Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City Leicester City rounded off their season in style as they salvaged a draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelse...
Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City
Leicester City rounded off their season in style as they salvaged a draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.
Cesc Fabregas’ spot kick gave the hosts a second half lead, but Danny Drinkwater stole the show with a breathtaking equaliser eight minutes from time.
Leicester, survivors 12 months ago, finished 10 points clear.
Chelsea, their predecessors, ended a miserable campaign in 10th place and with doubt still surrounding the future of captain John Terry.
Owner Roman Abramovich inherited Claudio Ranieri as manager and sacked the Italian in favour of Jose Mourinho in 2004.
Ranieri and Leicester – opponents in the final game of Mourinho’s second spell in December – received a guard of honour ahead of the contest, with the past, present and future of Chelsea high on the agenda.
Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa
Arsenal ran riot at the Emirates Stadium, beating Aston Villa by a scoreline of 4-0 and sneaking above Tottenham thanks to their slip-up in Newcastle.
Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick set the tone for what was a comfortable win for the Gunners, while a Mark Bunn own goal with seconds left compounded the misery.
It was an afternoon of ‘what might have been’ after the Gunners had entered 2016 top of the table and looking in good shape to claim their first title in 12 years.
Instead the 4-0 victory over the long-since relegated Villa saw Arsenal leapfrog Spurs to finish second to champions Leicester as Giroud picked the perfect time to show Arsene Wenger he can lead the line at the Emirates Stadium going into next season, with a last-gasp Mark Bunn own goal sealing the win.
Sunderland 2-2 Watford
Sunderland ended their season by claiming a 2-2 draw against Watford courtesy of goals from Jack Rodwell and Jermain Lens on Quique Sanchez-Flores’ last game for the Hornets.
Sunderland took the lead in the 39th minute when midfielder Jack Rodwell was found at the back post to guide the ball home.
Watford defender Sebastian Prodl scored a thumping header early in the second half to level the game 1-1, but a Sunderland counter-attack only minutes later led to Jeremain Lens hitting a low shot past Heurlho Gomes to put Sam Allardyce’s side 2-1 ahead.
Watford captain Troy Deeney then equalised with a penalty to put the score at 2-2, scoring his 13th Premier League goal of the season.
Stoke 2-1 West Ham
West Ham’s hopes of qualifying for the Europa League hang in the balance after Stoke came from behind to win 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
West Ham opened the scoring with the first shot of the afternoon in the 23rd minute when Michail Antonio was on hand to turn in Winston Reid’s knockdown in the area.
Stoke equalised 10 minutes after the restart with a thunderbolt from Imbula which flew into the bottom corner and ensured West Ham finished outside of the Europa League qualifying places when Mame Biram Diouf scored the winner late on for the Potters.
West Brom 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool’s hopes of European qualification took a hit after they were held to a 1-1 draw against West Brom at The Hawthorns.
West Brom youngster Jonathan Leko skipped past three Liverpool defender and played in Solomon Rondon, and the striker fired a low shot past Reds goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, beating him at his near post.
Liverpool equalised in the 23rd minute when Jordon Ibe ran from the half-way line and hit a low shot from the edge of the box past Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster to score his first Premier League goal of the season.
The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw to finish 8th in the Premier League and will now need to win the Europa League in order to play European football next season.
Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham
Tottenham were forced to settle for third spot in the Premier League after relegated Newcastle demolished Spurs 5-1 with 10 men at St James’ Park.
Already-relegated Newcastle made a positive start in their final Premier League game and were rewarded in the 19th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum fired the Toon Army into the lead.
The recalled Aleksandar Mitrovic then doubled the Magpies’ lead with a 39th-minute header but undid all his hard work with a reckless challenge on Kyle Walker which saw the referee produce a red card.
Seven minutes prior to the incident, Erik Lamela hauled Spurs back into the contest on the hour mark but Newcastle went on to restore their two-goal advantage as Wijnaldum slotted home a second from the penalty spot.
Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat then added a quick-fire double as a lacklustre Tottenham were blown away on Tyneside and faced the humiliating reality of finishing third, behind arch-rivals Arsenal.
Everton 3-0 Norwich
Managerless Everton cruised to a 3-0 win against Norwich at Goodison Park courtesy of goals from James McCarthy, Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas.
Everton took the lead after only 19 minutes when midfielder James McCarthy fired a stunning 20-yard strike into the top corner after being picked out by teenager Kieran Dowell.
The Toffees doubled their lead when Leighton Baines drilled a low penalty into the corner of John Ruddy’s goal, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to put his side into a 2-0 lead.
Forward Kevin Mirallas scored the third goal for Everton to seal a comprehensive win.
Manchester United P-P Bouremouth
Manchester United’s final home game of the season against Bournemouth has been abandoned due to the presence of a suspect package.
At around 2.40pm an announcement was made for security personnel to invoke ‘operation red code’ and it soon became apparent the Stretford End and Sir Alex Ferguson Stand were being evacuated.
Those in the South Stand and East Stand, where the visiting Bournemouth supporters were seated, were unaffected, with United officials confirming police were investigating after a suspect package was found in the North West Quadrant.