Manchester City top Brighton to clinch 4th Premier League title
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lifts the trophy among his team after the English Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City, Brighton, United Kingdom, May 12, 2019. EPA-EFE/JAMES BOARDMAN
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is lifted by his players after the English Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City, Brighton, United Kingdom, May 12, 2019. EPA-EFE/JAMES BOARDMAN
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates with his daughter Makka and his wife Magi (R) after the English Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom, May 12, 2019. EPA-EFE/PETER POWELL
Liverpool's head coach Juergen Klopp applauds fans after the English Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom, May 12, 2019. EPA-EFE/PETER POWELL
Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the 2-0 goal during the English Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom, May 12, 2019. EPA-EFE/PETER POWELL
Brighton, England, May 12 (efe-epa).- Manchester City defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 here Sunday to win their 4th Premier League title and the second in a row, prevailing by 1 point over Liverpool.
Heading into the finale of the Premier League season, City were leading Liverpool by a point, meaning that the Manchester side needed only to beat 17th-place Brighton to clinch the title regardless of outcome of the Reds game against Wolverhampton.
Brighton, already assured of staying up for another season, managed to keep the potent City attack from threatening their goal during the opening minutes.
And City's title hopes appeared to wobble when Glenn Murray scored off a corner in the 27th minute to put the home side up 1-0, giving coach Pep Guardiola and his men something to think about.
Knowing that Liverpool were leading Wolves at Anfield, City responded immediately, equalizing a minute later on a goal by Sergio "Kun" Agüero.
But a draw combined with a Liverpool victory would send the Premier League trophy to Anfield, so the holders pressed relentlessly for more goals.
The vital second goal came in the 38th minute as Aymeric Laporte got his head to a Riyad Mahrez corner, giving City the 2-1 lead.
Mahrez provided an insurance goal with a shot from the edge of the area in the 63rd minute and Ilkay Gundogan converted a direct free kick in the 72nd to make it 4-1 for City.
Guardiola's team wrapped up the Premier League title with 98 points, compared with 97 for Liverpool, 2-0 winners Sunday over Wolves.
City, who have won the league in four of the last eight seasons, become the first club to successfully defend the title since cross-town rivals Manchester United repeated in 2009, and only the third team to do so since the adoption of the Premier League format in 1992.
Chelsea won the Premier League in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.
Manchester City, with the Carabao Cup already in their trophy case, will be going for the domestic treble when they face Watford at Wembley Stadium next Saturday in the FA Cup final.
Liverpool, meanwhile, can look forward to battling Tottenham Hotspur for the Champions League trophy on June 1 in Madrid.
Rounding out the Premier League top four were Chelsea and Spurs, respectively, who are guaranteed of Champions League play next season.
Arsenal finished fifth, but can secure a Champions berth if they beat fellow Chelsea in the Europa League final, set for May 29 in Baku. EFE