Manchester City retained the Premier League title in the most dramatic of fashion as they hauled themselves back from 2-0 down to beat Aston…
Manchester City retained the Premier League title in the most dramatic of fashion as they hauled themselves back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 with three goals in the final 15 minutes.
Ilkay Gundogan came off the bench to score twice with Rodri also on target as Pep Guardiola’s men held off Liverpool’s title charge to win the league by a point.
In scenes reminiscent of the first of City’s now six league titles in 11 seasons when Sergio Aguero scored a 93rd-minute winner to deny Manchester United the title on goal difference, the champions produced a remarkable comeback at the Etihad.
Goals from Matty Cash and former Liverpool favourite Philippe Coutinho looked set to gift the Reds the title.
Jurgen Klopp’s men did their job by also coming from a goal down to beat Wolves 3-1 at Anfield, but City’s rescue act ensured Liverpool’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple is over.
Gundogan started the comeback as he headed in Raheem Sterling’s cross at the back post.
Rodri then side-footed home from outside the box and Gundogan completed the fightback by tapping home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross at the back post.
Guardiola said before the game he wanted no repeat of Aguero’s legendary late strike a decade ago.
But the Calatan was the most relieved man in Manchester as he sealed the 10th league title of his coaching career in just 13 seasons.
Fans swarmed onto the pitch to celebrate at full-time and the crossbar at the goal where City scored all of their goals was snapped under the weight of supporters sitting on it.
Burnley were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday, the final day of the 2021/22 season.
The Clarets had to better the result of relegation rivals Leeds to extend their six-season stay in English football’s top flight.
But Burnley lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle while Leeds won 2-1 away to Brentford.
Final day results of the 2021/22 season:
Arsenal 5 (Martinelli 27-pen, Nketiah 31, Cedric 56, Gabriel 59, Odegaard 82) Everton 1 (Van de Beek 45+3)
Brentford 1 (Canos 78) Leeds 2 (Raphinha 56-pen, Harrison 90+4)
Brighton 3 (Veltman 50, Gross 80, Welbeck 90+2) West Ham 1 (Antonio 40)
Burnley 1 (Cornet 69) Newcastle 2 (Wilson 20-pen, 60)
Chelsea 2 (Havertz 11, Barkley 90+1) Watford 1 (Gosling 87)
Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 37) Manchester United 0
Leicester 4 (Maddison 49, Vardy 74, Perez 81, 90+4) Southampton 1 (Ward-Prowse 79-pen)
Liverpool 3 (Mane 24, Salah 84, Robertson 89) Wolves 1 (Neto 3)
Manchester City 3 (Gundogan 76, 81, Rodri 78) Aston Villa 2 (Cash 37, Coutinho 69)
Norwich 0 Tottenham 5 (Kulusevski 16, 64, Kane 32, Son 70, 75)