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Man United and Chelsea book Champions League spots

London, Jul 26 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/26/2020 12:39:37 PM IST
Manchester United and Chelsea have sealed spots in next season's Champions League, after the two clubs won their final matches of the season to confirm their places in the top four.
With Sunday's results, United and Chelsea will join title-winners Liverpool and second-place Manchester City in the Champions League next season, with the Red Devils sealing their return to the competition after finishing sixth last season.
Meanwhile, Leicester City and Tottenham are headed to the Europa League after their results on Sunday, with Wolves left waiting for the result of the FA Cup final, which will determine their European fate.
United confirmed a top-four finish thanks to a 2-0 win over Leicester, scoring twice in the second half following a tense first 45 minutes.
The game's pivotal moment came in the 70th minute when Bruno Fernandes fired past Kasper Schmeichel from the spot after Jonny Evans fouled Anthony Martial inside the box. Jesse Lingard then selaed the victory in the eighth minute of stoppage time.
Fernandes' goal doomed Leicester to a fifth-place finish, with the Foxes needing all three points against the Red Devils.
Leicester's recent results saw the Foxes fall all the way from second to fifth, after the club remained in the top four from September 21 to July 22 before failing to return on the final day of the Premier League season. 
Chelsea, meanwhile booked their Champions League spot with a 2-0 win over Wolves, with the Blues going into Sunday knowing that even a point would be enough to seal their spot in Europe's top competition.
The Blues all but confirmed their top-four finish with a two-goal flurry just before half-time, with Mason Mount's stunning free-kick giving Chelsea the lead in the first minute of first-half stoppage time.
Just three minutes later, their lead was doubled, with Olivier Giroud adding the Blues' second while severely damaging Wolves' hopes on the day.
With Wolves' loss, Tottenham were able to push their way into a sixth-place finish thanks to a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.
Spurs originally took the lead in the 13th minute thanks to a finish for Harry Kane, but Palace were able to fire back in the 53rd minute through Jeffrey Schlupp.
As a result, Spurs moved into sixth to book an automatic spot in the Europa League, while Wolves will need Chelsea to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final this weekend for their seventh-place finish to be enough.
MATCH RESULTS
Chelsea 2 – 0 Wolves
Leicester 0 – 2 Man Utd
Southampton 3 – 1 Sheffield
Newcastle 1 – 3 Liverpool
West Ham 1 – 1 Aston Villa
Burnley 1 – 2 Brighton
Arsenal 3 – 2 Watford
Man City 5 – 0 Norwich
Crystal Palace 1 – 1 Spurs

Everton 1 – 3 BournemouthWatford, Bournemouth relegated

 Watford and Bournemouth were relegated from Premier League on Sunday – the final day of the rearranged season.

Bournemouth, Watford and Aston Villa were looking to avoid joining already relegated Norwich in the Championship next season.

Villa did what they needed to, securing a 1-1 draw at West Ham and ensuring their safety.

Bournemouth sealed a comprehensive 3-1 win over Everton, but it was not enough as they finished in 18th position.

Watford’s stay in the Premier League ended as they lost to Arsenal 3-2 despite showing good fight.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a first-half brace either side of Kieran Tierney’s first Arsenal goal. Troy Deeney’s penalty reduced the arrears before the break and former Danny Welbeck pulled another back but Watford finished 19th.

Bournemouth, on the other hand, needed to win and hope Aston Villa and Watford both lost but despite the Hornets going down at Arsenal, Villa’s draw at West Ham meant that at no point did Eddie Howe’s side move out of the bottom three.

Goals from Josh King and Dominic Solanke either side of Moise Kean’s equaliser and a late one from Junior Stanislas after a Jordan Pickford error ended Everton’s 11-match unbeaten home run.

PREMIER LEAGUE STANDINGS

No. Club Pts     No. Club           Pts
1. Liverpool 99
2. Man City 81
3. Man United 66
4. Chelsea 66
5. Leicester City 62
6. Tottenham 59
7. Wolves 59
8. Arsenal 56
9. Sheffield 54
10. Burnley 54
11. Southampton 52
12. Everton 49
13. Newcastle 44
14. Crystal Palace 43
15. Brighton 41
16. West Ham 39
17. Aston Villa 35
18. Bournemouth 34
19. Watford 34
20. Norwich 21
 
 

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