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Premier League Highlights: Manchester City Retain Premier League Title, Liverpool Finish Second

News18.com | May 12, 2019, 10:25 PM IST
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Manchester City beat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 to retain the Premier League title while Liverpool finished second after defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Anfield. City have become the first team in 10 years to win consecutive league titles, the last to do so were their neighbours Manchester United.

Liverpool with 97 points put their best Premier League performance in terms of points but even could not be enough to stop Pep Guardiola's City. City won the Premier League last year with a record breaking 100-point haul and this season they lift the trophy again with just two points less.
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May 12, 2019 9:34 pm (IST)

Manchester City celebrations will go into the night. The first team since Manchester United in the 2008-09 season to retain the title.

May 12, 2019 9:33 pm (IST)

Tottenham Hotspur finished fourth while Chelsea ended as the third best. Here are all the results from the final day:

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton

Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff City

Watford 1-4 West Ham United

Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Leicester City 0-0 Chelsea

Fulham 0-4 Newcastle United

Crystal Palace 5-3 AFC Bournemouth

Burnley 1-3 Arsenal

May 12, 2019 9:22 pm (IST)

Manchester City have become the first team in 10 years to retain the Premier League title with a 4-1 win at Brighton. Liverpool finish second with a 2-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

May 12, 2019 9:15 pm (IST)

Meanwhile scores from the other major matches

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton

Christian Eriksen with the second for Spurs, Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosum with the two for Everton.

Burnley 1-2 Arsenal

Aubameyang with his second for Arsenal while Ashley Barnes scores the sole goal for Burnley.

Leicester City 0-0 Chelsea

Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff City

May 12, 2019 9:10 pm (IST)

Sadio Mane doubles the lead for Liverpool and is now equal with his teammate Mohamed Salah in the Golden Boot race.

This might not do much to boost Liverpool's hopes of a Premier League title after 29 years but keeping in mind the upcoming Champions League, this holds them in good stead.

Liverpool 2-0 Wolverhampton

May 12, 2019 9:04 pm (IST)

Ilkay Gundogan scores an astounding free kick to put Manchester City in firm control. They are surely winning the title from here. City supporters might as well start celebrating.

Brighton 1-4 Manchester City

May 12, 2019 8:52 pm (IST)

Riyad Mahrez scores a peach of a goal to put Manchester City in absolute control of the title race. Mahrez was the key for Leicester when they won the league title and he has perhaps scored one of the most important goals of his career now.

Brighton 1-3 Manchester City

May 12, 2019 8:44 pm (IST)

GOAL! Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff City

A big blow to Manchester United. Cardiff City have scored their second of the day through Mendez-Laing. Within 10 minutes of the second half, Cardiff are two goals up against United and things look very gloomy for Solskjaer's men.

GOAL! Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored his 21st goal of the Premier League season to give Arsenal a one-goal lead against Burnley.

May 12, 2019 8:34 pm (IST)

The second half begins.

The situation is the same - Liverpool need to beat Wolverhampton and hope that Brighton either draw with Manchester City or beat them.

However, for Manchester City, they look strong and on course for their second consecutive title.

May 12, 2019 8:23 pm (IST)

OTHER HALF TIME RESULTS:

Manchester United 0-1 Cardiff City

Burnley 0-0 Arsenal

Leicester City 0-0 Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Everton

Crystal Palace 3-1 AFC Bournemouth

Fulham 0-2 Newcastle United

Southampton 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Watford 0-2 West Ham United

May 12, 2019 8:19 pm (IST)

So Liverpool have scored one against Wolves and are leading 1-0 at Anfield. Manchester City lead Brighton 2-1 and as it stands Guardiola's City will be defending their Premier League title.

This is an intense title race. Liverpool had it all going for them in the first 27 minutes before City took matters in their own hands.

May 12, 2019 8:10 pm (IST)

38' - Aymeric Laporte scores for Manchester City off a brilliant corner. Bad defence from Brighton. Laporte was completely unmarked and was allowed to run it to easily meet the ball - a free header. And this might be the title-winning goal.

Brighton 1-2 Manchester City

May 12, 2019 8:00 pm (IST)

28' - Sergio Aguero nets it. He is the Manchester City hero. He got them the title last time it was tight. Will he get them to the trophy this time again? That's a brilliant response from Guardiola's men.

Brighton 1-1 Manchester City

May 12, 2019 7:58 pm (IST)

27' - Glenn Murray scores a header off a brilliant corner and Manchester City now find themselves behind. While Liverpool have got a goal, they have conceded one. This has completely turned the table.

Brighton 1-0 Manchester City

May 12, 2019 7:57 pm (IST)

SAVE! Wolves keeper with a big save against Jordan Henderson. That was a solid strike from the midfielder but it just did not find a way in. That was a big chance for Liverpool to get a 2-goal lead.

May 12, 2019 7:55 pm (IST)

GOAL! Manchester United 0-1 Cardiff City

23' - Nathaniel Mendez Laing nets the penalty for Cardiff to give them the lead at Old Trafford. Dreadful start for United. Cardiff will cherish this one.

May 12, 2019 7:50 pm (IST)

17' - Sadio Mane finds the back of the net to give Liverpool the lead at Anfield. A simple tap-in finish from Mane to Alexander-Arnold's pass from the right. Alexander-Arnold gets his 12th assist of the league season.

With the current scoreline, Liverpool will win the Premier League title.

Liverpool 1-0 Wolverhampton

May 12, 2019 7:44 pm (IST)

CRAZY START FROM NEWCASTLE UNITED

11 minutes into the match and Newcastle United have scored two past Fulham. Ayoza Perez and Jonjo Shelvey scored within two minutes of each other to put Newcastle 2-0 up.

May 12, 2019 7:41 pm (IST)

Intense starts from both Liverpool and Manchester City. City are playing their own style of football - quick and stringing passes at ease. At the moment, Brighton have done a good job holding them on.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have made a few forays up front but are yet to take a clear look at the goal.

May 12, 2019 7:35 pm (IST)

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Everton

Eric Dier gets the early goal for Tottenham. 3rd minute and Tottenham are on the board. With the current scoreline between Tottenham and Chelsea, the Spurs will go up on 3rd.

 
May 12, 2019 7:31 pm (IST)

The whistle is blown and all the matches of the final day begin.

Manchester City and Liverpool will have pressure, ecstasy and sheer will for the Premier League title today.

May 12, 2019 7:24 pm (IST)

MOST ASSISTS

Chelsea's Eden Hazard leads the list with 15 assists so far while Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser is a close second with 14. Tottenham's Christian Eriksen occupies the third place with 12 assists while Liverpool's wingbacks Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are joint-fourth with 11 assists.

May 12, 2019 7:03 pm (IST)

RACE FOR THE GOLDEN BOOT:

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah leads the race for the golden boot with 22 goals this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane are all joint-second with 20 goals each while Jamie Vardy is third with 18 to his name. Unless Salah scores none and the three at the second spot rain down goals, it is likely that Salah will take the honours.

May 12, 2019 7:00 pm (IST)

The Manchester City travelling fans are in high spirit as they expect and hope to see their team defend their Premier League title. If City manage to do so, they would be the first team to defend their league title since Manchester United in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

May 12, 2019 6:51 pm (IST)

Anfield is ready for the last day magic this season. Can Liverpool force another miracle?

May 12, 2019 6:50 pm (IST)

Here are the line-ups of the others in the Big 6:

Manchester United starting XI (4-3-3): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Ashley Young; Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood.

Arsenal starting XI (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Nacho Monreal, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Shkodran Mustafi, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Mohamed Elneny, Matteo Guendouzi; Alex Iwobi, Joseph Willock, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Tottenham Hotspur starting XI (4-3-1-2): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker-Peters, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies; Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen; Eric Lamela, Lucas Moura, Fernando Llorente.

Chelsea starting XI (4-3-3): Willy Caballero; Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Davide Zappacosta; Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Ross Barkley; Willian, Gonzalo Higuain, Pedro.

May 12, 2019 6:39 pm (IST)

Liverpool playing XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Divock Origi, Sadio Mane.

Wolverhampton playing XI (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett; Jonny Castro, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Dendoncker, Matt Doherty; Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez.

May 12, 2019 6:35 pm (IST)

Manchester City playing XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Olexandr Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte, Vincent Kompany, Kyle Walker; David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva; Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez.

Brighton and Hove Albion playing XI (4-5-1): Mathew Ryan; Bruno Saltor, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert, Beram Kayal, Gross, Yves Bissouma, Alireza Jahanbakhsh; Glenn Murray.

May 12, 2019 6:29 pm (IST)
May 12, 2019 6:22 pm (IST)

Ahead of the final day in the Premier League title race, Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk has won the Premier League Player of the Season 2018-19 award. Van Dijk also won the PFA Player of the Year award last month.

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Premier League Highlights: Manchester City Retain Premier League Title, Liverpool Finish Second
The Premier League title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool set for a dramatic finale. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

After defeating Brighton on Sunday, City registered their 14th straight Premier League win while Liverpool's win over Wolves gave them their ninth straight win. If there was ever a case to share the trophy it was this season, such has been the excellence of both clubs. In reality, finishing second will be a bitter pill to swallow for Liverpool.

Liverpool lost just once in the entire season - an astonishing achievement in itself. But the seven draws to City's two is what hurt them in the end.

It was only the eighth time in the Premier League era that the title was decided on the final day.
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