Week 36: Leicester crowned champions as Spurs throw away lead, Saints stun Man City

Leicester’s fairytale has become a reality as Claudio Ranieri’s side were crowned Premier League champions after Tottenham threw away a 2-0 lead at Chelsea to hand the Foxes a first-ever top-flight title.

Tottenham needed a win to keep their faint title hopes alive after Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Man United and got off to a great start at Stamford Bridge when Harry Kane rounded goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and slotted home to give Spurs a 35th minute lead.

Eden Hazard's equaliser ended Tottenham's title bid image: dailymail.co.uk

Eden Hazard’s equaliser ended Tottenham’s title bid
image: dailymail.co.uk

Son Heung-min doubled their advantage just before half-time as he calm finished Begovic by latching the end of a Christian Eriksen pass as it looked like Leicester would have to wait to seal the deal.

Gary Cahill pulled one back for Chelsea 13 minutes into the second half when he blasted left-footed shot into the back of the next from a Willian corner and Eden Hazard grabbed an 83rd minute equaliser with a superb strike into the top corner to hand Leicester the title.

It is an extraordinary story for the Premier League, with triumph coming for Leicester just one day after they failed to seal the title themselves after being held to a 1-1 draw by Man United.

Anthony Martial put Man United in front after just eight minutes when he beat Kasper Schmeichel at his near post getting on the end of an Antonio Valencia cross but Wes Morgan equalised just nine minutes later when he headed home from Danny Drinkwater’s free kick.

Down the other end of the table, Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone as Andros Townsend’s superb free-kick was enough to give the Magpies a crucial 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

A late penalty by Jermain Defoe rescued Sunderland a point after securing a late 1-1 draw at Stoke, while Norwich were plunged deeper into relegation trouble after a 1-0 defeat by Arsenal.

Man City suffered a blow just three days before their Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid as Southampton boosted their hopes of European football after a 4-2 win over Man City.

Shane Long’s tap-in and Saido Mane’s neat finish gave the Saints a 2-0 lead inside the opening half-hour while Kelechi Iheanacho’s header gave Man City a lifeline just before the break.

However, Mane added his second 12 minutes into the second half when he pounced home from a Steve Davis corner, before the winger completed his hat-trick when he beat Joe Hart at his near post.

Kelechi Iheanacho grabbed his second of the game late on when he smashed a left-footed effort over Fraser Forster and into the bottom corner but despite the loss, City remain on course for a top four finish four clear of fifth placed Man United.

Saido Mane's hat-trick helped Southampton to a 4-2 win over Man City image: bbc.co.uk

Saido Mane’s hat-trick helped Southampton to a 4-2 win over Man City
image: bbc.co.uk

Saturday 30 Apr

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth (Cleverley 7, Baines 64 | Pugh 9)
Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace (Townsend 58)
Stoke 1-1 Sunderland (Arnautovic 50 | Defoe pen 90)
Watford 3-2 Aston Villa (Abdi 45, Deeney 90, 90 | Clark 28, Ayew 48, Cissokho o/g 73)
West Brom 0-3 West Ham (Kouyate 34, Noble 45, 79)
Arsenal 1-0 Norwich (Welbeck 59)

Sunday 1 May

Swansea 3-1 Liverpool (Ayew 20, 67, Cork 33 | Benteke 65, Smith s/o 76)
Man United 1-1 Leicester (Martial 8 | Morgan 17, Drinkwater s/o 86)
Southampton 4-2 Man City (Long 25, Mane 28, 57, 68 | Iheanacho 44, 78)

Monday 2 May

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham (Cahill 58, Hazard 83 | Kane 35, Heung-min 44)

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