Premier League Final Day Results Round Up: Liverpool Secure Top 4, Swansea Relegated (pics)

Here’s what happened on the final day of the 2017/18 Premier League season

Burnley 1-2 Bournemouth

Bournemouth gatecrashed Burnley’s European party with a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor.

A sell-out home crowd soaked up the spring sunshine and looked set to celebrate a final win of the Premier League campaign when Chris Wood gave the Clarets the lead in the 39th minute.

But Bournemouth deserved the equaliser given to them by a fine Josh King effort 16 minutes from time and snatched all three points in added time when Kevin Long’s mistake was punished by substitute Callum Wilson.

But even that could not spoil the mood of the Burnley fans, who will see their team in action next on July 26 in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

West Brom’s eight-year stay in the Premier League concluded with a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Despite their recent improvement under caretaker manager Darren Moore, goals from Wilfried Zaha and Patrick van Aanholt meant they finished bottom of the table.

Zaha again impressed for the hosts and was rewarded with his ninth goal of the season in the second half, ensuring that what could have been a damaging season for his team finished positively – only goal difference keeps them outside the top 10.

The in-form van Aanholt also scored his third goal in three games, securing all three points in a further show of the remarkable job Roy Hodgson has done in leading Palace to an 11th-placed finish.

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger ended his Arsenal reign with a win at Huddersfield on an emotionally-charged afternoon at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The 68-year-old took charge of his last game in charge of the Gunners as his side recorded a 1-0 victory courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half goal.

Wenger, whose tenure lasted almost 22 years and took in 1,235 games, was given a rousing reception by both sets of fans in a carnival atmosphere.

Arsenal and Huddersfield fans alike saluted the Frenchman as he walked over to acknowledge the away end before the match, bowing in front of the travelling supporters.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner made a special presentation on behalf of the West Yorkshire club in the tunnel before kick-off, with the players forming a guard of honour as Wenger emerged onto the pitch one last time.

 

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

Liverpool secured a top-four spot with very little fuss as Mohamed Salah’s new Premier League goalscoring record paved the way for a 4-0 victory over Brighton.

The Egypt international’s 32nd league goal – his 44th in all competitions – took him past the milestone for a 38-match season shared by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Jurgen Klopp’s side needed only a point to retain their Champions League status for next season but with Chelsea losing at Newcastle, Dejan Lovren’s powerful header and first goals for the club by Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson added more gloss to the result.

 

Salah also ended the season as Golden Boot winner, and Shearer congratulated the forward over his record-breaking season.

Manchester United 1-0 Watford

Michael Carrick bade farewell to Old Trafford by helping set up the goal that delivered a 1-0 win for Manchester United over Watford.

The veteran midfielder, who is retiring this summer, captained United as they wrapped up their Premier League campaign.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal after 34 minutes, tapping in after Carrick’s superb long pass had played Juan Mata in behind the Hornets defence.

Newcastle United 3-0 Chelsea

Ayoze Perez struck twice to end Chelsea’s faint hopes of Champions League qualification as Newcastle secured a top-10 finish on their return to the Premier League.

The Blues, who face Manchester United in the FA Cup final next Saturday, simply did not turn up for what many believe could be Antonio Conte’s final league game at the helm and were beaten 3-0 at St James’ Park.

Dwight Gayle headed the home side into a 23rd-minute lead they richly deserved, and Perez’s second-half double ended a run of four successive defeat and clinched 10th place, fuelling fresh calls from the stands for manager Rafael Benitez to extend his stay on Tyneside.

 

Chelsea (dark green) were dominated by Newcastle, and didn’t manage a single shot in the first half

Southampton 0-1 Manchester City

Champions Manchester City became the first club to amass 100 Premier League points after Gabriel Jesus scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner at Southampton.

Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking side looked like missing out on an historic win on the south coast before substitute Jesus lobbed home to secure a 1-0 success with almost the final kick of the game.

Struggling Saints knew before kick-off that only a highly unlikely 10-goal swing in goal difference could send them down and a defeat for relegation rivals Swansea meant they were never in serious danger of the drop.

Guardiola’s formidable City side set new records for points gained, goals scored and games won in a Premier League campaign by beating Brighton 3-1 on Wednesday evening.

And they ensured a remarkable season would end on a high as Sunday’s sensational climax ensured those figures became 100, 106 and 32 respectively.

 

Swansea City 1-2 Stoke City

Swansea’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed as Stoke won 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Andy King gave Swansea an early lead, but Badou Ndiaye and Peter Crouch scored before half-time to give Stoke only their second victory since Paul Lambert took charge in January.

 

Stoke could even afford the luxury of Xherdan Shaqiri failing to convert a second-half penalty, and the two clubs will next meet in the Sky Bet Championship.

Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City

The game of the day was played at Wembley, where Tottenham overcame Leicester despite being 3-1 down at one stage. Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Riyad Mahrez all struck before the break, with Kelechi Iheanacho adding a third for the visitors soon after the restart.

But Erik Lamela turned on the style, scoring twice either side of a Christian Fuchs’ own goal which put Spurs 4-3 ahead. Vardy grabbed his second of the game and his 20th league goal of the season when he restored parity again on the 73rd minute, while Kane got his 30th league goal of the season a few minutes later in making it 5-4 – the scoreline that would remain intact for the final few minutes of a truly exhilarating match.

 

West Ham United 3-1 Everton

Manuel Lanzini scored twice as West Ham claimed a 3-1 win in what could be an ignominious end to Sam Allardyce’s reign as Everton boss.

Goals from Lanzini either side of a Marko Arnautovic effort which Jordan Pickford should have done better with earned the Hammers victory in what could also be David Moyes’ last game as boss.

Allardyce, the former England and West Ham manager, was booed by visiting fans prior to Oumar Niasse making it 2-1 at the London Stadium, but there was to be no comeback.

Moyes’ stock has risen in guiding West Ham to safety and, like with Allardyce, there are rumours over his future.

 

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