Chelsea certified for subsequent season’s Champions League by the pores and skin of their enamel alongside Liverpool as Leicester misplaced the top-four race in a dramatic collapse on the ultimate day of the season.
The Blues had been overwhelmed 2-1 at Aston Villa, however bailed out by a Gareth Bale brace which noticed Tottenham come from 2-1 all the way down to beat the Foxes 4-2.
In the meantime, Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-Zero at Anfield.
Going into the ultimate day, Chelsea’s midweek win over Leicester put them in a commanding place.
The Blues sat third on 67 factors, with their two top-four rivals each on 66.
Liverpool held a objective distinction of +24 and so sat fourth as Leicester’s objective distinction of +20 left them within the perilous fifth place.
Nonetheless it was the Foxes who began quickest on Sunday as they took a 17th-minute lead due to Jamie Vardy’s penalty.
Referee Anthony Taylor initially waved away protests after Vardy went down beneath Toby Alderweireld’s problem, however VAR suggested him to take a look at the pitchside monitor and he modified his determination.
The striker calmly despatched Hugo Lloris the unsuitable manner.
Liverpool struck subsequent, within the 36th minute.
Rhys Williams, who had missed a sitter from an earlier nook, flicked on Andy Robertson’s set-piece and the ball dropped to Sadio Mane on the far publish by way of Roberto Firmino and the Senegal worldwide poked residence.
At that time Liverpool moved as much as third, with Leicester fourth and Champions League finalists Chelsea down in fifth.
This shortly modified once more although as Tottenham levelled at Leicester.
Kane went forward within the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot as he levelled for Spurs simply 4 minutes earlier than the break.
The England striker lashed residence Son Heung-min’s deflected cross to attain his 22nd objective of the season, shifting forward of Mohamed Salah.
One other main twist got here as Bertrand Traore fired Villa forward simply earlier than the break when he met Matt Targett’s nook.
His shot looped over Edouard Mendy and went in off the bar to go away Chelsea’s Champions League hopes within the steadiness.
The Blues remained forward of Leicester as all three video games reached half-time, however merely on objective distinction.
Thomas Tuchel was compelled right into a change at half time as Mendy injured himself making an attempt to avoid wasting the objective and so was changed by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Leicester bought their noses again in entrance on the King Energy early after the restart with one other Vardy penalty, after he was fouled by Davinson Sanchez.
And Chelsea’s scenario then worsened additional.
Anwar El Ghazi made it 2-Zero to Villa seven minutes after the break when he transformed a penalty following Jorginho’s foul on Traore.
The Blues thought they’d a objective again by Timo Werner, however it was dominated out for offside as Cesar Azpilicueta went to early within the build-up.
Ben Chilwell pulled a objective again for Chelsea with 20 minutes left when he transformed Christian Pulisic’s cross.
Then the Blues obtained a serious increase as Kasper Schmeichel made a uncommon error, conceding an own-goal from a Tottenham nook to make it 2-2.
This put Chelsea again into fourth place on objective distinction as soon as extra.
At this level Liverpool doubled their lead by a second objective for Sadio Mane.
This all-but secured their place in subsequent season’s Champions League.
After which got here the defining second.
Gareth Bale broke Leicester’s hearts within the 86th minute as he drilled residence from simply contained in the penalty space after a fantastic transfer involving Son and Kane, who grabbed one other help.
Cesar Azpilicueta was despatched off with two minutes left after catching Jack Grealish within the face.
Nonetheless, Bale added one other at Leicester to cement Chelsea’s place within the prime 4.
The ultimate desk noticed Liverpool third with 69 factors, Chelsea fourth with 67 and Leicester fifth with 66.