Super Sunday kicked off with Manchester City hosting Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad stadium. Only a win would do for the Hoops who we’re looking to avoid relegation to the Football League.
Manchester City however, we’re seeking to ensure Champions League football for the 2015/16 season. The Blue Moon faithful we’re treated to a fine performance as City put six past a faltering QPR. A hat trick from Aguero ensured QPR would be out of the top flight having been in the top division for only one season following their return from the Championship. This brings further implications for QPR financially, as expenses made by the club don’t qualify for the Football League’s Financial Fair Play regulations. The club will receive a fine close to £60 million due to Financial Fair Play, thus making it more difficult for the club to regain promotion back to the Premier League.
QPR produced a dismal performance at the Etihad with a catalog of errors that City couldn’t resist to take advantage of most notably with the 3rd, 4th and 5th goals. The 6th goal was a good passing move from City as they opened up QPR for David Silva to step around Robert Green to put the final nail on QPR’s Premier League campaign.
The second match of the Super Sunday saw Chelsea receive a guard of honor from Liverpool at Stamford Bridge before a tight match that Liverpool also needed to win to maintain a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League in the 2015/16 season. Chelsea got off to the perfect start to their afternoon thanks to veteran captain John Terry who headed in Fabregas’ corner after losing his marker Ricky Lambert. The match saw Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard play his final match at the Blue’s home ground and despite receiving jeers throughout Gerrard mad his mark on the game by losing his marker to head in at the back post following another set piece.
Gerrard eventually went off to a standing ovation from the Chelsea faithful, but that was not satisfying enough for the captain as the reds could not find a winner. Despite the Anfield based club being one of few to hold the champions at home this season it was not enough to guarantee a spot in the top four leaving it virtually impossible for the reds to get above Manchester United in the race for the fourth spot.
These results meant that Arsenal qualified for another season in the Champions League. Down at the bottom saw Burnley also relegated despite a 1-0 victory at relegation rivals Hull City. The defeat for Hull has made things more difficult for the club as games against Manchester United and Arsenal will decide their fate. Newcastle again failed to win at home against West Brom also leaving them dangerously close to relegation.
The fight for the title is over, the fight for the Champions League is more or less over, the fight for the Europa League will go until the end depending on Arsenal winning the F.A Cup and the fight for survival will also go right to the wire.
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