English Premier League Game-week 38 roundup

The English Premier League’s final game-week expectedly produced excitement, heartbreak and celebrations across all 10 matches. Below is a wrap-up of the day’s games.

Chelsea earned the all-important victory needed to seal a UEFA Champions League spot as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to finish in fourth-place.

Frank Lampard apparently ran out of patience with under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, replacing the Spaniard with veteran Argentine Willy Caballero and it proved to be the right decision as the Blues kept a rare clean sheet.

Two goals in first-half stoppage time, Mason Mount’s free-kick and an Olivier Giroud strike sealed a victory which ultimately saw Wolves drop a spot below into seventh-place and failed to qualify for next seasons UEFA Europa League via the league.

Manchester United made a return to the UEFA Champions League securing a decisive 2-0 away win at Leicester City.

Bruno Fernandes’ penalty and a rare goal from forgotten man Jesse Lingard ensured the Red Devils got the better of the Foxes, who finished with 10-men following the sending off of Johnny Evans and must now settle for a place in next seasons UEFA Europa League.

Aston Villa secured yet another important result within the space of five days, as a 1-1 draw away at West Ham United secured Premier League survival as they finished 17th on the table, just a spot and point ahead of Bournemouth.

Jack Grealish’s 84th-minute goal put Villa on course for an unlikely away victory, but Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko pulled the hosts level a minute later to ensure a share of the points.

Bournemouth’s last-ditch attempt at regaining their topflight status ended in futility despite winning 3-1 away at Everton.

The Cherries’ fate wasn’t helped by the valuable point gained by Aston Villa at West Ham United.

Richarlison’s handball gave away a penalty which was duly converted by Josh King to hand Bournemouth the lead.

Moise Kean equalised with only his second league goal of the campaign on a rare start, however, Dominic Solanke ensured the visitors went into the break in-front heading into the back of the net.

Substitute Junior Stanislas made certain of the maximum points but it counted for nothing as the Cherries’ five-year Premier League status came to an end.

Arsenal beat Watford 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium, a result which condemned the Hornets to relegation as they finished 19th on the log, while the Gunners finished the season in eighth position.

The Gunners went flying out of the blocks as early as the fifth-minute, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converting from the spot for his 21st Premier League goal of the season.

One soon became two as Kieran Tierney struck past Ben Foster before Aubameyang netted his brace and 22nd of the campaign with a superb overhead kick three minutes past the half-hour mark.

David Luiz in his characteristic manner gave away a penalty after fouling Danny Welbeck just before half-time, Troy Deeney levelling from the spot. Welbeck halved the deficit in the 66th-minute to ensure a nervy finish to the game.

In other results, Crystal Palace ended a seven-game losing streak by securing a 1-1 home draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park.

Harry Kane handed Spurs a 10th-minute lead before Jeffrey Schlupp levelled for Palace eight minutes after the restart. The result sealed sixth-place for Tottenham, who finished ahead on goal difference ahead of Wolverhampton.

Manchester City beat Norwich City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium, in a game which saw Kevin De Bruyne equal Thierry Henry’s record of 20 Premier League assists.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus, De Bruyne’s brace, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez sealed an expected sour end to Norwich’s Premier League campaign.

Champions Liverpool secured a 3-1 comeback victory at Newcastle United to finish the season on 99 points.

Brighton secured a 2-1 away win at Burnley, while Southampton beat Sheffield United 3-1 at the Saint Mary’s Stadium, Danny Ings scoring his 22nd Premier League goal of the campaign from the spot.

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