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EPL PHOTOS: Tottenham take runners-up spot in White Hart Lane finale, Reds thrash West Ham

Last updated on: May 15, 2017 00:03 IST

Photos from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday

Fans of Tottenham Hotspur invade the pitch after the team's 2-1 win over Manchester United in White Hart Lane's final match on Sunday

IMAGE: Fans of Tottenham Hotspur invade the pitch after the team's 2-1 win over Manchester United in White Hart Lane's final match on Sunday. Photograph: Dylan Martinez Livepic/Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur signed off 118 years at their soon-to-be-demolished White Hart Lane stadium with a 2-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday that ensured they will finish as Premier League runners-up.

A carnival atmosphere preceded kickoff and the stadium erupted after six minutes when Victor Wanyama headed them in front against a weakened United side.

David de Gea kept United in the game with several fine stops while Harry Kane struck the crossbar shortly before halftime as the hosts looked to build on their advantage.

Home hero Kane scored his 22nd league goal of the season to make it 2-0 shortly after the interval but the celebrations were dampened when United skipper Wayne Rooney halved the deficit with just under 20 minutes remaining.

As rain began to fall on Tottenham's parade their were some nervy moments but they hung on to claim a 14th successive home victory and remain unbeaten at the Lane all season.

As the final whistle sounded to confirm Tottenham's highest finish for 54 years, hundreds of fans invaded the pitch to celebrate a memorable finale.

Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their fourth goal with teammate Daniel Sturridge during their match against West Ham at London Stadium on Sunday

IMAGE: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their fourth goal with teammate Daniel Sturridge during their match against West Ham at London Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Nicholls Livepic/Reuters

Liverpool kept their top-four destiny in their own hands as Philippe Coutinho's double earned them a 4-0 Premier League victory at West Ham United on Sunday that moved them back above Manchester City into third place.

Arsenal's late surge had put Juergen Klopp's side under immense pressure but they responded in style and will definitely finish in the top-four if they beat relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on the final day of the season next Sunday.

Anything other than a victory at West Ham's London Stadium would have left Liverpool relying on other results going their way but once Daniel Sturridge put them ahead in the 35th minute they were relatively comfortable.

Coutinho struck twice in the space of four minutes midway through the second half and Divock Origi rubbed salt into West Ham's wounds as the visitors ran riot.

Liverpool have 73 points with one match remaining, one ahead of Man City and four more than Arsenal who both have two games left to play.

Hull relegated after after 4-0 defeat to Palace

Hull City's Evandro Goebel and teammates look dejected after the match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday

IMAGE: Hull City's Evandro Goebel and teammates look dejected after the match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday. Photograph: Tony O'Brien Livepic/Action Images via Reuters

Hull City were relegated for the second time in three seasons when they went down 4-0 at CrystalPalace, who guaranteed their Premier League survival in their penultimate match on Sunday.

Palace went into the relegation tussle at Selhurst Park needing one point to stay up and took the upper hand from the start with a goal inside three minutes from Wilfried Zaha.

Christian Benteke gave Palace a two-goal cushion before halftime when he headed home Jason Puncheon’s corner in the 34th minute for his 15th league goal.

Palace, with Luka Milivojevic adding an 85th-minute penalty and substitute Patrick van Aanholt completing the rout in stoppage time, climbed to 13th on 41 points leaving Hull in 18th with 34, four adrift of 17th-placed Swansea with one match remaining.

 

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