Premier League 2016-17 game recaps

Burnley 1-2 West Ham: Happy ending to Hammers’ tough season

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  • Feghouli, Ayew fire Hammers to victory
  • West Ham finish 11th
  • Burnley finish 16th

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West Ham United’s tumultuous season, in which the Hammers migrated from Upton Park to the London Stadium and endured some serious first-season struggles, ended on a high note, with a 2-1 victory away to Burnley on Sunday.

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The Clarets went 1-0 ahead through Sam Vokes in the 23rd minute, but Sofiane Feghouli (27th minute) and Andre Ayew (72nd-minute winner) dragged West Ham out from behind and to three points on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

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Thanks to Leicester City’s draw with Bournemouth, West Ham managed to leapfrog last season’s PL champions to finish 11th this season. Burnley, who secured their PL status for another season last week, finish their first season back in the top flight in 16th.

Southampton 0-1 Stoke City: Crouch’s unprecedented goal seals deal

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  • Crouch header makes history
  • Saints finish 8th
  • Stoke at 13th

Peter Crouch nabbed his 50th Premier League headed goal to help Stoke finish the season with a 1-0 win over Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Saints finished the year on a 450-minute plus run without a goal at St. Mary’s.

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Mame Biram Diouf came close with a 56th minute header off a corner kick, but he pushed his offering wide.

Geoff Cameron swept a gorgeous cross from the right that Crouch powered home for his 10th of the season.

Jack Butland made a terrific save following the goal, and then stopped Manolo Gabbiadini on an 80th minute breakaway.

Butland then denied Sofiane Boufal with a left leg stop that showed he’s back in international form, then swatting away Gabbiadini’s attempt off a corner kick.

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Hull City 1-7 Tottenham Hotspur: Kane hat trick buries doomed Tigers

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  • Kane scores three
  • 3-0 at halftime
  • Four others score
  • Hull’s last PL match for at least one season

Harry Kane clinched the Premier League golden boot with a hat trick, as Tottenham Hotspur clobbered relegated Hull City 7-1 at the KCOM Stadium on Sunday.

It was Kane’s fourth hat trick of the season.

Dele Alli, Ben Davies, Toby Alderweireld, and Victor Wanyama also scored for second placed Spurs, who finish the year on 86 points.

Sam Clucas scored for Hull, which finishes in 18th place.

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Eric Dier retook the ball and found Christian Eriksen to start the opening goal, as Kane took a touch to get to the top of the 18 and hit a low shot past Elden Jakupovic.

Dier then launched a diagonal ball toward the end line that Kieran Trippier cut back for Kane to tap home, and it was 2-0.

Dele made it 3-0 in the second minute of first half stoppage time, and Spurs were hardly celebrating when Heung-Min Son cut back for the young Englishman to finish.

Clucas narrowed the deficit to two in the 66th minute, but even that home joy was short-lived. Wanyama needed three minutes to restore the 3-goal cushion.

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Liverpool 3-0 Boro: Klopp, Reds back in Champions League

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  • Reds back to UCL
  • Coutinho w/ beauty (VIDEO)
  • Boro down to Championship

Georginio WijnaldumPhilippe Coutinho, and Adam Lallana scored goals as Liverpool ensured its UEFA Champions League status with a 3-0 win over relegated Middlesbrough.

The Reds finish fourth, a point ahead of Liverpool. Middlesbrough closes out the year in 19th, heading to the Championship off a 28-point season.

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Nathaniel Clyne nearly completed an acrobatic attempt to put Liverpool up early, but his flying shot was wide of the frame.

Boro was stubborn, but failed to make it to the break unscathed thanks Wijnaldum’s high arrow to the left of Guzan and inside the near post.

Coutinho went up 2-0 just after the break, sinking the hopes of Arsenal with an exquisite free kick. Standing yards outside the 18, the Brazilian put a wicked curl on his offering to leave Guzan flying through the air without any hope of finding the orb.

If there was any doubt left, Lallana took care of it when Fabio and Calum Chambers were caught skidding past a ball. Lallana ran onto it and beat Guzan to the far post.

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Arsenal 3-1 Everton: Gunners miss out on Top Four

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  • Arsenal finishes fifth
  • Koscielny sent off
  • Bellerin with goal, assist

Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey scored as 10-man Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but it won’t be enough to keep the Gunners in the UEFA Champions League for another season.

Laurent Koscielny was sent off with Arsenal leading 1-0 in the 14th minute, but the Gunners scored through Sanchez and only conceded a Romelu Lukaku penalty.

Arsenal finishes one point back of Liverpool, while Everton finishes 7th with 61 points. The Toffees were 15 points back of the Top Four.

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Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez worked a beautiful 1-2 in the first minute, with Bellerin’s resulting cross to Danny Welbeck just a bit behind the Englishman. Welbeck missed the near post.

Bellerin went ahead and scored six minutes later, when Welbeck stepped over an easy finish three yards from goal and was fortunate to have the Spanish defender on hand to tap home.

A horrific two-footed tackle attempt from Koscielny chopped down Enner Valencia, and referee Michael Oliver didn’t have any hesitation in pulling a red card.

Welbeck was the beneficiary of a mishit Everton move, as a ball turned off Phil Jagielka and then the striker. Welbeck turned and found an onrushing Sanchez for an easy finish.

Lukaku converted a penalty after Rob Holding handled a ball in the box to bring Everton within one with about a half hour to play.

Enner Valencia had a goal taken back late.

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