By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Champions Chelsea handed Sunderland a 5-1 bashing at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to set the record of the most wins in a Premier League season ever with 30 victories.
Javi Manqquillo scored in the third minute of their clash with Chelsea but the Blues soon equalised through Brazilian midfielder Willian after five minutes. Pedro and Michy Batshuayi (brace) were on target for the Blues.
Liverpool and Manchester City claimed the two automatic Champions League places on offer on the last day of the 2016/2017 Premier League seaason as they defeated Middlesbrough and Watford respectively at the expense of Arsenal despite the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Everton, reportsCompletesportsnigeria.com.
Arsenal needed both City and Liverpool to drop points, but the two sides secured comfortable wins to claim third and fourth spots respectively.
Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi came off the bench in the 68th minute in place of Alexis Sanchez in Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Everton at the Emirates on Sunday.
The last game of the season was Iwobi’s 26th of the season in the Premier League. Hector Bellerin scored a minute goal for Arsenal but Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a tackle on Enner Valencia.
Bellerin swept home the ball in the eighth minute after Danny Welbeck could not connect with a Mesut Ozil through pass.
The Gunners doubled their lead in the 27th minute through Alexis Sanchez.
Everton hitman Romelu Lukaku scored from the penalty spot in the 58th minute to increase his Premier League goals to 25.
Liverppol ensured that they did their job against Middlesbrough with a 3-0 thrashing of the already relegated visitors.
The Reds scored just before the half time break through Gergino Wijnaldum who fired a rasping shot on the right side of the Reds’ attack, profiting from a Roberto Firmino assist much to the relief of manager Jurgen Klopp.
Phillipe Coutinho made it 2-0 in the 51st minute when he unleashed a swerving freekick, the ball finding its way to the bottom left corner.
Arsenal’s hopes of a miracle virtually died when Adam Lallana put the Reds 3-0 up in the 56th minute
Manchester City finished third in the table after their 5-0 battering of Watford away at the Vicarage Road.
City captain Vincent Kompany put his team ahead in the fifth minute through a header off a corner kick while Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute. City’s two goals so far had been assisted by kevin De Bruyne.
Aguero grabbed his brace nine minutes before the half time break while Fernandinho made it 4-0 in the 41st minute. The last goal of the game came from Gabriel Jesus in the 58th minute.
At this time, there were no doubts that Pep Guardiola’s men will pick up an automatic Champions league qualification. They picked up 78 points from the 38 matches in the course of the season.
Harry Kane took his Premier League goal tally to 29 on Sunday at the KCOM Stadium in Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-1 massive win over Hull City.
Kane scored his first of the game when he collected a pass on the edge of the penalty area from Christian Eriksen in the 11th minute and fired a shot to the bottom of the net,
The score soon became 2-0 and it was Kane again with the second of the day just two minutes after the opener. The England international received a ball inside the Hull City box and slotted beyond the Hull keeper.
Dele Alli made the KCOM Stadium even more quiet as he scored Spurs’ third of the day in the 45th minute.
Sam Clucas reduced the arrears in the 66th minute but the three-goal margin was restored by Mauricio Pochettino’s men by Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama in the 69th minute to make it 4-1. Three more goals came from Kane, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld in the 72nd, 84th and 87th minutes.
Manchester United may have missed out from a top four place and are firmly focused on the Europa league final against Ajax for a chance to earn an European place but Jose Mourinho’s team did not let that weigh them down as they defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Youngster Joshua Harrop and Paul Pogba were the scorers for United.
Harrop received the ball on the edge of the box from Pogba and he found the right side of the net with a great effort. Pogba himself then doubled United’s lead four minutes later with a low shot that beat Wayne Hennesey in goal for the Tigers.