Manchester United and Chelsea have qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions League while Bournemouth and Watford have been relegated, after a dramatic final day in the 2019/2020 Premier League campaign.
Chelsea, United and Leicester were separated by just one point heading into Sunday but wins for the Red Devils and the Blues against the Foxes and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively, secured a place into Europe’s elite club competition.
United opened the scoring on 70 minutes through Bruno Fernandes from the penalty spot.
Former United defender Jonny Evans was sent off in injury time for a foul on Scott McTominay before Jesse Lingard later adding the second goal on 98 minutes to secure a 2-0 win at King Power stadium.
United and Chelsea finished on 66 points with United getting third with a better goal difference.
Former Nigeria international Odion who did not score a single goal in the course of the Premier League this season, was brought on late in the game.
For Leicester, Wilfred Ndidi played for 90 minutes while Kelechi Iheanacho was removed on 58 minutes for Ayoze Perez.
At the bottom of the table, Watford and Bournemouth suffered relegation to join Norwich City, which was already down.
Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw at West Ham meant they finished on 35 points, one more than Watford and Bournemouth.
Watford fell 3-2 at Arsenal despite an impressive fightback from 3-0 down while Bournemouth’s 3-1 win at Everton wasn’t enough to see the Cherries stay in the division.
Elsewhere champion Liverpool didn’t start its potent front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at Newcastle but rallied for a 3-1 win to finish on 99 points, one more than Manchester City’s tally from last season.
Second-place Manchester City crushed Norwich 5-0 in Spanish playmaker David Silva’s last league game for City after 10 years at the club.
At the end of the season, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy at 33 becomes the oldest player to win the Premier League Golden Boot.
He beat Didier Drogba who did it at 32 in 2009-10. Harry Kane is the only other Englishman to be league top scorer since 2000.
Wolves can still qualify for the Champions League should they go on to win this season’s Europa League title.
City goalkeeper Ederson kept 16 clean sheets the most this season and is the first City ‘keeper to win the Golden Glove award since Joe Hart in 2014-15.
For champions Liverpool they won 32 Premier League games this season, a joint-record in the history of the English top-flight alongside City (32 in both 2017-18 and 2018-19).
Also, the Reds finished the season with 99 points, the second-highest return in English top-flight history behind only City’s 100 points in 2017-18.
Premier League final day fixtures results:
Chelsea 2-0 Wolves
Leicester 0-2 Man United
Arsenal 3-2 Watford
Man City 5-0 Norwich City
Crystal Palace 1-1 Spurs
Burnley 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion
West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa
Everton 1-3 Bournemouth
Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool
Southampton 3-1 Sheffield United
By James Agberebi
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