Liverpool's 2-1 win over Newcastle made sure Manchester City would have to end the 2013-14 Premier League season in winning ways, and the Citizens gave their victory parade some extra shine with a commanding 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday, winning the Premier League title in the process.
An own-goal from Martin Skrtel early in Liverpool's match opened the door for the Citizens to take care of business, and when Samir Nasri fired in a shot via the post just before half-time, fans all over the country knew the title race had been decided.
Bleacher Report's Neri Stein was quite disappointed in her favourite team:
Really Liverpool, we got the memo you were throwing away the season two weeks ago. Enough already.— Neri Stein (@neristein) May 11, 2014
Per Fox Soccer Trax, Skrtel's own-goal set the kind of new Premier League record a player would rather not be associated with:
HT: Liverpool 0, Newcastle 1. Martin Skrtel's fourth own goal of the season sets a new Premier League record. pic.twitter.com/OPeRtnoZ10— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 11, 2014
Of course, while Liverpool fans were understandably disappointed, having come so close to their first title in 24 years, fans in the City-camp were jubilant.
OptaJoe's Ryan Keaney couldn't help but notice this oddity:
In 2012, Zabaleta opened the scoring in the 39th minute. In 2014, Nasri has opened the scoring in the 39th minute.— Ryan Keaney (@RyanKeaney) May 11, 2014
The ever-entertaining Soccer Guy weighed in:
GOALSHOT! It looks like the Moon loving franchise have just taken one giant leap to landing the EPL world championship! #epl— Soccer Guy (@usasoccerguy) May 11, 2014
When captain Vincent Kompany doubled the Citizens' lead just after half-time, it seemingly looked as if City's title was just meant to be. Gary Lineker sure felt that way:
Two's Kompany! There's a trophy!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 11, 2014
And while Liverpool were busy mounting a furious comeback, the Sky Blues were already preparing their title celebration. Even substitutions were celebrated with unusual vigor, but as Rafael Hernandez noted, Edin Dzeko's role in these last few weeks was vital to the team's title win:
Dzeko leaves the pitch cheered by the Manchester City fans, without him there was no Premier League title today. Great season.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) May 11, 2014
Following the final whistle, fans flooded the field to celebrate a title that was up in the air until the very last matchday, as shared by BBC's Phil McNulty:
The Etihad is invaded by thousands of Man City fans. Sure they'll have the good sense to retreat for the formalities.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) May 11, 2014
The Associated Press' Rob Harris shared this image:
Pitch invasion pic.twitter.com/17rCNzJhYK— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 11, 2014
Congratulations for what had been a fantastic season were in order. And yes, that included fans of rivals Manchester United:
I hate saying this but congratulations Manchester City, the new champion of BPL. well deserved #NoisyNeighbour— Afiq Sinclair (@afiqsinclair) May 11, 2014
Or Arsenal, who apparently still couldn't get over the fact they led the Premier League standings at one point during the season:
Congratulations to Manchester City; the 2013/2014 season EPL Champions. After We, Arsenal led for 129 days. Sad!— FA Champions 13/14 (@KimaniNDaniel) May 11, 2014
Stats-machine Genius Football joined in on the fun:
CONGRATULATIONS!! Manchester City 2013-14 Premier League Champions.— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) May 11, 2014
Of course, we can't forget Soccer Guy:
COMPLETION WHISTLE! The blue uniformed Manchester franchise are EPL World Champions. #fullmoon— Soccer Guy (@usasoccerguy) May 11, 2014
American football star Hope Solo couldn't hide her excitement:
Piers Morgan thought City and captain Kompany were deserving winners:
Congratulations to Manchester City - deserved Premier League champions. Pleased for @VincentKompany - great leader.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 11, 2014
The Premier League title may not have been the piece of silverware City's ownership had on their minds this season, but few people associated with the blue side of Manchester will care about that today.
Winning their second title in three seasons, the Citizens will now turn their eye on international success. The team has disappointed in the UEFA Champions League in the past few years, and given the astronomical wages the club pays to their players every week, trophies in that competition are expected.
Potential UEFA sanctions over Financial Fair Play violations are also still looming, via BBC's Richard Conway:
Manchester City + Uefa understood to be still some way off agreement over FFP sanctions. Deal by tmrw still poss but next step/CAS looming.— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) May 8, 2014
But none of that matters today, as the club can celebrate their second Premier League title in three seasons:
Manchester City fans holding up an "Oops We Did It Again" banner. THEY HAVE GREAT TASTE <3— кεεℓу (@jaffacakes) May 11, 2014
The Citizens were in a dogfight for the 2013-14 Premier League Title until the very last week of competition, and much credit has to go to a young Liverpool squad, who stunned the world by keeping pace with City until the very end.
But at the conclusion of what has been a fantastic season, few will argue with the Sky Blues as deserving champions of this year's Premier League.