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Five Premier League Title Race Winners Decided In Seasons’ Last Game

As the 2023/2024 Premier League season reaches a riveting climax, the destiny of the title hangs in the balance until the final moments of the last matchday on 19th of May, 2024.

The race for Premier League glory will have to be decided in the last game of the season, delivering unforgettable moments of drama, tension, and jubilation.

However, this report rewinds the clock and delve into the five most recent nail-biting title deciders that left fans on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Leading the charge at the pinnacle of the EPL table, we have 13-time champions Arsenal and Manchester City aiming to secure their 10th title and potentially make history with a record 4th consecutive win.

Liverpool remained strong contenders in the title race until they recently faltered and dropped down the ladder.

The Reds had their sights set on claiming their 20th EPL trophy, aiming to equal the record held by their rivals, Manchester United.

These two powerhouses are poised for glory in their relentless pursuit of supremacy.

Below are five times where title winners were decided in the season’s final game:

  1. 2020/2021 season (Manchester City)

In the 2020/2021 season, the Premier League title race came down to the wire, with Manchester City and Liverpool neck and neck until the final whistle of the last game. Manchester City finished the season with 93 points, just one point ahead of Liverpool’s 92.

As all 10 games were played simultaneously, Liverpool fans anxiously hoped Manchester City would stumble against Wolverhampton Wanderers to give them a chance.

In a tense match, the Wolves took the lead early with a goal in the third minute.

However, Liverpool, playing at home, equalised before halftime, keeping their hopes alive. The game took a dramatic turn in the 80th minute when Liverpool scored two late goals, securing a 3-1 victory.

Meanwhile, Manchester City faced Aston Villa, trailing behind by two goals until the 76th minute when they managed to pull one back.

With time running out, City launched a remarkable comeback, scoring three goals in just five minutes to turn the game around in the 81st minute.

The match ended 3-2 in favour of Manchester City, thrillingly clinching the title.

The dramatic finale showcased the resilience and determination of both teams. Still, ultimately, it was Manchester City who emerged as champions, securing their status as the top team in the Premier League for the 2020/2021 season.

  1. 2018/2019 season (Manchester City)

If Gabriel Jesus had not scored in the 94th minute of the final game of the season against Southampton at the Saint Mary Stadium, Liverpool, who secured a convincing 4-0 victory over Brighton, would have clinched the league title.

In the end, it was a single point that made all the difference.

Manchester City were crowned EPL champions, finishing with 98 points, just one ahead of the Reds, who amassed 97 points in a fiercely contested title race.

  1. 2013/2014 season (Manchester City)

On Sunday, May 11, 2014, Manchester City sealed their fourth league title and second Premier League title with a 2–0 victory over West Ham United, finishing the season with 86 points.

Liverpool secured a commendable second-place finish in the Premier League, just two points behind champion Manchester City.

Their victory over Newcastle United on the final day marked the culmination of a remarkable campaign, representing the closest the club had come to winning the league title since 1990.

However, Liverpool ended their decades-long wait for Premier League glory in the 2019/2020 season, securing their first EPL title to end a 30-year drought with a commanding performance, finishing on a remarkable 99 points, a substantial 18 points above second-place Manchester City.

  1. 2011/2012 season (Manchester City)

The 2011/2012 season stands out in football history as Manchester City secured their first league title in 44 years with a breathtaking victory over Queens Park Rangers. The stakes were high, as City needed a win to surpass their local rivals, Manchester United, on goal difference.

With both teams tied at 89 points, City’s superior goal difference (+8) over United made it a historic win by goal difference, a rare occurrence in the Premier League. The dramatic climax unfolded at the Etihad Stadium, where City staged a remarkable comeback, overturning a 2–1 deficit.

The iconic moment arrived when Sergio Agüero struck a historic winner just 90 seconds from the final whistle, propelling Manchester City to their first league title since the 1967–68 season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United fought their own battle at the Stadium of Light, with Wayne Rooney netting the only goal in the 20th minute. United remained optimistic about their chances until City’s stunning turnaround sealed their fate.

  1. 1988/1989 season (Arsenal)

The 1988/1989 season left an indelible mark on football history with Arsenal’s triumphant finale against Liverpool.

After 18 years of anticipation, Arsenal clinched their first league title in breathtaking style, narrowly surpassing defending champions Liverpool.

In a tension-filled showdown at Anfield, Arsenal emerged victorious with a 2-0 triumph, securing the title based on the number of goals scored.

The pivotal moment arrived with a late strike from Michael Thomas, forever enshrining his name in football folklore.

Arsenal last won the title twenty years ago, in 2003/2004, when they were named the Invincibles. They won the league unbeaten.

Manchester City play Tottenham at the White Hartlane Tuesday before its last-day match at the Etihad to another London side, West Ham.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will also host Everton at the Emirates Stadium.

In the annals of Premier League history, these five gripping title races stand as recent monuments to the sheer intensity and passion that define English football.

From Manchester City’s sensational comebacks to Arsenal’s historic triumph at Anfield, each season’s culmination brought forth unforgettable moments etched into the collective memory of football fans worldwide.

As the curtains close on the 2023/2024 campaign, the echoes of these epic battles remind football enthusiasts of the unyielding spirit and determination that define the beautiful round leather game.

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