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Manchester City retain Premier League title at Brighton


With most of the issues already settled heading into the final day of the Premier League campaign, there was only one issue to settle and it was arguably the biggest: Who would finish the season as champions? Here is what happened in two crucial deciding games in the title:

City win title after early scare at Brighton

Manchester City retained their Premier League crown in style as Pep Guardiola’s side hammered Brighton 4-1 at the AMEX Stadium.

The visitors made a poor start to the game and fell behind on 27 minutes, as Glenn Murray got to a near-post corner kick before City goalkeeper Ederson to head home. The news of the goal went down really well at Anfield.

However, the goal seemed to kick City into action and the champions were back level almost instantly. David Silva produced a sublime flick to Sergio Aguero, who beat Mat Ryan with a low effort.

Ten minutes later, things were looking a lot rosier for the visitors as they took the lead for the first time in the game. Riyad Mahrez fired in a corner kick and centre-back Aymeric Laporte rose the highest to head past the helpless Ryan in the home goal.

City controlled the majority of possession for the remainder of the game. Just after the hour mark, the Citizens scored their crucial third goal. Mahrez showed good feet to beat Lewis Dunk before firing a powerful effort past Ryan.

The visitors completed the scoring nine minutes later, as Ilkay Gundogan struck with a sublime free-kick from 25 yards. The win was a relatively comfortable one in the end and City lifted the trophy once again.

Liverpool win over Wolves in vain

Liverpool knew the odds were against them to finish the season as champions. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side still produced a good display to see-off Wolves 2-0 at Anfield.

Everything looked promising for the Merseysider’s on 17 minutes, as Sadio mane swept home an effort from inside the Wolves box from a deflected Trent Alexander-Arnold cross. At that point, City were level at Brighton.

However, by the time Mane scored his second goal on 81 minutes from another Alexander-Arnold cross, City had sewn up their victory and the title at the AMEX Stadium. However, the Senegalese striker was significant to him, as the goal meant he finished as joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and teammate Mohamed Salah.

In truth, Liverpool had enjoyed a fantastic top-flight campaign and their 97 points was a higher tally than any other runner-up in the history of the English top-flight.

The season is not over yet

The Premier League campaign maybe be over for both teams, but their seasons are far from finished just yet. Manchester City heads to Wembley this weekend to face Watford in the FA Cup final. A victory would mean an unprecedented domestic treble for the Citizens.

Meanwhile, Liverpool faces Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on 1st June. The Merseysider’s are favourites to beat the north London side and become European champions for the sixth time in their history.

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