and six past Tottenham leading up to the match.
The match itself didn’t disappoint, with a nine-goal thriller satisfying any football fan’s taste buds.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring after volleying home from a corner before Theo Walcott, who was making his return from injury, leveled the scores midway through the first half. Alvaro Negredo then restored City’s lead just before the break, before Fernandinho scored his first goal of the club soon after the restart.
Arsenal tried to mount a comeback as Walcott got his second of the evening with a beautiful curling effort, but David Silva killed the tie off almost immediately after that before Fernandinho got his second goal of the evening.
It was game over by then, as Per Mertesacker’s injury-time header provided little consolation as City added salt to the wound with Yaya Toure scoring from the spot.
|4. Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea|
This game will forever be remembered for Steven Gerrard’s slip, which was the catalyst for Liverpool to lose out on Premier League title.
|3. Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland|
It was perhaps one of the most shocking results of the season of the Premier League as Sunderland shocked Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho’s first ever defeat at home in the Premier League in 77 matches.
More importantly, the defeat ensured Chelsea missed the chance to go top of the table and eventually cost them the Premier League title.
Samuel Eto’o gave Mourinho’s side the lead after only 12 minutes and it seemed business as usual for the hosts. But Connor Wickham’s equaliser six minutes later made the evening very uncomfortable for the Blues as they struggled to break down the Black Cats’ defense.
The visitors had Vito Mannone to thank too for making a series of outstanding saves and they eventually rode their luck as Fabio Borini, a former Chelsea youngster, came back to haunt his club with a well-taken penalty eight minutes before the end of the match.
The result was a massive boost for Sunderland as they took points off yet another top team after their 2-2 draw against Manchester City just a few days before, eventually succeeding in staying in the league in fashionable style.
As for Chelsea, they never fully recovered from the setback as Mourinho’s men settled for third spot.
|2. Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool|
This match will probably go down as one of the greatest matches in Premier League history as Liverpool capitulated in the most extraordinary way possible.
Leading 3-0 with 11 minutes remaining, their quest to search for more goals eventually cost them as Crystal Palace struck three goals in quick succession to earn an amazing draw for the home side.
It seemed a fairly straightforward game for the Reds, who took the lead with Joe Allen’s header from a corner in the 18th minute, his first league goal for the club. The visitors then struggled to build on their tally, but they were eventually rewarded when Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez both scored in quick successions.
There was a feeling that Liverpool felt up for it and there was a fear that it was going to be a thrashing for the home side.
However, the desire to continue to pile men forward to try and reduce their goal deficit proved to be their outdoing as they had to endure a chastening finish to the game.
Damien Delaney’s deflected 79th minute strike gave Palace a glimmer of hope as Liverpool slowly began to press the panic button. Dwight Gayle then created mayhem in the Livepool defense as he scored his first goal two minutes later, and the comeback was completed two minutes from time as Gayle exploited a desperate Liverpool backline.
It was heartbreaking for the Reds as their title charge were left in tatters in 11 cruel minutes, with Luis Suarez’s inability to control his tears showing the extent of how distraught and shocked Liverpool’s fall from grace was.
|1. Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City|
It was the kind of top-of-the-table clash that any football fan would have appreciated. The two best sides in the country this season produced what was likely one of the most exciting Premier League games over the years as Liverpool edged Manchester City to take a huge step towards a first Premier League title.
The importance of the match prior to kickoff was magnified by an emotionally charged day at Anfield as Liverpool commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
As they had done so often this season, Liverpool started the game with a flyer as Raheem Sterling gave the home side the lead after only six minutes. Martin Skrtel then doubled their lead 20 minutes later as he nodded in Steven Gerrard’s corner.
Things didn’t look so bright for City then, as they lost Yaya Toure through injury early in the game, but they showed their powers of recovery as they somehow got back in the game in the second half.
David Silva proved to be the catalyst as he turned the game on its head with a goal early in the second half before the Spaniard's effort was deflected in by a combination of Glen Johnson and Simon Mignolet to equalise.
However, there was to be one last twist to the tale as Coutinho pounced on Vincent Kompany's woeful clearance to fire in a dramatic 78th-minute winner.