Villa survive on final day, United & Chelsea make UCL

          Grealish saves the day as Watford & Bournemouth bow out

          2020/07/26 21:20
          By Connor Andrews

          Another key goal from Jack Grealish in Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with West Ham saw his side stay up in nervous fashion on the final day of the Premier League season, just a point ahead of relegated Bournemouth and Watford.

          Watford began the day in the relegation zone, and looked dead and buried after three Arsenal goals in 33 minutes, while Bournemouth gave themselves hope with an early Josh King penalty against Everton, but both teams still remained in the bottom three behind Villa.

          Moise Kean dented Bournemouth’s hopes before half time with an equaliser, while Troy Deeney gave Watford some light at the end of the tunnel, making it 3-1, but Villa still went in at the break at 0-0, and with the upper hand.

          Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth went on to score two second half goals for a 3-1 win, while Watford managed to cut the deficit to 3-2 against Arsenal, but all eyes were on the London Stadium, where Jack Grealish crucially put Villa ahead in the 84th minute, before Andriy Yarmolenko instantly cancelled it out.

          But the point proved enough for Villa, despite Watford squandering a raft of chances to at least equalise against Arsenal, and sends the Hornets, and Bournemouth, back down to the Championship for the first time since 2014/15.

          ©Getty / Daniel Leal-Olivas

          In the Champions League race, two of Chelsea’s star performers this season, Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud, both staked their claim for a place in the team next campaign, despite their possible replacements, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, watching on.

          Mount’s sublime free-kick was followed right away with a second by Giroud to confirm Chelsea’s place in the top tier of European football next season, and they will be joined by Manchester United, who snuck past Leicester in a rather low key crunch match at the King Power stadium.

          After a slow first 70 minutes, Anthony Martial broke the Leicester defence before being taken down by a combination of Johnny Evans and Wes Morgan, allowing Bruno Fernandes to score from the spot once again.

          A late confirmation goal from Jesse Lingard returns United to the Champions League, while there were also wins for champions Liverpool (3-1 vs Newcastle), Manchester City (5-0 vs Norwich), Brighton (2-1 vs Burnley) and Southampton (3-1 vs Sheffield United).

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