The Premier League Title Race Was Effectively Decided By Millimetres

Manchester City emerged victorious in one of the closest Premier League title races in history, pipping Liverpool by just one point to become the first side since Manchester United to win the English top flight back-to-back.

Liverpool managed 97 points, a tally that would typically win the league comfortably. But unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp and all those associated with the Reds, City were frighteningly consistent following on from their defeat to Newcastle in January.

The champions won a staggering 14 league games in a row, including a 4-1 final day icing on the cake victory away at Brighton, in what is arguably the most impressive of their four Premier League triumphs so far.

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Image: PA

They won it by one point, five goals better off than Liverpool, but the race was effectively decided by millimetres because of the two key goal-line technology situations.

City's 1-0 win over Burnley in a potential banana-skin fixture at Turf Moor was achieved through Sergio Aguero in the 63rd minute - the goal being given thanks to the alert from goal-line technology coming up on the watch of Paul Tierney.

Clarets defender Matt Lowton got back in to hook the ball clear, and in real-time, it looked as though he might just have done enough to prevent the ball going over the line.

However, replays showed that Aguero's effort had indeed crossed the line - by 29.5 millimetres to be exact. As we know, the closer call came directly in the game between the top two at the Etihad in January.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Having got in a mix-up with goalkeeper Ederson, John Stones managed to react rapidly and produce the most incredible goal-line clearance, nutmegging Mo Salah in the process. The ball was just 11.7mm from being over the line and putting Liverpool 1-0 up in a game they went on to lose 2-1.

It was the Reds' only league defeat this season and that crucial win for City stopped Liverpool from winning the league, prevented them from having an 'Invincibles' campaign and ensured Guardiola's side were the only team to have achieved 'Centurions' status.

Josh Lawless

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