EPL 2013-14: Manchester City FC Win the English Premier League title

Manchester City beat West Ham United 2-0 to claim their second EPL title

Manchester: Manchester City secured a second Premier League title in three seasons by comfortably defeating West Ham United 2-0 at a jubilant Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

City effectively needed only a point to claim the championship ahead of Liverpool, but goals in each half from Samir Nasri and captain Vincent Kompany meant that they completed their mission with room to spare.

The result took City's goals tally to 102 -- one short of Chelsea's Premier League record from 2009-10 -- and made Chilean Manuel Pellegrini the first non-European manager to win an English top-flight title.

"I think that I manage a great group of players, a great institution and great fans," said Pellegrini. "I must be calm during the game to take decisions but when you achieve the title, I think the whole year shows a lot of work we did at difficult moments in the year and I think this is the best team in the league."

Liverpool, who led the table with three games to play, finished two points below City in second place after coming from behind to win 2-1 at home to Newcastle United, who had Shola Ameobi and Paul Dummett sent off.

David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Aleksandar Kolarov all threatened for City before Nasri put them ahead in the 39th minute, gathering a pass from Yaya Toure and arrowing a 22-yard drive into the bottom-left corner.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll deflected a shot from Silva onto the post in first-half stoppage time, before Kompany doubled City's lead early in the second half by stabbing in from a corner.

The home fans celebrated with their customary 'Poznan' dance -- bouncing up and down with their backs to the game -- and then flooded onto the pitch in delight at the final whistle.

( Source : AFP )
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