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Premier League roundup: Leicester lift the Premier League trophy, a dramatic win for Sunderland and Norwich as good as down

Captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri lift the Premier League trophy. Image: @premierleague

Captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri lift the Premier League trophy. Image: @premierleague. Click through for Premier League Twitter account.

Leicester City 3 – 1 Everton

Vardy (5′minutes, 65′minutes pen), King (33′minutes) – Mirallas (88′)

Leicester City will dominate the back pages tomorrow morning but not entirely for today’s exploits on the field.

They lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history.

It was a carnival atmosphere at the King Power stadium, where the foxes hosted a beleaguered Everton side who continued their disappointing season.

Pre-match celebrations included a performance from Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in front of a sold-out stadium.

The King Power area was filled to capacity with fans waving banners declaring Leicester’s new status as champions of England.

From the moment they emerged for their pre-match warm-up, the players were loudly cheered by supporters who also sang the repertoire of terrace classics that have become a staple of Leicester matches in recent weeks, like the ironic ‘we are staying up, we are staying up’ and ‘Jamie Vardy is having a party’.

It wasn’t long before Jamie Vardy kick-started the on-field party.

Leicester had their fox noses in front within just 5 minutes.

Vardy with a trademark burst beyond the defence and a neat finish.

 

Vardy celebrates after putting away a penalty to make it 3-0 to the Foxes. Image: @premierleague

Vardy celebrates after putting away a penalty to make it 3-0 to the Foxes. Image: @premierleague. Click through for Premier League Twitter account.

This set the tone in what was a commanding and intense performance from the champions- no signs of complacency after they were confirmed as champions on Monday.

Andy King’s instinctive finish and a penalty converted by Vardy sent the Foxes 3-0 up and the fans into further delirium.

Everton pulled one back after good work from Kevin Mirallas, who battled his way into the box to slide the ball under Kasper Schmeichel.

The loss of a clean sheet seemed to infuriate the Danish keeper, but the thousands of fans inside the King Power didn’t seem to mind too much.

The match ended 3-1 to the home side to put more pressure on Everton manager Roberto Martinez who has overseen a disappointing campaign for the Toffees.

Leicester are now on 80 points, 10 ahead of closest rivals Tottenham.

However, the football felt like a mere sideshow to the main event- the presentation of the Premier League trophy.

For the Leicester fans, the party continues.

Sunderland 3 – 2 Chelsea

Khazri (41′minutes), Borini (67′minutes), Defoe (70′minutes) – Diego Costa (14′minutes), Matic (45’+3minutes)

A dramatic comeback sealed a vital victory for Sunderland who move out of the relegation zone, a point above rivals Newcastle.

Diego Costa put the Blues ahead with a precise finish before Wahbi Khazri levelled with a fine volley.

Nemanja Matic then restored Chelsea’s lead after finding space and it Sunderland looked vulnerable to concede more.

After perhaps some strong words from Big Sam, Sunderland started the second half strongly.

Fabio Borini beat Thibaut Courtois with a deflected shot, before Jermain Defoe swivelled to score a vital winner and send the home supporters wild.

Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off for a second booking before the final whistle, with the end of the game bringing scenes of jubilation from the Sunderland players and fans.

Speaking after the game, match winner Jermain Defoe said:

To win the game like that was special. It’s been a while since I scored at home but, as a forward, it doesn’t matter where you score – it’s important that you score.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was full of praise for his side’s top scorer.

We’ve crawled out of the bottom three by the number of goals that he’s scored. Without him I dread to think where we would be as a team.

Sunderland need to win just one of their two remaining games to ensure their premier League survival.

Newcastle 0 – 0 Aston Villa

Newcastle United slipped into the Premier League’s bottom three as relegated Aston Villa ended a run of 11 defeats.

Some Villa fans halted the game in the 74th minute with protests that included throwing beach balls onto the pitch.

They’re angry about the running of the club after their side’s drastic slide into the Championship.

Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had the best chances in a frustrating match for the Magpies, heading wide twice in the second-half.

Sunderland would relegate Rafael Benitez’s side with victory over Everton on Wednesday.

Speaking after the match, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez told journalists:

We are disappointed. Sunderland won, so all we can do now is wait for the score of their game on Wednesday and try to win our game.

We were a little bit anxious in the first half. We were not comfortable in possession. You have to take your chances and we didn’t do that.

We had to change things in the second half. We did that, but it was not enough.

Norwich 0 – 1 Manchester United

Mata (72′minutes)

Norwich City’s hopes of escaping relegation were dealt a major blow after a home defeat by Champions League-chasing Manchester United.

In a stilted game which saw few chances created, a mistake by Sebastien Bassong allowed Wayne Rooney to race clear and find Juan Mata, who finished calmly.

That proved to be the decisive moment in a match that means Norwich are as good as down, after fellow strugglers Sunderland took 3 points at Chelsea.

The defeat leaves the Canaries 4 points adrift of safety, with two games to play.

Speaking post-match, Norwich boss Alex Neil rued the mistake that led to the goal:

The players tried as hard as they could but they make a silly error and it costs us the game.

We had a chance with Cameron Jerome’s header, but there were not many chances in the game. We had good shape but we could not create as much as we would have liked.

The best teams get the goal when they are on top and ride the pressure. We made an error and it costs us. It is going to be tough, we are relying on other teams but we have got two more games.

For United, their hunt for a fourth place finish and Champions League qualification looks achievable.

They are in 5th position, 1 point behind rivals Man City, with two games still to play.

Juan Mata celebrates his goal. image: @andrinhopereira

Juan Mata celebrates his goal. image: @andrinhopereira Click through for Andreas Pereira Twitter account.

Manager Louis Van Gaal said the resut proves his team’s resilience in the face of so many injuries.

I said to the boys, we have to win, there is no excuse. We have won and it was more than deserved. We keep the pressure on our competitors and I am a happy manager.

They were also fighting and pressing and it makes it difficult. The second half we did much better because we kept the ball and had more than one chance.

We have seen this team can manage injuries. Away games are difficult for us and we changed the results by winning here. I hope we can see something between Man City and Arsenal that helps us.

Other Premier league results this afternoon include:

West Ham 1 – 4 Swansea

Kingsley (68′minutes og) – Routledge (25′minutes), Ayew (31′minutes), Ki Sung-yueng (51′minutes), Gomis (90’+3minutes)

Crystal Palace 2 – 1 Stoke

Gayle (47′minutes, 68′minutes) – Adam (26′minutes)

Bournemouth 1 – 1 West Brom

Ritchie (82′minutes) – Rondón (16′minutes)

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