Burnley Qualify for Europa League
Premier League side, Burley are through to UEFA’s second tier competition, Europa League, next season without kicking a ball.
IT'S OFFICIAL! pic.twitter.com/fxUdElH3NP
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 5, 2018
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The Clarets have booked their place after Everton’s draw with Southampton at home earlier on Saturday evening.
That result at Goodison Park ensured a top seven finish for the club, sealing their place in the competition’s second qualifying round slated for later this year.
A remarkable achievement for manager, Sean Dyche, and his players as the Clarets return to the continent for the first time in 51years.
However, there is still more to play for the season, Burnley, who make the trip to the Emirates to trade tackles with fellow Europa League contenders, Arsenal on Sunday.
With just three points celebrating them and the Gunners, Burnley can still pick an automatic ticket to the group stage if they can take all three points on offer against Arsene Wenger’s men.
Tom Davies’s Late Strike Denies Saints
Southampton’s Premier League status has been left hanging in the balance following a last grasp goal from Tom Davies saw their hosts, Everton rescue a point with a 1-1 draw.
Nathan Redmond gave the visitors a well-deserved lead midway into the second half with his first goal of the season, but the Toffees struck back in added time through youngster, Davies’ hugely deflected goal to ensure a share of the spoils.
Speaking after the match, Saints forward Nathan Redmond says the club’s future is more important than personal glory, after watching his side agonisingly denied at the death at Goodison.
A deflected strike from Tom Davies levels the scores right at the last moment. #saintsfc (1-1)
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) May 5, 2018
“We’d have taken a point but deserved three,” Redmond told PL moments after the game. “I couldn’t care less whether I score or not as long as a club of our stature stays in this League.”
The result means the Saints remain in relegation waters but move up to 17th on the league table, ahead of their season defining game on Tuesday against fellow strugglers, Swansea City, who lost 1-0 at Bournemouth.
Stoke City Relegated, WBA Continue To Hang On
Earlier on, Stoke City confirmed their relegation to the Championship, after letting slip a lead to fall to a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace at the Bet365 stadium.
Xherdan Shaqiri gave the Potters a first half lead, but Palace equalised in the second half via James McArthur before a mistake by captain, Ryan Shawcross set up Patrick Van Aanholt, who slotted calmly past Jack Butland to seal the fate of the home side late on.
The win secured Palace’s PL status for another year at least, while bringing an end Stoke’s 10-year stay in the top-flight.
Meanwhile, at the Hawthorns, hitherto bottom of the table club, West Brom Albion, kept their slim hopes of escaping relegation with a hard-earned 1-0 win over Totthenham.
Midfielder, Jake Livermore was the hero, as he it was who poked home late in the game following a goal-mouth scramble to seal a vital win for the Baggies.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 5, 2018
WBA have now picked 10points from a possible 12 since manager, Darren Moore replaced former boss, Alan Pardew.
Despite their late push for survival under Moore, WBA’s destiny isn’t in their own hands as they will need other results to go their way even if they defeat Palace in their last game of the season.
Full PL Results
Stoke City 1-2 C. Palace
B’Mouth 1-0 Swansea
Leicester 0-2 Westham
Watford 2-1 Newcastle Utd
WBA 1-0 Spurs
Everton 1-1 Southampton