Sadio Mane ended a slow season in fine form to book Liverpool’s place in next season’s Champions League. The Senegalese was on hand to poach home from a corner that Crystal Palace failed to deal with, before a drilled shot deflected past Vicente Guaita late on to secure the points. So after all the drama that the Reds have been through this season, for all the talk of their dynasty falling apart, they still recovered to finish 3rd. Not that bad in the end.
Chelsea failed to keep Champions League qualification in their own hands as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa. Former Blues forward Bertrand Traore put the home side ahead on the stroke of half-time, and things went from bad to worse for Thomas Tuchel’s side just after the break when Jorginho gave away a penalty for tripping the Villa goal scorer. Anwar El-Ghazi converted from the spot before Ben Chilwell pulled one back for Chelsea. Cesar Azpilicueta was sent off with stoppage time looming as their domestic season threatened to unravel, but fortunately for the Blues, they finished in the top four again.
Leicester fell to a shock 4-2 defeat at home to Spurs, and so once again miss out on a place in the Champions League on the final day of the season. The Foxes realistically needed a win to stand any chance of breaking into the top four, and with Chelsea faltering, Leicester looked set to take advantage. They first led through a Jamie Vardy penalty, before Harry Kane equalised with a stunning volley to equalise – this strike would win him the Golden Boot outright. A second Vardy penalty put Leicester back in front early in the second half, before the Foxes imploded. Kasper Schmeichel parried the ball into his own net from a corner, and Gareth Bale bagged two goals in the last five minutes to ensure Europa Conference League qualification for Spurs.
Champion: Manchester City
Champions League: Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea
Europa League: Leicester City and West Ham
Relegated: Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United