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İ. Gündoğan
K. De Bruyne
3 - 2
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Rodri
O. Zinchenko
2 - 2
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İ. Gündoğan
R. Sterling
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Philippe Coutinho
O. Watkins
0 - 2
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M. Cash
L. Digne
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That's all from Manchester, where the title party is in full swing, so thank you for joining us today and goodbye!
A fourth Premier League title under Guardiola - with only Sir Alex Ferguson winning more - takes City's spiritual leader one clear of both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, and it was all wrapped up in the most improbable fashion. Though his initital selections were perhaps flawed, second-half substitutes Zinchenko and Sterling set up goals, while Gundogan's double proved decisive. What a climax to an absorbing two-horse race: with their second successive comeback from two goals down, City are champions!
A post-match pitch invasion greets another Manchester City title triumph, as blue flare smoke pervades the Etihad, and an incredible late comeback seals the deal in the most dramatic of circumstances. Just short of the club's unforgettable 'Aguero moment', a six-minute revival from two goals down to win still goes down as one of the Premier League's most remarkable finales. Toiling through most of the match, and lacking inspiration, City had twice been stung by a well-organised Villa side, but somehow summoned up three quick goals to move onto 93 points - one ahead of runners-up Liverpool.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 3-2 ASTON VILLA
90' + 5' Manchester City are champions of England once again!
90' + 4' City are keeping the ball in the corner; determinedly penning Villa back. They are just seconds away from glory!
90' + 3' After receiving treatment, Ederson is able to continue, and he will be in place for the remaining seconds of a remarkable 2021-22 campaign.
90' + 1' Both Ederson and Foden, at either end of the pitch, are down on the turf nursing either cramp or muscular injuries, which helps bleed out further time for the champions-elect.
90' Nails are being furiously bitten, as four minutes of stoppage time are indicated by the officials!
A. Young
E. Buendía
88' Villa's final change sees Young replace Buendia.
M. Nakamba
Yellow Card
87' A foul on De Bruyne results in a yellow card for Villa substitute Nakamba, who has only been on the pitch for a short while.
85' Though Liverpool have taken the lead against Wolves, the title's destiny is back in Manchester City's hands, and they just have to see out the last few minutes at the Etihad.
D. Ings
J. Ramsey
83' A shell-shocked Gerrard makes another change to his Villa team, as Ramsey makes way for Ings.
K. De Bruyne
Assist
81' De Bruyne seized the moment, and thrust past several static Villa defenders to thread the ball across the face of the goal for Gundogan to score.
İ. Gündoğan
Goal
81' CITY LEAD! What a comeback! The champions have one hand on the trophy, as De Bruyne pounces ruthlessly on a Mings error to surge into the box and pull the ball across goal for Gundogan to again arrive at the back post - this time turning it into the net with a close-range tap-in! An amazing comeback in under 10 minutes!
O. Zinchenko
Assist
78' Zinchenko picked out the right pass from the left flank, pulling the ball back for Rodri to fire home with precision.
Rodri
Goal
78' CITY PULL LEVEL! Incredible scenes in Manchester, as Zinchenko becomes the second substitute to set up a crucial goal; laying the ball into the path of Rodri, who coolly side-foots a finish into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the area! It's 2-2 at the Etihad, and City are back on top as things stand!
R. Sterling
Assist
76' Making an impact from the bench, Sterling stands up an inviting ball from the right byline to create Manchester City's first goal.
İ. Gündoğan
Goal
76' CITY BACK IN IT! The champions reduce their arrears, as Gundogan arrives at the back post to plant a powerful header past Olsen following Sterling's floated cross. Now it's just 2-1 to Villa, and the comeback is on!
74' At the end of a rapid counter-attack, a mishit finish by De Bruyne flies over Olsen's crossbar, but City are piling the pressure on here - they surely have to get one back soon.
M. Nakamba
Philippe Coutinho
72' Having scored earlier in the game, Coutinho is replaced by the fresh legs of Nakamba in Villa's midfield.
70' CLOSE! Foden turns inside and fires a powerful right-footed shot from the centre of the area over the crossbar, as the City fans grow more desperate in their pleas for a goal.
O. Watkins
Assist
69' A long ball forward is flicked on by Watkins, whose header finds Coutinho, who went on to strike a dagger at City's heart.
Philippe Coutinho
Goal
69' VILLA GO TWO UP! City's title hopes hang by a thread, as Villa strike on the counter once again! Former Liverpool man Coutinho jinks clear from a head-on by Watkins; turning Laporte inside out and finding the bottom corner with a precise finish. It's City 0-2 Villa, and the ball is in Liverpool's court!
İ. Gündoğan
Bernardo Silva
68' There is no fairytale ending to the season for Grealish, as Silva is instead replaced by Gundogan for the final 20 minutes.
67' De Bruyne fires wide of the right-hand post with a free-kick from the left side of the box, around 25 yards from goal.
66' If anything, Villa's belief in their capacity to hold out for the win appears to be growing, while City continue to stall. They are just not creating enough clear-cut chances.
64' Tension has clearly affected them today, as Manchester City previously found the net at least twice in each of their last eight Premier League matches - and they have lost just one of their last 27 top-flight games. They are yet to score today, and are now less than half an hour away from defeat.
62' A minor brush from Laporte sees Watkins drop to the turf inside the City area, but the referee is entirely uninterested in Villa's subsequent penalty claims.
60' Once more, Chambers is the man to get the ball clear from danger, as he reacts first to De Bruyne's outswinging free-kick from 30 yards out on the right. That's another corner for City, who have had 11 so far.
58' Sterling's first major impact sees the forward denied a crossing opportunity by his England colleague Mings, who blocks the ball behind for a corner.
R. Sterling
R. Mahrez
56' Guardiola makes his second substitution, as Mahrez makes way for Sterling in attack.
55' SAVE! On the counter, Olsen's long ball straight through to Watkins sees the Villa striker one-on-one with Ederson, but under pressure from the back-tracking Laporte, he strikes the goalkeeper's chest and City survive!
53' Stones attacks a header in the box, from De Bruyne's cross, but Chambers is once again alive to the danger and makes a vital clearance for Villa - and perhaps Liverpool!
51' JUST WIDE! City are on the front foot now, and Rodri drives a shot wide of the right-hand post from just outside the box, after receiving the ball from Mahrez in space.
50' CLOSE! A surging run by Zinchenko ends with his cutback being blocked desperately by Digne, then moments later, Jesus lunges at a low cross threaded across the box by Cancelo from the right. Heads are in hands, as he can only divert the ball wide at the back post!
T. Mings
Yellow Card
49' For a foul on Jesus inside his own half, Mings receives the game's first booking.
48' The ball breaks to De Bruyne, bouncing into his path just inside the area, but it is an unusually hurried effort, which flies high over the crossbar.
47' Zinchenko's first cross from the left flank sails into the gloves of Olsen, who gathers the ball deep inside his area.
O. Zinchenko
Fernandinho
46' Fernandinho has played his final minute for Manchester City, as he makes way for Zinchenko, who will add natural width on the left.
46' We are back under way in Manchester, and City have made a change in defence.
As things stand at this stage of the Premier League's final day, City would be crowned champions on goal difference, but there are sure to be further twists and turns before the silverware is finally awarded. Who, if anyone, will be the author of a new 'Aguero moment'?
Having managed only one shot on target throughout the first half, Manchester City were stung on the counter by a resilient Aston Villa side, and unless they can score at least once after the interval, the title's destiny will fall out of their grasp. For all their dominance of territory and possession, the reigning champions have failed to carve open their visitors with any regularity, and Villa have defended well both as a unit and individually. With Liverpool drawing at Anfield, just one goal for their rivals would see City dethroned, so Guardiola will undoubtedly throw everything at the season's grand finale in the coming 45 minutes.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 0-1 ASTON VILLA
45' + 4' Mahrez heads down a blind alley, as Digne and Mings combine to prevent the Manchester City winger from delivering the ball into the box, and the half-time whistle is only seconds away.
45' + 2' City have a seventh corner of the match, after Digne hacks away an inswinging cross towards the back post. However, Laporte's downward header from the set-piece situation lacks power and is comfortably fielded by Olsen.
45' Increasingly influential in Villa's rearguard action, Chambers positions himself well to prevent Jesus getting a shot off from inside the area. Can the visitors hang on until half-time? There are four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
43' After Mahrez flicks the ball into his path, De Bruyne sprints onto the ball near the right byline, and though his first effort is blocked, another attempt is deflected into the side-netting by Chambers.
41' Watkins has a shot from the right side of the box blocked, before Coutinho breaks towards the area and drags an attempt well wide of the left-hand post.
39' Attempting an extravagant cross with the outside of his boot from 20 yards out on the left, Cancelo only drifts the ball into Olsen's outstretched gloves. The home fans let out a collective groan.
L. Digne
Assist
37' Standing up a typically accurate cross towards Cash from the left, Digne sets up a stunning opener for Aston Villa.
M. Cash
Goal
37' VILLA LEAD! City go behind! On the counter, Villa surge down the left through Ramsey, and an overlapping run from Digne ends with the French full-back flipping in an inviting cross for Cash, who proceeds to steer his header into the bottom corner! With Liverpool level at Anfield, the title race is very much alive!
34' Covering across from the left, Digne heads the ball clear after Jesus twists and turns past Mings and crosses a little aimlessly into the Villa box. The visitors are defending effectively here.
32' Chambers is alert to intervene with his head, as Jesus attempts to attack the ball from a cross to the back post. That's another City corner - their fourth so far.
30' A good chance is spurned by Jesus, who pounces on an error in midfield to run straight at Villa captain Mings. The Brazilian's strike towards goal from the edge of the box clips his standing foot and bounces harmlessly behind for a goal-kick.
29' Olsen is cleared to continue, and the game gets back under way at a tense Etihad Stadium.
28' Another Villa player takes the ball straight in his face, as Jesus' cutback from the right byline strikes Olsen at his near post. The goalkeeper requires medical attention, as blood apparently seeps from his nose.
26' Villa survive a couple of Manchester City corners, and take a brief breather as they steel themselves for the ongoing onslaught by the Premier League champions-elect.
24' CLOSE! Shortly after Ederson punches the ball away at his near post following a Villa attack, the hosts scamper forward on the break, and Foden fires a low shot narrowly wide of Olsen's left-hand post! That's as close as City have come so far.
22' Mahrez sends a high, inswinging corner straight into the gloves of Olsen, who is relatively unchallenged inside his six-yard box.
20' The black-shirted Villa players have been chasing shadows for the past few minutes, as City patiently probe just in front of their visitors' box. There is definitely a discernable nervousness about the home side, and understandably so.
18' As Guardiola animatedly cheers his side on from the touchline, they have had 73 per cent of possession so far and a 23 per cent advantage in terms of passing accuracy.
16' A quick City counter ends in Mahrez weaving his way to the left byline, and his low cutback is desperately cleared away by a sliding Digne at the back post, with De Bruyne lurking dangerously.
14' After Digne returns to his feet, City are back on the attack. Olsen is forced to punch away a De Bruyne corner, allowing the visitors to eventually get the ball clear.
12' City have won nine of their last 10 Premier League matches against Aston Villa, including the last six in a row, while Villa have lost 15 of their last 16 away league games against today's opponents - losing each of the last 11 in a row since April 2007.
11' Villa's first corner results in a short spell of pressure, but the ball then strikes Digne straight in the face from a Chambers drive, and the full-back is laid flat out on his back. The game is paused while he receives medical treatment.
9' A long, straight ball by Fernandinho towards Jesus is just smothered by Olsen in the Villa goal. Seconds later, the Swedish goalkeeper gets away with clattering a clearance straight into the fast-closing Jesus.
7' Another run by Cancelo ends with the City full-back prodding a reverse ball for Foden harmlessly over the byline, and a promising attack comes to an end.
5' Cancelo bursts through the centre of Villa's defensive third, but thumps a shot straight at Chambers on the edge of the box, and Villa get the ball at least partly clear. It has been a bright start from City, and title rivals Liverpool have gone behind at Anfield!
3' Fouled by Chambers, foden earns a free-kick on the left flank, near the touchline, and City have a chance to deliver the ball into the box. However, Fernandinho can't make clean contact on the ball with a header from De Bruyne's cross.
2' A nervous start by Olsen sees the Villa debutant overhit a pass towards Cash straight out of play, much to the sudible delight of the home fans.
1' We are under way in Manchester, with the destiny of the Premier League title set to be decided!
The players are out at a packed Etihad Stadium, as blue smoke drifts across the pitch, and kick-off is now just moments away!
The visitors also opt for a couple of changes, with on-loan goalkeeper Olsen deputising for Aston Villa number one Emiliano Martinez, who is sidelined by a knee injury suffered in training. Perhaps hoping to help out his former club Liverpool, Coutinho comes in for Carney Chukwuemeka in midfield, while Watkins starts in a lone role up front - Ings is on the bench.
Manchester City make two changes to the side that started last week's 2-2 draw at West Ham, as Stones and Foden are included at the expense of Zinchenko and former Villa star Grealish, who are both demoted to the bench. Making his final appearance for the club, captain Fernandinho features in the hosts' back four once again, as Ruben Dias misses out due to injury.
SUBS: Viljami Sinisalo, Bertrand Traore, Marvelous Nakamba, Ashley Young, Tim Iroegbunam, Carney Chukwuemeka, Ben Chrisene, Morgan Sanson, Danny Ings.
ASTON VILLA (4-3-2-1): Robin Olsen; Matty Cash, Calum Chambers, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne; John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey; Philippe Coutinho, Emiliano Buendia; Ollie Watkins.
SUBS: Scott Carson, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, James McAtee, Nathan Ake, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Cole Palmer, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; John Stones, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden.
Villa played out a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Thursday, to sit 14th in the table; three points adrift of 10th-placed Brighton and Hove Albion. Though they can’t slip any lower when the campaign concludes at the end of today's Premier League finale, Steven Gerrard's side could feasibly finish inside the top half should results elsewhere go their way. However, the Villans' terrible record away to Manchester City and a run of just two wins from their last 10 Premier League games suggests they are long-shot outsiders to do so.
Within 90 minutes of a successful Premier League title defence, Manchester City hold a one-point lead over closest rivals Liverpool at the top of the table before kick-off on the final day. Pep Guardiola's men failed to effectively wrap up another league crown against West Ham United last time out, and after going 2-0 down, had to fight back to rescue a potentially invaluable point. Regardless of events at Anfield, where Liverpool face Wolves, victory today would see City hold the Premier League trophy aloft for the sixth time in 11 seasons.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's decisive Premier League clash between champions-elect Manchester City and Aston Villa, at the Etihad Stadium!