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Ilkay Gundogan struck twice on a dramatic final day to help Man City retain the Premier League title
There were shades of 2012 at the Etihad on Sunday as Manchester City came from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and retain the Premier League title on a rollercoaster final day of the season at both ends of the table.
The Citizens, who held a one-point advantage over title rivals Liverpool, entered the final day 1-8 shots to retain their crown and were given an early boost when Pedro Neto gave Wolves a lead fast against the Reds at Anfield.
But it would prove to be a far from straightforward afternoon for City, who themselves lost 1-0 to a Matty Cash header after Liverpool managed to equalize against Wolves.
That put Liverpool one goal away from the title and things escalated after the break when former Reds star Philippe Coutinho doubled Villa’s advantage at the Etihad.
City went 13-10 from play to claim the title and 14-1 to beat Villa after Coutinho’s strike.
But Liverpool struggled to capitalize on events in Manchester and City, just as they did against QPR to win the title a decade ago, produced an incredible turnaround with three goals in five minutes.
Substitute Ilkay Gundogan pulled one back before Rodri resorted to parity two minutes later. And Gundogan became part of City folklore in the 81st minute, tapping into Kevin De Bruyne’s cross to spark pandemonium among City fans.
Liverpool found a way past the resistance of Wolves to win 3-1 at Anfield, but it was in vain as City won a fourth title in five seasons.
The table below shows the fluctuation of title odds on Betfair on a dramatic final afternoon in the Premier League.
|16.00||To start up||1.2||6.5|
|16.03||Wolves led 1-0||1.1||↓||8.3||↑|
|16.24||Liverpool make it 1-1||1.2||↑||6.7||↓|
|16.37||Aston Villa go up 1-0||1.5||↑||2.9||↓|
|4:55 p.m.||half time||1.6||↑||2.7||↓|
|17.29||Aston Villa go up 2-0||2.4||↑||1.7||↓|
|5:36 p.m.||Man City recover a goal||1.9||↓||2.1||↑|
|5:38 p.m.||Manchester City equalize||1.5||↓||3.1||↑|
|5:41 p.m.||Man City lead 3-2||1.1||↓||13.3||↑|
|5:55 p.m.||Full time||1||–|
At the other end of the table, Burnley were denied a seventh consecutive season in the top flight after a 2-1 loss to Newcastle at Turf Moor saw them relegated to the Championship along with Watford and Norwich.
The Clarets had been 5-2 for the fall at the start of the season and were 17th heading into Sunday’s action.
They trailed the Magpies 2-0 on the hour mark and things had gone from bad to worse for the Lancashire side when Leeds, who started the day in the bottom three, opened the scoring against Brentford from the penalty spot.
Leeds, who were 10-1 at the start of the season, sweated as Brentford equalized and Burnley scored to make it 2-1 against Newcastle, but Jesse Marsch’s men secured their Premier League place for another. season thanks to a 94th-minute goal from Jack Harrison.
Tottenham entered the final day of the season knowing that a point against already relegated Norwich would be enough to secure Champions League football and beat rivals Arsenal into the top four.
They took just 16 minutes to break the deadlock at Carrow Road through Dejan Kulusevski and lost 5-0.
Heung-min Son managed to score a brace in the game to finish the season as joint top scorer in the Premier League with Mo Salah, who netted against Wolves as the South Korean went 40-1 early of the season to top the charts. Both players finished on 23 goals.
Arsenal, meanwhile, finished fifth despite beating Everton 5-1 at the Emirates. Spurs had been 11-2 to make the top four at the start of the campaign.
And Manchester United propelled West Ham to sixth and last place in the Europa League despite losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace in their last game under Ralf Rangnick.
The Hammers failed to capitalize as they lost 3-1 to Brighton, who finished the season in ninth place.
Manchester City can be backed at 8-11 to win the Premier League title for the third season on the spin in 2022-23 with Liverpool the next best in the market at 6-4.
Chelsea, who finished third this season, are 14-1 to go all the way next season and Manchester United are 16-1.
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FIRST POSTED AT 6:43 PM, MAY 22, 2022