By DAN KARELL
Arsenal had a chance to create a four point gap between them and rivals Chelsea and Tottenham when they welcomed in Everton to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Instead, Arsenal had to settle for a point.
In a match of missed opportunities and physical challenges from Everton that left the home team bruised and flustered, Arsenal played Everton to a scoreless draw, keeping Everton’s slim hopes of a top-four finish alive, and hurting Arsenal’s chances to secure one.
Though there was some doubt of his availability for the match, Jack Wilshere started and played 69 minutes for Arsenal in the draw, doing his best to provide a spark. The Everton midfield though did their best to destroy any chance of Arsenal gaining a rhythm, and it was a team effort, with forward Kevin Mirallas and midfielder Marouane Fellaini tracking back deep into their own half to defend the net.
Everton’s physicality on the evening earned them three yellow cards but outside of a possible sending off of midfielder Darren Gibson, Everton were comfortable in their challenges, and received a well-earned point on the road. With the result, Arsenal remains in third place on 60 points, and Everton sits in sixth place on 56 points. Both teams have five matches remaining this season.
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BAYERN MUNICH ROUT WOLFSBURG IN GERMAN CUP
Recently, Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness told German publication Kicker that in regards to the Bundesliga, it is “too easy” for Bayern at the moment. On Tuesday, his squad reminded everyone why.
Central forward Mario Gomez scored a hat-trick in seven minutes as Bayern defeated Wolfsburg 6-1 at the Allianz Arena in the German Cup semifinals. Gomez, who had only entered the match in the 77th minute for Mario Mandzukic, scored in the 80th, 83rd, and 86th minutes to complete his treble.
Wingers Xherdan Shaqiri and Arjen Robben each had a goal and two assists, while midfielder Diego was the only player to score for Wolfsburg. Bayern will play the winner of Wednesday’s Stuttgart vs. Freiburg match in the final, to be held on June 1st at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
CARDIFF CITY EARN PROMOTION TO PREMIER LEAGUE
As things stand now, there will be two Welsh clubs in the English Premier League next season.
Cardiff City secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time on Tuesday after a scoreless draw with Charlton Athletic at Cardiff City Stadium, setting off wild celebrations on the field between the fans and players. Cardiff was last in the top league of English soccer back in the early 1960′s but since then have languished in the Football League, waiting for a return to the limelight.
The Welsh club currently sit at the top of the Championship on 84 points with three matches remaining. With a win in their next match against Burnley, they’ll lock-up the league title. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay in just his second year at the club, after a two year spell following retirement as Watford FC boss.
What do you make of these results? How big was earning a draw for Everton? Impressed by Bayern’s performance? Excited for a Cardiff vs. Swansea derby next season?
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