Salah claimed the Golden Boot on a final day of records Salah claimed the Golden Boot on a final day of records From The Guardian

Tumbling Records and Recording Tumbles as Curtain Falls on Another Season: Premier League; The Weekend That Was

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It wasn’t quite a Sergio Aguero circa 2012 moment on Sunday, but bedlam broke out at St. Mary’s, when Kevin de Bruyne’s delightful pass was finished off with a deft chip by Gabriel Jesus, in the 94th minute, to give Manchester City three points on the day, and a century of them for the season. Off went Jesus’ shirt, berserk went Pep Guardiola and his coaching staff, it was like the goal had just sealed them the league title.

That was the biggest in the hall of records that City have shattered this term. That win in the South Coast was their 16th away from home in the league, a new record. Their overall goal tally of 106 is a new record. Their run of 18 successive wins, between August and January, a new record. Their tally of wins (32), a new record. Their goal difference of 79, a new record; just like their points tally over the team in second place.

But City weren’t the only ones shaking up the history books on the final day. In the 26th minute at Anfield, Mohammed Salah found the back of Brighton’s net, making him the first player to exceed 31 goals in a 38-game league season. The Player of the Year bagged the golden boot award, ahead of Harry Kane, whose double for Spurs against Leicester took him to 30 goals this term, the first time two players have reached that figure in a single 38-game campaign. Kane’s goal tally also means he’s scored at least 20 times in each of the past four seasons, while Salah has equalled a record of goals in all competitions by a Premier League player (44), and still has a Champions League final left.

But, amidst the records, there was still football that had to be played. Southampton-Man City may have served up the late drama, but Spurs-Leicester provided the full-on madness, a game that went 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, to 3-3, then 4-3, 4-4, and finally stopped at 5-4. Braces for Kane, Jamie Vardy and Erik Lamela took the limelight, as did a pile-driver from the Foxes’ Kelechi Iheanacho. That win sealed third spot for Spurs, with Liverpool closely behind, after the Reds put four past Brighton. Liverpool had an outside chance of finishing outside the top four, and a shock defeat to the Seagulls would have helped that cause, but there was no such hiccup, and the other significant result didn’t matter, as Chelsea faltered at Newcastle.

Okay maybe faltered isn’t really the word. Chelsea travelled to St. James’, where they haven’t won in almost seven years, needing a win to stand a chance of snatching fourth spot, yet mustered no shot in the first half, and at the end were lucky to lose by just three goals. The dreadful display summed up the erstwhile champions’ season, it’s Thursday Night Football for them, and if this display is pre-requisite for the FA Cup final next week, then it’s no trophies for them.

Elsewhere:

  • ‘You wanted him out, you two-faced bastards’ sang the Huddersfield crowd at home to Arsenal on Arsene Wenger’s final game, to which the Gunners fans replied; ‘Herbert Chapman, he left because you’re shit’. On the pitch, there was a round of applause in the 22nd minute, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the answer to the 2027 pub quiz question: who scored Arsenal’s last goal under Wenger?
  • Swansea needed to win and hope for a miracle, so Swansea actually score, and score first in a game. Trust nature to rectify such anomaly, two goals from Stoke sending the Swans down with a whimper. After the Carlos Carvalhal bounce, the Welsh side’s season petered out with five straight losses. Bye!
  • It was goodbye from Michael Carrick, who hangs up his boots at the end of the season, but not before he reminded us of his vision to create Manchester United’s only goal at Watford. And to think, he could have gone off on a throne in the 16th minute.
  • Well, what else are you waiting for? Bye!!

Results (Final Positions)

(3rd) Tottenham 5-4 Leicester (8th)

(17th) Southampton 0-1 Manchester City (1st)

(2nd) Manchester United 1-0 Watford (14th)

(16th) Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (6th)

(4th) Liverpool 4-0 Brighton (15th)

(10th) Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea (5th)

(11th) Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom (20th)

(13th) West Ham 3-1 Everton (8th)

(18th) Swansea 1-2 Stoke (19th)

(7th) Burnley 1-2 Bournemouth (12th)

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