JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, May 13, 2013
Clint Dempsey starred in Tottenham's win over Geoff Cameron's Stoke City, while Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, and Aston Villa went down to Chelsea at home.
Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, and Aston Villa lost to Chelsea in dramatic fashion and thus continue their relegation zone struggle.
Guzan went the distance and starred in goal, recording five saves in the game. Lichaj also played the full ninety minutes for Villa at right back.
Christian Benteke opened the scoring for Villa as he received the ball in the midfield, raced to the final third, and slotted the ball passed Petr Cech in the 14th minute.
The home team then caught a break just before half when Ramires was sent off because of a second yellow card.
However in the 58th minute Villa's Benteke was sent off for his second booking, evening the game once again, and taking away Villa's best scoring option.
Chelsea finally leveled in the 61st minute when Frank Lampard rocketed a ball into the back of the net from the top of the box.
The Blues then notched the game winning goal in the 88th minute when good link up play in the final third led to an Eden Hazard square pass into the box and a technical finish from Lampard.
With no points to show for, Villa continues in the relegation bubble after this weekend. If Wigan Athletic wins their midweek game, it sets up for a nail biting drop zone clash between the Latics and Villa in the final weekend of the season.
Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey starred in Tottenham's crucial win over Stoke City on Sunday.
The American started, played 83 minutes, scored, and provided an assist on the day. Geoff Cameron came on in the second half to play 16 minutes, while Brek Shea did no make the game day roster.
The Potters opened the scoring early as Steven N'Zonzi flicked a header into the back of the net on Stoke's first free kick of the game in the 3rd minute.
Tottenham leveled the game in the 20th minute when Dempsey got on the score sheet for Spurs. A long pass was cleared by the Stoke defense, however, the ball went straight to the Texan who lofted the ball into the empty net.
The former New England Revolution star then was involved in Tottenham's second goal when a deflected pass fell to him in the box and he laid the ball square to Emmanuel Adebayor who knocked the ball passed Asmir Begovic for the goal in the 88th minute.
Spurs hold a two-point lead for fourth place over Arsenal with just a game left in the season. They take on next Sunday.
Everton 2-0 West Ham United
Tim Howard recorded two saves in Everton's victory over West Ham United.
Despite the Toffees having no chance at a European tournament spot, the game still held meaning as it was David Moyes' final game at Goodison Park as Everton's manager.
Kevin Mirallas helped make Moyes' final match victorious as he notched two goals to give Everton the three points.
The first goal came in the 6th minute when Steven Pienaar set up Mirallas for a goal from the edge of the area.
In the 60th minute Mirallas found the back of the net again as his shot deflected off of a West Ham defender and passed ‘keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The Toffees take on Chelsea on the road next week.
Zak Whitbread did not dress in Leicester City's crushing loss to Watford in the Championship playoffs.