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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

EPL round-up: Kane fires Spurs into Champions League as Chelsea’s charge falters

Swansea became the final member of the trio of teams to be relegated from  the English Premier League

Spurs' Harry Kane scores past Martin Dubravka of Newcastle in the Premier League. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Spurs' Harry Kane scores past Martin Dubravka of Newcastle in the Premier League. Julian Finney/Getty Images

Harry Kane fired Tottenham Hotspur into next season’s Champions League as Chelsea faltered in a 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield on Wednesday that secured survival for the Terriers.

A point for Huddersfield also ensures Swansea will join West Brom and Stoke in being relegated to the Championship barring a 10-goal swing in goal difference between the Welsh side and Southampton on the final day of the season on Sunday.

At the other end of the table, only defeat for Champions League finalists Liverpool at home to Brighton at the weekend will give Chelsea any chance of a top-four finish as their late season charge came undone at Stamford Bridge.

A surprisingly much-changed Chelsea side from the one that beat Liverpool four days ago fell behind when Laurent Depoitre forced the ball home five minutes into the second-half.

Recognising the error of his team selection, Antonio Conte threw on Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard from the bench and was quickly rewarded when Marcos Alonso levelled just after the hour mark.

However, Huddersfield held on desperately in the final half hour to secure the vital point that guaranteed another season in the top flight.

Spurs capitalised on Chelsea’s slip-up to ensure they will have Champions League football for a third consecutive campaign when they move into a new 62,000 capacity stadium next season.

Tottenham had won just one of their previous five matches and were again far from their best in a nervy display.

But Kane proved to be their talisman once more as his 39th goal of the season just after half-time was enough to move Spurs above Liverpool into third.

Arsene Wenger’s penultimate game in charge of Arsenal ended in depressingly familiar fashion as the 10-man Gunners were defeated 3-1 at Leicester.

Arsenal remain the only team in England’s top four leagues without a point away from home this year having now lost seven straight Premier League games on the road.

Kelechi Iheanacho had already fired the Foxes into an early lead before Arsenal were reduced to 10 men when Konstantinos Mavropanos was shown a straight red card for hauling down Iheanacho.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scored his ninth Arsenal goal in just 13 appearances since a club record move from Borussia Dortmund in January to draw the visitors level.

But Arsenal were left ruing another refereeing decision as Demarai Gray tumbled inside the area and Jamie Vardy rifled home the resulting penalty before Riyad Mahrez added a late third for Leicester.

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