Football: Manchester United, Chelsea secure Champions League spots, as Watford, Bournemouth relegated from EPL

Manchester United celebrate their win over Leicester.
Manchester United celebrate their win over Leicester. Photo credit: Reuters

Manchester United and Chelsea booked their spots in next season's Champions League but it was relegation for Bournemouth and Watford on the final day of the English Premier League season on Monday (NZ time). 

Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-0 to finish third in the Premier League and clinch a place in next season's Champions League, while Chelsea finished fourth after beating the  Wolverhampton Wanderers by the same scoreline.

United booked their spot in Europe's elite club competition, at the expense of Leicester who finished fifth behind Chelsea and will have to settle for a Europa League berth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side finished on 66 points, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and four points clear of Leicester, who missed several chances before they were undone late on by sloppy errors.

Meanwhile Bournemouth's five-year stay in the Premier League is over despite beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The visitors needed three points to have a chance of survival and played their part in an excellent display. However, Aston Villa's draw at West Ham United sealed the fate of the south coast side, who finished the season with 34 points, one shy of safety.

It was just a second win in 13 matches for Bournemouth, and a first away since victory at Chelsea in December. However, their nine losses on the road since then went a long way to sealing their return to the Championship.

Watford were also relegated from the Premier League,  but went down fighting in a 3-2 loss at Arsenal, almost clawing their way back from a three-goal deficit largely.

Elsewhere, Burnley suffered their first home defeat since New Year's Day as they were beaten 2-1 by Brighton and Hove Albion.

Burnley finish the season in 10th place on 54 points while Brighton, who had flirted with relegation, conclude in the safety of 15th place.

Yves Bissouma put Brighton ahead in the 20th minute with a superb strike from over 25 metres out and Albion went close to a second when Neal Maupay headed against the bar.

But Burnley drew level just before the break when Kiwi Chris Wood got behind the Brighton defence to collect a diagonal ball from Erik Pieters and the New Zealander slotted home with a cool, left-foot finish.

Chris Wood.
Chris Wood. Photo credit: Reuters

The visitors restored their advantage though in the 50th minute with Aaron Connolly latching on to a Maupay pass and bursting past Kevin Long before beating Nick Pope. 

Striker Divock Origi scored a rare goal as champions Liverpool came from behind to close out their magnificent Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Newcastle United, while Manchester City wrapped up their  campaign with an emphatic 5-0 victory over already relegated Norwich City.

Tottenham Hotspur secured a place in the Europa League next season as they closed out their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.


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