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Man United & Chelsea seal top-four spots

Man United & Chelsea seal top-four spots

Manchester United and Chelsea claimed the final two Champions League qualification spots on the Premier League’s final day, while Watford and Bournemouth were relegated to the Championship.

Frank Lampard’s side beat Wolves 2-0 while United grabbed the other Champions League berth thanks to a 2-0 victory over Leicester City, who missed out on a top-four finish despite spending most of the campaign in the table’s upper reaches.

A 1-1 draw at West Ham saw Aston Villa retain their top-flight status, with Bournemouth’s 3-1 victory over Everton not enough to prevent them and Watford – beaten 3-2 by Arsenal – joining Norwich City in being demoted.

FOXES MISS OUT ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RETURN

Brendan Rodgers’ men were 14 points clear of United as recently as January but Bruno Fernandes’ 71st-minute penalty and substitute Jesse Lingard’s stoppage-time strike meant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished above Leicester after 38 games.

A draw would have been enough for Leicester to finish fourth had Chelsea been beaten by Wolves, but first-half goals from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud ruled out that possibility early on.

Jamie Vardy, who won the golden boot with 23 goals, headed against the crossbar in the second period before Fernandes converted United’s record 14th penalty of the campaign and Lingard added another to ensure a return to Europe’s premier club competition, with Leicester’s misery compounded by Jonny Evans’ late dismissal.

VILLA SURVIVE DESPITE LATE DRAMA

Villa captain Jack Grealish’s 84th-minute strike looked to have been enough to preserve their Premier League status – and, though Andriy Yarmolenko’s deflected effort brought West Ham back level moments later – Dean Smith’s team held on to avoid going straight back down at the first attempt.

Instead it was Bournemouth – a Premier League club since 2015 – who went down despite their win at Goodison Park.

Watford, who were promoted five years ago too, were also relegated having fallen 3-0 down to Arsenal inside 33 minutes, with goals from Troy Deeney and Danny Welbeck not enough to save them.

SPURS SEAL EUROPA LEAGUE SPOT

A 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace ensured Tottenham sealed a top-six finish and the final qualification place for next season’s Europa League, as Wolves dropped down to seventh on goal difference.

As well as scoring twice, Kevin De Bruyne also equalled Thierry Henry’s Premier League assist record with his 20th of the season as Manchester City thrashed Norwich 5-0 to reach 102 goals for the season.

Champions Liverpool came from behind to beat Newcastle United 3-1, Brighton and Hove Albion won 2-1 at Burnley and Southampton defeated Sheffield United 3-1.

Juventus clinch ninth Serie A title in a row

Juventus clinched their ninth Serie A title in a row by defeating Sampdoria 2-0 at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

The Bianconeri extended their record run, which stretches back to 2011-12, thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have wobbled over recent weeks, failing to wrap things up on Thursday when they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Udinese.

It meant they had only one win from five as they prepared to entertain Sampdoria, with Inter’s 3-0 victory over Genoa on Saturday having closed the gap at the summit to four points.

The Scudetto represents Sarri’s first major honour in Italian football, while at 61 he has also become the oldest coach to win Serie A.

Juve were just one point clear of Lazio prior to the shutdown in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, but four straight victories upon the resumption helped them build a commanding lead – breathing space that came in handy more recently.

Cristiano Ronaldo played a key role in the triumph. He reached 50 career Serie A goals in just 61 games, while also becoming the first man to score 30 in a league campaign for Juventus since John Hansen in 1951-52.

 

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