Adam Booker·28 May 2023
Adam Booker·28 May 2023
From the relegation battle to the race for the final European place, there was plenty to play for on the final day of the Premier League season. Here is what went down throughout the final 90 minutes of the campaign.
Scorers: Harrison 67′ ; Kane 2′, 69′, Porro 47′
It could not have started worse for Leeds, who needed a win to keep their survival hopes alive.
Only 90 seconds into the occasion, Elland Road was stunned as Harry Kane rifled home from close range to put a dagger into the Leeds hopes.
Leeds’ hopes were all but dashed almost immediately after the restart, as Pedro Porro put Spurs two ahead to bring on a silence around Elland Road.
While Jack Harrison cut the Leeds deficit in half, his goal was swiftly canceled out by Harry Kane, who reclaimed Spurs’ two-goal lead in the last 20 minutes.
Scorers: Doucouré 57′
Everton secured Premier League safety with a narrow victory over Bournemouth in a tense 90 minutes at Goodison Park.
Good news from around the grounds filtered in through Goodison Park early on, but the Toffees struggled to carve out chances of their own to capitalise on the momentum.
Idrissa Gueye looked all but set to fire the hosts into the lead, but his point-blank effort was tipped over the bar to keep the scoresheet untouched.
Everton turned up the heat as the scorelines elsewhere soured, but their pushes forward left them vulnerable to Bournemouth counter-attacks the other way.
Finally, the goal came for the hosts. The ball fell to Abdoulaye Doucouré on the edge of the box and the midfielder lashed his half volley into the back of the net to push Everton back into Premier League safety.
Scorers: Barnes 37′, Faes 61′
Leicester City’s Premier League dreams came to an end despite a final day victory.
It was one way traffic in the opening 20 minutes, as Leicester poured the pressure on needing a flurry of goals to keep their survival hopes afloat.
Those hopes turned closer to reality as the half ticked closer to half-time, as Harvey Barnes fired Leicester into the lead to take control of the battle for safety.
While Everton’s lead on the hour mark spelled bad news for Leicester, they continued to do their part, as Wout Faes doubled the Foxes’ lead almost simultaneously.
The tension was rekindled inside the King Power stadium, as Pablo Fornals cut the lead in half in the final 15 minutes.
Scorers: Luiz 8′, Watkins 26′ ; Undav 37′
A final day win ensured Aston Villa secured a place in the Europa Conference League with a superb end to their season.
Villa’s push for Europe was off to a good start at Villa Park, as Douglas Luiz fired the hosts in front inside 10 minutes to keep their recent momentum rolling.
Ollie Watkins turned the volume up inside the ground once again, scoring to put Villa two ahead, but the tension was rekindled in the final 10 minutes of the half thanks to Deniz Undav, who cut Villa’s deficit in half.
With their lead in tact, Villa battened down the hatches and looked to hold onto the final European place.
What a dramatic final day we had on our hands!