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Tottenham sign off in style, Liverpool boost top-four bid

A panoramic view of the pitch invasion at the end of the final game at White Hart Lane between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, on Sunday. Fans ran onto the pitch as Tottenham played their last game before the temporary move to Wembley next season.
 LONDON, May 15: Tottenham Hotspur bid a fitting farewell to White Hart Lane with a 2-1 win against Manchester United while Liverpool are on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League after Philippe Coutinho inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham on Sunday.

Tottenham signed off 118 years at their soon-to-be-demolished White Hart Lane stadium with this win which ensured they will finish as Premier League runners-up.

Chelsea were crowned champions after their win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday, but Tottenham had the ideal occasion to forget that frustration as they prepare to temporarily play at Wembley while the Lane is demolished to make way for a new arena.

With numerous Tottenham legends watching from the stands, Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama put the hosts ahead in the sixth minute.

Harry Kane doubled Tottenham’s lead in the 48th minute with his 28th goal of the season.

United’s Wayne Rooney had the distinction of scoring the last goal at the Lane with a close-range finish in the 71st minute.

“It was a perfect performance and I am happy for the victory for our fans. It was a fantastic victory which the fans deserved,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

With the Europa League final against Ajax looming, United manager Jose Mourinho was relieved to avoid any more fitness problems.

“I’m happy. We got no injuries. At the moment, the Premier League matches are the ones we don’t want to play,” he said.

At the London Stadium, Liverpool took the lead when Coutinho’s sublime pass was converted by Daniel Sturridge early in the first half.

Coutinho stole the spotlight again in the second half with a superb solo strike and a cool finish to put Jurgen Klopp’s side three goals ahead before Divock Origi netted to cap the Reds’ swaggering display.

Liverpool moved back one point above Manchester City into third place.

“At the end it was amazing but the start was not that good,” Klopp said. – Agencies

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