MANCHESTER. Manchester City won the Premier League title in the last 15 minutes of the last day of the season in the most dramatic fashion.
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Lost 2-0 with just 14 minutes to go, substitute Ilkay Gundogan pulled one back, Rodri equalized and then Gundogan took the win in a crazy five-minute win.
It’s not quite Aguero’s 2012 level, but very, very close to it.
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The win was City’s fourth in five seasons as Pep Guardiola and his players cheered for the whistle in regular time.
Manchester City – Aston Villa, final score, statistics
Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa
Goals scored: Cash 37′, Coutinho 69′, Gundogan 74′, Rodri 78′, Gundogan 81′.
Shots: Manchester City 25, Aston Villa 4
Shots on target: Manchester City 5, Aston Villa 2
Ownership: Man City 71, Aston Villa 29.
Three things we learned from Manchester City vs Aston Villa
1. 10 years later, the heroic heroes of 2012 went their separate ways: The drama was unreal. We were losing 2-0 with 14 minutes to go and Liverpool were leading 1-1. This meant that City would still win the title if Liverpool drew, but Liverpool scored a few goals later to win easily. City knew they needed to win and they scored three goals in five minutes to win the title in the most dramatic way. Well, it was one of the most dramatic title wins in over a decade. Marvelous.
2. Master class of Guardiola in gundogan: Nobody thought Gundogan would become a hero. Absolutely no one. Guardiola did. He must have seen something that meant the German playmaker would make a difference as he popped up twice in a lot of places to finish. He’s so good at those smart late runs into the box and City had an unexpected hero.
3. Willa and Gerrard play their part: From Coutinho’s beautiful goal to Dinh’s heroic last block, it was Villa’s disciplined game. They frustrated City until the very end and could have scored a few more if they had been more reasonable at half-time, especially Watkins. Gerrard went above and beyond to try and help Liverpool win the title.
Man of the Match: Ilkay Gundogan – No one expected him to be the winner of the match when he came off the bench in the second half. Two quiet finishes and completely determined the pace of the game. What a hero.
The city can’t break through
At the start of the game, Gabriel Jesus almost got ahead of Robin Olsen when a cross followed, and moments later they put pressure on the Villa goalkeeper when Jesus blocked his clearance.
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On the other hand, Villa had a good chance as John McGinn crossed from the right, but Philippe Coutinho missed and Fernandinho cleared the ball. Mahrez then danced into the box, but his ball into the back post was cleared out as City began to mount the pressure.
Foden missed wide and Jesús missed the near post as Olsen made a good save as news leaked that Liverpool had equalized against Wolves and City fans tensed up a bit.
The villa stuns the city
Villa then took the lead, stunning Etihad when Lucas Digne found Cash on the back post with a cross from Lucas Digne and he nodded his head to make it 1-0. Before the break, Coutinho and Watkins had good chances as City were all over the place.
At the beginning of the second half, it looked like Gabriel Jesus hit the back post but slipped and shot wide.
Watkins had a big chance at half-time, but he missed his shot wide of the target, and even though the offside flag went up after him, he was clearly in the game and the goal would have stood if he had scored.
2:0 in favor of Villa
Shortly thereafter, Villa went 2-0 up when Coutinho landed a beautiful shot from the near post that stunned the Etihad.
Then came the impossible return.
You had to see it to believe it.
Substitute Gundogan made it 2-1 and moments later Rodri made it 2-2 when Etihad went berserk.
After a brilliant performance by Kevin de Bruyne who stormed into the box and made a great pass to the back post, Gündogan then scored the winning goal to make it 3-2 and City held on to win.
After the final whistle you will see wild scenes as City once again won the title in dramatic fashion.