In a heartbreaking conclusion to their nine-year tenure in the Premier League, Leicester City was relegated despite their victory over West Ham on the final day of the season.
The Foxes’ fate was beyond their control as they entered the last round of fixtures, and Everton’s 1-0 triumph over Bournemouth sealed Leicester’s relegation to the Championship by a slim two-point margin.
While Everton supporters reveled in ecstasy at Goodison Park, Leicester fans at the King Power Stadium were left to lament a dismal campaign that saw their team secure only nine league wins.
Knowing they needed a win to have any chance of staying up, Leicester came close to an early breakthrough when Kelechi Iheanacho and James Maddison combined, with Iheanacho’s fierce, curling effort striking the crossbar.
Nonetheless, the hosts managed to break the deadlock just before halftime when Harvey Barnes calmly finished off a pass from Iheanacho, momentarily keeping their survival hopes alive on goal difference.
The second half was fraught with nerve-wracking tension, as Jonny Evans came perilously close to scoring an own goal. However, the atmosphere in the stadium turned somber when news arrived of Everton’s goal, dampening Leicester’s chances of a miraculous escape.
Despite the setback, Leicester continued to fight, and Wout Faes headed in their second goal after a delightful curling effort from Said Benrahma struck the post for the visitors.
As the match concluded, Pablo Fornals managed to pull a goal back for West Ham, sealing a 14th-place finish for the Hammers, comfortably six points clear of the relegation zone.