United, Chelsea clinch UCL spots as Bournemouth, Watford relegated from EPL

Manchester United and Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League at the expense of Leicester on a frantic final day of the Premier League season on Sunday, while Bournemouth and Watford were relegated to end five-year stays in the top flight.

United won 2-0 at Leicester through goals by Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team a third-place finish.

Chelsea beat Wolverhampton 2-0 after a goal and an assist by Mason Mount and finished in the fourth and final Champions League qualifying place above Leicester.

The Foxes missed out on the final day, after being in the top four for most of the season — in January they were in second spot, 14 points clear of United in fifth.

Leicester, instead, will play in the Europa League along with Tottenham, which drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace to secure sixth place — above Wolverhampton on goal difference.

While United could make 100 million euros ($164.2 million) from the Champions League after a one-season absence, Leicester will not make half of that in the Europa League and could struggle to keep its squad together.

Premier League goalkeeper and one of his team's defenders grin at each other after winning a match.

Premier League goalkeeper and one of his team's defenders grin at each other after winning a match.

Manchester United beat Leicester on the final day of the Premier League season to clinch a Champions League spot.(AP/Pool: Michael Regan)

The battle to avoid the two remaining relegation places went to the wire as Aston Villa scored in the 84th minute, conceded a minute later, then held on for 1-1 draw at West Ham to survive.

Captain Jack Grealish scored Villa’s goal in what could be his last game for his boyhood club.

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Bournemouth did what it had to do and beat Everton 3-1, but ended up one point behind Villa.

Watford was also relegated as the next-to-last team after losing 3-2 at Arsenal. The Hornets conceded three times in the opening half, before mounting an ultimately fruitless comeback.

Troy Deeney, Watford’s captain, said he could have played his last game for the club after revealing he would undergo surgery on a troublesome knee in the coming days.

“I am a simple man. Did I go out and do everything I could? Yes. Was it good enough? No.”

A Premier League player runs up the steps after a match as club workers applaud in the stands.

A Premier League player runs up the steps after a match as club workers applaud in the stands.

David Silva ended his decade-long stay at Manchester City in the Citizens’ 5-0 win over Norwich.(AP/Pool: Peter Powell)

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Manchester City passed 100 goals for the campaign with a 5-0 win over last-place and already-demoted Norwich, a game that marked the last in the Premier League for David Silva after 10 years with City.

Kevin De Bruyne got a record-tying 20th assist of the season and also scored twice.

Liverpool ended its title-winning season with a 3-1 win at Newcastle and finished on a club-record 99 points.

Goals from Virgil van Dijk, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane gave the champions their 32nd win from 38 games — matching Manchester City’s Premier League record — while the Reds total of 99 points is the second-highest-ever top-flight total, one point less than City’s in 2017-18.

Liverpool finished 18 points ahead of second-place City, one point short of City’s record margin from 2017-18.

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Southampton beat Sheffield United 3-1, with Danny Ings scoring his 22nd goal of the season.

That left him one behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who won the Golden Boot as the league’s highest scorer.

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