Mon 22 May 2023 5:49 am - Jerusalem Time

England Championship: Manchester City celebrates the title by defeating Chelsea and Leeds are close to relegation

Manchester City celebrated its coronation as a champion of the English Premier League in soccer, after losing its chaser Arsenal to Nottingham Forest, 0-1, on Saturday, by defeating its guest, Chelsea, 1-0, Sunday, in the thirty-seventh, penultimate stage.

City was within the culmination of its third consecutive title, and the fifth in the last six years, after Arsenal failed to clamp down on it, and therefore it would not be able to catch up with it mathematically.

City coach Pep Guardiola decided to rest most of the starting line-up who played the summit match against Real Madrid in the second leg of the semi-final, which ended with a landslide victory for his team by four clean, and he participated in the reserve team.

At the beginning of the match, the Chelsea players stood face to face in saluting the heroes, which is a tradition adopted in England.

Argentine striker Julian Alvarez scored the only goal of the match after 12 minutes, when he singled out Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arisabalaga and fired into the net.

The goal is the seventeenth for Alvares this season in various competitions, so that his team keeps its record empty in the last 24 matches in various competitions as well.

Calvin Phyllis almost scored his first goal since his move to City at the beginning of the current season from Leeds, but Lakim pushed his header away in the second half.

Alvarez scored a second goal, but it was canceled after it became clear that Algerian Riyad Mahrez touched the ball before passing it to him when scoring.

And the moment the match ended, City supporters took to the field to celebrate with the team's players the title before they received the championship cup, despite their club's appeal to remain in the stands.

Manchester City can win the treble this season, as it meets its neighbor Manchester United in the FA Cup final on the third of June at Wembley Stadium, before facing Inter in the Champions League final on the tenth of it, seeking to win it for the first time in its history.

Leeds United came close to bidding farewell to the Premier League, losing to West Ham 1-3.

And Leeds United remained in the eighteenth place with 31 points, two points behind Everton, the last survivor, and therefore the first will most likely need to beat its guest Tottenham in the last stage next Sunday, provided Everton loses to its guest Bournemouth.
And Leeds had been promoted from the Championship League in 2020, having lost two matches and tied in one since its new coach, Sam Allardyce, took over his training a few weeks ago instead of Spaniard Javi Garcia, in an attempt to avoid relegation.

Leeds wanted to take advantage of West Ham's strong confrontation against Dutch AZ Alkmaar in the second leg of the Conference League semi-finals on Thursday, and to ensure that the London team remained among the elite clubs, to achieve a valuable victory over it.

Leeds had already advanced with a volley to Spanish striker Rodrigo, after a throw-in he received from American international Winston McKinney (17). But West Ham managed to equalize through Declan Rice with a ball that hit the ground and entered the net (31), before adding two goals in the second half through his fast wing, Jared Bowen, who broke the offside trap (72), and Argentine Manuel Lanzini, after a wonderful individual effort by Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta. (90+4).

Brighton guaranteed "theoretically" participation in the European League (Europa League) next season by defeating its neighbor on the south coast, Southampton, who had fallen to the Championship League 3-1.

Brighton raised its tally to 61 points in sixth place, 3 points ahead of Aston Villa VII, noting that the first played a lesser match and had a large difference in goals.

Brighton advanced thanks to Irish striker Evan Ferguson (29), and the same player added the second goal five minutes before the end of the first half.

Southampton responded with his Norwegian striker Mohamed El-Younoussi ((58), then the referee canceled a goal for veteran Southampton striker Theo Walcott after referring to the video assistant referee technique, before the last word was for Brighton through his German striker Pascal Gross (69).

The stage ends with Newcastle and Leicester City meeting Monday.


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England Championship: Manchester City celebrates the title by defeating Chelsea and Leeds are close to relegation