Bite my shiny metal ass! (Bender's catchphrase)
Now that's what is called D-Day in Premier League, just as the recently concluded Dutch League! Before the game began, Man Utd and Chelsea were level on points following a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge last month. United came to Wigan for one thing: win at all costs.
While the score is fated to end 0-0 at half-time, Wigan defender Emerson Boyce fouled Wayne Rooney at the box, giving Utd a penalty and Ronaldo converted one to make it 31 league goals of the season, tying with Alan Shearer who did the feat many years ago. At Steven's Corner in Setapak, the whole crowd went nervous when Andrei Schevchenko scored at Stamford Bridge.
Ryan Giggs tied with Sir Bobby Charlton's record of appearance of 758 by coming on as a sub for Park-Ji Sung and scored the winner, giving them a sure win for the club regardless of the outcome at Bridge. He will break the record of appearances if he appears in the European cup final in Moscow.
After the match, it was learned that Bolton striker Kevin Davies scored an injury-time equalizer to hold Chelsea and let United clinch the title, thus tying with Liverpool of 18 league titles. After the match, everyone was jubilating, some in relief for the match was critical in their quest of double (next one's the final vs Chelsea in Moscow). Also, everyone was cheering when John Terry had to be taken off following a three-man collision between Petr Cech, himself and Davies in the first 15 minutes.
Tension at the bottom:
At the same time, three teams are competing to beat the drop (read: relegation) alongside Derby County. They were Fulham, Birmingham and Reading. The grim situation is that Birmingham and Reading will be relegated regardless should Fulham win their away match at FA Cup finalists Portsmouth.
And they did, winning 1-0 with Danny Murphy scoring the goal. Reading and Birmingham also recorded big victories but the 1-0 win at Fratton Park was turned celebration to sorrow. I wonder whether they won because of the motivation of impressing Daniel Radcliffe being their own hometown folk hero? Note: according to the biography, he's from Fulham.
Sven's Final Song Not Good
If Sven Goran Eriksson is leaving the club, the match against Middlesbrough was showing Thaksin Shinawatra that the players and supporters are against the notion of Thaksin asking Sven to leave due to bad blood. Man City were mauled 8-1 by Middlesbrough because of Alfonso Alves hattrick and a Richard Dunne being red-carded - and the defence broken down badly.
Patrick Stewart was kind of crazy in the third act of the film Masterminds, tearing off his shirt to show a Man Utd t-shirt and was shouting "You Got It! You Got It"
One down, one more to go..."We are Champions!"