At the end of a last multiplex with many twists and turns, Manchester City got very scared against Aston Villa, before overturning everything in a few minutes to afford the title of champion of England. Winner at the finish of Wolverhampton, Liverpool believed in it, but still fails just behind the Citizens. Tottenham retained their fourth place by beating Norwich, while Leeds held on in extremis at the expense of Burnley, relegated to the Championship.
Long with their backs to the wall, Manchester City overthrew Aston Villa in five minutes. The relaxation of the early afternoon, in the wake of players entering the lawn of the Etihad with their children in their arms, however, gradually gives way to nervousness. City may turn the leather around the four corners of the meadow, these are the Villans who strike first: on a cross from Digne, it’s Matty Cash who catapults the ball into the back. Gabriel Jesus and the Citizens raise the sound several notches after returning from the locker room, but the Brazilian is too short. Leaving his camp, Watkins almost extinguished Manchester. A mission taken on by Coutinho, author of a superb sequence to puncture City. But that was counting without the total madness that seizes the Mancunians, ten years after the magical memory of Agüero’s goal in added time against QPR. In the space of five minutes out of time, Gündoğan – from a header then from close range on a cross from De Bruyne – and Rodri with a placed shot sent the stadium into total euphoria. At the end of a last completely crazy multiplex, Manchester City is crowned champion of England, and the lawn of the Etihad is invaded.
However, Liverpool won against the wolves in vain. How to start a crucial match badly in one lesson? Seeing Konaté misjudge the trajectory on a long ball, leaving Jimenez to infiltrate and cross the line for Neto. With their backs to the entrance wall, the Reds quickly build a seat around the surface of the wolves, but Luis Diaz misses. On a brilliant deviation from Thiago Alcántara, it is Sadio Mané who will bring Anfield back to life. On a thread with each Wolverhamtpon counter, Liverpool pushes harder and harder over the minutes. The Senegalese thinks of capsizing an entire city in drunkenness, but the flag goes up, just before Jota shoots his partner. And while Manchester City conceded a second goal against Villa, the banks of the Mersey tremble more and more strongly with each offensive by Jürgen Klopp’s gang. But we have to wait until the last minutes to see Salah overturn the match following a scramble on a corner, before Robertson invites himself to the party. Bad luck, in the meantime, the Citizens overturned everything a few tens of kilometers away.
Tottenham in the Champions League, United in the Europa League
A little lower in the table, Tottenham did not leave the slightest suspense in the race for the last jump seat for the Champions League. Quickly in front thanks to Kulusevski then Kane, the Spurs win without trembling in Norwich, which bids farewell to the Premier League. Kulusevski, again, then Heung-min Son with a double also participate in the celebration. Too bad for Arsenal, who also did the job at the Emirates Stadium against Everton, officially maintained in the week. Martinelli on penalty then Nketiah gave a comfortable lead which the Londoners spoiled just before the break in front of Van de Beek. Except that this Arsenal does not panic and widens the gap after the rest by Cedric, Gabriel Magalhaes and Ødegaard.
In the race for sixth place, Manchester United are miraculous despite their loss to Crystal Palace. The end of a season to forget for the Red Devils, beaten on a pawn by Zaha at the end of the first period, but who retain their sixth place at the expense of West Ham. Yet perfectly launched by their serial scorer Michail Antonio, the Hammers finally gave in to Brighton, invigorated by Veltman, Gross and Welbeck in the second half. The Londoners will be satisfied with a ticket for the Europa League Conference.
Leeds retained, Burnley relegated
Finally, the last challenge of the afternoon: who from Leeds or Burnley would accompany Watford and Norwich in the Championship next season? Answer: the Clarets. Quickly led on a penalty from Wilson, the latter finally lost on a double from the striker of Magpies, despite Maxwel Cornet’s score reduction. A defeat which made the great happiness of Leeds, who believed to find the fault by Gelhardt, finally signaled offside in the first period. But who won despite everything thanks to a penalty from Raphinha and a goal after additional time from Harrison after the equalizer signed Canos. The Whites come back from hell.
Finally in the two meetings without stake of the day, Chelsea validated their third place by dominating Watford thanks to Havertz and Barkley, despite the equalizer from Gosling. Finally, Leicester finished on a high note by dominating Southampton in the wake of a Maddison still scorer, imitated by Vardy and Ayoze Pérez, against a penalty from Ward-Prowse.
Brighton 3-1 West Ham
Goals: Veltman (50and), Gross (80and) and Welbeck (90and+2) for the Seagulls // Antonio (40and) for Hammers
Leicester 4-1 Southampton
Goals: Maddison (49and), Vardy (74and) and A. Pérez (81and and 90and+6) for the Foxes // Ward-Prowse (79andSP) for Saints
Brentford 1-2 Leeds
Goals: Canos (78and) for the Bees // Raphinha (56andMS) and Harrison (90and+4) for the Whites
Burnley 1-2 Newcastle
Goals: Cornet (69and) for the Clarets // Wilson (20andSP and 60and) for Magpies
Crystal Palace 1-0 Manchester United
Goal: Zaha (37and)
Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa
Goals: Gundogan (76and and 81and) and Rodri (79and) for Citizens // Cash (37and) and Coutinho (69and)
Arsenal 5-1 Everton
Goals: Martinelli (27andSP), Nketiah (31and), Cédric (56and), G. Magalhaes (59and) and Ødegaard (82ande) for the Gunners // Van de Beek (45and+3) for the Toffees
Liverpool 3-1 Wolverhampton
Goals: Mané (24and), Salah (84and) and Robertson (89and) for the Reds // Neto (3and) for Wolves
Chelsea 2-1 Watford
Goals: Havertz (11and) and Barkley (90and+1) // Gosling (87and) for Hornets
Norwich 0-5 Tottenham
Goals: Kulusevski (16and and 64and), Kane (32and) and Sound (70and and 75and) for Spurs
By Tom Binet