The Premier League title went down to the final day of the season, and there was only going to be one outcome.
Manchester City have been crowned Premier League champions for the second time in their history after the Citizens beat West Ham United 2-0 on Sunday with another win on the final day of a campaign to seal the title.
In his first season in charge at the Etihad Stadium Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini has delivered the title as his City side outlasted Liverpool to clinch the silverware by two points on the final day of the campaign.
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City finished the season on 86 points as they won five of their last six matches to see off their rivals and be crowned champions. Their attacking prowess often blew teams away as they scored 102 goals on their way to winning it all and also had the second best defensive record in the PL.
Sergio Aguero, despite missing over two months of the campaign through injury, finished as their top scorer with 28 goals in all competitions, while Edin Dzeko has scored 26 times, Yaya Toure has added a staggering 24 goals from central midfield and Alvaro Negredo has bagged 23 goals.
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Going into the final game of the season City knew a point at home against West Ham would be enough, due to their vastly superior goal difference over Liverpool, to win the title and they eased to victory after goals from Samir Nasri’s and Vincent Kompany either side of half time.
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The Etihad erupted at the final whistle as the home fans ran on the pitch to celebrate the clubs fourth English title in their long history. City’s famous “Blue Moon: anthem will be belted out for many days to come in Manchester as the Citizens have struck gold.
Manchester City are your 2013-14 Premier League champions.
The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.
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Three moments that mattered
16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.
33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.
43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.
Man of the match: Luke Mulholland
Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)
Arsenal put on a superb performance against Manchester United today, flying out to a three-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes of the match.
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United was stunned by the fast-paced, free-flowing Arsenal attack, unable to recover from the Gunners’ early dominance.
All of this came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League, after which many questioned manager Arsene Wenger and his side.
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Following the big 3-0 win at the Emirates, Wenger praised his team’s spirit, saying there were outstanding performances throughout the side.
You go from Petr Cech up to Theo Walcott, and we had only outstanding performances. Sometimes we have that magic side in our game.
[Against Olympiacos] maybe we lacked a little bit of urgency and discipline, and that’s why we lost the game. But let’s not forget, last Saturday we won 5-2 at Leicester. Today we beat Man United 3-0.
[The players] have shown that we have an outstanding spirit in the squad. To respond the way we did after what happened to us, you need to have an exceptional spirit.
The Gunners’ performance today immediately silenced all the critics, as Wenger’s side put out on a display that many have been waiting for all season. The combination play of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott was brilliant, as Santi Cazorla continued to impress in the center of the midfield.
Wenger’s teams have not always been known to show strong heart and resiliency, but that’s exactly what they showed today against a Manchester United side that was in great form. Now sitting second on the table, Arsenal continues to climb up the Premier League.