EPL 2013-14 LIVE: Manchester City beat West Ham 2-0, win title - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
90+4' – MATCH OVER. City are the crowned champions of England.
90' – YELLOW CARD. Mark Noble got his caution from Atkinson as the match enters injury time.
88' – CORNER. Another one for City. The short corner from Nasri did reached the Hammers' box but Aguero failed to palatalise on the opportunity. In the pursuit, the Argentine was booked. YELLOW CARD.
87' – SUBSTITUTION. Yaya Toure replaced by Alvaro Negredo for City.
85' - James Milner almost made it three for City, but his attempt from the just outside the boxwas blocked by a West Ham defender.
80' – SUBSTITUTION. Joe Cole arrived to fill in for Mohamed Diame for West Ham.
78' – Superb save. Adrian pulled off a great save to deny Samir Nasri. Even with his brilliant saves, four in total so far, West Ham are trailing by two goals to nil.
76' – SUBSTITUTION. Finally James Milner on for Manchester City, he replaced David Silva.
75' – Another 20 odd minutes and Kompany will once again be lifting the league trophy. Despite leading the leading for 16 days, the noisy neighbours are proving the doubters wrong.
73' – SUBSTITUTION. Andrew Carroll's awful day came to an end, was replaced by Carlton Cole.
71' – City's domination is Barcelonasque. 71% possession, 11 corner kicks, 7 free kick, nine attempts on the goal, of which five were on the target. Yes, with a brace... they are winning the league
69' - SUBSTITUTION. A tired looking Edin Dzeko is replaced by the talented and work-horse Fernandinho for Manchester City.
67' – Sergio Aguero missed a chance as Adrian produced yet another heart-stopping stop for West Ham.
66' – CORNER. Building on a corner, David Silva tried to make space inside the West Ham box. But the successive flag kicks failed to increase the goal count.
64' – SUBSTITUTION. Kevin Nolan taken off, replaced by Matthew Jarvis for West Ham.
62' - Stewart Downing took the free kick but a City defender cleared the ball to safety
57' – CORNER. A rare one for West Ham. But the resulting attempt by McCartney from Downing's corner was not good enough.
60' – YELLOW CARD. Demichelis, all for his experienced, got a booking for a foul and conceded a free kick to Hammers.
53' – It's one way traffic at Etihad Stadium. This time the West goalie produced a super save to deny Nasri his second. Having already scored 102 goals, and still more than half an hour to play for, goal count can touch new heights for surely anointed to be Champions
50'- GOAL Skipper in action. The Belgian scored the second goal. From the corner cick, taken by Nasri, the delivery found Kompany to nudging the ball into the right side of the goal. Trophy is surely staying in Manchester.
48' - In the very next minute, City launched their own attack. David Silva released Aleksandar Kolarov perfect through pass to set up yet another assault.
47' - Bright start from the visitors as Mohamed Diame produced a cross into the box. But an alert defensive unit cleared the threat
45+1' – HALF TIME. After the first half play, the hosts, seeking their second league title in three seasons, are leading the visiting West Ham by a solitary goal, from Samir Nasri.
David Silva did hit woodwork in the dying minutes. But all-in-all, its been a satisfactory first half for the Greater Manchester outfit.
They have toyed with Hammers defense, enjoying more than 75% possession and also hitting the target thrice.
43' City continued to press hard as yet another move resulted in a free-kick. But it resulted in nothing worth savouring for the hosts.
40' – Continuing with their fluid game, Nasri scored from a brilliant team-work to give the Citizens the cup hope, the realistic one... The Frenchman's right footed shot from outside the box found the back of the net. All thanks to brilliant Yaya Toure.
35' – For a change, West Ham got their opportunity, thanks to a Stewart Downing-Mark Noble combination. But the City defense was up to the task, as Hammer's creativity failed to flourish
32' – YELLOW CARD. Martin Atkisnon used the yellow card for the first time today as Kevin Nolan was booked for a bad foul.
25' – Chance missed by Zabaleta for City to go ahead. But excellent defending from the visitors as Samir Nasri's pass was blocked mid-way, which reulted in yet another corner for City
20' – Another CORNER. Spurred by a flurry of attacks from City, Hammers conceded second corner of the match, only to be missed – by captain Kompany, who headed over the bar
The hosts, as expected dictated the proceedings, in these early parts of the game. They have also created a couple of goal scoring chances, but the Hammers are holding on and in fact, replying through odd counters...
15' – CORNER. First corner of the match from Man City as Narsi's delivery to Aguero was intercepted by West Ham defenders. Danger aborted as of now.
Manchester City XI: 1 Hart, 5 Zabaleta, 13 Kolarov, 42 Yaya Toure, 4 Kompany, 26 Demichelis, 21 Silva, 14 Javi Garcia, 10 Dzeko, 16 Aguero, 08 Nasri
Subs:6 Lescottm, 7 Milner, 9 Negredo, 22 Clichy, 25 Fernandinho, 30 Pantilimon, 35 Jovetic
West Ham United XI: 13 Adrian, 17 O'Brien, 3 McCartney, 14 Taylor, 5 Tomkins, 2 Reid, 23 Downing, 16 Noble, 9 Carroll, 4 Nolan, 21 Diame
Substitutes: 7 Jarvis, 8 Armero, 12 Vaz Te, 19 Collins, 22 Jaaskelainen, 24 Cole, 26 Cole
So, the crowning day is upon us. After 37 games, and scoring 100 goals, Manchester City will start as the overwhelming favourites to win the league. A win against the visiting West Ham United will give them their second title in three seasons and over-all four to equal the likes of Chelsea and Newcastle United.
Hammers, despite their history of playing tough football, have conceded 12 goals in three games in league and cup against the Citizens. And the season finale will witness Manuel Pellegrini fielding a full strength team at Etihad Stadium. Because, they cannot afford any slip-up. A draw is all they need to secure the title, but targeting a mere draw can back-fire, considering the Monstrosity of the occasion.
For, Sam Allardyce and two former Reds – Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, in the Hammer ranks, its the perfect setting to make some statement. The odds of West Ham beating City are really odd to say the least, but anything can happen on the final day of the season.