By Emmanuel Adeleke
Manchester City staged a stunning late comeback with three goals in five minutes to beat Aston Villa and win the Premier League.
Their chances of lifting the title looked to be slipping away amid dramatic scenes at Etihad Stadium after going two goals down against Aston Villa.
Pep Guardiola’s side needed victory to secure their fourth title in five seasons but were facing the prospect of ending the season empty-handed as goals either side of the interval from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho put Villa 2-0 ahead and in control.
It looked as if Villa manager, Steven Gerrard, might help his former club, Liverpool secure the title , until City turned the game on its ahead in at atmosphere bordering on hysteria.
Ilkay Gundogan, on as a substitute for Bernardo Silva, gave City hope with a far-post header in the 76th minute, and Etihad Stadium was a wall of noise when Rodri drove a low finish past Villa keeper Robin Olsen two minutes later.
The title-winning recovery was complete with nine minutes left as Gundogan once again arrived at the far post to put City in front, the decisive contribution on the nerve-shredding final day.
City did need those three points as Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers, with City boss Guardiola overcome with emotion and breaking down in tears at the final whistle.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur made it into the Champions League by finishing in the top four with a 5-0 win over Norwich, while Arsenal finished fifth after a 5-1 win over Everton.
Manchester United ended up sixth, and Burnley were relegated after losing 1-2 to Newcastle United at home. Leeds United were safe after recording a 2-1 away Victoria at Brentford.