26 Jul How the Champions League and relegation battles performed out
Whereas the 2019-20 Premier League title was tied up in record-breaking style weeks in the past by Liverpool, we have been nonetheless in a position to enter the ultimate day with lots left to play for at each ends of the desk.
Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis had already laid declare to the highest two spots, however the different two Champions League qualification berths have been nonetheless up for grabs. Manchester United and Chelsea started the day occupying third and fourth place respectively, with each golf equipment stage on 63 factors and Leicester Metropolis poised only a single level behind them in fifth.
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As destiny would have it, United travelled to face the Foxes on the King Energy on the ultimate day understanding that they merely needed to keep away from defeat to make sure a top-four end. Likewise, have been Leicester to seize a win and Chelsea keep away from defeat of their final recreation at residence towards Wolves, United can be ousted from the reckoning and wash up in fifth.
In the meantime, down within the relegation mire, Sunday started with two from three golf equipment understanding they’d be jettisoned from the Premier League come shut of play. Whereas Norwich City were long gone, a sliver of hope remained for Watford, Aston Villa and Bournemouth — although the latter knew they required something akin to a miracle.
Watford, who recently took the decision to sack manager Nigel Pearson despite him being the very man responsible for dragging them off rock bottom, travelled to Arsenal knowing that they simply had to better Villa’s result against West Ham to guarantee their survival. Should both Watford and Villa produce draws or match each other’s results, Villa would stay up on goal difference — although with only one goal separating the two teams before kick-off (minus-26 versus minus-27) it would definitely be a “skin of the teeth” situation.
As for Bournemouth, the towering odds didn’t favour them. However, the Cherries could also still beat the drop on goal difference (they began the day on minus-27, too) by beating Everton and hoping beyond hope that both Villa and Watford lost elsewhere.
In short, a large number of nervous fans around the country would be following events from behind the couch, while there were also the Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards to be claimed and several records to potentially be broken. Here’s how the final day of the 2019-20 season panned out, as it happened.
16:01 BST — Newcastle United 1-0 Liverpool: Well, that didn’t take long! Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle scores against the champions within a minute!
⏱ 24 seconds! 🤩pic.twitter.com/NFYpomhR3r
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 26, 2020
16:04 BST — Arsenal 1-Zero Watford: Issues get off to a nightmarish begin for Watford, conceding a penalty with simply 4 minutes on the clock on the Emirates. After a protracted VAR verify validated Mike Dean’s determination, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped as much as put the Gunners forward together with his 21st league purpose of the season. The race for the Golden Boot is on!
16.08 BST — Manchester Metropolis 0-Zero Norwich Metropolis: Norwich look to be going out on a excessive as Onel Hernandez scores towards Manchester Metropolis, however it’s dominated out for offside. That retains Metropolis keeper Ederson stage with Burnley’s Nick Pope within the race for the Golden Glove for many clear sheets.
16:12 BST — Manchester Metropolis 1-Zero Norwich Metropolis: Manchester Metropolis compound Norwich’s woe by scoring the opening purpose themselves. Gabriel Jesus scores, however all eyes are on the help, as Kevin De Bruyne is one away from equalling Thierry Henry’s report of 20 in a single Premier League marketing campaign. On this event, it is not the Belgian who was the creator.
16:12 BST — Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane opens the scoring for Tottenham at Selhurst Park. That is the England captain’s seventh purpose because the restart, and it boosts Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for the Europa League subsequent season.
16:13 BST — Everton 0-1 Bournemouth: Regardless of having by no means received an away recreation towards Everton within the Premier League, Bournemouth show they’re up for the battle as a Josh King penalty thrusts them into an early lead at Goodison. The purpose, King’s 50th for the membership, sees the Cherries transfer up into 18th spot, above Watford on purpose distinction and only one level behind Aston Villa in 17th.
16:17 BST — Everton 0-1 Bournemouth: Bournemouth are very practically afforded a golden likelihood to double their lead from the spot however a VAR evaluate sees Eddie Howe’s plucky aspect disadvantaged of a second penalty within the area of 5 minutes.
16:21 BST — Burnley 0-1 Brighton: Yves Bissouma scores previous Pope, giving Ederson one hand on the Golden Glove.
16:24 BST — Arsenal 2-Zero Watford: After a comparatively shiny begin, Watford are visibly shocked to fall two behind towards Arsenal as Kieran Tierney’s limp, deflected shot creeps contained in the submit to place an extra dent within the Hornets’ precarious purpose distinction (WAT minus-29, BOU minus-26).
16:32 BST– Leicester Metropolis 0-Zero Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes appears to be like to have scored a beautiful opener for United after making use of a svelte end to Paul Pogba’s pleasant by ball, solely to see it chalked off for an offside within the build-up.
16:33 BST — Arsenal 3-Zero Watford: Watford look to be sinking into the mire with no hint as Aubameyang provides a 3rd for Arsenal with solely their third shot on goal. A mixture of scientific ending and poor defending noticed the Gabon striker rating his 22nd purpose of the season with a intelligent overhead kick. He is now only one behind high scorer Jamie Vardy, who has 23.
16:36 BST — Leicester Metropolis 0-Zero Manchester United: Fernandes receives therapy on his ankle. Fred goes for a warm-up on the touchline, however the Portuguese maestro stays on the sphere.
16:38 BST — Newcastle United 1-1 Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk scores a header, making him the league’s top-scoring defender of the season with 5 targets.
Virgil van Dijk has now scored as many PL targets for Liverpool as Andriy Shevchenko did for Chelsea
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) July 26, 2020
16:41 BST — Everton 1-1 Bournemouth: Moise Kean creeps in on the again submit to equalise for Everton and bump a immediately deflated Bournemouth team again down beneath Watford into 19th place.
16:43 BST — Arsenal 3-1 Watford: Watford change into the most recent team to capitalise from David Luiz’s generosity because the Arsenal defender donates his fifth penalty of the season to the stricken Hornets. Troy Deeney has the required nerve to transform from the spot and provides his aspect simply the faintest glimmer of hope.
David Luiz has conceded extra penalties within the Premier League this season (5) than 10 golf equipment: Southampton, Palace, Man Metropolis, Man Utd, Sheff Utd, Wolves, Brighton, Chelsea, Newcastle, Liverpool.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) July 26, 2020
16:46 BST — Chelsea 1-Zero Wolves: On the very finish of a reasonably uneventful half, Mason Mount tucks away a beautiful free kick to place Chelsea forward and ship them above Manchester United into third place.
16:46 BST– Manchester Metropolis 2-Zero Norwich Metropolis: De Bruyne curls in a magnificence to make it 2-Zero vs. Norwich, however he is nonetheless on the lookout for that elusive help.
What. A. Objective. He is scored some crackers this season however that was arguably @DeBruyneKev‘s finest to this point – fancy footwork, cuts inside and BANG! High bins… what a person 🔥
🔵 2-0 🟡 #ManCity | https://t.co/axa0klD5re
— Manchester Metropolis (@ManCity) July 26, 2020
16:46 BST — Everton 1-2 Bournemouth: Dominic Solanke places Bournemouth again on the entrance foot together with his third purpose in three video games. The striker’s header nudges the Cherries again above Watford within the standings because of their barely superior purpose distinction.
16:49 BST — Chelsea 2-Zero Wolves: Olivier Giroud doubles Chelsea’s lead as Frank Lampard’s aspect look to be cantering towards Champions League qualification. United are nonetheless occupying fourth spot as the primary half of their winner-takes-all scramble towards Leicester ends goalless.
A frantic first 45 😅 pic.twitter.com/ncPHOwbOhe
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 26, 2020
HALF-TIME — Phew.
17:18 BST — Leicester Metropolis 0-Zero Manchester United: Leicester ship a shot throughout the bows early within the second half as Jamie Vardy rattles the United crossbar with a looping header.
17:22 BST — Newcastle United 1-1 Liverpool: Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino substitute Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Simply because Jurgen Klopp can.
65′ Triple substitution:
Mane, Salah and Firmino ON.
Origi, Minamino and Ox OFF.
— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆) (@LFC) July 26, 2020
17:27 BST — Arsenal 3-2 Watford: It takes a former Gunner to revive Watford’s perception as Danny Welbeck pulls one other one again for the Hornets. Regardless of having come again from 3-Zero down, Watford are nonetheless beneath Bournemouth and know that solely the completion of an unbelievable turnaround can be sufficient to ship them from the drop.
17:28 BST — Leicester Metropolis 0-1 Manchester United: It’s maybe unsurprising that United lastly managed to interrupt the impasse from the penalty spot — their 14th spot-kick of the season, a brand new Premier League report. Fernandes did the honours after Anthony Martial was stunned by Jonny Evans within the Leicester field.
17:30 BST — Leicester Metropolis 0-Zero Manchester United: Leicester make a triple change — Demarai Grey, Ashley Barnes and Dennis Praet substitute Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans and Hamza Choudhury. Not fairly the identical, is it?
17:35 BST — Leicester Metropolis 0-1 Manchester United: Jesse Lingard comes on to interchange Mason Greenwood, denying the teenager the prospect of an 18th purpose that will have seen him surpass George Finest and Wayne Rooney as United’s highest-scoring season for a young person.
17:39 BST — Everton 1-Three Bournemouth: Junior Stanislas added one other purpose for Bournemouth by firing a shot straight beneath Jordan Pickford. The Cherries have been definitely doing every part inside their energy to remain up on the ultimate day, however at all times looming was the nagging doubt they could have left it too late.
17:37 BST: Manchester Metropolis 3-Zero Norwich Metropolis: Raheem Sterling scores his 20th league purpose of the season, however it’s all concerning the creator — De Bruyne has equalled Henry’s report!!!
80. @DeBruyneKev with the help… 👀
— Manchester Metropolis (@ManCity) July 26, 2020
17:44 BST — West Ham 0-1 Aston Villa: It took a very long time however Jack Grealish lastly finds the breakthrough on the London Stadium because the homegrown hero scores to energy Villa away from the dotted line of doom.
17:46 BST — West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa: Effectively that was good whereas it lasted! Andriy Yarmolenko took 100 seconds to burst Villa’s bubble. Because it stands, Bournemouth and Watford are nonetheless becoming a member of Norwich within the Championship however one other purpose for the Hammers would see Villa slip out of the highest flight.
17:52 BST — Leicester Metropolis 0-1 Manchester United: With the Champions League getting away from Leicester, frustration boils over on the King Energy in stoppage time as Evans will get himself despatched off for an unpleasant problem on Scott McTominay. Evans was booked for the sooner penalty incident however is proven a straight purple right here.
Penalty given away, purple card.
Jonny Evans, Man United legend! pic.twitter.com/rN5cmbuydm
— Football4cast UK (@Football4castUK) July 26, 2020
17:55 BST — West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa: Full-time on the London Stadium. Because it stands, Villa are protected however there have been nonetheless anxious faces as they guests awaited closing outcomes elsewhere.
17:55 BST — Everton 1-Three Bournemouth: They gave it their finest, however with West Ham failing to search out one other purpose towards Villa, Bournemouth fall quick on the very dying. The anguished look on Eddie Howe’s face stated all of it.
17:55 BST — Leicester Metropolis 0-2 Manchester United: Lingard places the cap on United’s afternoon by including a second purpose, robbing Kasper Schmeichel to attain with successfully the final kick of United’s season — thus sealing his aspect’s Champions League qualification on purpose distinction as Chelsea tied up fourth spot.
17:57 BST — Arsenal 3-2 Watford: Full-time on the Emirates introduced with it emotional scenes as Watford realise they’ve been consigned to their destiny.
Premier League 2019/20: ✅ pic.twitter.com/O37sJ7Pk8H
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 26, 2020
There we’ve got it. A number of months later than scheduled, the 2019-20 Premier League marketing campaign is lastly completed and dusted. The ultimate day definitely lived as much as its billing as tense teams traded blows and rungs on the Premier League ladder proper till the final.
Manchester United and Chelsea ended the afternoon three factors higher off however in the end issues remained the identical within the Champions League berths as Leicester missed out.
Down on the backside, Bournemouth managed to smuggle themselves a barely higher end than maybe anticipated, however alas, it wasn’t sufficient, as each the Cherries and Watford will be a part of Norwich within the Championship subsequent yr.
Leicester could have misplaced, however Jamie Vardy received the Premier League Golden Boot regardless of not scoring in Leicester Metropolis’s 2-Zero defeat towards Manchester United.
And Ederson edged Nick Pope to win the Premier League Golden Glove award with 16 clear sheets to 15. The Manchester Metropolis goalkeeper was unbeaten within the 5-Zero win towards relegated Norwich whereas Pope was unable to shut-out Brighton in a 1-1 draw.
So, that is yet another Premier League marketing campaign within the books. However don’t fret, it is solely 48 days till we get to do all of it once more in 2020-21!