EPL Last Games Roundup + Man City Retain Title

Its been a long time coming... The English Premier League title race is finally over. It was filled with quality, skill and determination that we’ve never seen before and may never see again. 
Manchester City have retained the English Premier League title following a 4-1 final day victory away at Brighton, while Liverpool dreams of a first league title in 29 years were crushed despite a 2-0 win over Wolves.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1 - 4 Manchester City
Manchester City retained their English Premier League title and finally ended Liverpool's magnificent challenge after surviving a scare to come from behind and outclass Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side started the day knowing victory would ensure they would be the first team to retain the crown since Manchester United 10 years ago - but any slip-up could let in their relentless pursuers Liverpool, who were hosting Wolves at Anfield.

And when Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls the lead with a glancing header from a corner after 27 minutes, anxiety rose in Sussex and hopes rose at Anfield that Liverpool might win their first title in 29 years.
Manchester City's response was instant, emphatic and ruthless as they swept Brighton aside to end the campaign with a record 14 successive league victories, making it 32 in all, which equals the record they set last season.

Sergio Aguero pounced in the area to equalise inside 83 seconds and Aymeric Laporte arrived unmarked on the end of a corner to put City ahead before half-time.

Brighton had no way back and City completed the formalities in spectacular style as Riyad Mahrez fired high past Mat Ryan just after the hour and Ilkay Gundogan's spectacular 72nd minute free-kick sparked wild celebrations.

City may not have repeated the 100 points that won the title last season but this was arguably an even sweeter success given the season-long battle with Liverpool.

Liverpool 2 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Liverpool's bid for a first English Premier League title and a first top-flight triumph in 29 years ended in failure despite a final-day victory over Wolves.

In the 'as it stands' table, the Reds were top for 21 first-half minutes, only for Manchester City to recover from falling behind at Brighton to record a convincing 4-1 victory.

Sadio Mane scored from close range after 17 minutes and again after 81 to join Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the Premier League's top scorer on 22 goals.

Liverpool keeper Alisson was confirmed as the Golden Glove winner with 21 clean sheetsThe victory was Liverpool's ninth in a row and their 30th overall.

They finished on 97 points, the third-highest top flight total in English football history.

Leicester City 0 - 0 Chelsea 

Leicester and Chelsea played out a typically low-key end-of-season affair which ended goalless at the King Power Stadium.

The result ensured that Chelsea finished their first Premier League campaign under Italian manager Maurizio Sarri in third.

Sarri's side began brightly despite the absence of Eden Hazard, who started on the substitutes bench.

Pedro and Willian both carried a threat, but Gonzalo Higuain missed the pick of their chances from close range before the contest fizzled out.

Leicester - who have enjoyed a renaissance since Brendan Rodgers took charge in February, collecting 17 points over the last nine games - end the season in ninth.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 2 Everton 

Champions League finalists Tottenham sealed a fourth-place finish in the Premier League as they ended their campaign with an entertaining draw with Everton.

Tottenham knew a point was enough to secure one of the Champions League places for a fourth successive season under manager Mauricio Pochettino, but Spurs missed the opportunity to record back-to-back third-place finishes as Chelsea were held by Leicester.

Eric Dier capitalised on poor Everton defending to open the scoring after just three minutes as he was given ample time and space to convert Erik Lamela's corner.

The visitors recovered well from their slow start but took until the 69th minute to level through Theo Walcott's fine finish.

Cenk Tosun put Everton ahead three minutes later, but Christian Eriksen's sublime free-kick after 75 minutes earned Spurs the point they required.

The result sees Everton match their eighth-place finish of the previous campaign in Marco Silva's first season in charge.

Burnley 1 - 3 Arsenal 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Burnley at Turf Moor, but the Gunners failed to finish in the top four for the third successive season.

Unai Emery's side secured fifth place meaning they go straight into the Europa League group stage next season.

And they can still qualify for the Champions League if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final on 29 May in Baku.

Aubameyang, who scored a hat-trick on Thursday as Arsenal beat Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals, finished the season with 22 league goals.

That saw him tie for the English Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Ben Mee gifted Aubameyang his first, miscontrolling a pass from Jack Cork to allow the Gabon striker to run in and slot past Tom Heaton on 52 minutes.

He then lashed in a volley from close range 11 minutes later and should have had a hat-trick, but with the goal at his mercy, he poked wide.

Burnley, who had already secured a fourth straight season in the Premier League, pulled one back as Ashley Barnes met Johann Berg Gudmundsson's pass with a glancing header.

Arsenal's 19-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah added a third with the last play of the game in the 95th minute as he poked the ball through Heaton's legs.

Manchester United 0 - 2 Cardiff City 

Mendez-Laing opened the scoring for Cardiff from the penalty spot after being brought down in the box by Diogo Dalot, before scoring his second after the break.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge proved the visitors' hero as he foiled several United chances on a frustrating day for the hosts, who fielded six academy graduates.

Defeat means United have won just one of their final seven games of the season as city rivals Manchester City won the Premier League title for the second season in succession.

Cardiff travelled to Old Trafford just a week after confirmation of their relegation to the Championship and looked set to bid farewell to the top flight with a whimper as United dominated the opening exchanges.

But it was United who finished the match with their tails between their legs, unable to defy a resolute Bluebirds defence as they rained chance after chance on Etheridge's goal.

Cardiff's victory was their first over Manchester United since 3 April, 1954, when manager Neil Warnock was just five years old.

Crystal Palace 5 - 3 AFC Bournemouth 

Michy Batshuayi scored twice to help Crystal Palace end the season with an entertaining win over Bournemouth at Selhurst Park.

The victory means Palace finish the season 12th, while Bournemouth drop to 14th following Newcastle's win at Fulham.

Batshuayi, playing for Palace for the final time before his loan spell from Chelsea ends, opened the scoring in the 24th minute, capitalising on slack Bournemouth defending to volley home from six yards.

The Belgian slid in to convert Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross from close range eight minutes later before Jack Simpson turned into his own net as Palace took a 3-0 lead after only 37 minutes.

But Jefferson Lerma crashed a stunning 30-yard shot in off the post just before the break and Jordon Ibe drilled into the bottom corner via a slight deflection 10 minutes after half-time to give Bournemouth hope.

Patrick van Aanholt restored a two-goal lead for Palace, only for Joshua King to bundle home at a 73rd-minute corner to reduce the deficit to one for a second time.

However, in the 80th minute Wilfried Zaha set up Andros Townsend who swept home to make sure of the three points for the hosts.

Fulham 0 - 4 Newcastle United 

Jonjo Shelvey's fabulous strike helped Newcastle earn a comfortable victory at Fulham who said farewell to the Premier League with their 26th defeat of the season.

It was a yet another tale of good application by the Cottagers without much bite in attack, and a defence that underlined why they were the worst in the league this season.

The Magpies barely broke sweat for this 4-0 win.Rafael Benitez's side were two goals up in a two-minute spell early in the match.

Shelvey ended his year-long run without a goal with a thunderous half-volley from just inside the area before Ayoze Perez grabbed his 13th of the season when he tucked home after keeper Sergio Rico failed to adequately deal with Christian Atsu's shot.

Defender Fabian Schar nodded in the Magpies' third just after the hour mark before Salomon Rondon capped off his own brilliant display with angled strike which produced the loudest cheer of the afternoon.

The Magpies finish in 13th with 45 points, one more than they managed last season, and Scott Parker's side end their campaign in 19th and with 26 points.

Southampton 1 - 1 Huddersfield Town 

Alex Pritchard capitalised on Southampton keeper Angus Gunn's mistake to rescue a draw for Huddersfield in their final Premier League game before dropping into the Championship.

The hosts were cruising after Nathan Redmond's opener but Saints goalkeeper Gunn was too relaxed on the ball as Pritchard stole possession and rolled in a second-half equaliser.

Redmond had fired a stunning opener after a disappointing first 40 minutes as Southampton looked on course to end a run of four games without victory.

James Ward-Prowse nearly doubled Saints' lead with an equally fierce strike after the interval but Joel Coleman acrobatically tipped the ball over the bar.

While Huddersfield drop down a division after two seasons in the Premier League, Southampton will have to eliminate their mistakes if they are to avoid flirting with a similar fate next season.

Watford 1 - 4 West Ham United 

West Ham secured a top-10 finish for the first time since 2016 with a clinical win over FA Cup finalists Watford at Vicarage Road.

Captain Mark Noble got them off to the perfect start against the run of play, swapping passes with Michail Antonio before dancing past Christian Kabasele to slot home the opener.

Manuel Lanzini doubled their lead five minutes before the break, heading home after Antonio's rasping drive had been turned on to the crossbar by Ben Foster.

Gerard Deulofeu briefly gave Watford hope as he scored 11 seconds into the second half, but just two minutes later the hosts were reduced to 10 men as Jose Holebas was dismissed for hauling back Antonio.

Watford visibly tired and Marko Arnautovic took full advantage to seal the three points after Foster had saved Felipe Anderson's volley on to the post.

There was still time for Antonio to win a penalty for West Ham and Noble duly dispatched his second of the game past a wrong-footed Foster.

This result means Watford have managed just one win in six going into the FA Cup final with Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday.

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