PL: 37 goals scored on final day as Man City clinch historic fourth straight league title

PL: 37 goals scored on final day as Man City clinch historic fourth straight league title

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has achieved what no other team has done in the history of the Premier League, as the defending champions beat West Ham United 3-1 on the final day of the 2023–24 season to win their fourth straight league title.

The Cityzens are now the first team to win four consecutive Premier League titles thanks to a brace from Phil Foden and another from Spanish midfielder Rodri either side of a Mohammed Kudus wonder strike at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Foden opened the scoring inside 78 seconds with a sublime finish from just outside the box and into the top corner. The Englishman doubled his tally in the 18th minute, slotting the ball into the net from a Jeremy Doku cross for his 19th league goal of the season.

The Hammers responded vis Kudus, who powered home a beautiful overhead kick in the 42nd minute, for his eighth league goal of the season, but Rodri restored City’s two-goal advantage in the 59th minute with a low strike from outside the area.

City finished the campaign on 91 points after 28 wins, seven draws, and three losses to secure their eighth Premier League title and their sixth in seven years.

Meanwhile, title challengers Arsenal, who, like last season, fell short once again, sealed a 2-1 comeback win against Everton at the Emirates Stadium.

After Senegal international Idrissa Gueye put the Toffees in front with a sublime freekick in the 40th minute, Takehiro Tomiyasu responded for the Gunners three minutes later before Kai Havertz’s 13th league goal of the season completed the turn-around for the Gunners, who end the season without a trophy.

Elsewhere, second-half strikes from Diogo Dalot and Rasmus Hojlund helped Manchester United to a 2-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion as Erik Ten Hag’s side recorded the Red Devils’ worst finish in the Premier League era with their eighth position.

In Jurgen Klopp’s last game as Liverpool manager, the Reds sealed a 2-0 win at Anfield over ten-man Wolverhampton Wanderers with goals from Alexis Mac Allister and young defender Jarell Quansah.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea held on for a 2-1 win despite Benoit Badiashile’s own goal, thanks to goals from Moises Caicedo and Raheem Sterling, to finish the season with 63 points and settle for sixth place.

Aston Villa, who will play in the Champions League next season, suffered a 5-0 rout at the hands of Crystal Palace, with Jean-Philippe Mateta hitting a hat-trick and Eberechi Eze scoring a brace at Selhurst Park.

Tottenham Hotspur made light work of already relegated Sheffield United 3-0 at Bramall Lane, with Dejan Kulusevski scoring twice and Pedro Porro adding another.

At the Gtech Community Stadium, Brentford were beaten 4-2 by Newcastle, who clinched the seventh spot in the standings; a brace from Chris Wood helped Nottingham Forest to a 2-1 win over Burnley; and Fulham were 4-2 winners at Luton Town.

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