Unfortunately, the fans weren’t in the Premier League for most of this season, but there were still plenty of memorable moments.
The 2020-21 campaign generated numerous points of discussion, from impressive victories to outstanding goals, blatant failures and an emotional farewell.
The PA news agency has selected seven moments that will not be forgotten.
As a script, a goalkeeper who goes into a corner with his team and desperately needs one last goal to keep his season alive and score the winner with a great header is undoubtedly Hollywood material. Alisson Becker’s goal was a huge success for Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League – they finished third – and will be considered one of the Premier League’s great moments made all the more poignant by the Brazilian father’s death in February .
Southampton scored again for nine
Southampton felt sorry for the scoreboard
To lose 9-0 once is unfortunate, to do it twice in consecutive seasons is something. After a joint Premier League record against Leicester in October 2019, Southampton was beaten again by Manchester United for nine goals in February. The Red Devils, who set the record with a 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995, were unscrupulous at Old Trafford, leading 4-0 at halftime and pushing their advantage home decisively. There were eight different goalscorers, with Anthony Martial hitting braces.
The Son and Kane show
Son Heung-min (left) and Harry Kane were the perfect partners
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have scored more goals than any other duo in Premier League history. In the second game of the season against Southampton, Son scored four goals, all of which were supported by Kane. The South Korean then added two in a record 6-1 win over Manchester United. Both Kane and Son have surpassed 20 goals this season.
Stuart Dallas celebrates the goal at Etihad
Leeds’ long-awaited return to the Premier League did not disappoint. Marcelo Bielsa’s team has more than held its own and offers a lot of entertainment. Their best moment was in April when they defeated champions Manchester City 2-1 despite 10 men. Ferran Torres’s equalizer seemed to have secured City at least one point, but Stuart Dallas, who scored the first goal, scored a stoppage-time winner at Etihad.
The stage was ready. City went 1-0 against Chelsea in a game where victory would seal another Premier League title and with a penalty that offers a chance to get one step closer. Who better than the record scorer Sergio Aguero as one of his last contributions to the club? However, the Argentine remained red in the face when his attempted Panenka chip was comfortably caught by Edouard Mendy and Chelsea won the game 2-1.
Liverpool was beaten for seven at Villa Park
The most impressive goal of the season was scored by Villa Park in October, when Liverpool were still the team to beat and were beaten 7-2 by Aston Villa. Ollie Watkins scored a hat trick in the first half to establish himself as a top talent, while Ross Barkley and Jack Grealish also starred when Liverpool was torn apart. Mohamed Salah scored twice for the defending champions but that was a defeat.
Hodgson says goodbye
Roy Hodgson gives the fans a thumbs up at Selhurst Park
Fans returned to Selhurst Park on Wednesday with perfect timing for Roy Hodgson’s final home game. It was only the second time this season that Palace played in front of their fans, and a thunderous reception from the 6,500 spectators greeted the manager’s arrival on the pitch before kick-off. Both groups of players formed an honor guard for the 73-year-old, who is stepping down after four years. Palace were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal but Hodgson said: “I’m really blown away with all the kind words and everything that happened here tonight.”