Premier League: Newcastle Crush Chelsea, Swansea Relegated

Chelsea missed out on a place in next season’s Champions League after losing 3-0 to an inspired Newcastle on the last day of the Premier League campaign.

The Blues had a chance of stealing a top four finish by winning against the Magpies, but Liverpool’s victory over Brighton means they finish fifth – five points off the Reds as they settle for a Europa League spot.

Last year’s champions were second best throughout the game at St James’ Park and fell behind through Dwight Gayle’s close-range header, before Ayoze Perez poked home twice in four second half minutes as Rafa Benitez’s men finished the season in a very respectable 10th position.

Antonio Conte’s men still have the opportunity to end the season on a positive note in next Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Swansea City were relegated from the Premier League after going down 2-1 at home to already relegated Stoke City.

The Swans took an early lead through Andy King, but goals for Badou Ndiaye and Peter Crouch ended what slim hopes there were for Swansea staying up.

There was unexpected humour at the Liberty Stadium in the end, with both sets of supporters singing self-deprecating songs together as they prepared for life in the Championship.

At Anfield, Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League scoring record as Liverpool sealed a place in next season’s Champions League with a 4-0 drubbing of Brighton.

Salah, who was the centre of attention as he was feted with the Golden Boot for Premier League’s top scorer and the club’s player of the year trophy, set the Reds on course to blowing Brighton away with a low finish from Dominic Solanke’s pass – his 32nd goal of the campaign – the most by a player in a 38-game Premier League season.

Dejan Lovren doubled the lead by powerfully heading in Andrew Robertson’s cross and after the break Solanke smashed in his first goal for the club off the underside of the bar following a layoff from Salah.

Full-back Andrew Robertson completed the rout with his first Liverpool goal, sweeping in from close range with five minutes to play.

The Reds matched their fourth-place finish of last season, as they look to Kiev where they take on Real Madrid in the Champions league Final May 26.

Michael Carrick played his last game for Manchester United as they beat Watford 1-0 at Old Trafford, while Manchester City set a record of 100 points after edging Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium.

Arsene Wenger bowed out of with a win as record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner in a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield.

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