Manchester City secure the title. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur all win. Norwich relegated, Southampton and Stoke City complete best ever seasons. This is the round-up of the final day of the Premier League season.
The final day of the season started with everything, yet nothing, to play for. Manchester City needed just a draw to win the title, Liverpool needed miracles and Chelsea needed a 7-0 win to have any chance of finishing 2nd. Spurs needed even more goals if they were to finish 5th and Manchester United results to go their way to compete in Europe next season. At the bottom only one relegation place wasn’t mathematically filled, however Norwich needed a 20-odd goal swing to escape their inevitable doom.
The blue half of Manchester was celebrating a second Premier League title win in three years after comfortably seeing off West Ham United. Liverpool needed to come from behind to beat Newcastle United, after Martin Skrtel scored yet another own goal. Not quite the twists and turns of City’s last title win! Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres scored a goal each to lead Chelsea to victory over already-relegated Cardiff City. The other top four team, Arsenal, had no such trouble gaining three points though. A silky display denied Norwich any hope of even going down on a high. A goal from Aaron Ramsey left many Gunners wondering what could have been.
Romelu Lukaku said goodbye to Everton fans with a goal that secured victory over Hull City and Spurs ran out comfortable winners against Aston Villa. Such was the level of dominance in the latter match that the biggest talking point was when Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood invited a particularly vocal fan to sit in his seat. “He’s the real manager,” he joked after the match.
Relegated Fulham gave their fans a little to cheer about, scoring a last gasp equaliser at home to London rivals Crystal Palace. Southampton earned a draw at home to Manchester United to secure their best ever Premier League season, finishing just one place below their big name opponents. Likewise, Stoke amassed their highest ever points total in the top flight with an away win at West Bromwich Albion. A late Charlie Adam goal secured all three points for Mark Hughes’ men. Finally, Swansea City put on a beautiful display to finish the season on a high. Their opponents, Sunderland, played like a team that was physically tired after performing a miraculous relegation escape over the past few weeks.