As is the custom, the final game of the season in the Premier League took place at the same time across all centers in England with all 10 games on display.
The final day is always filled with tension and drama as there’s usually one thing or the other to compete for – be it qualification for European spots, relegation battles, Golden glove award, or the golden boot award like we saw this season as well.
The measure of how much it means to reach the Champions League was played out in a simple scene after Manchester United secured a place in next season’s competition at the expense of Leicester City.
Leicester had a fine season, a success in so many respects – but to be in the top four for so long then slip at the last day can only be regarded as an anti-climax.
Chelsea took the fourth Champions League place after surviving a potentially hazardous last game at home to Wolves, and manager, Frank Lampard, is on course for a highly satisfactory return from his first season as a Premier League manager.
Lampard also has the FA Cup final coming up against Arsenal so, like Solskjaer with the Europa League, he may yet have a tangible reward for his endeavours this season.
According to the Sport Business Group at Deloitte, Chelsea and United will earn a minimum of around 55m euros (£50.1m) from qualification for the Champions League.
Leicester will only receive 8m euros (£7.2m) for reaching the Europa League.
Highlights and Analysis
Arsenal 3 – 2 Watford
Watford were relegated from the Premier League after losing 3-2 to Arsenal as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace was not enough in the race for the Golden Boot.
Aubameyang opened the scoring in the fifth minute from the penalty spot after a VAR review of Craig Dawson’s foul on Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal doubled their advantage on 24 minutes through Kieran Tierney’s first goal for the club.
It was 3-0 on 33 minutes, Aubameyang producing an overhead kick into the net.
But, Watford pulled one back 10 minutes later, Troy Deeney converting a penalty after Danny Welbeck had been fouled by David Luiz.
Luiz has now conceded 5 penalties this season, a record for a single Premier League campaign.
Welbeck fired in from Ismaila Sarr’s cross to make it 3-2 in the 66th minute before Emiliano Martinez denied the former Arsenal forward an equaliser.
Arsenal rise two places to eighth on 56 points, while Watford go down in 19th with 34 points.
Burnley 1 – 2 Brighton
Brighton won their first league meeting against Burnley since August 2013 after failing to win their previous eight (D6 L2) in the final game of the season to dent Nick pope’s hopes of securing the Golden glove award this season.
Yves Bissouma put the Seagulls in front after 20 minutes with a thunderous drive into the top corner from 25 yards out.
Burnley then equalised just before half-time when Chris Wood slotted in from Erik Pieters’ long pass.
But Brighton retook the lead five minutes into the second half, with Aaron Connolly finishing from a tight angle.
Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez had a goal overturned following a Video Assistant Referee review after Johann Berg Gudmundsson was adjudged to be interfering with Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan from an offside position.
Victory for Graham Potter’s Seagulls means they finished 15th with 41 points.
Burnley drops to 10th place on 54 points.
Chelsea 2 – 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Chelsea went into the game against Wolves on the final day of the season with both teams having plenty to play for. Chelsea with the hunt for Champions League spot while Wolves needed to secure Europa League berth.
Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud scored the goals that confirmed a top-four finish for Chelsea as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.
The breakthrough for Chelsea came in first-half stoppage time when Mount struck a superb free-kick to make it 1-0 to the Blues.
It was 2-0 just a few minutes later, Mount’s through-ball setting up Giroud who rounded the goalkeeper to score for a third successive home match.
After the break, Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who had been brought back to the starting XI, saved well from Diogo Jota while Christian Pulisic fired over at the other end.
Chelsea ended the season in fourth, the final Champions League slot on 66 points, below Manchester United on goal difference.
Wolves dropped to seventh on 59 points, below Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference.
Crystal Palace 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur moved into the sixth position and secured UEFA Europa League football with a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
Needing a point to move above Wolverhampton Wanderers, who lost 2-0 at Chelsea on the final day, on goal difference, Harry Kane put Spurs ahead in the 13th minute.
The striker fired a low shot beyond Vicente Guaita after a pass from Giovani Lo Celso for his seventh goal in his last five appearances.
The Eagles, however, equalised on 53 minutes from a Jeffrey Schlupp’s volley into the roof of the net for Crystal Palace’s first goal in four matches.
Roy Hodgson’s men almost took the lead on 64 minutes when Joel Ward’s cross came off Harry Winks and hit a post.
Spurs finished on 59 points, while the draw left Crystal Palace 14th on 43 points.
Everton 1 – 3 Bournemouth
AFC Bournemouth got relegated from the Premier League despite beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park.
Joshua King fired the Cherries 1-0 ahead from the penalty spot on 13 minutes after Richarlison handled the ball in the area.
But on 41 minutes Moise Kean’s close-range finish from Theo Walcott’s low cross levelled the scores.
Everton’s joy was short-lived as AFC Bournemouth edged 2-1 ahead before the break when Dominic Solanke nodded home Diego Rico’s free-kick.
Junior Stanislas added a third in the 80th minute with a shot that squirmed under Jordan Pickford to hand Carlo Ancelotti his first home defeat as Everton manager.
Leicester City 0 – 2 Manchester United
Second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard confirmed third place for Manchester United as they beat Leicester City 2-0 at King Power Stadium.
Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring with a 71st-minute penalty, a record 14th of the season for United, while Lingard added a second late on.
Wilfred Ndidi’s rasping drive flew over and Kelechi Iheanacho’s shot was held by David De Gea as the Foxes pushed for a breakthrough.
Jamie Vardy was denied a 24th Premier League goal when his header clipped the bar early in the second half, but he still claimed the Golden Boot.
Fernandes’s ninth goal of the campaign came from the spot after Anthony Martial had been brought down.
After Jonny Evans was shown a red card in stoppage time for a foul on Scott McTominay, Lingard capitalised on a mistake by Kasper Schmeichel for his first goal of the season.
United finished third on 66 points, above Chelsea on goal difference, and four clear of Leicester in fifth.
Manchester City 5 – 0 Norwich City
Manchester City had their brutal revenge on Norwich City who beat them 3-2 in the reverse fixture during the first half of the season.
Kevin De Bruyne scored twice and provided one assist to equal Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a single Premier League season as Manchester City beat Norwich City 5-0 at Etihad Stadium.
Onel Hernandez thought he had put relegated Norwich in front on eight minutes but had a strike overturned by the Video Assistant Referee for offside.
But three minutes later David Silva, who was playing in his 309th and last Premier League match, was involved as the ball broke loose for Gabriel Jesus to open the scoring.
De Bruyne then produced a superb strike after some neat footwork to double their lead in first-half stoppage time.
Hernandez was denied one-on-one by Ederson, who claimed the Golden Glove award with his 16th clean sheets before De Bruyne set up Raheem Sterling to score City’s 100th goal of 2019/20.
Substitute Riyad Mahrez added a fourth before De Bruyne powered City’s fifth in off a post in the final minute.
Newcastle United 1 – 3 Liverpool
Liverpool finished the 2019/20 season with 99 points, their highest-ever Premier League total after a 3-1 victory against Newcastle United gave them all three points.
The Reds conceded the fastest-ever Matchweek 38 goal in the Premier League, as Dwight Gayle took 25 seconds to score from Jonjo Shelvey’s through-ball.
Virgil van Dijk, Divock Origi, and substitute Sadio Mane then scored consecutively for the Reds to give them a well-deserved win.
The win means Liverpool finished the season 18 points clear of second-placed Manchester City, although their total is one short of City’s record of 100 in 2017/18.
Southampton 3 – 1 Sheffield united
Danny Ings just missed out on the Premier League Golden Boot as Southampton signed off their season with a 3-1 victory over Sheffield United.
Ings converted a penalty in the 84th minute for his 22nd Premier League goal of the season, to finish one behind Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
John Lundstram fired the Blades ahead from 10 yards out in the 26th minute.
But a second-half double from Che Adams put Southampton in control.
He pounced on a bad backpass to level and then snapped up a loose ball to give Saints the lead, before Ings confirmed the victory.
Southampton finished 11th on 52 points, while Sheffield United, in their first season back in the Premier League, finished ninth on 54 points.
West Ham United 1 – 1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa retained their Premier League status by earning a 1-1 draw at West Ham United. They valiantly fought their way to remain in the Premier League with a win over Arsenal on matchday 37 before securing survival on the final day with draw.
Michail Antonio missed a good early chance for West Ham in the first half while Grealish had an opportunity to put Villa ahead just before the break.
Jack Grealish then opened the scoring for Villa with a low strike on 84 minutes.
But a minute later Andriy Yarmolenko equalised with a deflected looping shot from the edge of the area.
However, the point was enough to keep Villa up at the expense of Watford and AFC Bournemouth, who are both relegated.
Villa finish 17th on 35 points, one ahead of the relegation zone, while West Ham are a place above on 39 points.