Villans survive tense final day

Villans survive tense final day

Aston Villa has produced the great escape to remain in the Premier League.

Seemingly down and out two weeks ago, the Villans claimed eight points from their last four games of the season to avoid relegation.

All the Villans needed was a point on the final day to steer clear of the axe and they got it done in a 1-1 draw with West Ham United in London on survival Sunday.

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A Jack Grealish thunderbolt put Aston Villa ahead in the 84th minute, sparking wild celebrations on the visitors bench.

If the Villans thought they would coast to safety, they were rudely mistaken.

Only a minute later, Andriy Yarmolenko’s shot clipped Grealish’s foot and somehow ended up in the back of the net after a backtracking Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina could not get his fingertips to it.

Aston Villa managed to hold on for the point, but they still needed a bit of help from further afield to confirm their safety.

That came courtesy of Arsenal, who held on for a 3-2 win over Watford, which sent the Hornets down, along with AFC Bournemouth and the already relegated Norwich City.

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At the top end of the table, Chelsea and Manchester United qualified for the UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea claimed a 2-0 win over Wolves, while United took care of Leicester City with the same scoreline.

The two sides will join Premier League champions Liverpool and runners up Manchester City in next season’s top European competition.

Leicester City and Tottenham, who played out a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, will compete in the Europa League, with one further spot to be decided.

Lance Jenkinson