Chelsea came from a goal down to win against Sunderland as a goalless draw with Manchester United doomed Hull city to relegation.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
On the penultimate round of fixtures for the 2014-2015 season initially seemed to have the makings of a dull afternoon as Chelsea had already won the title and the only games that caught the eye were Hull City against Manchester United and Newcastle against West Ham as Hull and Newcastle were involved in a relegation scrap. However, the games had some alarming score lines and surprising results as many teams wanted to end the season in style.
Chelsea were finally given their trophy, a few weeks after being confirmed actual champions as they came back from a goal down to defeat Sunderland 3-1 at home. Sunderland took a surprise lead in the 26th minute through Steven Fletcher. A few minutes later, cheers rang throughout as Didier Drogba was substituted, the 37 year old striker being substituted at the half hour mark as fans acknowledged his illustrious Chelsea career .He was replaced by Diego Costa who went on to score the equalizer in the 37th minute, converting a penalty after Juan Cuadrado was fouled in the box. But it was French striker Loic Remy who stole the show scoring a brace, one in the 70th minute and another in the 88th minute. Chelsea were then awarded their 4th English Premier league title as players and fans alike celebrated into the wee hours of the night in London.
In the relegation battle, goals from Moussa Sissoko and Jonas Gutierrez ensured that Newcastle beat West Ham and stayed in the Premier League at the expense of Hull City who struggled to a goalless draw with Manchester United. The result proved bad for West Ham United boss who was given the sack just minutes after the game despite having a decent season where his side finished 12th with 47 points.
In other results, Liverpool suffered their biggest loss in over 50 years after they crumbled to a 6-1 loss to Stoke City further fuelling rumors that manager Brendan Rodgers may get the sack. In what was supposed to be a memorable farewell game for legendary captain Steven Gerrard, shambolic defending and lackluster attacking condemned the Reds to the humiliating defeat. The silver lining was that at least Steven Gerrard scored the consolation in his final Liverpool appearance.
Elsewhere, Arsenal mauled West Bromwich 4-1 at home to secure third place and automatic Champions League qualification while Manchester City won against Southampton 2-0 as Frank Lampard also scored in his final Premier League appearance. Tottenham Hotspurs sealed a place in the Europa league next season by beating Everton 1-0 courtesy of Harry Kane’s 21st Premier League goal of the season.