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Manchester City Wins The Premier League After Dramatic Final Day In England

For 10 minutes on Sunday it appeared as if Liverpool might pull off the impossible, but City came roaring back.

The 2018-19 Premier League title came down to the final match day. Manchester City, on 95 points, needed to take care of business away to Brighton and Hove Albion, who had ensured their own Premier League survival the previous weekend. At Anfield, Liverpool, on 94 points, needed to overcome seventh-place Wolverhampton Wanderers while simultaneously praying for a Brighton miracle at the Amex.

Here’s how the final day of action in the Premier League played out. 

SIMULTANEOUS KICK-OFFS AT ANFIELD AND THE AMEX 

10’: GOALLESS, BUT IT’S FUN. 

Liverpool and Wolves look evenly poised at Anfield, but the great news — for Liverpool supporters and neutrals around the world — is that the atmosphere on the south coast of England in electric and Brighton players are responding. 

It doesn’t look like City will have the title wrapped up by halftime.  

17’: LIVERPOOL CLIMBS TO THE TOP!

As the live table stands, Liverpool moves to 98 points compared to City’s 97. The hero of the moment for the Reds is Sadio Mané, who’s scored his 21st of the season. 

Mané started the play with a switch to Trent Alexander-Arnold. Alexander-Arnold played a quick one-two with Jordan Henderson to work some space out wide while Mané sprinted forward into the area. Alexander-Arnold’s cross into the box is deflected, but it ultimately finds Mané unmarked six yards out to sweep home.

27’: BRIGHTON GOES AHEAD 1-0! LIVERPOOL’S GRIP ON THE TITLE TIGHTENS! 

Oh my days! This was the threat from Brighton! It’s a corner, and Pascal Groß swings one right at the goalmouth where the 35-year-old Glenn Murray is on hand to nod home his team-leading 13th of the season. 

News filters through to Anfield, where the goal is celebrated like another one for the Reds. It’s unbelievable. 

28’: CITY LEVELS, 1-1! BUT THEY NEED ANOTHER!  

Before commentators can even wax lyrical about how much that Murray goal means to the title race, Sergio Agüero brings City level! Aymeric Laporte plays one to the feet of David Silva, and the Spanish genius plays Agüero through with the cleverest of flicks. The Argentine turns and beats the outrushing Mathew Ryan at his near post.   

Anfield had all of one minute and 23 seconds to celebrate Murray’s opener before this counterpunch landed. But the title, as of now, still belongs to Liverpool. 

38’: CITY’S BACK IN CONTROL, 2-1! 

An insane 10 minutes at the Amex swings the title back to City, and Brighton gets a taste of its own medicine. It’s a corner, and Riyad Mahrez’s delivery is met with a towering header from Laporte. It’s quick heartache for Liverpool.  

44’: WOLVES’ MATT DOHERTY SMASHES THE CROSSBAR!

A stark reminder that Liverpool has to take care of business at Anfield to have any hope of winning the title. Wolves break, and the attack ultimately ends with Doherty clipping the top of the crossbar with a thunderous drive.  

46+1: EDERSON TIPS ONE OVER THE BAR! 

Brighton earns a free kick that Lewis Dunk sends knuckling on frame. It’s straight at Ederson, but it’s moving wildly and the Brazilian is forced to parry it over. 

HT: THE TITLE IS GOING TO CITY.

LIVE TABLE

Man City: 98 points

Liverpool: 97 points

As it stands, City’s title defense is on. Liverpool’s first title since 1990 is off. What drama will the second half bring?

54’: COMEDY RELIEF

Manchester United is losing 2-0 at home to Cardiff City. Cardiff fans are telling Ole Gunnar Solskjær that he’s just a shit Neil Warnock. 

60’: ONE-GOAL LEADS FOR BOTH.

Over at Anfield, second half yellow cards have been handed to Ryan Bennett and Diogo Jota as Liverpool threatens a second goal. At the Amex, there’s a moment of controversy when Laporte defends a Brighton attack by clearing it backwards at Ederson, who catches. It could certainly be construed as a clear back pass, but referee Michael Oliver doesn’t think so. 

63’: GOAL. CITY. MAHREZ. THAT SHOULD BE THAT.

City finds its two-goal cushion, and that should decide it. Mahrez, handed only his 14th EPL start of the season, puts Dunk on his ass with a cut before rifling a finish beyond Mathew Ryan. The end.

72’: IT’S A CITY CELEBRATION, 4-1.

İlkay Gündoğan curls home a free kick for City’s fourth. The most interesting race of the day is now the Golden Boot with Salah leading on 22 but closely followed by Mané, Agüero and Aubameyang. 

81’: GOLDEN BOOT RACE IS ON . . . MANE WITH A SECOND!

Liverpool goes up 2-0 at Anfield. It’s inconsequential in the title race, but Mané scores it, pulling him level with teammate Mohamed Salah at the top of the Golden Boot race with 22 goals! Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also on 22 after his brace against Burnley.

THE END

City wins its fourth title in eight seasons and becomes the first club to successfully defend the crown in 10 years (since Manchester United won three in a row between 2006 and 2009). Liverpool’s wait for the title will expand to 30 years. 

But the season isn’t over for either: City plays Watford in the final of the FA Cup on May 18, and Liverpool plays Tottenham in the final of the Champions League on June 1.  

Premier League Final Table (Top Six)

1. Manchester City - 98 points

2. Liverpool - 97 points

3. Chelsea - 72 points

4. Tottenham - 71 points

5. Arsenal - 70 points

6. Manchester United - 66 points

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