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That’s eight...Chelsea are the English champs

sports Updated: May 09, 2010 23:29 IST

Chelsea secured the Premier League crown in magnificent fashion on Sunday with an 8-0 thrashing of 10-man Wigan Athletic in a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba scored a hattrick to finish top of the Premier League scoring charts with 29 goals as Carlo Ancelotti's rampant side edged an intriguing title race one point above Manchester United, who beat Stoke City 4-0.

Nicolas Anelka also scored twice while Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole were on target as Chelsea ended the season with 103 league goals, the first side to top the century mark in the top flight since Tottenham Hotspur in 1963.

Chelsea, who prevented United winning a record 19th league title and a fourth in succession, can complete the double in next week's FA Cup final against Portsmouth.

Ancelotti's men can still finish the season with a double if they win a sixth FA Cup trophy later in May. The team, the division's top scorers, took the 2010 title with wins home and away against the Premier League 'elite' of Manchester
United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

They clinched the title on the final day of the season with an 8-0 win over Wigan Athletic to finish one point clear of Manchester United.

Aston Villa ‘Dunne’ by an own goal

Aston Villa’s season ended on a flat note with a 1-0 defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park thanks to a Richard Dunne own goal.

The Republic of Ireland centre-half, one of Villa’s best performers this season, headed the ball into his own net to hand Rovers a victory they barely deserved.

The Villains, who had harboured hopes of landing both domestic cups and earning a Champions League spot, ended the season six points off the top four and having lost the League Cup final and an FA Cup semi-final in their two Wembley appearances.Despite the defeat, the Birmingham side ended up finishing sixth in the Premier League table thanks to seventh-placed Liverpool’s goalless draw at Hull.

That at least meant Villa avoided going into the third qualifying round of the Europa League, which gets underway on July 29, and instead enter the play-off round, which begins on August 19.

Meanwhile Rovers, who had spent much of the season in the relegation battle, snatched a top half finish.

Bolton sign off with win over Birmingham
Bolton: Bolton Wanderers ended their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City at the Reebok Stadium here on Sunday that means they finish 14th in the table.

Having already preserved their top-flight status, Bolton prevailed with goals in either half from strike partners Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic, while Birmingham replied through James McFadden in the second period.

Bolton were in the relegation zone when coach Owen Coyle arrived from Burnley in January, while Alex McLeish has also enjoyed a successful season with Birmingham.