Premier League: Leicester City stumble as Liverpool & Chelsea secure Top-4 spots

Liverpool & Chelsea secured a place in next season’s Champions League at the expense of Leicester City, on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season.

Sadio Mane's double secures top four spot for Liverpool; Credit: Twitter@premierleague
By Arnab Mukherji | May 23, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Kasper Schmeichel is considered one of the most reliable keepers in the Premier League. Schmeichel is capable of pulling off saves in the toughest of circumstances, making him one of the best in the business and certainly a top campaigner. Gareth Bale, on the other hand, does not enjoy the same degree of prominence currently, because of his poor track record with injuries and decline in pace. However, the final gameweek of Premier League 2020-21 had a surprise in store for fans as Schmeichel conceded an own goal, with Bale scoring a brace in the final few minutes, to overshadow Harry Kane.

Leicester City were defeated 4-2 by Tottenham Hotspur having taken an early lead, courtesy a Jamie Vardy penalty. Harry Kane scored the equaliser followed by Vardy converting from the spot yet again. Schmeichel’s howler handed Tottenham the initiative in this scenario, with Gareth Bale getting the job done as a substitute. It will certainly be a shocker for Leicester City fans considering the fantastic campaign they have enjoyed this season. The defeat will see them qualify for the Europa League, rather than the Champions League as expected.

Chelsea and Liverpool sail through

Chelsea and Liverpool are the two teams who have clinched the final two positions in the top four race. The former recorded a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa, but sailed through following Leicester’s loss. They would have clinched a position in the top four even in case of a draw for the Foxes, courtesy a superior goal difference. Former Chelsea player Bertrand Traore scored the opener for Villa, followed by Anwar El Ghazi making it 2-0 from the spot. Ben Chilwell scored a consolation goal, but Chelsea could not get the equaliser.

Sadio Mane was the hero for Liverpool who recorded a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace. Mane ensured a composed finish to the campaign for the English giants, delivering the goods when it mattered the most.

Harry Kane joins Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry as the only players to win three or more Golden Boots in their career. He is the first player to finish top for both goals (23) and assists (14) in the Premier League since 1993/1994.

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