MAN CITY ORDAINED BPL CHAMPIONS
By: Sihle Ndebele
Manchester City were on Sunday crowned the English Premier League Champions for the second time in three years.
A 2-0 victory over West Ham courtesy of Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri sealed confimation of the deal puting City two points clear ahead of Liverpool.
In front of a beam packed Etihad Stadium, Hammers spent most of the game chasing shadows while City were on cause for destruction.
Following a lengthly level on the score chart, Nasri broke the deadlock towards the end of the stanza putting the Sky Blues one goal ahead.
Shortly before the half time whistle was blown, the home side nearly doubled their lead as David Silva’s strike hit the crossbar.
In the second half, Sky Blues continued with their attack in quest of the second goal that would underline their intentions. That was not for so long, Vincent Kompany eased pressure for Manuel Pellegrini’s charges as he scored from corner kick ensuring the victory.
The confirmed that City ends their league run at the summit of the log with 86 points and crowned English Premier League champions.
With City already won, Liverpool came from behind to snatch a 2 -1 win over Newcastle United confirming a second spot in the log campaign.
Chelsea was also forced to come from a goal down to win 2-1 away to already relegated Cardiff City.
Craig Bellamy gave the home side an early lead but Andre Schurrle cancelled out his goal before Fernando Torres sealed the win for the visiting Jose Mourinho’s men.
Norwich City’s relegation was all but confirmed after a 2-0 loss to Arsenal at Carrow Road. The home side joined Cardiff and Fulham in the second tier next season.
The gunners will participate in next season’s UEFA Champions League as they finished off in the 4th position with 79 points.
Spurs managed to secure a spot in next season’s Europa League even though they were thrashed 3 -0 at home by Aston Villa.
Manchester United were held to a one-all draw by Southampton. Juan Mata saved the day for Ryan Giggs‘s men as he cancelled out Rickie Lambert’s early strike.
The Red Devils finish the campaign in the 7th position with 64 points.
Roberto Martinez rested the English internationals in Ross Barkley and John Stones as Everton beat Hull City 2-0 at the KCS stadium. The victory meant nothing to both teams as the Toffees had already secured a spot in Europe for next season as they will play the UEFA Europa League.
The home side was already safe from the axe as they were four spots off relegation zone.