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Manchester City beat West Ham to win Premier League title

Manchester City beat West Ham to win Premier League title Photo: TT

The English Premier League with 38 weekends of gruelling football is officially over. Manchester City have been crowned the champions; and this time around they accomplished the feat in a relatively dull manner! City lifted the cup after defeating West Ham United at the Etihad on the final weekend of the season with a comprehensive 2-0 victory.

Samir Nasri opened the scoring for the Champions in the 39th minute and Vincent Kompany finished the job for his team in the fourth minute of the second half, ensuring that the Citizens win their second title in three seasons.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini could not have hoped for a better first season in charge of the Manchester based club. The Chilean also led his team to the league cup earlier this year.

The only thing that the club could not achieve this year was the new record for the most number of goals scored in a single domestic campaign. With 102 goals scored by City, they were left only one goal short of equalling Chelsea’s record.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are left rueing the loss of a lifetime opportunity. The Reds have not lifted the silver trophy since 1990 and were closer it than most at the top of the league for a very long period of time.

However, lost points against Chelsea and Crystal Palace ensured that the Liverpudlians fell behind. Brendan Rodgers’ team ended their campaign in the second place, two points behind City.

However, the Reds had a brilliant season for the most part and the club would be looking to build on it in the next season. Under Rodgers guidance, the club rose to dizzying heights from a seventh place finish last season.

In their last match of the campaign, Liverpool came back from behind to beat Newcastle United 2-1 at home with two goals in two minutes from Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge.

Chelsea finished third in the league four points behind champions City. They too scripted a comeback in their final match of the season against relegated Cardiff City. Cardiff went ahead in the 15th minute with the help of striker Craig Bellamy, but Chelsea were not to be outdone and struck in the second half twice in two minutes, not unlike rivals Liverpool, with goals from Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres.

The final Champions League place was lapped up by Arsenal. The Gunners won their match against Norwich City 2-0 with goals from Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson in the second half.

With the season finally at an end, this is how the top of the table looks like – Manchester City; Liverpool; Chelsea; Arsenal; Everton; Tottenham Hotspur; Manchester United; Southampton; Stoke City and Newcastle United.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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