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Manchester City win second title in three seasons

ESPN staff
May 11, 2014
Captain Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy as Manchester City are crowned champions © Getty Images
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It may have lacked the drama of the final day in 2012, but the end result was the same - Manchester City won their last match of the season to become Premier League champions at the Etihad Stadium.

The nerves and drama that permeated through the afternoon two years ago - when a last-minute Sergio Aguero goal gave City their first Premier League title - was almost completely absent this time around against West Ham. From the moment news filtered through from Anfield that Martin Skrtel's own goal had Liverpool trailing Newcastle, an air of anticipation rather than anxiety filled the ground.

Samir Nasri put City ahead with a long-range strike after 30 minutes that rattled in off the post and allowed the home fans to celebrate in earnest. When Vincent Kompany prodded home a rebound at a corner early in the second half, all bets were off - City were champions again.

Samir Nasri fires in a shot to put Manchester City 1-0 ahead in the first half © Getty Images
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One cloud was the departure of Yaya Toure with what appeared to be a hamstring strain in the closing stages, which could be a concern for the midfielder ahead of his participation in the World Cup with Ivory Coast this summer

However, the City fans could revel in the final minutes of the season, singing "Stand up for the champions" as their side played out time safe in the knowledge the job had been completed.

West Ham did play more positively than the previous visitors to Eastlands, Aston Villa in midweek, but the occasions they threatened were still few and far between.

The hosts appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty early on after Mark Noble deflected a Pablo Zabaleta cross onto his hand. Their first real chance came after David Silva and Aguero combined well on the edge of the box. Yaya Toure's initial effort was blocked before Silva volleyed over from a Zabaleta cross.

Zabaleta then wanted a penalty after going down under a challenge from Mohamed Diame before Aguero showed some nimble footwork to spark an attack from inside his own half. The ball was worked across the field and Aguero tried to finish from distance but slipped as he shot and Adrian saved comfortably.

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Nasri then had a good cross turned behind and Toure curled a shot narrowly wide as news filtered through that Liverpool had fallen behind in their game against Newcastle. City maintained the pressure, with Aleksandar Kolarov forcing Adrian to tip over a powerful drive from distance.

Nasri finally broke through six minutes before the interval as he took aim from 20 yards and struck a powerful low shot which went in off the post after a possible touch from Adrian.

City fans then increased the volume significantly and Aguero glanced a header wide before Silva saw an effort deflected on to the bar off Carroll.

City truly got the party started four minutes into the second half when Kompany stabbed home from six yards after Edin Dzeko won the ball from a corner. The City captain celebrated with unconfined joy.

West Ham did make a rare charge to the City end but Matt Taylor's mistimed shot bounced wide.

Aguero had two opportunities to extend City's lead but headed wide at the near post and then failed to connect in front of an open goal from a Zabaleta cross.

Aguero appeared to pick up another knock in the closing moments and he showed his frustration by bundling over Noble off the ball. That sparked an unnecessary scuffle between several players of both sides and Aguero was eventually booked, but it could not dampen City's celebrations.

They knew the job was completed and the hosts duly played out the closing minutes with little alarm to prompt a pitch invasion and jubilant scenes.

Vincent Kompany scores from close range to clinch the Premier League title © Getty Images
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