Premier League: An account of the final day's action

The final day of the Premier League 2017-18 season was full of drama. It produced a couple decisive outcomes in the top and bottom halves of the table.

Mauricio Pochettino guided Tottenham Hotspur to a top-four finish for the third season in a row, also overseeing a win on the final Wembley outing.   -  AFP

The curtains came down on the 2017-18 Premier League season with a thrilling final day, on which as many as 31 goals were scored in the 10 fixtures put together. A couple of clubs finished their seasons on a disappointing note, while the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur capped off satisfactory domestic campaigns with positive results.

Final day: As it happened

Here, Sportstar provides an account of the final day's results and how they impact the final positions of some of the clubs.

Top half

Each of the top four clubs registered victories and maintained their positions.

Manchester United beat Watford 1-0 at Old Trafford, while Manchester City, courtesy a 94th-minute winner from Gabriel Jesus, reached its target of 100 points in the league. Southampton maintained its Premier League status despite this defeat to the champion team.

 

Liverpool went into the final day not guaranteed of a top-four spot. But, as it has done for much of the season, Liverpool made its home advantage count and thumped Brighton and Hove Albion 4-0. It finished fourth on the table.  

Tottenham Hotspur was involved in the most dramatic fixture of the day, against Leicester City. It began and finished the day third on the table with a breathtaking 5-4 victory against the Foxes at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea, starting the day fifth, was dependent on Liverpool's result to have a chance of sneaking into the top four, but, first and foremost, needed to win its away fixture against Newcastle United. It was beaten 3-0 by the Magpies, which finished 10th with this result.

Chelsea's defeat means that it will, for the second time in three seasons, finish outside of the top four.

Arsene Wenger oversaw an Arsenal win in his final fixture in charge of the club, as it beat Huddersfield Town 1-0.

Burnley went down at home to Bournemouth but maintained its seventh spot with 54 points.

Everton lost to West Ham United 3-1 but finished ahead of Leicester (47) on eighth with 49 points.

Bottom half

Swansea City, starting the day 18th, needed a miracle to retain its Premier League status. It was beaten 2-1 at home by Stoke City, while Southampton's 1-0 defeat meant the south coast club's superior goal difference cost Swansea its top-flight status. Swansea gained promotion to the English top-flight ahead of the 2011-12 season and drops into the Championship after seven seasons.

 

Another relegated club, West Bromwich Albion, also suffered a defeat, going down 2-0 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

West Ham, courtesy its 3-1 home win over Everton, jumped three places to finish 13th.

Individual awards

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah won the Golden Boot for his tally of 32 goals this season. He finished two better than near rival, Harry Kane.

Mohamed Salah poses with the Golden Boot award he won for scoring 32 goals in the Premier League.   -  AFP

 

David de Gea with his 18th clean sheet of the season won the Golden Glove award for the most clean sheets by a goalkeeper.

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