PL Final Day: 6 Extraordinary Things that Happened Including De Gea's Rare Penalty Save

PL Final Day: 6 Extraordinary Things that Happened Including De Gea's Rare Penalty Save

Rene Otinga
May 30, 2023 at 9:55 AM
  • There were some notable events in the final day of the Premier League campaign
  • Arsenal thrashed Wolves 5-0 as Granit Xhaka scored a brace, while Liverpool played out an eight-goal thriller with Southampton
  • Two iconic Premier League sides were also relegated to the Championship

The 2022/23 Premier League season has finally come to an end, and the final day of the league campaign treated fans to some extraordinary treats.

Sports Brief takes a look at some unique occurrences and standout moments in the 10 games played on Sunday, May 28.

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Jamie Vardy of Leicester City looks dejected after the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on May 28, 2023 in Leicester, England. Photo by Daniel Chesterton.
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Leicester, Leeds relegation

By the end of round 38, fans were set to know the two teams that would join Southampton in the championship next season.

These teams are 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City, who were relegated despite a win over West Ham, and Leeds, who succumbed to a 21st defeat of the season

Goals and farewells in EPL

Several key players scored goals which are presumably their last for the clubs they play for.

Tottenham’s Lucas Moura was on target as his side beat Leeds 4-1, while Granit Xhaka got a brace in Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Wolves.

Roberto Firmino, who is set to leave Liverpool , also scored his last ever goal for the Reds in the thriller against already-relegated Saints.

Aston Villa qualify for Europe

At a raucous Villa Park, Aston Villa beat a tough Brighton side 2-1 to sum up what has been an extraordinary season for the Midlands club since Unai Emery took charge.

Emery has helped Aston Villa to 15 wins from 25 matches, taking the club back to Europe where they will play in the Europa Conference League.

Brentford double over Man City

One of the much more underrated results of the final day is Brentford’s win over Manchester City.

The Bees, who have had an exemplary campaign by their own standards, became the only side to have completed the double over the Premier League champions this season, as cited on the club's website.

On Sunday, their only goal of the game came from Ethan Pinnock as City’s 15-game unbeaten run came to an end.

Brentford also somehow beat City 2-1 at the Etihad in the reverse fixture.

De Gea saves penalty

This one is on a much more hilarious note as the Premier League’s Golden Glove winner David De Gea made a penalty save against Fulham on Sunday.

De Gea is undoubtedly a world class shot stopper, but the Spaniard is not particularly known for his penalty-saving prowess.

In fact, prior to his save on Sunday in Manchester United’s 2-1 win, the last time he saved a spot kick in all competitions was in 2021.

To put things to further perspective, it was De Gea’s first penalty save at Old Trafford in nine years.

Southampton vs Liverpool madness

It is never a final day of the Premier League season without a thriller of a game, and this time, it came courtesy of already-relegated Southampton.

The Saints welcomed Liverpool to their home ground in their final Premier League match for a while, and fans who got tickets to watch the game will be glad they did.

It was goals galore as Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Cody Gakpo scored for Liverpool, while Southampton got goals from James Ward Prowse, Kamaldeen Sulemana and Adam Armstrong as the two teams wrestled to a 4-4 draw.

Did Mina bite Bournemouth star?

Sports Brief also reported on an interesting incident during the Everton game against Bournemouth.

A mass brawl was sparked by Dominic Solanke, who tried to hold Jordan Pickford to the floor in an intense goalmouth scramble.

Mina was first to arrive on the scene and seemed to bite Solanke in a bizarre turn of events.

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