LONDON: Manchester United and Chelsea sealed Champions League locations on Sunday as Bournemouth and Watford fell by the trapdoor on a dramatic closing day of the longest Premier League season.
Liverpool had been topped champions final month however there have been many points at stake within the closing 90 minutes of a marketing campaign that began on August 9 final yr and was interrupted by a three-month coronavirus shutdown.
United completed third after a nervy 2-Zero win in a Champions League shootout in opposition to Leicester whereas Chelsea resulted in fourth spot after beating Wolves 2-Zero thanks to 2 targets on the stroke of half-time.
On the different finish of the desk, Bournemouth and managerless Watford dropped to the Championship whereas Aston Villa followers breathed an enormous sigh of aid after they bought the draw they wanted at West Ham.
Leicester, in fifth spot, will play within the Europa League subsequent season the place they are going to be joined by Tottenham, who drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace to leapfrog Wolves.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea required only a draw to seal Champions League qualification for subsequent time period and two targets in first-half stoppage time gave them respiratory house.
Mason Mount whipped in from a free-kick to present Chelsea the lead and the house facet went additional in entrance virtually instantly, when Olivier Giroud slid residence.
United, whose kind has dipped in current weeks after they pulled themselves again into competition for the Champions League, had been locked at 0-Zero at half-time on the King Energy Stadium.
However they lastly broke the impasse within the 71st minute, when Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot after Anthony Martial was upended. Jesse Lingard scored late to seal the win.
The consequence is a big carry for Solskjaer, whose workforce slipped nicely off the tempo earlier this season, however is a bitter blow for Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester, who’ve been camped within the high 4 for nearly the entire marketing campaign.
Watford, who sacked Nigel Pearson earlier this month, began in disastrous style once they conceded a penalty within the opening minute on the Emirates.
Craig Dawson floored Arsenal ahead Alexandre Lacazette and, after a prolonged VAR assessment, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tucked residence the ensuing spot-kick.
Their destiny was successfully sealed by additional first-half targets from Kieran Tierney and an Aubameyang overhead kick, although a Troy Deeney penalty and a Danny Welbeck strike gave them hope.
Bournemouth beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park however wanted West Ham to beat Aston Villa to outlive.
Jack Grealish’s late aim for Villa was a hammer blow however the residence facet dramatically levelled a minute later by Andriy Yarmolenko. Nevertheless, Villa held on to safe their Premier League survival.
An early aim by Harry Kane put Tottenham in entrance in opposition to Crystal Palace however Palace equalised early within the second half by Jeffrey Schlupp. That was sufficient for Jose Mourinho’s males to complete in sixth place.
Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-1 to complete the season on 99 factors and second-placed Manchester Metropolis completed the season with a flourish, thrashing Norwich 5-Zero to succeed in 102 targets for the marketing campaign.
Elsewhere, Brighton beat Burnley 2-1 and Southampton beat Sheffield United 3-1.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy received the Golden Boot with 23 targets.