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EPL PIX: Newcastle stun Spurs; Giroud hat-trick lifts Arsenal

May 15, 2016 22:59 IST

Newcastle stun Spurs, dump them in third behind Arsenal

Newcastle

IMAGE: Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur fluffed their last-day lines with a 5-1 defeat at relegated, 10-man Newcastle United that left them third in the Premier League behind bitter north London rivals Arsenal.

Newcastle's swashbuckling performance with two goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and one from Aleksandar Mitrovic, sent off in the 67th minute for a bad foul on Kyle Walker, may have gone some way to persuading Rafa Benitez to stay on as their manager in The Championship.

Erik Lamela pulled one back for Spurs on the hour when they were 2-0 down but Newcastle recovered their two-goal lead with a Wijnaldum penalty for a Jan Vertonghen foul on the busy Moussa Sissoko, a thorn in the visiting defence.

Spurs, who had needed just a point to finish second and above Arsenal for the first time since 1995, were left shell-shocked as substitute Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat added further goals in the last five minutes.

Drinkwater provides champagne fizz as Leicester earn draw

Danny Drinkwater

IMAGE: Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's goal against Chelsea. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Leicester City's Premier League winners were given a guard of honour by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and then ended their glory season with a late equaliser from Danny Drinkwater in a 1-1 draw with the outgoing champions.

The home team, their fans and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich applauded Leicester on to the field and there was a particularly fond reception for their former manager Claudio Ranieri, who was given a special presentation before the game.

Chelsea had looked the superior side and Cesc Fabregas seemed set to spoil Leicester's final party when he scored from the penalty spot in the 66th minute.

Yet with nine minutes left, England midfielder Drinkwater hammered a 30-year shot that left Leicester's fans able to celebrate winning the league by 10 points, as they chanted: "That's why we're champions."

Giroud hat-trick lifts Arsenal to second

Olivier Giroud

IMAGE: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Arsenal overwhelmed relegated Aston Villa 4-0 to pip their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur to second place in the Premier League table.

French striker Giroud put Arsenal ahead after five minutes with a neat header from Nacho Monreal's cross and the home team dominated possession.

News of Newcastle's third goal against Spurs caused a huge cheer at the Emirates Stadium and Giroud added Arsenal's second goal 12 minutes from time before completing his hat-trick with a fine left-footed finish.

Mikel Arteta added the fourth in stoppage time.

No flourish from Man City in sealing Champions League place

Manuel Pellegrini

IMAGE: Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City waves to fans after the Premier League match against Swansea City. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Manchester City sealed fourth place and a spot in next season's Champions League in unconvincing fashion, unable to end their uneven season with a flourish at Swansea City.

The point was effectively all City needed in manager Manuel Pellegrini's last match to ensure they will finish in the top four and therefore be back alongside Europe's elite after reaching the semi-finals this season.

It looked likely to be a straightforward afternoon's work for the visitors after Kelechi Iheanacho slotted home in the fifth minute, following up after Kristoffer Nordfeldt had saved Sergio Aguero's shot.

But they squandered chances before Swansea equalised just before halftime when Andre Ayew's free kick took a big defelection off Fernando's head to leave Joe Hart stranded.

Liverpool held at West Brom to finish outside Europa places

Liverpool

IMAGE: Kevin Stewart of Liverpool and Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion battle for the ball. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Liverpool finished outside the European qualification places after their campaign ended with a tame 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Juergen Klopp fielded a second-string side with one eye on next week's Europa League final against Sevilla, which is now Liverpool's only route back into continental competition next season after they finished eighth in the table with 60 points.

West Brom, who are 14th on 43, took the lead in the 13th minute when 17-year-old Jonathan Leko slipped the ball to the unmarked Salomon Rondon who held off a challenge and fired low past Liverpool's stand-in keeper Adam Bogdan.

The visitors were level, however, eight minutes later when Jordon Ibe scampered half the length of the pitch before burying a low shot into the bottom corner for his first league goal of the season.

Everton end poor season in style

Everton ended a disappointing season with a convincing 3-0 Premier League victory over relegated Norwich City at Goodison Park.

Midfielder James McCarthy and a Leighton Baines penalty put the hosts, playing their first game since Roberto Martinez was sacked as manager, 2-0 ahead at halftime.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, making his 414th and final appearance for the club, had a quiet afternoon as his team secured only their sixth home league victory of the campaign.

Kevin Mirallas added Everton's third goal soon after the interval.

Diouf strikes late to lift Stoke

Mame Biram Diouf's late goal lifted Stoke City to a 2-1 victory over West Ham United.

Michail Antonio put West Ham ahead in the 23rd minute with a right-foot shot after Winston Reid headed on a corner.

Giannelli Imbula equalised with a low strike from outside the penalty area and Diouf struck two minutes from time with a fine header to lift Stoke to ninth in the standings.

Defeat ended West Ham's hopes of a top-six finish.

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