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Tuesday 21 May 2013

The final weekend in numbers & pictures

We take a look at the key statistics and moments from the final day of the season

  • Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar scores a fine goal in the draw against Wigan

  • Alex Kacaniklic was on the scoresheet as Fulham ended with victory at Swansea

  • Stoke City striker Michael Owen played his final match before retiring

  • Anfield had a special tribute for retiring defender Jamie Carragher

  • Manchester City suffered a final-day defeat at the hands of Norwich City

  • West Ham defeated Reading with the help of a hat-trick from Kevin Nolan

  • Manchester United fans and players applaud retiring manager Sir Alex Ferguson

  • Fernando Torres ended the campaign on a high, scoring in the win over Everton

  • Laurent Koscielny scored the crucial goal as Arsenal secured a top-four place

  • Gareth Bale scored another superb goal but it was not enough for Tottenham Hotspur

  • Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes also played his final match

The curtain closed on a memorable 2012/13 campaign and the final matchweek of the 2012/13 season brought some unusual statistical delights for football fans.

The match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United was the first 5-5 in the history of the Barclays Premier League.

It was one short of league record 11 goals, when Portsmouth beat Reading 7-4 on 29 September 2007. It was the third time that 10 goals had been scored in a match and the second this season (29 December 2012: Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle United; 29 December 2007: Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Reading).

During the West Brom-Manchester United match Romelu Lukaku become only the fifth player in the Barclays Premier League to score a hat-trick as a substitute. The previous four were Emmanuel Adebayor, Robert Earnshaw, Ole Gunar Solksjaer and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The 36 goals on Sunday were also the most on the final matchweek of the Barclays Premier League.

Scroll through the our Matchweek 38 photo gallery above to see the defining moments of the final weekend.

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Key Points

  • The 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season ended on Sunday
  • We take a look at some headline stats from an absorbing final day
  • Scroll through our photo gallery featuring the key moments from Matchweek 38