Manchester City beat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 at the American Express Community stadium to ensure that they retained the title of Premier League champions. The Citizens finished 1 point above challengers Liverpool, as one of the greatest title races in the history of the league came to a conclusion.
Here are three points of note from the game.
3. Ederson mistakes almost cost City the title
Despite having an excellent individual season, Ederson Moraes had possibly the worst game of the season against Brighton. Coming out too early for the ball and punching at thin air, he allowed the excellent Glenn Murray to score an easy header as the Seagulls took the lead to restore hope into Anfield.
Then late in the first half, when he came out to clear the ball, he slipped and gave it straight to the dangerous Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who miscontrolled it and was robbed immediately. Such moments can definitely cost a team 3 points, and in this case, a Premier League title.
2. Manchester City continue incredible winning run amidst show of character
An early goal conceded in a game as significant as this one is always dangerous, regardless of the strength and talent the club possesses. But Manchester City kept their head down, charged at the hapless Brighton defence and tore them apart, only to be saved by heroics on the line by goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and defender Shane Duffy.
A quick equaliser and a drilled header all within 15 minutes of conceding helped calm the nerves, as the Citizens extended their winning run to 14, the second highest in the history of the league.
1. Riyad Mahrez comes full circle
Riyad Mahrez scored an absolute belter of a goal to take the match out of the hands of the Brighton team and ensuring the title was retained by Manchester City.
But one cannot help but feel that this was him coming full circle, as the Algerian skied a penalty in October at Anfield to ensure that Liverpool were still in the title race. A goal here would have also helped him establish a reputation among the City fans, as his wretched start to a Sky Blues career might have just transformed into a fairytale.