Man City claim Premier League crown on final day out of breath

Pep Guardiola’s Man City retained the Premier League crown on a tense day of Premier League action

Manchester City scored three goals in a frantic five minutes in the second half to come from behind against Aston Villa to clinch another Premier League title, beating rivals Liverpool in what was an incredibly tense final day of action in the English elite.

Both clubs had appeared to be in the ascendancy at various points in the afternoon, but Liverpool appeared to be in pole position after their former skipper Steven Gerrard guided his Aston Villa side to an unlikely 2-0 lead at Man City.

Liverpool, who trailed early at home to Wolves, had equalized and advanced desperately in the second half knowing that a win – and City losing or drawing – would send the Premier League crown to Anfield.

However, in a famous five minutes from Manchester blue side, a brace from Ilkay Gundogan and a single strike from Rodri proved enough to clinch the league title by a single point from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Nerves could be felt at both Anfield and the Etihad Stadium for much of Sunday afternoon. In the case of Liverpool, the nail biting started early on after Pedro Neto scored in a game opener for Wolves after just three minutes of a frenetic first half.

Liverpool were without injured Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk, both confined to the bench after picking up knocks in the title race – a factor that certainly wasn’t helped when creative pivot Thiago was sent off later in the game. the game. due to a hamstring complaint.

Sadio Mane leveled the scores midway through the first half – but just when it looked like the floodgates might open, Wolves found a way to get between marauding Liverpool forwards, the goal by José Sa.

Anfield’s roar intensified when news of a second Aston Villa goal reverberated on the pitch, and even more so when the identity of the goalscorer – former Liverpool great Philippe Coutinho – became known.

The pendulum was swinging but swung back to City again with their sensational second-half fight.

Liverpool eventually scored a second and a third through substitute Salah and Andy Robertson, but both were ultimately in vain as Guardiola’s side clinched their fourth league title in five seasons.

At the other end of the table, Leeds United are celebrating after avoiding relegation to the league in the final following a 2-1 win at Brentford, while it was Burnley who gave up their Premier League status after lost by the same score at home against Newcastle. .

Norwich and Watford had already been confirmed as relegated.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur will take fourth place in the Champions League after beating Norwich 5-0. Arsenal managed a 5-1 win over Everton but it wasn’t enough to overtake their London rivals in the top four.

Manchester United were beaten at Crystal Palace but will enter the Europa League next season after West Ham’s loss to Brighton.

Salah, meanwhile, will have reason to celebrate after sharing the Premier League Golden Boot with Spurs’ South Korean striker Son Heung-min, who both scored 23 goals, five more than Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United.


RT

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