Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Man City reach 100-points
On the final day of the Premier League, Manchester City became the first English top-flight team to attain 100-points in a single campaign when they beat Southampton 1-0 away. Pep Guardiola’s team have had a remarkable season that has seen them lose just two league matches and pick up 50-points at home and 50 on the road. With the game heading towards a 0-0 finish, substitute Gabriel Jesus broke the deadlock in the 4th minute of added time for City to achieve their feat. A draw would have ensured Southampton’s survival in the Premier League but with Swansea’s 2-1 home defeat to Stoke, the Saints stay up in the top-flight for a seventh successive season while the Swans will join Stoke and West Brom in the Championship next term.
2 – Liverpool take the last Champions League spot
Liverpool beat out Chelsea to 4th place and secured Champions League football next season after beating Brighton 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday. Mohamed Salah scored the opener which was his 32nd goal of the season, breaking the goal scoring record for a 38-game season in the Premier League and claiming the Golden Boot award. Dejan Lovren headed in the second before the break and Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson completed the scoring in Liverpool’s continued dominance in the second-half. Chelsea were looking to take the final Champions League spot, but they needed Liverpool to lose and the Blues were beaten themselves in their final game 3-0 by a rampant Newcastle side.
3 – Tottenham take 3rd in goal filled thriller
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side ended their season on a high by claiming 3rd in the Premier League table after beating Leicester 5-4 at Wembley. Jamie Vardy scored an early opener for the visiting Foxes, but Harry Kane equalised minutes later though Spurs would find themselves 3-1 down shortly into the second-half after goals from Riyad Mahrez and Kelechi Iheanacho. However, a brace from Erik Lamela and an own goal from Christian Fuchs saw Tottenham take the lead, but Vardy’s second made it 4-4 before Kane got the winner in the 76th minute, his 30th goal of the season. It was Tottenham’s final game in their temporary Wembley home as they’ll return to a redeveloped White Hart Lane next season.
4 – Aberdeen secure 2nd in Scottish Premiership
Aberdeen took 2nd place in the Scottish Premiership when they became the first team to beat champions Celtic at home in a 1-0 victory at Celtic Park on Sunday. Andrew Considine’s second-half goal got Aberdeen the 3-points they needed to claim the runners-up spot for the fourth year running. Rangers were also in the battle for 2nd place but had to settle for 3rd after they drew 5-5 in dramatic clash at Hibernian, which saw them go down to 10-men and Hibernian tie the game in the 93rd minute when Jamie Maclaren completed a hat-trick with the final equaliser.
5 – Tranmere return to the Football League
After a 3-year absence Tranmere Rovers will return to the Football League next season after they beat Boreham Wood 2-1 in their play-off final to earn promotion to League Two. Tranmere missed out on a return last season when they were beaten 3-1 by Forest Green in the play-off final and it looked like it wasn’t to be their year again after they went down to 10-men within the first minute, when Liam Ridehalgh was sent off for a two-footed challenge. However, they took the lead through Andy Cook’s header after 6-minutes play and looked to have shaken off any anxiety caused by Ridehalgh’s dismissal. Bruno Andrade equalised for Boreham Wood in the 8th minute of first-half stoppage, but James Norwood was on hand to head-in substitute Connor Jennings’ cross 10-minutes from time and secure promotion.