It was another superb weekend of Premier League action at both ends of the table, with top four and relegation places still to be decided. Here is our review of all the action.
Leicester City enjoy unbelievable Premier League title party with Vardy at the double
Everton were the 3-1 sacrificial lamb as Leicester put the seal on a glorious season by being presented with the Premier League trophy amidst joyous scenes at the King Power Stadium.
Jamie Vardy scored twice including a penalty but missed out on a hat-trick by blazing a second spot kick high over the bar. City’s longest-serving player Andy King was also on target with Kevin Mirallas netting a mazy, magnificent consolation.
30 – Jamie Vardy has had a hand in more Premier League goals this season than any other player (30 – 24 goals, 6 assists). Party.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 7 May 2016
And then everyone went mental for the Foxes’ first top-flight title in their 132-year history.
The trophy was held aloft by captain Wes Morgan – rum makers and namesakes Captain Morgan’s have created a special limited edition bottle for the Foxes skipper – and manager Claudio Ranieri to a rapturous response from those inside and the thousands more who had gathered outside the ground.
And so the party began – richly deserved for Leicester, the players and all associated with the city and the team.
Arsenal secure crucial point and could now grab second spot in the Premier League
Manchester City and Arsenal shared the spoils 2-2 but the former could yet miss out on a Champions League place, disaster for incoming manager Pep Guardiola.
City’s top-four bid is no longer in their own hands as Alexis Sanchez’s equaliser spoiled Manuel Pellegrini’s final home game.
Sergio Aguero fired City’s early opener into the bottom corner from 18 yards. Gunners striker Olivier Giroud headed in the equaliser within two minutes, Kevin de Bruyne’s solo effort restored City’s lead after the break, but it wasn’t to be as City substitute Wilfried Bony’s late volley thumped the crossbar, leaving the usually placid Pellegrini with his head in his hands.
It means fourth-placed City could still miss out on the Champions League even if they beat Swansea in their final fixture. Fifth-placed Manchester United, who have played a game less than their neighbours, will finish above City if they win both of their final two games.
Arsenal need a point at home to already relegated Aston Villa next weekend to clinch Champions League qualification for the 20th successive season.
Not that this will satisfy their increasingly truculent fans.
Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 and now have eyes on the top six; while Spurs slip to defeat
Joe Allen put the Reds in front as he guided in a Christian Benteke knock down after Philippe Coutinho’s cross.
Roberto Firmino added a second when he drove in a shot keeper Heurelho Gomes will be disappointed he did not save.
17 – Roberto Firmino has been involved in 17 PL goals this season (10 goals, 7 assists) more than any other Liverpool player. Pivotal.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 8 May 2016
A nice tick-over match for the Reds as they prepare for the Europa League final against Sevilla and, if they win, back door entry to the Champions League group stages.
Tottenham, clearly distraught at failing to keep up with Leicester despite a magnificent challenge for the title, hadn’t got the stuffing left despite the appreciation of the White Hart Lane supporters who have enjoyed a great season.
They went down 2-1 to Southampton. Steven Davis scored twice as the visitors came from behind.
Albeit home forward Son Heung-min chased a lost cause for the opener, jinked his way via a seemingly impossible route to goal, glided past Fraser Forster and coolly tucked the ball into an open net. A classy goal.
But Southampton are a classy team. Remarkable how the Big Six pick them clean of their top talent every year only for them to bounce back with fresh faces and beautiful football.
Manchester United close in on Champions League spots
A tale of two poor sides at Carrow Road with Manchester United edging it 1-0 over Norwich.
So the Red Devils can still make Champion League qualification – goodness knows how – as the Canaries seem doomed to head back into the Championship. Norwich, who simply haven’t scored enough goals and consequently don’t deserve to survive, could have played all day and still not hit the back of the net.
United barely had a shot on target until error-prone Norwich centre-half Sebastien Bassong made a hash of a clearance. It fell to Wayne Rooney who did his best to stumble over the chance, yet had the presence of mind to direct the ball to the onrushing Juan Mata who thumped it into the net.
It was scarcely deserved.
As for the expensively assembled United, bar David de Gea in goal who has been consistently good all season, and Chris Smalling at centre-back, hardly any of the senior professionals has performed to their capability.
They lack fight, charisma, daring and the willingness to take risks. No-one seemingly is encouraged to beat a man. The side is a pale shadow of the Fergie era.
Chelsea fall to another defeat as Sunderland look on the verge of safety
Chelsea’s miserable season ended … miserably.
Despite twice leading against Sunderland, they somehow contrived to lose 3-2 at the Stadium of Light.
And to make matters worse Chelsea legend John Terry was sent off for two yellow cards in possibly his final game for the club after a fantastic if controversial career.
New manager Antonio Conte has a huge rebuilding job on his hands – there are simply too many unhappy egos at Stamford Bridge. In contrast Sunderland players and fans were in seventh heaven.
With Newcastle held by Aston Villa and Norwich losing, Sunderland will stay up if they win one of their final two matches. The Black Cats host Everton on Wednesday, and are away to Watford on the final day of the Premier League season.
Two goals in three second-half minutes saw them fight back for a dramatic win over Chelsea.
Diego Costa’s precise finish gave the Blues the lead but Wahbi Khazri levelled with a spectacular volley. Nemanja Matic found space to restore Chelsea’s lead before Sunderland turned the game on its head after the break. Fabio Borini beat Thibaut Courtois with a deflected shot, before Jermain Defoe swivelled to score a vital winner.
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