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Mane paid tribute to Liverpool as Chelsea finished with four wickets despite losing to Aston Villa.

Liverpool and Chelsea clinched the last two Champions League places in the Premier League on Sunday as Sergio Aguera scored twice in his farewell match against Manchester City.

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Anfield from Sadio Mane to finish third behind City and Manchester United while Chelsea could lose 2-1 to Aston Villa.

The Blues finished fourth as FA Cup winners Leicester scored 2-1 in the final 14 minutes of their 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur and were due to be fifth if last season.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel stuck in his net and Gareth Bale completed Spurs’ transition to King Power in the 87th minute and stopped.

Tottenham’s victory gave them a seventh chance to qualify for the European Conference League, much to the chagrin of the Londoners’ 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion to no avail.

City had already secured the title and ended the campaign with a 5-0 defeat at Everton, with striker Aguero coming in the second half to score Pep Guardiola’s last two goals before taking the trophy.

City could win the Champions League again against Chelsea at the end of Porto on May 29.

United have so far completed a 2-1 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers and are hoping to do the same at the end of Wednesday’s Europa League match against Villarreal in Gdansk.

The winners: Manchester City
Champions League competition: Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea
European Union: Leicester, West Ham
European Conference: Tottenham
Removed: Fulham, West Brom, Sheffield United

Manchester City’s Fernandinho elevates the occasion as he celebrates his Premier League victory [Carl Recine/Pool via Reuters]


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