Liverpool and Chelsea qualify for the Champions League, Leicester relinquish their spot with defeat to Tottenham – who finish above Arsenal for the FIFTH straight year, and West Ham seal a Europa League spot: How a dramatic final day unfolded
The final day of the 2020/21 Premier League season just had a bit of everything. There were twists and turns galore, as the fight for the European spots went down to the wire.
First, the headlines. In claiming a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace, Liverpool – who just a few weeks ago seemed out of the running – sealed third place, and consequently another season of Champions League football.
But the battle for fourth spot was rather more dramatic. Chelsea started the day in the Champions League spots, and that’s where they ended – though they owe it all to a certain Gareth Bale.
The Blues lost their all-important clash 2-1 away at Aston Villa, but Tottenham came from behind to win 4-2 at Leicester, despite the Foxes being 2-1 up after 75 minutes.
In claiming the victory, Harry Kane recorded his 23rd goal and 14th assist of the campaign to take the Golden Boot and Playmaker awards, while Tottenham claimed the inaugural Europa Conference League spot, while Arsenal finished eighth and without European football.
Meanwhile, West Ham breezed past Southampton 3-0 to seal a spot in the Europa League.
More to follow…