Having to win, Leicester opened up in the second half, which made him vulnerable on the clock. Sure enough, Anthony Martial eventually burst into the box, where he was whisked away by a combination of Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan. Bruno Fernandes converted and Jesse Lingard sealed the points in added time after receiving the ball by Kasper Schmeichel.
Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace meant he took sixth place and qualifying for the Europa League, but all is not lost for Wolves as they finished seventh. They can still qualify for Europe – either the Champions League by winning the Europa League, or the Europa League if Chelsea beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final next Saturday.
For a while, it was possible to argue that there was something almost admirable about Watford’s willingness to go against conventional wisdom and fire managers as soon as results started to falter. But over the past year, politics crumbled into chaos, and the four-manager season ended with recriminations and relegations and a late rally that wasn’t quite enough. The two games after Nigel Pearson’s sacking brought two losses and the seven-goal concession
After falling behind on an early penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Watford fought back but then conceded again, against the run of play, a Kieran Tierney goal in the 24th minute, his first for the club. Aubameyang added a third with a spectacular finish as Watford failed to cope with a single long throw-in. But where there is David Luiz, there is always hope for the opposition, and he conceded a record fifth penalty of the season – more than 10 Premier League clubs this season. Troy Deeney converted and Watford rallied. Danny Welbeck backed off another, but it was too little, too late.
Bournemouth had to win to have any chance of survival, and he did so with a lot of style. A penalty from Josh King put it on. Ahead after 13 minutes and, although Moise Kean equalized at 41 minutes, Dominic Solanke restored Bournemouth’s lead before half-time. Junior Stanislas was 3-1 with 10 minutes left.
This meant Bournemouth would remain standing if Aston Villa lost to West Ham. He remained 0-0 at London Stadium until the 84th minute, when Jack Grealish put the outside side in front. But hardly the celebrations ended when Andriy Yarmolenko cut inside and hit a shot that deflected Grealish and cruelly made a loop, denying Villa his first clean sheet outside of the season and leading to a tense final of five minutes plus added time.
But Villa held on, meaning they had taken a remarkable 10 points from their last four games of the season to pull off a bitter breakout and relegate Bournemouth after five years in the Premier League.
And with that, the longest and most unusual season has come to an end.