Man City's Title Glory and the Greatest World Football Moments of the Weekend

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

Man City's Title Glory and the Greatest World Football Moments of the Weekend

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    Were it not for Steven Gerrard's slip against Chelsea or the nine minutes of madness at Selhurst Park, Liverpool might have earned their first league trophy in over two decades on Sunday.

    The Reds, however, had to settle for second best as Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City took home the spoils with a win over West Ham.

    The Citizens' title glory leads our list of the greatest moments from the weekend...  

Manchester City Won the Premier League

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    There were no huge surprises on the final day of the Premier League: Norwich faced an inevitable drop to the Championship after losing to Arsenal, Liverpool were able to beat a Newcastle team that has been nothing short of hapless in the past few weeks and Manchester City comfortably beat West Ham 2-0.

    For their troubles, The Citizens earned their second title in three years, completing the job in a much less haphazard manner than the 93rd-minute drama of their 2011-12 campaign. 

    The trophy presentation was delayed by a mass pitch invasion at Eastlands, while famous fans like Noel Gallagher soaked in the moment. 

    City did not spend a great deal of the season at the top of the table—significantly less time than Arsenal did—but they were unquestionably the best and most consistent team this season. Chelsea suffered from a poor attack and strong defence, Liverpool had the exact opposite, but Pellegrini's men were strong across the board.

     

Aaron Ramsey Scored a Stunner at Norwich

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    Norwich could have survived on the final day on goal difference with a 17-0 win over Arsenal, but that kind of fortune did not favour the Canaries, whose resigned performance lead to a 2-0 loss that helped them slip back into the Championship.

    The best moment of the match was a stunning volley from Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh midfielder hit an unstoppable first-time volley over John Ruddy in the 53rd minute for his 10th league goal of the season—and his club's second Goal of the Season contender against Norwich. 

Tim Sherwood Handed the Managerial Reigns to a Fan at Tottenham

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    Tottenham qualified for the Europa League ahead of Tottenham with a 3-0 won over Aston Villa on Sunday—at the expense of Manchester United—but the most notable moment of the match came in the 84th minute, when manager Tim Sherwood ceded control of the team to a fan. 

    Tired of receiving instructions from the supporter, Tactics Tim beckoned him down from the stand and handed him his gilet, sitting him on the bench next to Les Ferdinand.

    "That guy's an expert, seriously. Every week, he tells me what to do. So I have given him the opportunity to do the job," Sherwood told The Guardian, after what is expected to be his last game in charge.

    When asked if the fan was in the running for the job, Sherwood quipped: "No chance, he's English."

None of La Liga's Top 3 Managed a Win

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    The theory that no one actually wants to win La Liga gained further credence as Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all failed to obtain maximum points.

    Los Blancos would have fallen out of the title race if their city neighbours had won, but Ancelotti's men decided their fate themselves with a 2-0 loss at Celta Vigo.

    Real Madrid's drop in form comes as they prepare for a Champions League final with Atletico Madrid, who could have won the league themselves with a victory over Malaga on Sunday. However, Atleti were held to a 1-1 draw, while second-place Barcelona played out a goalless draw at Elche. 

    Now, the league will come down to next week's final game between Barcelona and Atleti. A draw or a win for Simeone's men at the Nou Camp will be enough to win the title, while a win for Barca will see them retain the title.  

Preston's Joe Garner Scored a Play-off Stunner

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    Preston have failed in their last eight play-off campaigns, so fans would have been hoping for a different story in their League One semi-final play-off first leg against Rotherham on Saturday.

    The Lilywhites went down 1-0, but pulled even four minutes into the second half with an absolutely stunning goal from Joe Garner.

    Preston's top goalscorer controlled the ball on his chest, flicked it over a defender and unleashed an unstoppable volley.

    This surely has to be one of the greatest play-off goals of all time. 

Claudio Pizarro Helped Bayern Munich's Season End on a High

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    Since they wrapped up the Bundesliga in March, Bayern Munich have been giving more starts to Claudio Pizarro, and the 35-year-old Peruvian has been thriving. 

    The Bavarians ended their season on a high with a 1-0 win over Stuttgart, courtesy of a long-range Pizarro volley, his fifth goal in his last five appearances. 

    After the game, the Bundesliga champions went into full celebration mode, with beer being thrown everywhere and Pep Guardiola managing to drop the shield. 

Robert Lewandowski Earned the Bundesliga Golden Boot in Style

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    In his final league game for Borussia Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski gave fans a parting gift in the form of a brace during a 4-0 win at Hertha Berlin. The Pole scored 20 goals in the season, two more than closest contender Mario Mandzukic.

    Lewandowski's finest effort was his lovely 80th-minute free kick, which had Hertha keeper Thomas Kraft beaten from 25 yards.  

Antonio Di Natale Scored a Serie A Golazo

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    Hellas Verona gave up a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Udinese on Saturday, with Antonio Di Natale bagging his 14th league goal of the season for the visitors in emphatic style.

    The Italian striker controlled a cross with his knee, then span his body and hit a thunderous right-footed volley. 

    Not a bad goal for a 36-year-old. 

Javier Zanetti Said Goodbye to the San Siro

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    Internazionale beat Lazio 4-1 at the San Siro on Saturday, but the headlines in Milan were stolen by Javier Zanetti, who made his final home appearance for the club after 19 seasons.

    The 40-year-old Argentinean was brought on in the 52nd minute and made 31 touches with 95 per cent pass accuracy (as per WhoScored.com).   

    After the game, Zanetti was given a guard of honour by players and staff in what proved to be an emotional send off for the legendary full-back. 

Franco Brienza Quashed Milan's European Dream with a Great Goal

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    Elsewhere in Serie A, Milan's European aspirations were seriously dented by Atalanta, who pulled off a 2-1 win with a 97th-minute winner. The deciding goal was put away by Franco Brienza with a one-touch left-footed drive from nearly 30 yards out.

    The game, however, was marred by incidents of racism as Atalanta fans threw bananas at Milan players. 

     

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