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EPL Week 38 Roundup: Late winner sends City to 100 points, Mo Salah wins Golden Boot, Swansea, Stoke, and West Brom relegated

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West Ham ended the season on a triumphant note with a 3-1 win over Everton, Bournemouth ended their season on a high note with a 2-1 road win at Burnley, Swansea confirmed their relegation with a 2-1 slump at home to already relegated Stoke City, and bottommost West Brom climaxed their exit with a 2-0 loss at C. Palace.
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2017/18 English Premier League Champions, Manchester City, rounded off an incredible season with a record 100 points following a lone goal win at Southampton, who secured their survival despite the loss.

There was a rare phenomenon to the end of the season as all three of last season’s promoted teams survived: one-time relegation threatened Newcastle ensured an agonizing end to the season for last year’s Champions, Chelsea and Coach Antonio Conte, with a 3-0 shutout win, having secured their survival ahead of time, Brighton stayed despite a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, and Huddersfield had no pressure whatsoever on them despite losing by a goal at home to Arsenal, who won on Coach Arsene Wenger’s last day on the job.

There was extra cause for celebration as Mohamed Salah cliched the Golden Boot for being the Premier League's top scorer

There was extra cause for celebration as Mohamed Salah cliched the Golden Boot for being the Premier League's top scorer. AFP Photo

 

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho held on to the runner-up spot with a lone goal home win over Watford to finish 19 points behind rivals, Manchester City. Third placed Tottenham emerged a goal better than Leicester City in a 9-goal fest game, West Ham ended the season on a triumphant note with a 3-1 win over Everton, Bournemouth ended their season on a high note with a 2-1 road win at Burnley, Swansea confirmed their relegation with a 2-1 slump at home to already relegated Stoke City, and bottommost West Brom climaxed their exit with a 2-0 loss at C. Palace.

English Premier League 2017/18 Week 38 Standings At A Glance

 

English Premier League 2017/18 week 38 standings

Burnley 1-2 Bournemouth

Substitute Callum Wilson's injury-time strike saw Bournemouth come from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 on the final day of the season.

Burnley striker Chris Wood had opened the scoring six minutes before half-time with a comfortable close-range finish.

However, the visitors hit back in the second half, with first Joshua King equalising (74), before Wilson won it in the third minute of stoppage time.

Burnley seventh, their best top-flight finish since 1974, while Eddie Howe's side remained 12th.

 

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

Crystal Palace finished in 11th after easing past West Brom in a 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park. They finish unbeaten in their last six matches as second-half strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Patrick van Aanholt helped the hosts to a deserved three points against Darren Moore's side.

After a scrappy first half, Zaha broke the deadlock in the 70th minute before Van Aanholt scored for the third successive match (78') to ensure Palace finished the campaign on a high note.

Moore suffered his first loss as caretaker manager of West Brom, who will be playing Sky Bet Championship football next season.

 

Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger's tenure as Arsenal manager finished on a high after his side secured a 1-0 victory against Huddersfield.

Wenger announced he would be leaving the Gunners after 22 years and 1,235 games in charge three weeks ago and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's 38th-minute goal ensured the Frenchman was given a fitting send-off.

It was his 716th win as Arsenal manager and it also sees the Gunners pick up their first away points in 2018 as they finish sixth in the table to confirm Europa League football for next season.

The 16th placed Huddersfield, who secured their survival with a draw at Chelsea in midweek, can look forward to another season despite their final-day defeat.

 

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton

Liverpool secured fourth place in the Premier League with a thrilling 4-0 victory over Brighton at Anfield on the final day of the season.

Mohamed Salah's 32nd goal of the season - a record in a 38-game Premier League season - got the dominant Reds going on 26 minutes before Dejan Lovren doubled their lead five minutes before half-time.

Brighton offered little by way of a response and Dominic Solanke's stunning first goal for Liverpool and a maiden strike from Andy Robertson added further gloss to the impressive performance.

The victory, coupled with Chelsea's defeat at Newcastle, means Liverpool will be playing in Europe's premier competition next season, regardless of the outcome of their Champions League final date with Real Madrid on May 26. Brighton ended the season with 40 points for the 15th spot.

Manchester United 1-0 Watford

Michael Carrick's final game for Manchester United ended in victory as Marcus Rashford's goal earned United a 1-0 win over Watford. Carrick was instrumental in United's opener in the 34th minute, as he played the ball over the top for Juan Mata, who then laid it off for Rashford to score his seventh league goal of the season.

Watford should have levelled on the stroke of half-time through Richarlison, but the Brazilian headed too close to United goalkeeper Sergio Romero from point-blank range.

Both teams had very little to play for, with United having already made sure of their best Premier League finish in five years following the 0-0 draw with West Ham on Thursday, meaning the second half had a real end of season feel to it. The defeat means Watford dropped a place and finish 14th.

Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea

Newcastle ended their season on a high with a comfortable 3-0 win at St James' Park.

Newcastle bossed the first half, going ahead through Dwight Gayle's close-range header (23), before Ayoze Perez doubled their lead by sweeping home Jonjo Shelvey's initial shot after the break (59). Perez was on hand again to tap home for 3-0 (63),.

The result means Newcastle finish 10th in the Premier League, while Chelsea end up outside of the top four for only the third time in 16 years.

Southampton 0-1 Manchester City

Gabriel Jesus' injury-time winner took Premier League champions Manchester City to an unprecedented 100 points as Southampton secured safety despite the 1-0 defeat at St Mary's Stadium.

City's sensational season appeared to be ending with a stalemate, but Jesus brought down Kevin De Bruyne's pinpoint ball forward before lobbing Alex McCarthy to score their 106th league goal in the fourth minute of added time.

The victory sees Pep Guardiola overtake his own record of 99 points with Barcelona (2009-10), while City also break the record for the most away wins (16) and points (50) in the Premier League era, as well as the biggest winning margin (19 points). For good measure, they also achieved the most wins in an English top-flight season (32). Meanwhile, Southampton survive by three points, finishing 17th on 36 points.

Swansea 1-2 Stoke City

Swansea went into the final day clash needing a win and a 10-goal swing with Southampton to survive relegation against their already relegated opponent, but the great escape never even came close to materialising.

Andy King slid Swansea in front (14) but Paul Lambert's side struck back before the break through Badou Ndiaye (31) and Peter Crouch (41).

Xherdan Shaqiri also missed a penalty for Stoke, whose victory mean they finish the season with their first win in 14 Premier League games. For Swansea, their relegation ends a run of seven successive seasons in the Premier League.

 

Tottenham 5-4 Leicester City

Harry Kane's double was not enough to snatch the Golden Boot in an eventful 5-4 win over Leicester at Wembley. Neither side looked like teams with little to play for, with Jamie Vardy nodding in Riyad Mahrez's free-kick inside four minutes.

Kane levelled (7) but found themselves 3-1 down thanks to a classy Mahrez finish (16) and Kelechi Iheanacho's superb long-ranger (47), before Erik Lamela's close-range finish (49) and a Christian Fuchs own goal (53) made it 3-3.

But Kane curled in his 30th of the season (76), and Spurs' fifth, to leave them third in the table and Leicester ninth, but with the Golden Boot heading to Liverpool and Mohamed Salah's mantelpiece.

West Ham 3-1 Everton

Manuel Lanzini scored twice as West Ham deservedly beat Everton 3-1 at the London Stadium to seal a first home league win over their opponents since April 2007.

Sam Allardyce endured an unhappy afternoon against his former employees as Lanzini gave the hosts a deserved lead (39) before Marko Arnautovic's swerving shot doubled the hosts' advantage (63).

Oumar Niasse pulled a goal back with a close-range finish (74), but Lanzini capped a scintillating display with a brilliant strike past Jordan Pickford via the post (82). Watford remain 13th on 42 points, while Everton finished 8th on 49points.

 

 

EPL Week 38 Scores At A Glance

Burnley 1-2 Bournemouth

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom

Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton

Manchester United 1-0 Watford

Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea

Southampton 0-1 Manchester City

Swansea 1-2 Stoke City

Tottenham 5-4 Leicester City

West Ham 3-1 Everton

 

Match day reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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