May 12, 2019 / 3:56 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer-Ruthless Man City survive scare to clinch title in style

* Manchester City beat Brighton 4-1 to win title

* Anxious City fell behind in the 27th minute

* Glenn Murray stunned the visitors to head home a corner

* Sergio Aguero levelled 83 seconds later from Silva’s pass

* Aymeric Laporte headed City in front

* Riyad Mahrez’s sublime effort gave City breathing space

* Ilkay Gundogan’s free kick was the icing on the cake

* City won the title with 98 points to Liverpool’s 97


May 12 (Reuters) - Manchester City claimed the win required to finally end Liverpool’s relentless attempt to dethrone them as Premier League champions as they hit back from a goal down to crush Brighton and Hove Albion on the south coast on Sunday.

City ended the season with 98 points, just two shy of last season’s record-breaking 100, while Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers saw them end on 97 — by far the largest tally for a Premier League runners-up.

Needing a 14th successive league win to be certain of prevailing in an unprecedented title duel, City fell behind to Glenn Murray’s 27th minute header but Pep Guardiola’s side responded in devastating fashion.

Sergio Aguero levelled 83 seconds later and Aymeric Laporte’s header put City ahead before the break.

With Liverpool, who began the day one point behind, leading, the Anfield club would still have hoped for something extraordinary to happen in the south coast sunshine.

But when Riyad Mahrez drove an unstoppable shot past Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan’s despairing dive just past the hour, City’s fans could finally get the party started.

Ilkay Gundogan’s majestic free kick made it 4-1 to put the icing on another glorious day for City who are the first club to retain the Premier League title for 10 years.

Reporting by Martyn Herman Editing by Toby Davis

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