Leicester have been relegated from the Premier League just seven years after lifting the title despite beating West Ham 2-1 on the final day of the season.
Dean Smith’s side started the day in the relegation zone, two points behind Everton in 17th, but Harvey Barnes stepped up for Leicester in their time of need and slotted in a crucial opener (34) after combining with Kelechi Iheanacho to momentarily lift them out of the bottom three.
The King Power Stadium went quiet though after Abdoulaye Doucoure’s stunning strike at Goodison Park gave Everton the lead against Bournemouth. Not even Wout Faes’ first goal for Leicester (62) – a header from Youri Tielemans’ corner – could lift the mood as their destiny was out of their hands.
Pablo Fornals then turned the heat up on Leicester as he halved the deficit in the closing stages (79).
The hosts were able to hold on as they ended a five-game winless run but it was too little too late for the 2016 champions. The fairytale story is over.