English Premier League Final Day Wrap

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMay 19, 2013

English Premier League Final Day Wrap

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    Chelsea took third, Arsenal finished fourth and Tottenham missed out once again. The title was long since decided and the relegation race complete, but the final day of the English Premier League season brought the drama as expected.

    With their victories over Everton and Newcastle, respectively, Chelsea and Arsenal clinched Champions League qualification for next season. Arsenal will have to negotiate a qualifying tie, but that won't matter to happy Gooners after Sunday's tension.

    Keep reading for a rundown of the day's action.

Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

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    With the race for fourth place on edge, Arsenal made sure Tottenham couldn't overtake them by winning 1-0 at Newcastle.

    Defender Laurent Koscielny capped a fine performance with goal seven minutes into the second half following a scramble in Newcastle's box. Newcastle held 51 percent of possession and threatened often in the first half but managed only one shot on target.

    With the win, Arsenal moved to 73 points, one better than Tottenham. By finishing fourth, the Gunners will now enter the final round of qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League.

Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland

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    Gareth Bale scored a wonder goal in the 88th minute to give Tottenham a 1-0 win at home to Sunderland. But Arsenal's victory over Newcastle left Spurs in fifth, outside the Champions League qualification places.

    Bale was booked for simulation following a challenge in the Sunderland box in the first half, but it appeared the decision was wrong. Instead, Tottenham could have been awarded a penalty.

    It mattered little in the end, however. Spurs did what they had to do, but Arsenal ensured the balance of power remained in the red half of North London.

    Bale's goal appears in GIF form below:

Chelsea 2-1 Everton

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    In the only other match that had implications on the table, Chelsea beat Everton 2-1 behind Fernando Torres' second-half winner. The game marked David Moyes' final match in charge of Everton before he takes over for the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson next season at Manchester United.

    With the victory, the Blues moved to 75 points and finished third, which brought automatic qualification to next season's Champions League group stage. Before the day began, there was a slight chance Chelsea could have needed a one-match playoff against Arsenal for third place.

    Juan Mata gave Chelsea the lead in the seventh minute, finishing from close range after Everton's Tim Howard spilled a long shot. Steven Naismith equalized for Everton seven minutes later following some poor defending by Chelsea.

    Torres then grabbed the winner—his first league goal in 2013—in the 76th minute.

West Brom 5-5 Manchester United

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    Sir Alex Ferguson's final match was a thriller, as his Manchester United blew a three-goal lead in an entertaining 5-5 draw at West Brom. On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku grabbed a hat-trick for the hosts.

    United took a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes through Shinji Kagawa, Alexander Büttner and a Jonas Olsson own goal. James Morrison and Lukaku made it 3-2 with goals either side of halftime before United restored their three-goal cushion through Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie.

    Lukaku and Youssuf Mulumbu then scored within seconds of each other 10 minutes from time, and Lukaku completed his hat-trick in the 86th minute.

    Veteran midfielder Paul Scholes played his final match for United and earned a booking in the 83rd minute.

    West Brom finished eighth. Manchester United won their 20th league title this season.

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    Liverpool defeated Queens Park Rangers 1-0 at Anfield in defender Jamie Carragher's last match. Philippe Coutinho scored the winner in the 23rd minute.

    Norwich City won 3-2 at Manchester City. Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt and Jonathan Howson scored for Norwich. Jack Rodwell hit a brace for City, who finished second, three points ahead of Chelsea.

    Southampton and Stoke drew 1-1 at Southampton. Peter Crouch gave Stoke a 47th-minute lead before Rickie Lambert equalized with his 15th league goal of the season.

    Fulham won 3-0 at Swansea, with Alexander Kacaniklic, Dimitar Berbatov and Urby Emanuelson scoring. The victory snapped a five-match losing run for the Cottagers.

    Kevin Nolan scored a hat trick as West Ham beat relegated Reading 4-2 at home. Ricardo Vaz Te scored the other goal for West Ham.

    Finally, Wigan and Aston Villa drew 2-2 at Wigan. The host Latics won the FA Cup this season but were relegated after losing at Arsenal on Tuesday.