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  • Sunderland secure top-flight football for the 10th consecutive season as goals from Patrick van Aanholt and Lamine Kone secure comfortable victory over hapless Everton at the Stadium of Light
  • Norwich overturn an early deficit and end a run of four straight defeats without scoring against Watford, but the result on Wearside relegates both them and Newcastle with one match to spare
  • Christian Benteke nets in injury time to cancel out Eden Hazard's sublime solo effort as Europa League finalists Liverpool claim last-gasp draw against Chelsea
Lamine Kone scored twice on a memorable evening for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light SCOTT HEPPELL/AFP/Getty Images

That is all for this live blog, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for more on the news that Newcastle and Norwich have been relegated from the Premier League. Goodnight.

Not much riding on that result, of course, but a late equaliser will keep Liverpool's spirits up ahead of the Europa League final next week. The Reds travel to West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season, while Chelsea host champions Leicester.


Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Liverpool claim a point in stoppage time. Substitute Ojo's cross from the left flank is not dealt with by Begovic and Benteke is on hand at the back post to head home into an empty net. Woeful goalkeeping.

Hiddink throws on Loftus-Cheek for Pedro before Allen and Kenedy are warned for an ugly tussle.

Goal: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (Christian Benteke)

We are into the final stages at Anfield, where Chelsea still lead 1-0. Three minutes of added time signalled.

So there we have it. After spending 237 days in the bottom three and never rising higher than 17th, Sunderland have retained their place in the top-flight for a 10th consecutive season.

Sunderland fans

There will be no final day drama as fierce rivals Newcastle join last season's play-off winners Norwich back in the Championship. The Magpies have not played in the second tier since 2010, when they chalked up 102 points under Chris Hughton en route to a comfortable title triumph.

Newcastle and Norwich are both relegated to the Championship

Sunderland secure Premier League survival


Sunderland 3-0 Everton

Norwich 4-2 Watford

Mirallas finds himself clean through and tries to lift the ball over Mannone but watches it drift wide of the post. The final whistle blows. Sunderland have survived again.

Lennon beats Van Aanholt and sets up Mirallas, who steps inside Kaboul before his effort is saved by Mannone. Lukaku then lashes against the crossbar. This has not been Everton's night by any stretch of the imagination.

The five minutes of added time are almost up. Sunderland supporters are crying out for the final whistle.

Osman is presented with a free header at a corner,but cannot make the most of it and glances wide.

Watmore and Defoe lead another Sunderland attack. The latter easily drifts past a stationary Funes Mori before shooting straight at the legs of Joel. That fourth goal just won't come.

With just under 20 minutes remaining, Hiddink opts to hand a first-team debut to Abraham. The 18-year-old striker has scored plenty of goals for Chelsea's youth teams and replaces Traore.

Allen is also on for Milner and Benteke takes the place of Lallana.

Another save from Mignolet, this time to deny Traore. Milner is shown a yellow card for bundling over Fabregas.

Khazri is greeted by a hearty round of applause as he walks off to be replaced by Duncan Watmore. It has been another impressive performance from the Tunisian winger, who only arrived at Sunderland from Bordeaux in late January.

A wannabe streaker has just invaded the pitch at the Stadium of Light. He is swiftly removed by stewards and Leon Osman replaces Cleverley for Everton.

Mignolet parries away a Pedro shot before, at the other end, Lallana turns a difficult effort wide.

Sunderland have brought on regular skipper John O'Shea for Cattermole.

Better from Sturridge as he links up with Lallana and forces a good save from Begovic. The Chelsea goalkeeper then has little trouble in catching a tame Toure header.

Khazri curls a pass towards Yedlin at the back post, but the right-back falls at the vital moment and the ball trickles harmlessly out of play for a goal kick. Defoe would have had a tap-in, there.

A Baines corner from the left-hand side arrives at the near post, where Barry rises above Cattermole to head towards goal. Mannone holds with a rather theatrical save.

Hazard's latest low drive is saved by Mignolet. Willian, who looks to be holding his hamstring in discomfort, makes way for Kenedy.

Allardyce makes his first change of the evening, replacing Kirchoff with Sebastian Larsson. 20 minutes remaining before survival is officially confirmed.

Joel has endured a difficult night in that Everton goal, but reacts well to deny Defoe. Mannone is then called into action and palms Funes Mori's header wide before holding a bobbling long-range drive from Baines.

Cattermole has been booked for a late foul on Lennon.

Toure is the second Liverpool player to be cautioned by referee Michael Oliver for scything down Hazard. Coutinho blazes over the top from distance.

Norwich restore their two-goal advantage over Watford, but Mbokani's second is a case of too little, too late bar a catastrophic collapse at Sunderland. They are playing merely for pride now.

Dieumerci Mbokani

Goal: Norwich 4-2 Watford (Dieumerci Mbokani)

The Black Cats should be 4-0 ahead, but Khazri unselfishly tries to tee up Defoe and the chance goes begging. Everton's defending has been laughable and it is impossible to see how Martinez will keep his job beyond the end of the season.

Back underway at Anfield, too.

DeAndre Yedlin sends through Defoe with a sweeping long ball, but Stones gets back to make a last-ditch clearance after the veteran striker tries to execute a lob.

Khazri's inswinging corner from the left is beaten away from the goal-line by an unconvincing Joel. The ball clatters into the back of an unsuspecting McCarthy and Kone is on hand to wallop home his second of the night from close range.

Sunderland are staying up.

Lamine Kone
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Goal: Sunderland 3-0 Everton (Lamine Kone)

Watford reduce the deficit at Carrow Road as Ighalo notches his first goal in 13 outings following positive work from strike partner Deeney.

Goal: Norwich 3-2 Watford (Odion Ighalo)

Everton create an early chance when Barry's knockdown from a free-kick is headed towards goal by Pennington, but Mannone comfortably holds.

At the other end, Khazri whips in a brilliant corner but neither Kone nor Jan Kirchhoff can apply the finishing touch.

Just as we break for half-time at Anfield, our two earlier kick-offs are back underway. One change from Everton at the break, with Lennon replacing Barkley.


Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea


After a torrid campaign by his usual high standards, Hazard seems to be rather enjoying himself tonight. He speeds away from Can before being deliberately felled by the German.

Yellow card.

Mignolet looks to come for the ball but changes his mind late and is almost beaten by Traore. Cesc Fabregas then strikes wide after Chelsea look to catch Liverpool out with a quick free-kick.

Ironic cheers from the away supporters at Anfield as Sturridge scuffs a shot that eventually poses no danger for Begovic.

Coutinho looks to immediately level the scores, only for his strike to be pushed away by Begovic.

The half-time whistles sound at Sunderland and Norwich. Sam Allardyce' side are closing in on safety.


Sunderland 2-0 Everton

Norwich 3-1 Watford

Liverpool vs Chelsea has rather faded into the background with so much at stake on Wearside, but Hazard grabs the attention with a sublime solo effort to give the visitors the lead.

Eden Hazard
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Showing great persistence, the Belgian playmaker dribbles in from the left and beats a host of red shirts including Lallana, Can and Lovren before guiding the ball perfectly into the bottom corner.

That was reminiscent of last year's Hazard.

Goal: Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea (Eden Hazard)

The Stadium of Light erupts as Sunderland double their advantage in the space of four minutes and take a giant step towards Premier League safety. A header towards goal by Yann M'Vila is cleared by Leighton Baines, but the French midfielder gets to the rebound.

His second header loops up before being dispatched in courtesy of a venomous volley from centre-back Kone, who was being played onside by McCarthy. Norwich and Newcastle are on the brink.

Lamine Kone
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Goal: Sunderland 2-0 Everton (Lamine Kone)

Joel redeems himself slightly by tipping Defoe's header over the crossbar following a wicked near-post delivery courtesy of Wahbi Khazri. Slack marking from McCarthy.

Maybe not. Sunderland take the lead from a free-kick after Funes Mori brings down Defoe. Van Aanholt steps up and fires into the back of the net.

Awful defending from Everton, both from the wall and from Robles, who anticipated a shot to his left and made a big movement in that direction before being left thoroughly red faced.

Patrick van Aanholt

Goal: Sunderland 1-0 Everton (Patrick van Aanholt)

Norwich score a third as Wes Hoolahan's cross is deflected into his own net by Cathcart. Is there hope yet for the Canaries?

Craig Cathcart
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Goal: Norwich 3-1 Watford (Craig Cathcart OG)

Lovren attracts the ire of Sturridge after blasting harmlessly over from 30+ yards out. Firmino then races through on goal before a poor touch in the face of Nemanja Matic throws him off course and he ends up shooting into the side netting.

Pedro does well to create space for Chelsea before seeing a hopeful shot blocked by Toure. Still goalless there after 18 minutes.

Some concern at the Stadium of Light for Patrick van Aanholt, who went down in the box after losing his footing under pressure from young Pennington. He receives treatment on the pitch before limping to the sidelines.

Barkley has also curled a cross wide.

Redmond is providing a constant spark for Norwich tonight and strikes the woodwork again before Gomes denies Martin Olsson.

Alert goalkeeping from Mannone as he comes running out of his area to clear a searching pass from Tom Cleverley intended for Romelu Lukaku.

More pressure from Liverpool and Sturridge is again the architect. He stands up a back-post cross that looks to reach Firmino before being turned behind by Baba. Lovren heads the corner wide.

Sunderland come within a whisker of breaking the deadlock, but Kaboul's powerful curling strike whizzes past the post.

Liverpool have made a positive start to proceedings against Chelsea and Begovic is forced to parry a low effort from Lallana.

The former Southampton captain then shows his defensive nous by deflecting Traore's shot safely through to Mignolet.

Sunderland win a corner and Younes Kaboul's header is easily held by Joel. At Anfield, Moreno tees up Coutinho but his fierce drive is inadvertently blocked by Sturridge.

What a thrilling start in East Anglia. With just 19 minutes on the clock, Norwich have already overhauled that early deficit. Dynamo Kiev loanee Mbokani is the man who has it, tapping home after Redmond had hit the post.

Where have these goals been over the last few weeks?

Dieumerci Mbokani
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Goal: Norwich 2-1 Watford (Dieumerci Mbokani)

Liverpool vs Chelsea is off and running. Sturridge causes early trouble and is tripped by makeshift centre-back Mikel, but his free-kick from a dangerous area on the right is sent flying over the crossbar.

Have we spoken too soon? Norwich score their first goal since 2 April, Redmond exchanging passes with Naismith before rifling past Heurelho Gomes.

They are still going down as it stands.

Nathan Redmond
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Goal: Norwich 1-1 Watford (Nathan Redmond)

Almost a calamitous mistake there from Funes Mori. The Argentine looked to play a pass back to goalkeeper Joel Robles, who has to clear into touch under pressure from Defoe.

The death knell is sounding for Norwich as Deeney dispatches a loose ball past John Ruddy to hand Watford the lead after only 11 minutes.

If Norwich lose and Sunderland lose or draw, then Newcastle would remain alive going into the final day.

Tory Deeney
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Goal: Norwich 0-1 Watford (Troy Deeney)

Barkley sends the ball back for Barry, who flights in an inviting cross that 21-year-old academy graduate Matthew Pennington, recently recalled from a loan spell with League One promotion hopefuls Walsall, heads wide of Mannone's right-hand post.

Pennington gave away a penalty with a foul on Jamie Vardy at Leicester but was the only player to be subsequently absolved of blame for the defeat by Martinez.

A big boot from goalkeeper Vito Mannone sends Jermain Defoe scurrying through the persistently fragile Everton backline. He too is thwarted by the assistant referee.

Lee Cattermole steams in on Ross Barkley and is fortunate not to be shown a yellow card by referee Anthony Taylor. The 28-year-old has certainly been no stranger to a caution or two during his career to date.

McCarthy looks to send Mirallas through on goal, but the Belgian makes his run a fraction too early and is flagged for offside.

We are underway at both the Stadium of Light and Carrow Road. A reminder that victory for Sunderland tonight would relegate Newcastle and Norwich.

If both relegation rivals lose, then Norwich would still be demoted. Their awful goal difference means they really need to beat Watford tonight.

If you ignore 34-year-old goalkeeper Marco Amelia, there is, at last, a very youthful feel to Chelsea's bench tonight. Alongside Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy, there are also places for Kasey Palmer and prolific young striker Tammy Abraham.

Liverpool are still without captain Jordan Henderson (knee) and Origi (ankle), both of whom will hope to play some part in the Europa League final and will be fit for Euro 2016 duty with England and Belgium respectively.

Klopp has already said that for players to be eligible for selection for Basel then they must be fit to play against West Brom on Sunday. Henderson, who suffered damaged to his lateral collateral ligament in Dortmund last month, stepped up his return this week and is back running drills outside albeit away from the rest of the team.

There is no Danny Ward on the bench for Liverpool tonight as the 22-year-old, who has been named in Wales' training squad ahead of the Euros, recovers from what has been described as minor knee issue. Adam Bogdan is temporarily elevated back to second-choice 'keeper.

Danny Ings is also not risked, although is back in training after seven months out with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Fellow long-term absentee Joe Gomez is further back in his rehabilitation.

Thibaut Courtois travelled with the squad but has a virus, so deputy Asmir Begovic is back in goal for Chelsea. It appears that John Obi Mikel has been dropped into centre-back to partner Gary Cahill after John Terry was sent off for two bookable offences at Sunderland. Young defender Fikayo Tomori is on the bench as cover, but Matt Miazga is nowhere to be seen.

Baba Rahman
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Cesar Azpilicueta has been switched from left to right-back as Baba Rahman replaces the injured Branislav Ivanovic. Pedro will play in a face mask after breaking his nose in a fall at home, while Diego Costa misses out with a hamstring problem. His place is taken by Bertrand Traore with Loic Remy still injured.

Klopp has rotated his squad frequently over recent weeks to juggle the demands of the Europa League, but reverts back to his strongest lineup tonight. He makes eight changes in total, bringing in Nathaniel Clyne, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can, James Milner, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.

Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino

Out go Jon Flanagan, Martin Skrtel, Lucas, Joe Allen, Kevin Stewart, Sheyi Ojo, Jordon Ibe and Christian Benteke. Only Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno and Philippe Coutinho are retained in the starting XI.

Brad Smith is named on the bench, but fellow youngsters Cameron Brannagan, Connor Randall and Pedro Chirivella make way.

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge

Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke

Chelsea: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Traore

Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham

Bennett starts ahead of Sebastien Bassong for Norwich, who also draft in Graham Dorrans, Steven Naismith and Dieumerci Mbokani as they seek to end a run of four straight league defeats without scoring. Howson, Robbie Brady and Cameron Jerome drop out.

Underfire Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores swaps in Allan Nyom for Sebastian Prodl and shifts Craig Cathcart across to centre-back.

Sam Allardyce has named an unchanged starting XI for the seventh game in succession. Jones is deemed fit enough to take a seat on the bench, where he replaces Jeremain Lens.

Funes Mori and Barry both return for Everton as Bryan Oviedo and Aaron Lennon are relegated to substitute roles. Kevin Mirallas also comes in for Oumar Niasse after his late consolation strike at Leicester.

Norwich vs Watford

Norwich: Ruddy, Pinto, Martin, Bennett, Olsson, Redmond, Dorrans, O'Neil, Hoolahan, Naismith, Mbokani

Subs: Rudd, Bassong, Mulumbu, Brady, Odjidja, Jarvis, Jerome

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Anya, Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo

Subs: Pantilimon, Prodl, Paredes, Ake, Guedioura, Berghuis, Amrabat

Sunderland vs Everton

Sunderland: Mannone, Yedlin, Van Aanholt, Kaboul, Kone, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M'Vila, Borini, Khazri, Defoe

Subs: Pickford, Jones, O'Shea, Rodwell, Larsson, Watmore, N'Doye

Everton: Joel, Pennington, Funes Mori, Stones, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Cleverley, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku

Subs: Howard, Oviedo, Besic, Gibson, Osman, Lennon, Niasse

Norwich are likely to have Ryan Bennett available again after the centre-back missed two matches courtesy of illness. However, midfielder Jonny Howson will play no part tonight or at Everton on Sunday following scans on a knee injury that showed he suffered a grade two ligament strain during the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United that will require a lay-off of between six to eight weeks.

Jonny Howson
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Timm Klose, Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom and Alex Tettey are also injured. Watford are missing only midfield pair Etienne Capoue and Valon Behrami.

As for Everton, who have won just one of their last nine league games and failed to upset Leicester City's title party at the King Power Stadium last weekend, right-backs Seamus Coleman, Tony Hibbert and Tyias Browning remain out, as do captain Phil Jagielka and Gerard Deulofeu.

Ramiro Funes Mori will return to contention after serving a three-match ban following his dreadful tackle on Divock Origi during last month's Merseyside derby humbling at Liverpool. Gareth Barry could return from a groin complaint.

We know that Sunderland have almost a fully-fit squad to choose from for tonight's crucial clash, with only right-back Billy Jones currently sidelined with a hip problem. Defensive colleague Lamine Kone was substituted after just 55 minutes of Saturday's rousing 3-2 victory over Chelsea due to a thigh injury, but is expected to be fit to play.

Lamine Kone
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Both Norwich vs Watford and Sunderland vs Everton are 19.45 BST kick-offs, so we will have team news ahead of those games very shortly. Liverpool and Chelsea are not due to start until eight, however, so it will be a little longer before confirmed lineups reach us from Merseyside.

Good evening and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's penultimate live coverage of an exhilarating 2015-16 Premier League season as deposed champions Chelsea attempt to consolidate a top-half finish by beating Liverpool at Anfield. The Europa League finalists, meanwhile, will look to continue their recent momentum and strong home form ahead of the eagerly-anticipated meeting with holders Sevilla in Basel next Wednesday.

Matters are far more pressing up on Wearside, where Sunderland can retain their Premier League status for another year and relegate fierce rivals Newcastle United in the process with three points against an out-of-form Everton team seemingly in the last throes of Roberto Martinez's disappointing reign.

19th-place Norwich City also host Watford, but Alex Neil's side will be condemned to an immediate return to the Championship if the Black Cats are victorious, regardless of their own result at Carrow Road. However, a victory combined with a Sunderland defeat would bring them back to within a point of safety ahead of a nervy final day.