City tops West Ham to clinch Premier League title
Manchester, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Manchester City claimed its second Premier League title in three years by getting a 2-0 win over West Ham United at the Etihad on Sunday.
The Citizens, who famously clinched the title in 2012 thanks to a last-gasp winner from Sergio Aguero, secured the top spot in the table in slightly less dramatic fashion, controlling West Ham on home soil and collecting three points behind goals from Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany.
City was held in check until the 39th minute when Nasri received a pass from Yaya Toure and fired a right-footed shot off the post and into the back of the net.
Kompany doubled City's advantage just four minutes into the second half, pouncing on a loose ball inside the six-yard box and poking home from close range to seal the win.
The performance capped City's best-ever season in the top flight as Manuel Pellegrini's men finished on 86 points, scoring 102 goals and conceding just 37.
West Ham enjoyed a late surge this season to avoid relegation, finishing the campaign with 40 points.
Liverpool 2, Newcastle 1
Liverpool, England - Liverpool ensured a second-place finish on Sunday thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Newcastle United at Anfield.
The Reds, who needed Manchester City to lose against West Ham in order to have any realistic shot at the title, dug themselves into a hole when they conceded the lead behind an own goal from Martin Skrtel in the 20th minute.
Liverpool managed to get the victory thanks to goals from Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge two minutes apart, but City's victory over the Hammers meant that the Reds would be made to finish the season two points back of top spot with 84 points on the season.
Tottenham 3, Aston Villa 0
London, England - Tottenham secured a place in the Europa League next season by getting a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane.
Spurs netted all three goals in the first of half of Sunday's affair. Paulinho opened the scoring in the 14th minute before a 35th-minute own goal from Nathan Baker and a penalty from Emmanuel Adebayor three minutes later sealed the victory.
Tottenham finishes the season in sixth place on 69 points while Villa finishes sixth from bottom on 38 points.
Swansea City 3, Sunderland 1
Sunderland, England - Swansea City closed out its Premier League season with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Goals from Nathan Dyer and Marvin Emnes inside the opening 14 minutes put visiting Swansea in the driver's seat early on.
Fabio Borini pulled one back for Sunderland in the 50th minute, but Wilfried Bony responded four minutes later to see the Swans finish the season on a high note.
Manchester United 1, Southampton 1
Southampton, England - Manchester United avoided defeat in its final match of the season, coming from behind to get a point from a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday.
The Saints were in front after 28 minutes when Rickie Lambert got through on goal to slip a shot past David De Gea, but Juan Mata brought the Red Devils level in the 54th minute by curling a superb free kick into the upper corner.
United finishes the season in seventh place on 64 points, eight points ahead of eight-place Southampton.
Arsenal 2, Norwich City 0
Norwich, England - Arsenal scored two second-half goals at Carrow Road on Sunday to close out the campaign with a 2-0 victory over Norwich City.
After a scoreless opening period, the Gunners seized control of the match thanks to a goal from Aaron Ramsey in the 53rd minute and an insurance goal from Carl Jenkinson nine minutes later.
Arsenal improves to 79 points while Championship-bound Norwich finishes the season on 33 points.
Everton 2, Hull City 0
Hull, England - Everton ended its impressive season on a high note, getting a 2-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Sunday.
The Toffees, who finish the season in fifth place on 72 points, scored early in both halves of Sunday's affair as James McCarthy's ninth-minute strike was supplemented by Romelu Lukaku's goal one minute after the halftime interval.
Hull City stays in the top flight, ending the season fifth from bottom on 37 points.
Chelsea 2, Cardiff City 1
Cardiff, Wales - Chelsea came from behind to close out the Premier League season with a victory, scoring twice in quick succession to get a 2-1 win at Cardiff City on Sunday.
Craig Bellamy had given Cardiff the lead in the 14th minute, but Andre Schurrle equalized in the 71st minute before Fernando Torres grabbed the winner in the 74th minute.
The Blues finish third in the league with 82 points while Cardiff stays at the foot of the table with 30 points.
Crystal Palace 2, Fulham 2
London, England - Chris David scored at the death to give Fulham a dramatic 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace to close out the season.
Dwight Gayle gave the visitors the lead in the 27th minute, a lead that they held until the hour mark when Cauley Woodrow brought the Cottagers level.
Gayle notched another go-ahead goal in the 83rd minute, but David produced a late equalizer to salvage some pride for Championship-bound Fulham.
Stoke City 2, West Bromwich 1
West Bromwich, England - Stoke City ended its Premier League season with a dramatic 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday as Charlie Adam bagged the winner three minutes from time.
An own goal from Gareth McAuley granted the visitors the lead after only 22 minutes, but Stephane Sessegnon managed to bring the Baggies level in the 55th minute.
The two sides were level until the dying stages when Adam struck with the winning goal.
05/11 13:22:49 ET