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kept the destiny of the Premier
League title in its hands with a 3-
2 win yesterday over Everton while
Fulham and Cardiff were relegated
after Sunderland s surprise victory
at Manchester United.
City came from behind after Ross
Barkley s brilliant opener at Goodison
Park, with Sergio Aguero s goal and
Edin Dzeko s brace putting the vis-
itors top on goal difference from Liv-
erpool with both teams having two
games left. Two wins should give
City the championship.
Everton s defeat ensures fourth-
placed Arsenal qualifies for the
Champions League for the 17th
Fulham lost 4-1 at Stoke and
Cardiff was defeated 3-0 at New-
castle, leaving both sides unable to
climb out of the bottom three.
"I have to apologise for not man-
aging the situation. The club asked
me to come---I tried," said Fulham
manager Felix Magath, who was
hired in February in an attempt to
keep the club in the top division for
a 14th straight season. "The thing
is you can never say any player would
like to see relegation, but they didn t
fight enough, especially today."
Cardiff goes down after spending
just one year in the Premier League.
After drawing at Man City and
then winning at Chelsea, Sunderland
won 1-0 at Old Trafford through
Sebastian Larsson s 30th-minute
goal and is three points ahead of
After opening with a 4-0 win
over Norwich last weekend, United
interim manager Ryan Giggs saw
his team turn in a performance rem-
iniscent of David Moyes woeful 10-
month tenure that was ended last
month and provided a reality check
for the club great.
"I feel flat," said Giggs. "The play-
ers were flat and I don t know why
. We were putting five- or 10-yard
passes astray and if you do that in
the Premier League you get pun-
ished. We ve had a problem at home
all season---it s not been good
Already out of contention to qual-
ify for the Champions League, Unit-
ed is also struggling to make the
Europa League as it is six points
behind sixth-placed Tottenham,
which lost 2-0 at West Ham.
Spurs went down to 10 men in
the 25th minute when Younes Kaboul
was given a straight red card for a
professional foul, before an own goal
by Harry Kane and Stewart Down-
ing s free kick secured a victory that
preserved West Ham s Premier
League status for another season.
Aston Villa is almost certain of
staying up, too, after beating Hull
3-1 thanks to Ashley Westwood s
goal after 58 seconds and a pair of
headers from Andreas Weimann just
Villa is six points clear of Nor-
wich, which likely needs at least
four points to survive but ends the
season with games against Chelsea
on Sunday and Arsenal next week-
Hull, a point behind Villa, is also
unlikely to be hauled in by Norwich
but its three-game winless run
bodes ill for the FA Cup final against
Arsenal on May 17. Regardless of
that result, however, Hull will get
the Europa League spot offered by
the FA Cup courtesy of Arsenal
securing fourth place in the league.
Southampton beat Swansea 1-0
away thanks to Rickie Lambert s
injury-time goal in yesterday s other
Sunderland's Fabio Borini, top vies for the ball with Everton's Gareth Barry,
bottom, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium
of Light, Sunderland, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion 35 7 15 13 42 54 36 -12
PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE
BARCELONA---Barcelona conceded a second
goal to Getafe forward Angel Lafita in injury
time to stumble to a 2-2 draw at home yes-
terday, dealing a major blow to its hopes of
defending its Spanish league title.
Lionel Messi volleyed in Dani Alves pass
to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, only
for Lafita to level after a rare attack for Getafe
in the 37th.
Substitute Cesc Fabregas appeared to have
put Barcelona back on track when he initiated
a move that ended with Alexis Sanchez scoring
in the 67th.
But Barcelona s brittle defence again
betrayed it in the final moments when Lafita
charged in to head home Julian Gavilan s cross
and grab a draw that silenced the Camp Nou.
Out of the Champions League and Copa
del Rey, Barcelona s chances of repeating as
Spanish champion are fading fast. The Catalan
club was left three points behind Atletico
Madrid before the leader visits Levante today.
There are two more rounds remaining after
this weekend. Real Madrid trails Atletico by
six points but has a game in hand.
Despite still being mathematically alive,
Barcelona appears to have given up the title.
Martino, who is widely expected to be fired,
added, "Sometimes you don t think it s nec-
essary to ask for a second chance because
you don t deserve one."
The match was Barcelona s first home game
since former coach Tito Vilanova s death last
week from throat cancer. He was honoured
with a commemorative video, an enormous
banner with the message "Tito, Always Eter-
nal," and a minute s silence before kickoff.
Barring slipups by Atletico and Madrid,
Barcelona won t win a major title for the
first time since the 2007-08 season, before
former coach Pep Guardiola took over with
Vilanova as his assistant. Vilanova led the
team to the league title last year in his only
season as coach.
Barcelona dominated the outclassed Getafe
for the first 80 minutes, but its lack of scoring
touch cost the host dearly.
Lafita converted two of Getafe s three scor-
ing opportunities, while Pedro Rodriguez and
Alexis were particularly off target for a
Barcelona side that generated a plethora of
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said
the players were the "only ones" to blame.
"We have committed mistakes that are not
befitting players who want to play in this
league. We won t win any titles this year, and
I hope that serves the team in years to come."
Getafe provisionally rose three points above
the relegation zone.
Elche moved a provisional six points above
the drop after winning 1-0 at Malaga thanks
to Garry Rodrigues strike in the 11th.
Elche had two players shown direct red
cards. Reserve goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez
was booked for coming off the bench to argue
with Malaga s players in the 68th, and defender
Alberto Botia was sent off in the 82nd for
kicking the ball into a prone Malaga player
after a foul.
Barca's title defence hit by 2-2 draw with Getafe
Brazil, right, duels
for the ball against
Sarabia during a
Spanish La Liga
soccer match at
the Camp Nou
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