Silva can’t save the Tigers, Spurs celebrate in style, plus the best of the rest of this weekend’s football
1 – Big Sam Survives
Hull will join Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the Championship next season after losing 4-0 to Crystal Palace saw them relegated on Sunday. They needed a win to have any chance of avoiding the final relegation spot but an early defensive mistake saw Wilfried Zaha put Crystal Palace in front. Christian Benteke headed in their second half an hour later and too late goals from Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt completed the Eagles dominant performance. Palace will play their final game of the season against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but Sam Allardyce’s team can do so safe in the knowledge they’re guaranteed Premier League football next season. The results also ensured Swansea, who beat Sunderland 2-0 on Saturday, will stay in the top-flight next season.
2 – Final win at White Hart Lane
Tottenham said goodbye to White Hart Lane in style by enjoying a 2-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday. Spurs will play their home games at Wembley while a new stadium is built on the same site and is scheduled to be finished for the 2018-2019 season. Victor Wanyama headed the home side in front six minutes in, but United keeper David de Gea kept it 1-0 in the first half by denying attempts from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli. However, early in the second-half Kane doubled the lead by knocking in Christian Eriksen’s free kick. Wayne Rooney got one back for the visitors with less than twenty minutes left to play, but the final game at the Lane went deservedly to the home team.
3 – Forest Green promoted to the Football League
Forest Green beat Tranmere Rovers 3-1 in the National League promotion final to make it into the Football League for the first time their history. The final score was decided in the first-half with winger Kaiyne Woolery netting the first for Forest Green after twelve minutes, before Tranmere got one back courtesy of Connor Jennings. The National League’s second top scorer Christian Doidge restored Forest Green’s lead, before Woolery completed his brace just before the break to make it 3-1. Forest Green have played 19 consecutive seasons at National League level but can now look forward to life in League Two.
4 – 400th and 401st goals for Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid just need four points from their two remaining matches to be crowned league champions for the first time since 2012. A 4-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday puts them level on points with 1st placed Barcelona (who beat Las Palmas 4-1), but Real have a game in hand. Nacho netted Real ahead with a sneaky free-kick taken quickly before Sevilla’s defence could organise, but a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo were his 400th and 401st goals for Real Madrid, making him the first player to reach the landmark for the club.
5 – Chelsea win the Premier League
Chelsea’s 1-0 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday night saw them reclaim the Premier League title with two games to spare. The Baggies put in a hardy performance and made their visitors work, but ultimately Antonio Conte’s proved themselves to be the unstoppable force they’ve been all season. A late goal from substitute Michy Batshuayi in the 82nd minute gifted the Blue’s the title, after he managed to tap in Azpilicueta’s cross. Chelsea’s two remaining Premier League fixtures are against Watford and Sunderland at home, but their main focus will be the FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on the 27th of May.