PREMIER LEAGUE: MAN CITY DEFEND TITLE WITH WIN AT BRIGHTON WHILE LIVERPOOL MISS OUT DESPITE BEATING WOLVES

PREMIER LEAGUE: MAN CITY DEFEND TITLE WITH WIN AT BRIGHTON WHILE LIVERPOOL MISS OUT DESPITE BEATING WOLVES

 

Manchester City retained the Premier League title after surviving a scare on the final day to see off Brighton 4-1 at the Amex and beat Liverpool to top spot.

For 88 seconds on the south coast, Liverpool were heading for the title as they led Wolves and City fell behind to Glenn Murray‘s header, but Pep Guardiola’s men found their stride to finish on 98 points — one ahead of the Reds.

Murray gave Brighton a shock lead on 26 minutes, his finish from a corner sending Liverpool fans into delirium, but City quickly responded.

Sergio Aguero struck the ball through Mat Ryan’s legs after a good pass from David Silva two minutes later, and then Aymeric Laporte headed home unmarked from a corner on 38 minutes to make it 2-1.

Riyad Mahrez, making a rare start, finished superbly just after the hour, and Ilkay Gundogan‘s majestic free kick put City in total control and turned the closing stages into a party for the visiting fans.

Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 at Anfield but, despite finishing their season with 97 points, were denied a first Premier League title since 1990 by Manchester City’s win.

Chances were few and far between in the opening exchanges but Liverpool took the lead after 17 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold crossed from the right and found Sadio Mane unmarked in the box to hammer home.

Matt Doherty got through on the right for Wolves, but his curling shot crashed off the top of the bar with Alisson beaten.

Alexander-Arnold whipped in another fine cross for Mane to head his second after the break before Premier League Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk was denied by the crossbar.

 

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