Tottenham, Everton end season on a high; United miss out on Europe
Tottenham qualified for the Europa league by finishing the season with an easy 3-0 win over a disjointed Aston Villa on Sunday.
Tottenham opened the scoring in the 13th minute, with midfielder Paulinho putting his team into a well-deserved lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson found the Brazilian midfielder in the box, who had his initial shot blocked but scored from close range with the rebound.
Spurs kept on applying the pressure and went 2-0 up in the 34th via an own goal as Danny Rose’s cross was diverted into the net by Nathan Baker.
A third quickly followed as Emmanuel Adebayor tucked away a 37th-minute penalty straight down the middle, after a handball by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Tottenham finished sixth in the Premier League, with Villa 15th.
On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku scored his 16th Premier League goal of the season as Everton concluded a superb campaign with a 2-0 win at Hull on Sunday.
Lukaku scored just after halftime from Leon Osman’s pass on what could be his last match in an Everton shirt.
Everton had taken the lead in the 9th minute as James McCarthy netted his first goal for the Toffees after latching on to Steven Naismith’s pass.
Fifth-placed Everton had already qualified for next season’s Europa League along with FA Cup finalist Hull.
Manchester United failed to qualify for next season’s Europa League after drawing with Southampton 1-1 Sunday on the final day of the Premier League.
The less-than thrilling draw is likely to be Ryan Giggs’ last match in charge of United as interim coach.
With Southampton guaranteed an eighth-place finish and United heading into the game with only the slightest possibility of European qualifying, this game had long lost any meaningful intrigue.
The hosts dominated the opening 45 minutes and Rickie Lambert put Southampton into a deserved first-half lead, with Juan Mata’s free kick nine minutes after the interval enough to earn United a point.
A year after winning the title, United finished seventh, five points behind Tottenham – and 22 behind new champion Manchester City.
Stoke capped a club record Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Sunday.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through an own goal by Gareth McAuley. West Brom equalized in the 56th when Stephane Sessegnon fired a left-footed shot into the goal.
Stoke then secured victory through midfielder Charlie Adam, who scored from Glenn Whelan’s pass in the 87th.
The win leaves Stoke in ninth place and with 50 points on the season, a record tally for the club in the top flight.
West Brom remains 17th, narrowly avoiding relegation after a faltering campaign that yielded just 36 points.
Sunderland’s memorable season ended on a disappointing note as the Premier League survivors lost 3-1 at home against Swansea on Sunday.
Sunderland, which only secured its place in the top flight for next season earlier this week, fell behind after seven minutes when Nathan Dyer broke free to send the ball past keeper Vito Mannone.
Swansea doubled its lead in the 14th courtesy of Marvin Emnes’s shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
Fabio Borini pulled one back after halftime but Wilfried Bony restored his team’s lead almost immediately with his 25th goal of the season in all competitions.
Chris David’s injury-time stunner ensured Fulham signed off their 13-season presence in the Premier League with a highlight in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.
The Dutch winger drove the ball on to the underside of the crossbar and into the net from 30 yards out with just seconds of the capital derby at Craven Cottage remaining.
Dwight Gayle had struck in each half to put the Eagles on the brink of victory as they wrapped up a campaign that seemed destined to end in relegation until Tony Pulis’ arrival in November.
Instead it is Fulham who will be playing in the Championship next season with their destiny already sealed by last weekend’s 4-1 rout at Stoke.
Apart from a high-quality goal by Cauley Woodrow within a determined 15-minute spell and David’s wonderfully-struck equalizer, it was a dismal end to their top flight stay that underlined the reasons for their demise.