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Apollo Eyes $1.25 Billion Mexican Soccer Investment

Apollo Global Management is planning to offer Liga MX a roughly $1.25 billion investment in exchange for a share of the Mexican soccer league’s international media revenue, according to someone familiar with the plan.

The private equity giant (NYSE: APO) is seeking 20% ​​of the profits from the league’s non-Mexican media rights over the next 50 years, according to a 20-page deck that was reviewed by Sportico. It’s a bet that Liga MX, which is by far the most-watched soccer league in the US, has a lot of commercial growth in its future beyond Mexico.

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The Apollo proposal, which is dated May 2022 and labeled “Project Goal,” is contingent on Mexican teams agreeing to sell their broadcast rights as a whole. Unlike most major US and European leagues, Liga MX currently allows individual teams to ink their own commercial partnerships. That’s allowed bigger clubs like Chivas and Club America to sign lucrative broadcast deals in the US, which has more than 36 million people of Mexican descent.

Liga MX could formally receive the pitch as early as this week, according to the source, who was granted anonymity because the details are private. Representatives for Liga MX and Apollo didn’t respond to requests for comment sent on over the weekend.

Apollo’s proposal is just the latest example of the world’s largest private equity firms increasingly looking at opportunities in global sports. Many of those deals have followed a similar format—the league splits its commercial rights into a separate joint venture and then allows investment into that entity. In addition to profit share, Apollo would also own 20% of that media company.

It’s similar to CVC’s $2.4 billion deal with Spain’s LaLiga, and the roughly $200 million partnership between Silver Lake and New Zealand Rugby, which goes to a final vote next month. Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga also explored allowing private equity investments into their media rights; MLS had a similar deal years ago with Providence Equity.

A Liga MX deal will be more complex because of the added step of getting its teams, particularly the biggest ones, to agree to pool their rights. In the US, for example, Liga MX games are spread across several networks, including FOX Deportes, FS1, FS2, Univision, UniMas, Telemundo, Universo, TUDN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+.

The Apollo proposal includes a slide about what the New York City-based firm can offer Liga MX. It includes underwriting transactions such as broadcast rights, sponsorships and stadium financing, plus its deep experience in both credit and private equity deals. It highlights Apollo’s ability to be a one-stop strategic partner without impacting the day-to-day management of the league and its 18 teams. The $1.25 billion investment, according to the deck, would ultimately flow down to clubs for use in academies, stadiums, or other expenses.

Founded in 1990, Apollo has $498 billion of assets under management and has 17 offices across the world. The firm’s sports work includes financing for some of European soccer’s biggest teams, and major US leagues like the NBA, NFL and NHL.

Mexican soccer draws the largest crowds on average of any soccer league in the Americas and the third-largest audience of any professional sports league in North America, behind the NFL and MLB. It’s also the most-watched soccer league in the US—Liga MX games on Univision drew 920,640 viewers in the US this season, more than English Premier League games on NBC (788,620) and English-language MLS matches on Fox (436,750).

Liga MX was long considered a risky investment because of alleged corruption, lack of commercial deals beyond North America, and the financial imbalance between the top clubs and the rest of the league. But that’s beginning to change. Last year a group of US investors bought into Club Necaxa, which was recently valued at over $200 million in a subsequent round of investing, and a few other structural changes have made the league more attractive to foreign investors.

They include the temporary freezing of promotion and relegation, optimism over shared commercial rights, a commitment to more transparency, and increased cooperation between Liga MX and MLS. The two have discussed a possible merger, and recently co-launched the Leagues Cup, a World Cup-style club tournament that will debut next year.

The tournament will replace the current version of the Leagues Cup and is expected to increase exposure for Liga MX clubs by adding more high-profile games to their broadcast schedules. US media rights for that new event are currently being sold by MLS.

With assistance from Anthony Crupi.

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Liverpool assess Salah, Van Dijk ahead of Southampton clash

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool were assessing the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk as they prepare for their must-win Premier League match against Southampton on Tuesday.

The quadruple-chasing Reds were given fresh hope they could pip Manchester City to the title when Pep Guardiola’s team dropped two points in a 2-2 draw at West Ham on Sunday.

Defending champions City, with one game remaining, are four points clear at the top of the table with a significantly better goal difference than their rivals, who have two games left.

Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in the FA Cup final at the weekend to complete the second leg of a potential quadruple.

But Klopp is waiting to find out the extent of injuries to top-scorer Salah and defensive talisman Van Dijk, who were both forced off at Wembley on Saturday.

Defender Andy Robertson was also taken off in the latter stages due to cramp, while Klopp confirmed that Fabinho would not be involved at Southampton after suffering a muscle injury at Aston Villa last week.

“This process has not finished yet because we only played the 120 minutes two days ago,” Klopp told reporters on Monday.

“So when the boys arrive today I have to make a lot of decisions. Then we will line up a team.

“What I can promise and definitely say is we will line up a team only for one reason — to try to win the game at Southampton, as difficult as it is, because that obviously is the job to do.

“We have to see who is able to help. The 30 extra minutes (at Wembley) made a big difference, but we have to see.”

Liverpool, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League final later this month, can cut City’s lead to a single point with victory at St Mary’s, but Klopp does not expect Guardiola’s side to slip up again.

City host Aston Villa next Sunday while Liverpool play Wolves at Anfield.

“I don’t know the last time City dropped points two games in a row and Villa have to play midweek,” said Klopp. “I don’t expect City to drop points there.”

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Frankfurt ready to rock Rangers in Seville under Borre’s influence

Eintracht Frankfurt are ready to “rock” Wednesday’s Europa League final as the “Bestia Blanca” (White Beast) when they take on Rangers in Seville spearheaded by the Spanish-speaking Colombia striker Rafael Borre.

Frankfurt want to face the Scottish giants in their alternative white strip, now regarded as a lucky charm after being worn in impressive wins at Barcelona and West Ham during their European campaign.

“We must play in white. We rocked Europe in white,” insists Axel Hellmann, spokesman for the Eintracht board. “We’re the White Beast”.

Hellmann anticipates around 50,000 Frankfurt fans will descend upon Seville – “which the city has never seen before” – and predicts a “unique final, a unique encounter”.

“Glasgow is mythical for us. Playing against Rangers was always a dream at our club,” he added.

Eintracht beat Rangers 6-1 and 6-3 in the semi-finals of the 1960 European Cup, but lost 7-3 to Real Madrid in the final held in Glasgow.

Frankfurt’s first European final since winning the UEFA Cup in 1980 will have a Spanish-speaking element in Seville.

“Personally, it’s been an unbelievable year, I never expected to experience so much with this club,” Borre told Eintracht’s website in Spanish.

“I am really happy to be part of such success.”

The 26-year-old arrived from Argentinian club River Plate to replace Andre Silva, who hit 28 Bundesliga goals last season before leaving to join RB Leipzig.

Yet after initially struggling to establish himself in the Bundesliga, Borre has scored two of the most important goals in the club’s history.

– Dream goal at Camp Nou –

A superb long-range effort with his right foot from 25 meters at Camp Nou flew in off the underside of the crossbar to help Frankfurt win 3-2 at Barcelona for a 4-3 aggregate win in the quarter-finals.

“The goal against Barcelona helped me personally, as well as the team,” Borre added.

“It was a real blow to Barcelona.

“It put the wind in my sails for the rest of the game. I am very grateful for it.”

He then broke the deadlock to seal a nervy 1-0 home semi-final victory against West Ham and the 3-1 aggregate win fired Frankfurt into their first European final for 42 years.

“I will never forget the fans’ support,” he said, referring to the electric atmosphere for the home semi-final.

“The stadium was at a fever pitch.

“I spoke to a few team-mates about it and we agreed that we needed it.

“The support pulls you through in weaker moments.

“The final is going to be awesome, Frankfurt and Ranger have fought hard to be there and we have to enjoy it,” Borre added.

The Colombian has developed a good understanding with Frankfurt forwards Ansgar Knauff and Filip Kostic.

Borre’s cross at London’s Olympic Park saw Knauff head Eintracht into the lead less than a minute into the first semi-final at West Ham.

Knauff returned the favor with a cross which Borre converted to hit the winner in the return.

“We understand each other better with each game,” Borre said.

“Ansgar fitted into the team very quickly and the whole team has a good harmony on the pitch.”

Borre has impressed Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner, who is also in his first season in Frankfurt.

“He is very important for our game, because he has a fantastic mentality, he works so hard for the team,” said Glasner. “He’s having a great season.”

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Mbappe says decision ‘almost’ made over PSG future

Kylian Mbappe says he has “almost” made up his mind about whether to stay at Paris Saint-Germain or leave the French champions for Real Madrid.

“Yes, yes almost” he replied when quizzed about whether he had made a choice yet after picking up his third straight best player of the season award in Paris on Sunday.

The waiting to see whether the 23-year-old moves to the Spanish capital or stays with PSG to help them in their protracted quest to land the Champions League “is almost over” he added.

He plans to “announce” his decision before France play Denmark in the Nations League on June 3.

Refusing to divulge anything further despite being given ample opportunity to do so at the awards ceremony he thanked “PSG, which enabled me to be here, my teammates and coach.”

He added: “My story goes on, I keep on winning, I’m never satisfied, and that’s good.”

Also attending the awards dinner was his PSG captain Marquinhos whose only comment on the issue keeping PSG fans and their Real counterparts awake at night was: “I hope that next season he will win this trophy again.”

Last week a French newspaper reported that the French World Cup winner had agreed in principle to remain at PSG for up to another three years.

This was quickly denied by his mother.

Mbappe has made no secret of his desire to play one day for Real, who are in the Champions League final after securing a 35th Spanish title.

But PSG, who have won the Ligue 1 title for a record-equalling tenth time but angered their hardcore supporters with their limp exit to Real in the last 16 of the Champions League, are battling to hold onto their biggest asset.

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Late goal spree takes Moroccan club Berkane to CAF Cup final

Moroccan club Renaissance Berkane scored three goals from the 79th minute to defeat Democratic Republic of Congo visitors TP Mazembe 4-1 on Sunday and qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup final.

Bakr el Helali gave Berkane a 10th-minute lead that lasted just 60 seconds before Phillippe Kinzumbi equalized in northeastern Morocco.

Mazembe were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half when Tandi Mwape was sent off and the late goal rush began when captain Larbi Naji put Renaissance in front a second time.

Youssef el Fahli converted an 88th-minute penalty to edge Berkane in front on goal aggregate and he put the outcome beyond doubt with another goal six minutes into added time.

Beaten 1-0 in the first leg last Sunday after conceding an added-time goal, Berkane triumphed 4-2 on aggregate and face Orlando Pirates from South Africa this Friday in the title decider in Uyo, Nigeria.

An hour before the match in Berkane kicked off, Pirates suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by Al Ahly Tripoli from Libya, but advanced 2-1 on aggregate.

Berkane were runners-up in the 2019 Confederation Cup, won the competition the following season and are now appearing in a third final in four years.

Pirates came closest to winning the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League in 2015 when they finished runners-up to Etoile Sahel from Tunisia.

– $1.25 million up for grabs –

Apart from pocketing $1.25 million dollars (1.2 mn euros), Confederation Cup winners qualify for a CAF Super Cup match against the CAF Champions League winners.

The Super Cup clash could be an all-Moroccan affair as Wydad Casablanca from the northwest African kingdom have qualified to meet Al Ahly of Egypt in the May 30 Champions League decider.

Berkane will be favorites against Pirates while the Champions League final will, controversially, be staged in Morocco.

El Helali half-volleyed a cross past goalkeeper Siadi Baggio to send a capacity crowd in the 10,000-seat Stade Municipal into a frenzy.

The celebrations were continuing when Mazembe leveled as Kinzumbi punished a poor first touch by Issoufou Dayo to race forward and slam a rising shot past goalkeeper Hamza Hamiani Akbi.

It took several minutes before angry Mwape left the field after 66 minutes, having flung his shirt on the pitch, and 11-time CAF title winners Mazembe collapsed in the closing stages.

Naji soared at the far post to nod a free-kick into the net, El Fahli calmly placed his penalty into the corner and then scored perhaps the easiest goal of his career with a tap into an unguarded net.

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Brentford duo report racist abuse of family at Everton

Everton are helping police identify suspects after Brentford’s Rico Henry and Ivan Toney reported members of their family were racially abused during the Bees’ 3-2 win at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Henry, who scored the winning goal to keep Everton at risk of relegation, took to social media after the game to call for the incident to be investigated.

“I never usually speak out on things that don’t physically harm me or my family but to see my mom upset after being racially abused by a few Everton fans brought fire to my stomach!” Henry wrote on Twitter.

“I will do anything for them & whatever it takes to get the small minority punished! This is not acceptable & must be investigated immediately.”

Toney also tweeted: “For the man that racially abused my family, I’ll do everything I can to get you the punishment you deserve!”

In a response to Toney’s tweet, Everton said: “There is no place in football – or society – for racism.

“We are assisting Merseyside Police to ensure the individual is identified and dealt with appropriately.”

Defeat leaves Everton’s 68-year stay in the top flight still at risk.

Frank Lampard’s men are two points above the relegation zone with two games left to play.

Two points will be enough to save Everton as Leeds, who only have one match remaining, are a point behind and have a substantially inferior goal difference.

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City surge back to grab draw

LONDON — Manchester City fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at West Ham as Pep Guardiola’s side coughed up the chance to win late on but still have one hand on the Premier League trophy.

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Jarrod Bowen’s double had West Ham 2-0 up at half time but City fought back with goals from Jack Grealish and a Vladimir Coufal own goal. Riyad Mahrez had an 86th minute penalty kick saved by Lukasz Fabianski as City should have won it.

Still, they are four points clear of Liverpool who have two games to go and that means if Liverpool lose at Southampton on Tuesday then Manchester City will be crowned Premier League champions for the fourth time in five seasons. Even if Liverpool draw then City will be champions as Man City have a seven-goal advantage on goal difference. West Ham’s point means they are on 56 points and are still in the battle for sixth.

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West Ham 2-2 Manchester City

Goals scored: Bowen 24′, 45′, Grealish 49′, Coufal OG 70′

Shots: West Ham 5, Manchester City 19

Shots on target: West Ham 2, Manchester City 5

Possession: West Ham 21, Manchester 79

Three things we learned from West Ham vs Manchester City

1. Gritty City conjure spirit of 2012: This isn’t the first time they’ve pulled off something like this and although they couldn’t get the win they wanted, this comeback conjured the spirit of the 2011-12 title win. To be 2-0 down at half time and fight back to 2-2 showed incredible character. They should have won the game as Mahrez missed a penalty kick but in truth the job is almost done. Man City have a history of not doing things the easy way and this was the perfect example of that.

2. Bowen has to play for England: His two goals summed him up perfectly and Bowen was nominated for PL player of the year, he has 18 goals to his name in all competitions and is having the season of his life. He timed his runs to perfection, he is so incisive with his running and never ever gives up. England could really use him buzzing around underneath Harry Kane and he’s a very different player to the rest of their forwards. Bowen has to be called up by England this June for their UEFA Nations League games.

3. Grealish stands tall when City needs him most: Aside from his goal he looked like the Grealish we saw at Aston Villa. He gave Coufal a torrid time and cut inside and outside, opened up space for others and City gave him the ball time and time again. The most expensive transfer in Premier League history hasn’t found top form consistently this season but when City needed him he sparked their second half comeback.

Man of the Match: Jarrod Bowen – Took his goals superbly, went close to scoring a hat trick and caused City’s defense so many problems.

Bowen takes charge

The Hammers started well as Craig Dawson had the first big chance of the game but he hesitated when he should have hit the target.

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Rodri’s deflected shot was dangerous, then Fernandinho drilled just over as City tried to step on the gas.

Just as they did that West Ham took the lead as one long ball over the top found Bowen and he raced in on goal, took the ball past Ederson and finished superbly to make it 1-0 and send the London Stadium wild.

West Ham held firm after taking the lead as Kevin de Bruyne’s ball into the box was hacked clear by Tomas Soucek, then Gabriel Jesus fired a shot just wide. Jesus then did superbly to wriggle away from multiple defenders but his shot from him was blocked.

Right on half time Bowen made it 2-0 as once again a flick over the top saw Bowen time his run to perfect as he ran in on goal and hammered home a low shot.

Grealish gets City back in it

A few minutes into the second half Man City were back in it as Grealish volleyed into the floor and the ball flew past Fabianski.

Soon after it was almost 2-2 as a ball flashed across the face of goal but nobody could finish, then Jesus ran in on goal but his shot was saved well by Fabianski.

Fabianski then denied Bernardo Silva brilliantly as West Ham were hanging on. However, Fernandinho then made a huge mistake with a back pass but Antonio lobbed his shot over Ederson but also wide.

Vladimir Coufal then scored an own goal as a free kick into the box was forced into his own net by the Czech Republic international to make it 2-2.

Incredible drama late on

Bowen saw his deflected effort fly just wide as West Ham pushed to go ahead, but then City were awarded a penalty.

Jesus was fouled in the box by Dawson and after a VAR review and a check of the pitch-side monitor, the penalty was given. However, Mahrez’s effort was saved by Fabianski as City coughed up the chance to take the lead.

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Martinez brace ensures Inter take title race to final week

Lautaro Martinez ensured the Serie A title race will head into the final week of the season on Sunday with a brace in Inter Milan’s 3-1 win at Cagliari to stay two points behind leaders AC Milan.

Reigning champions Inter had to win to have any hope of retaining their league crown after Milan beat Atalanta 2-0 earlier in the day.

And goals in each half from Mattia Darmian’s and Martinez ensured that Simone Inzaghi’s side would push their local rivals down to the wire with a hard-fought victory in Sardinia.

Cagliari meanwhile stay two points behind Salernitana, who sit just outside the relegation zone.

Simone Inzaghi’s Inter could have been tired after a thrilling, extra-time Italian Cup triumph over old foes Juventus on Wednesday but came through a tricky test against a side scrapping for their top flight lives.

They had already had a Milan Skriniar goal ruled out for handball when Darmian did put the away side ahead, and once Martinez lashed home his first six minutes after the break he thought that was that.

Charalampos Lykogiannis thumped home from a distance almost straight afterwards to give Cagliari hope of getting an unlikely result, but with six minutes remaining Martinez dinked home his second to calm Inter nerves.

On the final day Inter host Sampdoria, who are now safe thanks to defeat for 18th-placed Cagliari, while Milan travel to Sassuolo needing just a point to secure their first Scudetto since 2011.

Stefano Pioli’s side have the better of the season’s two Milan derbies meaning that if the two teams finish level on points it will be Milan who take the title.

They hold the advantage over Inter thanks to strikes from Rafael Leao and Theo Hernandez which sealed their win over Atalanta in front of a packed San Siro.

Leao broke through after 56 minutes, picking up a Messias through ball before firing between the legs of Atalanta goalkeeper Juan Musso, with Hernandez adding a second 19 minutes later following a brilliant solo run through the Atalanta defence.

In Naples, Lorenzo Insigne scored on his final home game for Napoli, a 3-0 win over Genoa, who are now relegated to Serie B.

It was an emotional final match for Insigne at the Diego Maradona Stadium after 12 years in his hometown club. The Napoli captain will join MLS club Toronto FC as a free agent from July 1.

The 30-year-old was given a guard of honor as he walked out onto the pitch for the final time alongside his sons and was presented with gifts.

Insigne scored Napoli’s second goal from the penalty spot after an hour with Victor Osimhen and Stanislav Lobotka also on target for the third-placed southeners who return to Champions League football next season.

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Penalty save denies City victory, keeps EPL title race alive

Another Premier League trophy was virtually in Manchester City’s hands. All it needed was Riyad Mahrez to convert a penalty, like he had done in each of his previous seven attempts from the spot this season.

Not this time.

There’s still plenty of life in this absorbing title race after Mahrez had a penalty saved in the 86th minute, leaving City to settle for a 2-2 draw at West Ham and a four-point lead over Liverpool heading into the final week of the season .

Liverpool heads to Southampton for its game in hand on Tuesday, needing at least a point to take the title race to Sunday — the last day of the season. A win is probably required, though, given City has a superior goal difference of 7 compared to Liverpool.

City finishes at home to Aston Villa and that throws up an intriguing storyline. Villa is coached by Liverpool great Steven Gerrard, who was never able to win the league for Liverpool. He still could — but as a manager of another team.

Liverpool hosts Wolverhampton in its last game and still, somehow, retains hope of an unprecedented quadruple of major trophies having won both domestic cups and reached the Champions League final.

“We couldn’t expect different with this Liverpool — they are almost the perfect team,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “We didn’t expect to win the title with three, four or five games to spare.”

It could have basically been over by now, however, Mahrez had put his spot kick past Fabianski.

Guardiola hardly flinched when Fabianski dived to his left and clawed away the penalty, which was at an inviting height for a goalkeeper. After a few seconds, Guardiola scratched the side of his head and rubbed his face, and didn’t appear too disheartened at the final whistle as he shared an embrace with Mark Noble — West Ham’s long-serving midfielder who is retiring at the end of the season and was making his final home appearance for the club.

It’s Mahrez’s first failure from the spot this season, but he has history. In the 2018-19 campaign—another City vs. Liverpool title race that went to the final day — the Algeria winger smashed a penalty over the crossbar late in the game in a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

City went on to claim the title and is favorite to do so again.

“We won’t look at anyone else — we’ll just try and win our game,” Guardiola said. “I’m pretty sure the Etihad Stadium will be full and they’ll be supporting us.”

RELEGATION FIGHT

It’s just as tense at the other end of the standings, though Leeds provided a twist in the relegation fight.

Leeds scored in the second minute of stoppage time through Pascal Struijk to salvage a 1-1 draw against Brighton and move out of the relegation zone at Burnley’s expense.

Burnley lost 1-0 at Tottenham a few hours earlier — Harry Kane scored the winner from the penalty spot — and dropped into third-to-last place, one point behind Leeds.

That left Everton with the chance to guarantee top-flight survival by beating Brentford, only to lose 3-2 after having defender Jarrad Branthwaite sent off in the 18th minute — when Everton was leading 1-0 — and then substitute Salomon Rondon red-carded in the 88th.

Richarlison had reclaimed the lead for Everton with a penalty in first-half stoppage time, but Brentford replied with two goals in two minutes from the 62nd.

Everton stayed on 36 points, with Leeds on 35 and Burnley on 34.

Everton and Burnley have two games left and Leeds has just one.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFICATION

The race for Champions League qualification is heading for the final day, too, with Tottenham climbing into fourth place — two points ahead of north London rival Arsenal — by beating Burnley.

Kane grabbed what proved to be the winning goal in the eighth minute of first-half stoppage time, converting from the spot after the ball struck the outstretched arm of Burnley striker Ashley Barnes following a flick by Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez.

Over you, Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta’s team has two games remaining compared to Tottenham’s one, the first coming at Newcastle on Monday.

Tottenham finishes the season at Norwich, while Arsenal hosts Everton.

MESSY END

Watford’s season is coming to a messy end under departing manager Roy Hodgson, a 5-1 home loss to Leicester leaving his team a point above last-place Norwich.

Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes both scored twice and James Maddison netted the other for Leicester, which is on course for a fifth straight top-half finish.

Watford tied the all-time top-flight record of 15 home losses in a season with this latest setback coming in front of Rob Edwards, the incoming head coach who is replacing the 74-year-old Hodgson.

Joao Pedro’s deflected effort gave an early lead to Watford, which is already relegated along with Norwich.

Norwich drew 1-1 at Wolves and it was the same score between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

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Wolves’ European hopes end in draw

Wolves vs Norwich: Wolves’ already-slim hopes of European qualification ended in a 1-1 draw with the already-relegated Canaries at Molineux Stadium on Sunday.

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Norwich City (22 points – 20th place) jumped out to a 1-0 lead not long before halftime, as Teemu Pukki bagged his 11th Premier League goal of the season, but Rayan Ait-Nouri headed Wolves (51 points – 8th place) level again 10 minutes into the second half. Both sides had chances to win it in the final 20 minutes, but chances went begging and a split of the points was a most accurate outcome.

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Final score: Wolves 1, Norwich 1

Goal scorers: Wolves (Ait-Nouri 55′), Norwich (Pukki 38′)

Shots: Wolves 17, Norwich 11

Shots on target: Wolves 4, Norwich 2

Possession: Wolves 64%, Norwich 36%

2 things we learned – Wolves vs Norwich

1. One last Pukki Party for the road? With Norwich heading back to the EFL Championship next season and Teemu Pukki being 32 years old, it’s unlikely that the Finnish phenom will still be a Norwich player the next time they come back up (his contract expires after next season, at age 33). That said, it’s always fun to remember a player who burned white-hot during a short-lived star turn, or was at the center of an unforgettable moment that disappeared just as quickly as it arrived. Michu, anyone? How about Federico Macheda? These are simply Premier League guys for the rest of our lifetimes, and sometimes it’s fun to remember some guys. Here’s to you, Teemu Pukki, certified guy worth remembering.

2. Norwich up to spoil Spurs’ hopes? First things first, the Canaries are exiting the Premier League with their dignity intact, giving an honest account of themselves with nothing left to play for. Wolves don’t play too terribly dissimilar from the way Tottenham, who are chasing a top-four finish and conclude the season with a trip to Carrow Road on Championship Sunday, play, so perhaps they could spring one last surprise? Granted, the attacking trio of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski is a different level than almost every other side in the Premier League.

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Rayan Ait-Nouri heads Wolves back on level terms (goal video)

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