Manchester City are the champions as Liverpool finish second
by Nick D
May 11, 2014 11:56 AM EDT
Manchester City are the Premier League winners for the 2013/14 season with a strong performance against West Ham United that saw them defeat the London side 2-0. This is Manchester City's second Premier League Title in three years as both of their Title wins have now gone down to the last game of the season.
Manchester City are the Premier League Title winners for season 2013/14
The rain poured down heavily as Manchester City and the West Ham players made their way out onto the pitch. A wet and cold afternoon for Manchester as they looked to clinch their second Premier League Title in three years. Sam Allardyce sat and watched as his team came out and looked to upset the packed stadium and steal the league title away from the Sky Blues. The West Ham manager already let his feelings know that he would prefer for Liverpool to win the title, rather than Man City. City came out the slightly stronger of the two but they did seem a bit nervous and rushed when attacking. West Ham held strong and did enjoy a some possession of their own and pushed the ball into Man City's half. Though it was Aguero who had the first chance on goal after 10 minutes played. He found himself with the ball at his feet inside the box. Though his shot was well wide and high of the target.
Sergio Aguero has once again been one of the standout players for Man City this season
32 miles through the country side and the Sun was shinning bright over Anfield as Liverpool and Newcastle United kicked off their match. Liverpool dominated the possession early on and applied the pressure on Newcastle. Henderson was back in the line up after his three match ban was over, while Coutinho was on the bench and Joe Allen was in the starting eleven. The strong start by the Reds saw them press Newcastle inside their own half. Sterling was making some strong runs into the box and almost gave Liverpool the lead after 12 minutes. Then to cause some controversy Suarez would be fouled and then quickly take the free kick and find the back of the net with a cleverly taken lob shot. Though the ref would disallow the goal and make Liverpool retake the free kick. Though in the 19th minute Liverpool's slight title hopes would slip even further as Martin Skrtel sliced his clearance into the back of his own net. Gouffran broke well down the left side and made his way into the box. As he played in his cross Skrtel would try to clear it at the near post, but mis-kicked it and watched it sail into the goal. 1-0 for Newcastle and the Reds now surely out of the title race.
Martin Skrtel's own goal would bring Manchester City within touching distance of the title
The rain continued to fall at the Etihad Stadium as the City fans watched on nervously as their team struggled to find a way through the well organised West Ham defence. Though the news of Skrtel's own goal came across the stadium and the fans found their voice again. Manchester City pushed on and kept their foot on the pedal as they looked to break down the Hammers. Then in the 39th minute Sami Nasri would fire the Sky Blues into the lead. The ball was played around the top of the box as West Ham crowded the box and looked to frustrate the City attackers. Yaya Toure would play the ball to the top of the box to Nasri who looked up and then took a slight touch and then wound up and blasted a low driven shot into the bottom left corner. 1-0 and City on their way towards the Premier League title. Then minutes before the halftime whistle Silva almost made it two nil for the home side, but his shot from inside the box would cannon off the crossbar. 1-0 and Pellegrini close to winning the Premier League Title in his first season in charge.
Sami Nasri would give City the lead and now only 45 minutes left to win the title
Liverpool were pushing forward as Newcastle defended well and limited the chances for the Reds. As Liverpool pushed up with numbers they almost got caught on the break. Gouffran got behind the defence and found himself inside the box one on one with the keeper. Mignolet though did well and got his body behind the Frenchman's shot, to keep Liverpool only one goal behind. Liverpool pressed on but Newcastle were well organised in the back and kept the Reds at Bay. Sturridge had a good chance to level the scores before the halftime break, but his header from about 6 yards out would go wide of the post and the England striker knew he should have done better. Rodgers with a lot to do during halftime to motivate his team to finish the season off with win.
Brendan Rodgers not happy with his team's first half performance
The second half kicked off as the rain finally eased in Manchester. West Ham started the stronger of the two as they held possession deep in City's half. They also pressed well in the midfield and kept City from stringing any passes together. Though City weren't going to be bullied on their own ground and were always dangerous when they pushed forward. Then after Downing fouled Kolarov on the left side of the ground, City would take advantage and double their lead. The resulting cross would be cleared out of danger but out for a corner. Nasri then whipped in a delicious cross into the centre of the box. Dzeko would stick his leg out and try to control the ball, but it would fall at the feet of the City captain and Vincent Kompany would score from close range. 2-0 and with 40 minutes left to play City surely had the title now.
Vincent Kompany doubles the lead in the 49th minute as Manchester City surely had the Title
Liverpool pushed further and further into Newcastle's half in the second half, but they would keep finding themselves frustrated by the tight marking and defence of Newcastle. Liverpool kept lurking around the top of the box but still failed to have any clear chances at goal. Suarez was trying all the tricks he had up his sleeve but still couldn't find a way through. Gerrard would try to lead his team as he tried his luck from a free kick opportunity. Though his cross was dangerous, once again the Liverpool forwards were being closely marked and couldn't get that crucial final touch. Suarez next tried his luck from another free kick but an unlucky slip just before he kicked it would lead the ball straight into the hands of Krul. Finally Rodgers had seen enough and decided to bring on Coutinho to add some depth to Liverpool's attack. The change would pay off as the Brazilian made a quick impact and helped Liverpool draw level in the 63rd minute. Coutinho played the ball to the top of the box to Sterling who would be fouled as he made his way towards the box. Gerrard this time whipped in a great ball towards the far post where Agger managed to acrobatically get a touch and steer it into the net. 1-1 and Liverpool could now at least look to finish their season with a win. Then in an almost identical position Coutinho would be fouled this time. Gerrard once again stepped up and whipped in the same cross, though this time Sturrdige was there to tap it into the back of the net. 2-1 and Liverpool in the lead and now could West Ham make an impact. Newcastle then finished the game terribly as they finished the game with only 9 men as Ameobi and Dummett were both shown the red card. In the end Liverpool held on for the easy win. Though it was too late as Manchester City had the title won.
Agger and Sturridge score a goal a piece in two minutes to give Liverpool the lead
Manchester City played out the game well and kept West Ham away from their goal. City knew that now with a two goal lead the Title was theirs. They played well in the back and kept West Ham at bay. The Hammers struggled to get any momentum up front and also struggled to get their strikers into space. City though knew this was over and then with one final blow of the whistle Manchester CIty would reign supreme as they were crowned the 2013/14 Premier League Title winners.
City players celebrate as they win their 2nd title in three years!
The other matches saw Manchester United draw 1-1 with Southampton, Fulham draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace. Everton defeat Hull City 2-0, Arsenal defeat Norwich City 2-0, Swansea City defeat Sunderland 3-1. Tottenham Hotspur beat Aston Villa 3-0, West Bromwich Albion lose 2-1 to Stoke City. While Cardiff CIty go down 2-1 to Chelsea to end their Premier League run.