Mount's stunning free kick helps Chelsea past Wolves to seal top-four finish

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Mason Mount scored a stunner and Olivier Giroud was on target as Chelsea sealed their place in the top four when beating Wolves 2-0.

Chelsea secured their place in the UEFA Champions League in convincing fashion as Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud sealed a 2-0 win over Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season.

With top-four rivals Manchester United and Leicester City facing each other on Sunday, Frank Lampard's side needed no more than a point at Stamford Bridge to guarantee their spot in next season's Champions League.

And despite a sluggish start, Chelsea turned on the style in first-half stoppage time, with Mount's stunning free-kick opening the scoring before Giroud doubled their tally moments later.

Europa League hopefuls Wolves toiled in the second half, but the visitors offered little threat as their 41-year wait for a top-flight win at Stamford Bridge rolled on.

After 45 minutes largely devoid of action, Chelsea sparked into life in stoppage time – Mount curling a sensational free-kick into the left corner to break the deadlock.

Chelsea had their second three minutes later, Christian Pulisic and Mount combining to play in Giroud, who rounded Rui Patricio and shrugged off Conor Coady before hooking into an empty net.

Nuno Espirito Santo turned to substitute Adama Traore at the start of the second half, yet Chelsea remained in comfortable control.

Diogo Jota brought a save out of Willy Cabellero just prior to the hour, but Chelsea were hardly troubled as they held firm to finish in fourth place – with United's victory over Leicester meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side took third.

 

What does it mean? Wolves now want a Chelsea favour

With Tottenham drawing at Crystal Palace, it is Jose Mourinho's side who take sixth place. It means Wolves, in seventh, either need to win the Europa League this season to qualify for the Champions League next term, or they must rely on a favour from Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Should the Blues beat Arsenal at Wembley, Wolves will qualify for the Europa League.

Mount makes his mark

It has been an impressive campaign for Mount and the England international capped it off with an exquisite strike, before turning provider for Giroud's eighth league goal of the season.

Kepa's Chelsea future up in the air

Former Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa has endured a difficult season at Stamford Bridge, and Lampard went with Willy Caballero for Sunday's clash, perhaps indicating Chelsea will be looking for a new number one in the close season.

Key Opta stats

- After just five wins at Stamford Bridge in their opening 13 Premier League games this season (D3 L5), Chelsea have ended the season with six successive home victories.

- Mount is just the second Englishman to score a direct free-kick for Chelsea in the Premier League, after current manager Frank Lampard.

- Giroud has scored eight Premier League goals this season, his best tally since 2016- 17 when he netted 12 for Arsenal. At the age of 33, Giroud has also become the oldest player to score in five consecutive Premier League starts, taking over from Jamie Vardy, who was 32 when he achieved the feat.

- Wolves lost their first Premier League game in London since March 2012, when they went down 5-0 at Fulham, with Chelsea ending that 10-game unbeaten run.

- Wolves are the fourth different side to go through an entire Premier League campaign without any English goalscorers (excluding own goals), after Fulham (2001-02 and 2005-06), Arsenal (2006-07) and Stoke (2015-16).

What's next?

Chelsea take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final next week, while Wolves face Olympiacos in the Europa League on August 6 – the first leg of that tie finished 1-1 back in March.

Source Omnisport