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Man City pip Liverpool to the title by ONE point after comeback win at Brighton on dramatic final day

MANCHESTER CITY are Premier League champions for a second season in a row – trumping Liverpool by a single, heartbreaking point.

Pep Guardiola and Co were given an almighty scare by Brighton on the south coast on the final day after slipping a aim behind in the opening half an hour.

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Man City have retained their title, beating Liverpool by ONE point

    Pep Guardiola looked a relieved man at the sound of the full-time whistle

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Pep Guardiola appeared a relieved man at the sound of the full-time whistle

    City fans went ballistic as the full-time whistle blew and they were crowned champs

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City followers went ballistic as the full-time whistle blew they usually have been topped champs

    Man City embarked on wild celebrations on the south coast at full-time

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Man City embarked on wild celebrations on the south coast at full-time

But they battled back in ruthless method to ensure they retained their crown – with Liverpool runners-up after victory at residence to Wolves.

Vincent Kompany – every week on from his essential stunner towards Leicester – was to be the man to raise the Premier League trophy.

Reds skipper Jordan Henderson, in the meantime, was left to lick his wounds alongside his courageous Liverpool team-mates, who fought valiantly all season lengthy – amassing an astonishing 97 points.

After 38 rounds of their brutal heavyweight contest, with both events exchanging monumental haymakers, Man City have been lastly champions.

Battered and bruised, relieved and exhausted, however finally triumphant.

Because it was in the 2011-12 season – their first Prem triumph – City have been pressured to battle from behind to get their arms on the most-coveted trophy in English football.

But there was no want for last-gasp heroics this time round.

COMEBACK KINGS

Glenn Murray had surprised Guardiola’s aspect with a 27th-minute header from a nook – with Anfield erupting in a refrain of cheers as news of the aim filtered up north.

The lead final little greater than a minute though, as Sergio Aguero rifled residence after an outstanding contact and thru the legs of Brighton stopper Mat Ryan.

Less than ten minutes later and Aymeric Laporte nodded City in entrance – as they took the lead in the title race for the first time in the day.

Sadio Mane had earlier polished off an outstanding staff move as the Reds went one-up towards Wolves.

But Riyad Mahrez clinched the title just after the hour-mark as he rifled house an exquisite third, lashing the ball residence together with his so-called weaker right foot.

Ilkay Gundogan stroked house a chic free-kick to make it 4-1 and depart Liverpool followers throughout the country completely deflated.

Their Premier League hunt, for an additional yr at least, was over – and a spotlight now turned to the Champions League final on June 1.

    Jurgen Klopp's brave Reds could hardly have done any more to win the league

Jurgen Klopp’s brave Reds might hardly have carried out any more to win the league

    Sadio Mane played his part as he gave Liverpool the lead over Wolves

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Sadio Mane performed his part as he gave Liverpool the lead over Wolves

    Aymeric Laporte put Man City in front from a corner just before half-time

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Aymeric Laporte put Man City in entrance from a nook simply before half-time

    After an early scare, City ultimately strolled to back-to-back titles

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After an early scare, City finally strolled to back-to-back titles

    Mahrez all-but sealed the title with City's third, with a long-range stunner

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Mahrez all-but sealed the title with City’s third, with a long-range stunner

In fact, Man City have a tendency to win their titles by superb margins.

In the 2011-12 season, Aguero netted a last-gasp stunner to beat QPR and ship City’s first Premier League title in dramatic style.

Keep in mind Martin Tyler’s well-known roar of “Aguerooo!”

The victory meant City beat arch-rivals Man Utd to the title only on aim difference, with Wayne Rooney’s winner at Sunderland now completely irrelevant.

However this season is perhaps the narrowest margin but – 41mm to be exact.

Two weeks ago, Aguero bundled the ball simply over the line in the crunch recreation with Burnley as Guardiola’s males finally discovered a well beyond the hosts’ cussed defence.

Not only that, John Stones managed to clear a Sadio Mane effort off the line in their 2-1 win towards their title rivals on January 3.

The ball was simply 12mm away from being a Liverpool aim – which might have been two factors dropped for City and benefit Reds.

    Sadio Mane's effort is 12mm away from crossing the line at the Etihad in January

Sadio Mane’s effort is 12mm away from crossing the line at the Etihad in January

    Stones hooked the ball off the line to see City win 2-1

Stones hooked the ball off the line to see City win 2-1

    Aguero's strike at Burnley last month was hooked off the line by Lowton

Aguero’s strike at Burnley final month was hooked off the line by Lowton

    Goal line technology showed that Aguero's strike was 29mm over the line

Aim line know-how confirmed that Aguero’s strike was 29mm over the line

With one other epic season now in the books for Man City, take a look at how they gained it with our 38-game recap.

Arsenal 0 MAN CITY 2 – Aug 12

The champions spoil Unai Emery’s first house recreation when Raheem Sterling provides City an ideal start and Bernardo Silva scores a late stunner to seal it.

MAN CITY 6 Huddersfield 1 – Aug 19

Sergio Aguero opens his account for the season with a hat-trick — while David Silva and Gabriel Jesus also get on the score-sheet as City run riot.

Wolves 1 MAN CITY 1 – Aug 25

Willy Boly’s opener shouldn’t rely as he clearly uses his hand — but Aymeric Laporte’s headed equaliser at least preserves City’s unbeaten start.

MAN CITY 2 Newcastle 1 – Sep 1

The Toon threaten to nick a point once they cancel out Raheem Sterling’s early aim — but Kyle Walker steals the present and a win with a long-range stunner.

    Kyle Walker scored a screamer as Man City edged past Newcastle

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Kyle Walker scored a screamer as Man City edged past Newcastle

MAN CITY 3 Fulham 0 – Sep 15

Early Leroy Sane objective and another from David Silva finish it within 21 minutes. Raheem Sterling will get a third but boss Pep Guardiola isn’t impressed.

Cardiff 0 MAN CITY 5 – Sep 22

City bounce back from a Euro hiccup vs Lyon with first-half objectives from Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva. New boy Riyad Mahrez adds a brace.

MAN CITY 2 Brighton zero – Sep 29

Raheem Sterling breaks the impasse after half an hour of making an attempt to get via cussed Brighton earlier than Sergio Aguero nets a second after the break.

Liverpool 0 MAN CITY zero – Oct 7

Not the basic predicted but City take coronary heart from the approach they management the recreation towards their bogey group. Should actually win it however Riyad Mahrez skies a penalty.

MAN CITY 5 Burnley 0 – Oct 20

No old-pals act for returning hero Joe Hart as Sergio Aguero scores first half. Objectives from Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane and a Fernandinho stunner adopted.

Tottenham 0 MAN CITY 1 – Oct 29

An terrible Wembley floor simply hours after an NFL recreation makes for a disappointing recreation. Riyad Mahrez scores early opener however Spurs waste late possibilities to degree.

MAN CITY 6 Southampton 1 – Nov Four

City have the recreation sewn up in 20 minutes thanks to Sergio Aguero, David Silva and an own objective. Raheem Sterling add a brace and Leroy Sane obtained the sixth.

MAN CITY Three Man Utd 1 – Nov 11

More Jose Mourinho distress as David Silva and Sergio Aguero again put City in charge of the derby. Ilkay Gundogan provides a late third to finish United comeback hopes.

    Gundogan helped City beat rivals United 3-1 at the Etihad

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Gundogan helped City beat rivals United Three-1 at the Etihad

West Ham zero MAN CITY 4 – Nov 24

Ex-City boss Manuel Pellegrini is proven no mercy as his previous club race into a three-goal half-time lead via David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, who provides a fourth.

MAN CITY 3 Bournemouth 1 – Dec 1

Bernardo Silva’s early objective is cancelled out by Callum Wilson earlier than half-time however Raheem Sterling scores towards his fave opponents and Ilkay Gundogan makes it protected.

Watford 1 MAN CITY 2 – Dec Four

Objectives from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez both aspect of the break put the guests in cost however they have to stand up to a late rally from the Hornets.

Chelsea 2 MAN CITY 0 – Dec 8

City are sunk by objectives from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz in a recreation greatest remembered for the abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling — and his mature response.

MAN CITY 3 Everton 1 – Dec 15

Two objectives from Gabriel Jesus see City respond to the set-back — before Raheem Sterling’s header settles any nerves after the Toffees threaten to rally.

MAN CITY 2 Crystal Palace Three – Dec 22

Sensational long-range Andros Townsend aim is the highlight of an excellent Eagles comeback. Objectives from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne prove not to be enough.

Leicester 2 MAN CITY 1 – Dec 26

Extra festive woe for Pep Guardiola as Bernardo Silva’s early objective is cancelled out by Marc Albrighton earlier than Ricardo Pereira scores an excellent late Foxes winner.

Southampton 1 MAN CITY 3 – Dec 30

An important win after back-to-back defeats. Pierre-Emile Hojberg replies to David Silva’s early aim however Sergio Aguero and an personal objective put the recreation beyond Saints.

    City crucially beat Liverpool 2-1 at home earlier this season

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City crucially beat Liverpool 2-1 at residence earlier this season

MAN CITY 2 Liverpool 1 – Jan Three

Large night time in the title race as Roberto Firmino ranges for the Reds after Sergio Aguero’s first-half strike. Guests look likelier winners however Leroy Sane nicks it for City.

MAN CITY 3 Wolves zero – Jan 14

City lead by means of Gabriel Jesus when Willy Boly is shipped off in the 19th minute. Jesus adds a second from the spot earlier than a late personal objective rounds things off.

Huddersfield zero MAN CITY 3 – Jan 20

Danilo’s deflected early strike is followed by second-half objectives from Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane but City are far from their greatest towards basement boys.

Newcastle 2 MAN CITY 1 – Jan 29

It appears like business as ordinary when Sergio Aguero strikes after 24 SECONDS — however Salomon Rondon levels after the break and Matt Ritchie’s penalty wins it.

MAN CITY Three Arsenal 1 – Feb Three

One other first-minute aim from Sergio Aguero and although Laurent Koscielny equalises, the Argentine goes on to full another hat-trick.

Everton zero MAN CITY 2 – Feb 6

Tense night time at Goodison as Aymeric Laporte lastly makes the breakthrough with a header on half-time. Sub Gabriel Jesus races clear to settle any late nerves.

MAN CITY 6 Chelsea 0 – Feb 10

City race right into a four-goal lead in 25 minutes with two from Sergio Aguero, plus Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan objectives. Aguero luggage third and Sterling strikes again.

    Man City put six past Chelsea in a truly remarkable game

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Man City put six past Chelsea in a very exceptional recreation

MAN CITY 1 West Ham zero – Feb 27

Manuel Pellegrini and Pablo Zabaleta are warmly welcomed again to the Etihad — but Sergio Aguero luggage the only objective with a controversial spot-kick.

Bournemouth 0 MAN CITY 1 – Mar 2

City utterly dominate towards the Cherries however have to wait till the 55th minute to get the breakthrough as Riyad Mahrez fires residence at the near publish.

MAN CITY 3 Watford 1 – Mar 9

Controversial Raheem Sterling objective must be given offside however it opens the floodgates as the England man goes on to complete a 13-minute hat-trick.

Fulham zero MAN CITY 2 – Mar 30

City decide up after worldwide break with Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero strikes inside the first half-hour towards stricken Cottagers.

MAN CITY 2 Cardiff zero – Apr Three

Kevin De Bruyne’s early aim might be meant as a cross nevertheless it puts City on their approach and Leroy Sane’s well-struck shot before the break ends the recreation as a contest.

Crystal Palace 1 MAN CITY Three – Apr 14

A Euro setback is forgotten as Raheem Sterling strikes two objectives to put City in charge. The Eagles pull one again however Gabriel Jesus restores two-goal cushion.

MAN CITY 1 Tottenham 0 – Apr 20

Quick turnaround after going out of Europe to Spurs however Phil Foden’s first Premier League aim places them back on course five minutes in and City maintain on to win.

    Phil Foden fired City to a crucial win over Spurs in April

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Phil Foden fired City to an important win over Spurs in April

Man Utd 0 MAN CITY 2 – Apr 24

United huff and puff but City undergo the gears and Bernardo Silva’s strike finally edges them in front earlier than sub Leroy Sane fires residence a second.

Burnley 0 MAN CITY 1 – Apr 28

City take over an hour to break down cussed Burnley. And once they finally do, it is just simply — as Sergio Aguero’s shot creeps over the line by millimetres.

MAN CITY 1 Leicester zero – Might 6

One other long look forward to a breakthrough but when it arrives what a moment. Skipper Vincent Kompany smacks in a 25-yard howitzer to win it.

Brighton 1 MAN CITY Four – Might 12

City got an almighty scare after Glenn Murray put the hosts one-up. However Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte swiftly hit back to ensure they might win the title. Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundongan scored screamers as the champions put the cherry on prime.