LONDON, May 9 (Xinhua) — Manchester City will have to wait a bit longer before they can celebrate the Premier League title after they lost at home to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, while Manchester United won 3-1 away to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
A win for Pep Guardiola’s men would have assured the title and things looked good when Raheem Starling put them ahead on the stroke of half-time.
It should have been 2-0 before the break, only for Sergio Aguero to make a horrible mess of a penalty, chipping the ball into the hands of Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea improved after that let-off and Hakim Ziyech equalized after good work by Christian Pulisic and Marcos Alonso sounded a warning for the Champions League final with a late winner.
Defeat for Manchester United at Villa Park would also have made City champions and for a while it looked as if that could happen after Bertrand Traore fired Villa ahead in the 26th minute.
United turned the scores around in four second-half minutes, as Bruno Fernandes equalized from the spot after Paul Pogba had been brought down in the 52nd minute, and Mason Greenwood put United ahead in the 56th minute after a rapid turn and left-foot shot. Edinson Cavani capped an excellent week in the closing minutes with a third goal in the 87th minute.
The battle for a place in Europe next season remains close with Liverpool winning 2-0 at home to Southampton with goals from Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara.
Leicester City slipped to fourth after a 4-2 defeat to Newcastle on Friday night, with two goals from Callum Wilson among the goals that ended the visitors’ relegation fears.
West Ham remain fifth as they also lost on Sunday, with Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring the only goal of the game on 24 minutes after controlling Ben Godfrey’s pass to steer his low shot beyond Lukasz Fabianski in the London Stadium.
Tottenham’s European hopes also suffered a big setback as they were outplayed in a 3-1 defeat to Leeds United, who scored through Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo.
Brighton wasted a chance to assure their safety for another season after letting an early lead slip away to Wolves. Lewis Dunk put them ahead after 13 minutes, but his sending off after 53 minutes opened the door for Wolves, who equalized through Adama Traore in the 76th minute and won the game with Morgan Gibbs-White’s strike in the last minute.
Brighton’s afternoon got worse after the final whistle when Neal Maupay was also sent off for shouting at the referee.
West Brom were relegated to the Championship after a 3-1 defeat away to Arsenal, who took the points with goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Nicolas Pepe and a late strike from Willian, while Matheus Pereira netted for West Brom.
Finally, Crystal Palace enjoyed a 2-0 win away to already-relegated Sheffield United thanks to a second-minute goal from Christian Dembele and an 88th minute strike following a corner from Eberechi Eze.