soccer • Manchester City won the Premier League for the second time in three seasons with a 2-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday that required far less drama than two years ago.
City won behind goals from Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany, meaning Liverpool's 2-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield was meaningless and City finished two points above the Merseyside club.
As soon as the final whistle was blown, thousands of fans flooded the Etihad Stadium field, setting off blue flares. For a club that has spent so much time in the shadow of Manchester United last year's champion this was just the fourth time in its 134-year history that fans could celebrate a league title. In 2012, City won the title on goal difference ahead of neighbor United after coming from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers on the final day.