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Man City wins record fourth straight Premier League title after 3-1 win against West Ham

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City won a fourth consecutive Premier League title on Sunday by beating West Ham 3-1 in the final match of the season.

City are the first team to be crowned champions of English football’s top division four years in a row after holding off a challenge from second-placed Arsenal who beat Everton 2-1.

Two goals from Phil Foden in the first half put Pep Guardiola’s side on course for their latest title. Mohammed Kudus pulled one back for West Ham with a superb overhead kick, but Rodri restored City’s lead as they marched to a sixth title in seven seasons.

Guardiola’s side needed to beat West Ham at the Etihad Stadium to be certain of the title, having started the game two points clear at the top of the table.

Foden helped ease any potential nerves of the home fans by putting City ahead with a brilliant goal inside two minutes.

Receiving a pass from Bernardo Silva, Foden brushed aside West Ham midfielder James Ward-Prowse and fired a left-footed shot from outside the area which rocketed into the top corner. The goal was timed at just under 80 seconds.

Foden, England’s footballer of the year, added a second in the 18th minute when he converted Jeremy Doku’s cross from close range.

Kudus produced a moment of magic in the 42nd with an acrobatic kick that could have given Arsenal hope of an improbable comeback.

But it didn’t take long for City to extend their lead again after the break when Rodri fired low from the edge of the box which West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was unable to prevent despite having a hand on the ball.

City finished the season with 91 points, two more than Arsenal.

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