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Manchester United, Chelsea seal spots in UEFA Champions League next season

Manchester United and Chelsea have sealed their spots in the UEFA Champions League next season

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 July 2020 8:21 AM GMT

LONDON: Manchester United and Chelsea have sealed their spots in the UEFA Champions League next season after both earned victories that kept them in the top four on the final day of the 2019/20 English Premier League campaign.

In a direct battle for a UEFA Champions League spot at King Power Stadium on Sunday, Bruno Fernandes's penalty and Jesse Lingard's stoppage-time strike were enough for United to secure a 2-0 victory over Leicester City, meaning the Red Devils finish above Chelsea in third on goal difference.

Leicester finished fifth after their defeat and will compete in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League.

On the other hand, first-half goals by Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the win they needed as they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Wolves' loss meant they missed out on sixth position and a guaranteed place in the Europa League, after Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace to edge ahead of Nuno Espirito Santo's side on goal difference.

Wolves will now hope that Chelsea beat Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup final so they can claim the final Europa League spot, in the second qualifying round.

But they can also reach the Champions League if they win this season's Europa League.

Manchester City wrapped up their Premier League campaign with an emphatic 5-0 home victory over already-relegated Norwich City in Spanish midfielder David Silva's final league game for last season's champions.

City's goals came from Gabriel Jesus, a Kevin de Bruyne double, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez as they finished the season in second place with 81 points, 18 behind champions Liverpool. Norwich ended bottom of the standings on 21 points.

Striker Divock Origi scored a rare goal as champions Liverpool came from behind to close out their magnificent Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Newcastle United.

Liverpool ended the campaign on 99 points, 18 ahead of nearest rivals Manchester City while Newcastle finished 13th on 44 points.

Liverpool went behind to the fastest goal ever scored against them in the Premier League era as Dwight Gayle latched on to Jonjo Shelvey's free kick and slotted it past Alisson with 26 seconds on the clock. Agencies

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