In a Championship Sunday relatively devoid of drama, Manchester City took their second Barclay’s Premier League title in three years by earning a convincing 2-0 win over West Ham United. Samir Nasri scored a cracking goal in the 39th minute, with captain Vincent Kompany adding a second in the 70th.
After falling behind 1-0 on a 20th minute own goal, Liverpool rallied to score two goals within two minutes of one another—both off of free kicks from Steven Gerrard—to earn a 2-1 victory. The first goal was a 63rd minute spectacular sprawling volley by Daniel Agger, and Daniel Sturridge followed moments later with a tidy run and finish at the far post. However, the win was not enough to salvage a late-season collapse, and Liverpool once again missed out on their first league title since 1990.
After jumping out to a big 3-0 halftime lead against Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur made that same 3-0 scoreline stand up to secure their spot in next season’s Europa League. Manchester United finished their massively disappointing season in the most fitting way possible, notching a 1-1 draw with Southampton and thus missing out on European football after 19 consecutive appearances.
It was a spectacular year, full of many memorable twists and finishing with a very up-and-down final two weeks. While it’s always sad to see the season come to an end, football fans can rejoice in the fact that we are but one month away from the kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.