Manchester United,Chelsea Seal Champion League Spots as Leicester Misses Out by Raphael Bichene
Manchester United and Chelsea grabbed the final two Champions League places at the expense of Leicester City on the final day of the English Premier League season.
The three teams were separated by just one point heading into Sunday and Chelsea beat Wolves 2-0 at home to book one of the spots with both goals coming in first-half injury time.
That meant Leicester needed to beat Manchester United for the other place but instead it lost 2-0 at home thanks to a Bruno Fernandes penalty in the 70th minute after opposing striker Jamie Vardy -- who still finished as the league's top scorer -- hit the post.
It was United's record 14th penalty of the season and Fernandes has never missed one at the highest level, according to Sky.
Former United defender Jonny Evans was sent off in injury time for a foul on Scott McTominay, with Jesse Lingard later adding the second goal.
Manchester United and Chelsea finished on 66 points -- United got third with a better goal difference -- and Leicester City 62.
United was set to lose around £70 million ($90 million) had it missed out on the top four but flourished in the league since it restarted in June after being halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Much of that was down to attacking midfielder Fernandes, who was signed from Sporting Lisbon in January.
The Red Devils trailed Leicester by 11 points in January.
"I think the boys have done a great achievement," United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, under pressure in January when results dipped, told Sky. "Where we were earlier in the season, to end up third is fantastic by them. They've taken on board so many things. Had our ups and downs.
"It of course came down to the last game and it's a wonderful achievement by everyone."