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Wolves 1 – 1 Everton. Everton’s fight to avoid the drop into the Championship will go down to the final day of the season despite Yerry Mina snatching a dramatic equaliser deep into stoppage time at Wolves.

The Toffees looked on course for a damaging defeat until Mina pounced in a goalmouth scramble in the final seconds of nine minutes of additional time to give Sean Dyche’s side what might prove to be a priceless point.

Everton must now anxiously await how other results pan out to discover the full extent of their task when they face Bournemouth at Goodison Park.

Wolves went ahead in a scrappy encounter after 34 minutes when Hwang Hee-Chan scored from a rebound after Everton keeper Jordan Pickford had pushed out Adama Traore’s shot.

Everton’s best opportunities came with two first-half headers from Dominic Calvert-Lewin but they suffered a severe blow when the injury-plagued striker was forced to limp off with a hamstring injury on the stroke of half-time.

It now rests on that crucial clash with Bournemouth as Everton attempt to avoid their first relegation from the top tier since 1951 but this may yet be the point that helps to maintain their Premier League status.

Everton’s attempts to avoid a damaging defeat became increasingly desperate in nine chaotic minutes in the Molineux sunshine – and they brought a reward.

Michael Keane, on as a substitute for the injured Nathan Patterson, was playing as an emergency striker in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who had gone off with yet another injury.

And it was Keane who got on the end of James Tarkowski’s knockdown from Demarai Gray’s cross, setting up Mina to score through a pile of bodies in the six-yard box.

Even a draw was not ideal for Everton but ultimately this was a point they will take gratefully as it looked for so long as if they would leave Wolverhampton empty-handed.

It all now rests on other results before Everton know what they have to do at home to Bournemouth next week, with Leeds able to overhaul them and send them into the bottom three if they win at West Ham.

Everton suffered a huge blow when Calvert-Lewin sat on the turf, head in hands in despair, after pulling up with another injury as he chased an innocuous throughball.

If he is missing against Bournemouth, as seems likely from his reaction and the fact he could not carry on a few moments until the interval, it will be a serious setback.

Everton now face their third last-day fight for survival in the Premier League era on what will be a highly-charged occasion at Goodison Park.

Julen Lopetegui can reflect with satisfaction on his early months at Wolves after he succeeded the sacked Bruno Lage.

The Spaniard took the acclaim of the Wolves fans at the conclusion of their final home game of the season, even though it was tinged with disappointment after Mina’s late leveller deprived them of a win.

Lopetegui’s task when he took over was to keep Wolves in the Premier League by moving them away from a perilous position, and he has done so successfully.

He inherited a squad that required serious strengthening. Now, having achieved his first aim, he will look to put even more of his own stamp on the side by the start of next season.

It remains to be seen whether he keeps key players such as captain Ruben Neves, who received a hero’s reception as he picked up end of season awards in the centre circle after the final whistle.

Wolves can end the season knowing they are safe – now Lopetegui must move them forward.

source – BBC

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Sheffield United 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

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Sheffield United 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur. Ange Postecoglou said he “loved every minute” of his first season in charge of Tottenham Hotspur after they ended their inconsistent campaign on a high by thumping the Premier League’s bottom club Sheffield United to clinch a Europa League place.

After a prolonged search for Antonio Conte’s replacement, Postecoglou left Celtic to take over last summer and Spurs were touted as title contenders early in his reign but have fallen away to finish fifth.

“Contrary to my general demeanour, I have loved every minute of it,” said the Australian. “It is a great challenge in the Premier League, and taking over a big club. I have enjoyed it all season and I have some pretty lofty ambitions for the football club.”

The visitors were shaky early on at Bramall Lane as Ben Brereton Diaz fired over for the Blades in the opening two minutes and struck the post with an effort on the stretch.

But Spurs scored the opener with their first attack as Son Heung-min picked out Dejan Kulusevski’s run into the box and the midfielder drilled a cool finish into the far corner.

The Sweden international should have added to his tally shortly after but was denied by Wes Foderingham’s sharp save low down, while centre-back Cristian Romero struck a post.

Pedro Porro smashed in a scorching first-time finish to double Spurs’ lead in the second half, before Kulusevski managed to slide home his second of the game to condemn Sheffield United to their 28th defeat of an abysmal campaign.

In a season that promised so much in the opening few months, Spurs will regard their final position as a disappointment having gone – at the end of October – five points clear at the top of the table.

But a winless November and five defeats in their last seven games meant a return to the Champions League was out of reach by the end.

Postecoglou has delivered an improvement on the eighth-placed finish last term but concerns are starting to develop after calling out the “fragility” around the club and taking aim at supporters celebrating Manchester City’s goals against their own team on Tuesday night.

That result dented north London rivals Arsenal’s title ambitions and City’s victory over West Ham on Sunday meant Pep Guardiola’s side retained the trophy in Manchester.

That was not lost on the Spurs fans in attendance at Bramall Lane, chanting “shame about the Arsenal, ole ole…” as the scorelines filtered through from Etihad Stadium and Emirates Stadium.

Postecoglou said: “It has been good, eventful and a bit of everything. I am obviously not delighted with how we finished the season but we have been in the top five all year. We finished eighth last season and we have been competitive for the most part. I have had maximum effort from everyone.”

Spurs must assess during the close season how they can improve, and now head straight to Australia as they face Newcastle in a post-season friendly in Melbourne on Wednesday.

In between their goals, Spurs should have racked up a sizeable scoreline in south Yorkshire but Rodrigo Bentancur struck the woodwork and home goalkeeper Foderingham – on his last Sheffield United appearance – made impressive full-stretch saves to deny Son and Porro.

The final whistle drew to a close a thoroughly miserable season for Sheffield United, who will go down as one of the worst sides in Premier League history.

A campaign that started terribly with nine defeats and a draw in their opening 10 games left the Blades blunted at the bottom of the pile and staring at an inevitable return to the Championship.

The returning Chris Wilder could not arrest the slide after replacing Paul Heckingbottom in December as the team ended up winning only three of their games and picking up just 16 points – with only Sunderland (15) and Derby faring worse (11).

They have shipped 104 goals, the highest total in Premier League history and their goal difference of -69 is matched only by the dismal Derby side of 2007-08 which also finished rooted to the bottom.

Wilder has pointed to a big summer, and five exiting players including club legends Chris Basham, Ollie Norwood and Chris Baldock, as well as Foderingham and Max Lowe, waved goodbye at full-time as the club bid farewell to the top flight.

Wilder said: “The first half an hour summed our season up and after that there is a familiarity of what happened. We had some great chances and were the better side against a quality team with the magnitude of Spurs.

“We have not got enough personality in the team to put the opposition to bed. Goals change the atmosphere, it was positive before the game, it was a beautiful day when we got up and the sun was shining but hasn’t been a beautiful season.”

source – BBC

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Luton Town 2-4 Fulham

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Luton Town 2-4 Fulham. Raul Jimenez scored twice as Fulham beat relegated Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on the final day of the Premier League season.

Adama Traore produced an unerring finish into the bottom corner as Fulham took the lead just before the break.

But after Calvin Bassey was adjudged to have fouled Chiedozie Ogbene, Carlton Morris rolled home a penalty to equalise.

Jimenez restored Fulham’s lead deep into first-half added time, slotting in a first-time effort from Harry Wilson’s pass.

The Mexico international then got in front of the Luton defence and headed home his second from a Harrison Reed free-kick minutes after the interval.

Alfie Doughty’s free-kick reduced the deficit but Marco Silva’s side restored their two-goal advantage when Wilson curled into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Luton can be proud of their general performances across the season, but their defending on the final day showed exactly why they will be returning to the Championship.

To underline the point, there were just 67 seconds between their equaliser and Fulham’s second goal.

The Hatters conceded 85 league goals this season – with only Sheffield United (104) and Darmstadt (86) letting in more across Europe’s top five leagues.

But while Luton failed to win any of their final six games, they did score in each of their last seven – highlighting the fact they did not go down without a fight.

Morris’ penalty meant he finished the season with 11 league goals – more than any other Luton player. Doughty, another of their top performers, signed off with his second goal of the season.

Their fans stayed behind long after the final whistle to ensure the players returned to the pitch to rapturous applause.

Rob Edwards’ side may have had a brief stay in the division but there is no doubt it has been a memorable one.

Speaking after the match, the Luton boss said: “We are a special club. We have got unique support – we have had that all season long. Everyone that has travelled has shown their best.

“We have given our best this year and ultimately we have just come up short. If one game could almost tell a season’s story, that would be today.

“We showed really good moments, created chances, didn’t take them, conceded from a mistake, then were punished with a brilliant finish, equalised and then conceded straight after.

“Full of endeavour, some really good quality at times as well, but just a little bit too fragile.”

Wilson was sublime against a Luton side who were unable to cope with him.

The Welsh winger scored once and provided two assists – becoming the first Fulham player to have three ‘direct goal contributions’ in a Premier League match since Dimitar Berbatov against Arsenal in November 2012.

He cut inside and passed to Traore for Fulham’s opener and found Jimenez in space for his first goal.

After the break, he struck the crossbar after Reed’s clever backheel from a free-kick.

But eight minutes later he scored the goal his performance deserved, curling home as Fulham finished the season with a flourish.

Fulham boss Silva said: “Some very good goals from ourselves.

“The fourth goal is another good example, a great open-play moment from us and a great goal from ourselves.

“There were some very good individual performances and the collective performance was good as well. We deserved [the result], we were the best team on the pitch.

“Unfortunately, we conceded two goals that we should avoid as well, but three points to end the season, away from home, it was important.”

source – BBC

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Liverpool 2-0 Wolves

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Liverpool 2-0 Wolves. Jurgen Klopp’s final game as Liverpool manager ended with victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers amid emotional scenes at Anfield.

Liverpool’s fans made it their business to dedicate the whole occasion to giving thanks and paying tribute to the manager who has brought such success to the club in a nine-year reign.

And Klopp’s players delivered their part of the bargain with a comfortable three points in an atmosphere that was part carnival and part a sad farewell to the German, who was given a rapturous reception before kick-off and serenaded throughout.

Liverpool owner John W Henry flew in from Boston to pay his own tribute to Klopp, whose crowning achievements were winning the Champions League in 2019 – the club’s sixth win in the tournament – and their first league title in 30 years the following season.

The game itself was almost a sideshow.

Alexis Mac Allister headed Liverpool ahead in the 34th minute from Harvey Elliott’s cross, and Jarell Quansah added a second from almost on the goalline six minutes later as they finished the season third in the Premier League after winning the Carabao Cup.

The goals came after Wolves had Nelson Semedo sent off by referee Chris Kavanagh after a video assistant referee review for a high challenge on Mac Allister.

The Kop led the deafening tributes to Klopp as he cut a low-key-figure during the game, rarely prowling the touchline, preferring to stay seated alongside his loyal long-term assistants Peter Krawietz and Pep Lijnders, who will both leave Anfield with him.

It will now be the task of Klopp’s successor Arne Slot to build on the outstanding legacy he will take up.

This was a day that more about Klopp than Liverpool’s result or performance – but it was fitting the manager who has overseen so many memorable victories at Anfield should sign off his nine-year reign with a win.

Liverpool’s fans delivered a flavour of what lay in store as thousands lined Anfield Road to greet Klopp at the head of the team coach, and the manager was given a predictably rapturous reception as he came out for the warm-up.

Before kick-off, Liverpool’s fans unveiled mosaics on three sides of Anfield – one stretching along the length of the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand reading simply ‘Jurgen’ while another in the Anfield Road stated ‘Danke’.

Klopp listened intently to a rousing rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before embracing his backroom team one by one as they joined him on the bench.

The manager’s name was chanted throughout the first half but the volume was really turned up as the clock ticked down to the moment when it was time for Klopp to take his bows.

This was Klopp’s 491st match in charge and his 299th win, losing only 12 of 167 Premier League games at Anfield.

Klopp’s remarkable record has written him into Liverpool legend, as could be seen the tears, smiles and raw emotion that played out throughout the game.

The good news for Slot is Klopp has left him a squad in fine shape to push for further success with a blend of world-class stars and emerging youngsters for the coach, who is coming from Feyenoord, to take on next season.

This, however, was Klopp’s day and the Kop left him in no doubt how much they loved him and how much he will be missed.

source – BBC

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