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May 07, 2016

On the day that Leicester City lifted the Premier League trophy, plenty of other significant action took place across the league.

In particular, there were ramifications at the bottom of the table, especially with Sunderland getting a big win over Cheslea in their push out of the relegation zone. Full recaps from the day's action below. 

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LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Stoke 2-1 on Saturday in the English Premier League.

Stoke led with Charlie Adam's goal in the 26th minute after a through ball from Marko Arnautovic.

Dwight Gayle equalized in the 47th, shooting into the bottom right corner after an assist from Yannick Bolasie, and he got his 2nd in the 68th with a superb free kick into the top right corner.

Crystal Palace moved up to 14th with 42 points, while Stoke stayed 10th with 48 points.

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LONDON (AP) Swansea City all but extinguished West Ham's Champions League aspirations for next season with a deserved 4-1 away win in the English Premier League on Saturday.

In the penultimate match at the Boleyn ahead of West Ham's summer move to the Olympic Stadium, the home team was repeatedly punished for defensive lapses, and Swansea was two goals up within half an hour thanks to winger Wayne Routledge and striker Andrew Ayew.

Midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng netted Swansea's third in the 50th, and although substitute Diafra Sakho pulled one back for West Ham, it wasn't enough to prevent the home team's third home loss this season.

Substitute Bafetimbi Gomis completed the rout for Swansea in second-half injury time.

West Ham stayed sixth in the league, four points and one place behind Manchester United, whom it plays on Tuesday in the last ever match at Upton Park after 112 years at the Boleyn ground.

''I am steaming, I'm not only disappointed, I'm angry. But after the game it's not the time to fume, you have to be positive, you have to react,'' West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said.

''We've done wrong, but we have an opportunity in three days to put it right in the most special game at Upton Park, the last game.''

Swansea, a team in freefall up until the January arrival of Italian head coach Francesco Guidolin, climbed from 13th to 11th in the league, fielding a makeshift side that outgunned an under-par West Ham side fighting for a spot in Europe next seaon.

Despite resting the likes of Wales and club captain Ashley Williams and Icelander Gylfi Sigurdsson ahead of Euro 2016, Swansea was sharp and clinical, taking advantage of naive West Ham defending on the flanks. The home team was also wasteful in front of goal and rarely found striker Andy Carroll.

Guidolin, who said he couldn't confirm whether he'd still be at the helm of the south Wales side next season, said he was proud of his team's performance.

''Now we can say it was for us a season that has been difficult, but now we have the possibility to finish well, and I hope to see my team play this way next week,'' he said. ''My players are good players, it was a good result.''

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NORWICH, England (AP) Manchester United moved closer to the top four by beating relegation-threatened Norwich 1-0 on Saturday in the English Premier League.

United, which lost Anthony Martial in the warm-up following a leg injury, scored the only goal at Carrow Road in the 72nd minute when Juan Mata drove in a near-post finish from Wayne Rooney's assist.

''Today was about winning,'' said Mata. ''We do everything for the fans. They have had a difficult season but deserve happiness.''

Chasing a Champions League spot, United remains in fifth place but is now just one point behind rival Manchester City, which hosts third-placed Arsenal on Sunday.

Norwich, which hasn't scored in four games, was unable to make any real impact on the match and remains 19th on 31 points with two games left. Its fate seems almost certain after relegation rival Sunderland twice came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2, leaving Norwich four points from safety.

Newcastle drew 0-0 at Aston Villa and dropped into the relegation zone. Norwich and Newcastle will both be relegated if Sunderland beats Everton on Wednesday

''We have to keep fighting. We have to stop making errors but it is a bit late in the day,'' said Norwich manager Alex Neil.

United needed to win to keep pace with rivals Man City, and was rarely troubled in the final third.

''We keep the pressure on our competitors and hope we can achieve a Champions League place,'' United manager Louis Van Gaal said. ''We want to play at the highest level but it is still tough.''

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BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) Substitute Matt Ritchie scored in the 82nd minute to salvage a 1-1 draw for Bournemouth as the Cherries condemned West Bromwich Albion to an eighth consecutive English Premier League game without a win on Saturday.

The draw left both teams locked on 42 points with one game to play. West Brom was 15th, and Bournemouth 16th, and both teams were safe from relegation.

Salomon Rondon headed Tony Pulis' defensive-minded visitors into the lead on 16 minutes, but a mistake by Claudio Yacob gifted Ritchie the late equalizer with West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster stranded.

Craig Gardner failed to convert a first-half penalty just before the interval for the Baggies, seeing his effort palmed onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Artur Boruc, as Eddie Howe's Bournemouth ended its three-match losing streak.

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SUNDERLAND, England (AP) Sunderland took a huge step in its fight for English Premier League survival, as it came from 2-1 down to beat Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday.

Sunderland moved into 17th place, out of the relegation zone, and was one win away from safety after Norwich lost to Manchester United and Newcastle only drew at last-placed Aston Villa.

Chelsea, which remained mid-table, finished with 10 men after John Terry received his second yellow card in injury time.

Diego Costa gave Chelsea an early lead, and Wahbi Khazri equalized with a sublime goal minutes from the break. But Nemanja Matic stroked the ball through Vito Mannone's legs for Chelsea to retake the lead right on halftime.

Sunderland's comeback started in the 67th as Fabio Borini finished to make it 2-2, shortly followed by club top-scorer Jermain Defoe getting the winner in the 70th.

Sunderland goalkeeper Mannone made several impressive saves to secure the victory for his team.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said ''the character and determination has shone through, along with the quality of our finishing at last.''

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Newcastle stumbled at the worst possible time in its fight for Premier League survival, drawing 0-0 against already relegated Aston Villa on Saturday.

Jack Colback and Aleksandar Mitrovic went close for the Magpies in a game they needed to win but Villa put up an unexpectedly competent defense given its season so far.

Benitez but it dropped back into the bottom three after rival Sunderland twice came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2.

Newcastle is 18th with 34 points and one game left. It will be relegated if Sunderland, which has 35 points and two games remaining, beats Everton on Wednesday.

''We are disappointed. Sunderland won, so all we can do now is wait for the score of that game and now try to win our game,'' said Benitez.

Newcastle hosts 2nd-placed Tottenham on the final day of the season.

Villa remains bottom.

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