Tottenham ended their two-season absence from the Champions League by winning 5-0 at Norwich on the Premier League campaign’s final day, pipping north London rivals Arsenal by two points.
Son Heung-min scored twice in five second-half minutes to finish level with Liverpool’s Mohamad Salah on 23 goals, earning him a share of the Premier League Golden Boot, as Spurs ran riot to complete an achievement that boss Antonio Conte had described as needing a “miracle”.
Tottenham were ninth when the Italian took over in November and then seven points adrift of fourth when they lost to Burnley in February but 10 wins from their next 14 games saw them overhaul Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham.
Dejan Kulusevski scored twice and Harry Kane also bagged as Spurs made sure there would be no last-day failure at Carrow Road.
They will return to the premier European club competition after two seasons away and the future looks bright if they can get Conte to commit his future to the club this summer.
Norwich are heading in the opposite direction after another listless display left their home fans chanting against the board and they will have to regroup in the summer ahead of another stint in the Championship.
Thumping win not enough for Gunners
Arsenal made light work of Everton in a 5-1 victory at Emirates Stadium yet still had to resign themselves to playing Europa League football next season.
Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes and Martin Odegaard were on target but the result became incidental once Spurs secured fourth by storming Carrow Road.
Emphatic defeats by Tottenham and Newcastle had left Arsenal needing a final-day collapse from their north London rivals to have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League but none materialised.
Instead, they had to sign off a disappointing season by crushing an Everton side that had climbed their Everest on Thursday night by delivering a stunning comeback win against Crystal Palace to escape relegation with a game to spare.