Liverpool will return to Champions League football after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 at Anfield.
With so much riding on the outcome, the Reds were a bundle of nerves for much of the initial 45 minutes.
However, Georginio Wijnaldum eased the tension in first half injury time, bursting into the box and smashing in a fierce shot at the near post. Philippe Coutinho’s trademark curling free-kick six minutes into the second period was then followed by an Adam Lallana goal allowing players and supporters to breath freely.
Manchester City sealed their place in the Champions League.
With Manchester City thrashing an abject Watford 0-5, Liverpool finished fourth in the final Premier League table and will have to negotiate Champions League qualifying. City ended up third, but way behind Tottenham and champions Chelsea. Skipper Vincent Kompany headed in an early opener before Sergio Aguero grabbed a brace. Fernandinho got in on the act and Gabriel Jesus made it five.
Arsenal through the to the FA Cup Final.
Arsenal fought to the end but it wasn’t enough, missing out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton 3-1. The win was achieved with ten men after defender Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a challenge on Enner Valencia. The Gunners took the lead early on through Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez scrambled in a second. Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton from the penalty spot but Aaron Ramsey made it safe.
Manchester United through to the Europa League final.
For Manchester United, everything depends on the Europa League final – victory and they are back in the Champions League next seasons.
Josh Harrop scored on his debut as United’s disappointing Premier League campaign ended with a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Harrop was one of four players given their first top-flight starts as manager Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days. Paul Pogba doubled the advantage. With two minutes remaining Angel Gomes replaced captain Wayne Rooney to become the club’s youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 263 days old. He is also the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the Premier League.
Chelsea Sixth Premier League Title.
Chelsea celebrated in style, putting on a show against hapless Sunderland. The Blues, who sealed their sixth top-flight title nine days ago, paraded the trophy in front of their adoring fans. Sunderland tried to play party poopers with an early Javier Manquillo strike. But then the home side turned on the style in honour of departing legend John Terry. Willian equalised, Eden Hazard lashed in his 17th goal of the season, Pedro, capitalised on a poor backwards header, and Michy Batshuayi then got two to notch five goals in three games despite never being a regular. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to retain the Premier League golden boot as Tottenham destroyed Hull 7-1 at the KCOM Stadium. It took the striker to 29 goals for the season, his highest tally in a league campaign. Also hitting the back of the net were Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld. Sam Clucas got a consolation for the relegated hosts.
And so ends another thrilling Premier League campaign.
Few pundits backed Chelsea to claim the spoils with most opting for one or other of the Manchester clubs.
But Manchester disappointed, and for the present London reigns supreme over the north.
Can’t wait for it all to start over again.
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