MANCHESTER, England ( Associated Press) — Manchester City clinched a sixth Premier League title in 11 seasons on Sunday thanks to a flurry of three goals in five minutes to turn the scoreboard around and beat Aston Villa 3-2, avoided being displaced on the last day by the pursuer Liverpool.
City trailed Villa 2-0 until Ilkay Gündoğan started the comeback after 76 minutes. Rodri leveled two minutes later and Gündoğan put City ahead in the 81st.
For a moment, despite losing, City looked set to retain the title as Liverpool were drawing 1-1 with Wolverhampton.
But Mohamed Salah put the second in the table ahead in the 84th minute, and that could have catapulted Liverpool to the top. City, however, knew how to react in their Etihad Stadium fiefdom. Andy Robertson sealed Liverpool’s 3-1 victory.
If City had conceded a goal in agony, Liverpool could have kept the trophy. But Pep Guardiola’s team resisted in an exciting final.
Also on Sunday, Tottenham certified qualification for the next Champions League after beating bottom club Norwich 5-0. Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski scored twice and Harry Kane scored the other as Spurs moved into fourth, two points clear of Arsenal, who beat Everton 5-1.
In the bid for permanence, Leeds will continue in the Premier after a long-suffering 2-1 victory against Brentford that condemned Burnley to relegation.
Leeds went ahead through a penalty taken by Raphinha in the 56th. Sergi Canós leveled for Brentford in the 78th, but the Spanish player was sent off shortly after receiving two bookings in quick succession. Jack Harrison scored the winning goal for Leeds in stoppage time. Leeds would have been relegated if Burnley managed to beat Newcastle at home, but in the end they lost 2-1.
City’s defense of the title, crystallized on the last day, turned out to be more difficult than expected, since in January they managed to take a 14-point lead.
City’s fourth championship in five seasons marked a milestone for Guardiola. It was the first time that City sealed the title in front of their fans, who invaded the pitch by the thousands as soon as the final whistle blew against Villa.