This was the best week ever to be an English Premier League fan. It was highlighted by arguably the biggest game in the history of the EPL (not to mention a deciding factor in the season,) as Manchester United and Manchester City took their rivalry to epic proportions with City edging out its crosstown rival 1-0. A day earlier, Fernando Torres of Chelsea and Luis Suarez of Liverpool both recorded their first hat-tricks for their clubs, adding to an awesome week in the world of English football.
Manchester City 1, Manchester United 0
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany headed in the only goal to help City hop over United for the EPL lead. Tied on points, City’s took the top spot on goal differential and now leads its rival by eight.
The game was exciting from the start. Manchester City had the bulk of the opportunities to score although, surprisingly, the only tally came through Kompany, a defender. This result doesn’t mean the winning team locked up the league title but, with only two games left, Manchester City gains the inside lane to the trophy. The talking point for the losing team has to be when United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s benched key players like Chicarito Hernandez, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young. But lifelong City supporter and Oasis lead singer Noel Gallagher will be rejoicing through the next week as City swept its season series with United for only the second time ever.
Despite no championship, this match may have been the equivalent to an EPL title game. With 650 million people around the world tuning in, it’s hard to argue.
Hat Tricks For Luis Suarez & Fernando Torres
I’m not going to ask which hat-trick was better after Luis Suarez sailed a 40-yard strike over the Norwich City keeper: capping his first trifecta for Liverpool. Although Fernando Torres is a man possessed after his goal against Barcelona, he continued his top form scoring three of the six Chelsea goals in a slaughter of opponent Queens Park Rangers. Fans of either team might debate who had the better three-goal route but my vote’s for Suarez.