The English Premier League concluded on Sunday with a slew of exciting games. Champions Chelsea ended the season with a 3-1 win over Sunderland and won the league eight points ahead of Manchester City.
Newcastle avoided relegation with a 2-0 win over West Ham, which means Hull City will follow Queens Park Rangers and Burnley down the second tier next season.
Here’s a full roundup of Sunday’s games.
Arsenal 4 – 1 West Bromwich Albion
The Gunners ended the season with a spirited performance against WBA. In the first half, it was all about Arsenal and Theo Walcott got the scoring underway in the fourth minute. He would add a second 10 minutes later. Jack Wilshere made it 3-0 in the 17th minute before Walcott grabbed a hat trick in the 37th minute. Gareth McAuley scored a consolation goal for WBA in the 57th minute. Arsenal ended up in third with 75 points, four points behind Man City.
Aston Villa 0 – 1 Burnley
Aston Villa avoided relegation last week and still has the FA Cup Final against Arsenal to think about, so it’s not surprising that they lost against already relegated Burnley. Danny Ings, who has been Burnley’s best player during the season, scored the lone goal in the sixth minute. Ings’ contract is up and there’s no doubt he’ll be able to find a new club in the Premier League.
Chelsea 3 – 1 Sunderland
Sunderland put up a good fight in the first half and took the lead through Steven Fletcher in the 26th minute. Diego Costa scored his 20th league goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 37th minute. Costa replaced Didier Drogba earlier in the game and made no mistake from the penalty spot. In the second half, it was another substitute that would take the spotlight for Chelsea, as Loic Remy replaced Juan Cuadrado right before half time. Remy scored twice to secure the win for the home side. Chelsea finishes the season with 87 points and a record of 26 wins, nine draws and three losses.
Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Swansea
Crystal Palace ended the season on a high note with a win over Swansea. Marouane Chamakh scored the game’s only goal. Palace had a great year and really took off after Alan Pardew took over as manager in January and ended up in 10th place with 48 points. Swansea didn’t have a bad campaign, but fell short of a European cup spot and finished in eighth.
Everton 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs were one of only two away sides that won on the final day of the season (Burnley being the other), as they grabbed a narrow win over Everton. Harry Kane has had his definitive breakthrough this season and he got the only goal in the game, his 21st of the season. Kane will be a hot commodity on the free agent market if he decides to let his deal with Tottenham run out. He will represent England in the U-21 European Championships this summer.
Hull City 0 – 0 Manchester United
Hull needed a win and Newcastle to lose in order to stave off relegation, but they failed to beat an uninspired United team that already looked like they were on vacation. Hull ended up in 18th place and will be relegated together with QPR and Burnley. United had a top-four position as the outspoken goal before the season started and they accomplished that finishing fourth. That means United will have the chance to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Leicester 5 – 1 Queens Park Rangers
Leicester’s phenomenal run continues as they end the season with a 5-1 thrashing of QPR. That result means that Leicester won seven out the last nine games and climbed up to 14th in the table. Leicester started off the season extremely poorly and many thought they were set for relegation, but after a remarkable turnaround they will stay up. Jaime Vardy and Marc Albrighton scored for Leicester in the first half. In the second they kept things going with Jose Leonardo Ulloa, Esteban Cambiasso and Andrej Kramaric all scoring. Charlie Austin got on the scoresheet for QPR and had a fine season with 18 league goals.
Manchester City 2 – 0 Southampton FC
City failed to defend the league title, but ended up in second. Frank Lampard crowned his stint with City with a goal. Lampard is set to join New York FC in the MLS. Golden Boot winner Sergio Aguero grabbed his 26th league goal of the season as he scored in the second half. Southampton did a good job this season seeing that they had a lot of turnover in the squad, ending up in seventh place, so fans surely must be happy what manager Ronald Koeman has done.
Newcastle United 2 – 0 West Ham United
Newcastle was up against the rope and a loss against West Ham could have meant relegation if Hull had found a way to beat Manchester United. Luckily for Newcastle fans, the team took care of business against the Hammers with Moussa Sissoko and Jonas Gutierrez scoring in the second half. This was Newcastle’s first win since Feb. 28 when they won 1-0 over Aston Villa. Big changes are needed up north if Newcastle wants to climb up the standings next season and avoid another nerve-wracking final day of the season.
Stoke City 6 – 1 Liverpool
Steven Gerrard scored in his last game with Liverpool, but the team was destroyed by Stoke who led 5-0 after the first half after goals by Mame Biram Diouf (twice), Jonathan Walters, Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi. Liverpool finished the season with two straight losses and ended up in sixth place.