Manchester City were ruthless as they hammered Brighton 5-0 at the Amex Stadium, to seal second-place on the Premier League table for the season.
It was a second successive victory with an identical scoreline by the Citizens within a space of three day’s and they had Raheem Sterling to thank, the England forward netting a second league hat-trick of the campaign.
Sterling opened scoring with an effort on the edge of the box in the 21st-minute, a lead which was doubled a minute before the half-time interval, Gabriel Jesus the goal scorer.
Quick-fire second-half goals within the space of three minutes from Sterling and Bernardo Silva (his first league goal since November) opened a healthy four-goal advantage.
Sterling completed his fifth career City hat-trick in rather comical circumstances, heading a ball he knew very little about while on the ground into the back of the net, goalkeeper Matt Ryan largely at fault.
Nick Pope was the hero as Burnley denied Liverpool a 25th straight Premier League home win after forcing the Reds to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, only the fifth game the champions failed to win in the title-winning campaign.
It looked to be business as usual for Liverpool, who took a 34th-minute lead through an unlikely goal scorer Andy Robertson with a clinical header off a Fabinho assist.
The Reds should have been completely out of sight but for the heroics of Pope and they were soon level after the second-half water break.
A long hopeful freekick from the back found Jay Rodriguez, whose first time finish beat Alisson for the leveler.
There was still time for more drama as Burnley were only inches away from grabbing a winner, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson could only watch in agony as his effort struck the crossbar.
Sheffield United earned the result of the day as they completely humiliated Chelsea 3-0 at Bramall Lane, a result which leaves the Blues’ UEFA Champions League ambition hanging by the tread.
David McGoldrick had waited the entire season to open his goal account, but when it did arrive, it proved to be quite memorable, the forward hit a brace either side of an excellent Oliver McBurnie header.
It was a massive setback to Chelsea’s season as they could be outside of the top four for the first time since mid-October, if both Leicester City and Manchester United win on Sunday and Monday.
In other results, Michail Antonio’s four goals (the 27th player to achieve the feat in the Premier League) sealed a 4-0 West Ham United away victory at Norwich City, a result which condemned Norwich to relegation, the fifth time in their history.
Troy Deeney’s second-half brace from the spot sealed a 2-1 comeback home win against Newcastle United, who had taken a first-half lead through Dwight Gayle.
The victory, a second in four days, takes the Hornets six points clear of the bottom three, a massive step in the fight against relegation.