Hull City Is Relegated From Premier League; Blackburn Defeats Arsenal 2-1

Hull City was relegated from the Premier League today after a 2-2 draw at Wigan, and Arsenal failed to wrap up third place after losing 2-1 to Blackburn.

Wigan’s Steven Gohouri scored in third minute of stoppage time to end Hull’s two-season stint in English soccer’s top division.

“It’s a gut-wrenching way to lose what I thought was a deserved three points,” Hull coach Iain Dowie told ESPN. “It’s a horrible feeling.”

Even before the late goal, Hull was doomed because of an inferior goal difference to 17th-place West Ham. Dowie’s team would have needed to score more than 20 goals in its final game to overtake the Hammers.

Hull rallied from a goal down when Will Atkinson and Mark Cullen scored either side of halftime. Gohouri’s goal from an overhead kick tied the match.

Burnley and Portsmouth already had been demoted from the 20-team Premier League.

Arsenal leads Tottenham by five points and Manchester City by six, and has one game to play. City and Tottenham have two matches left, including their meeting later this week, and one of those teams could take third place by winning both.

Arsenal took the lead at Blackburn with a Robin van Persie goal, before giving up a tying goal just before half time to David Dunn. Chris Samba scored in the 68th minute. Both Blackburn goals came from corners.

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