Foden stars as City win historic fourth straight title

19 May 2024
Foden, Man City

First-half double and Rodri strike seals 3-1 victory against West Ham as champions retain the league

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Manchester City clinched an unprecedented fourth straight Premier League title with a 3-1 final-day win over West Ham United, with Phil Foden scoring twice at a sun-soaked Etihad Stadium.

EA SPORTS Player of the Season Foden capped his outstanding campaign with two great goals when it mattered most, firing home from range in the second minute then adding another 16 minutes later.

Mohammed Kudus gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope in the title race when he halved the arrears with a remarkable overhead kick, but Rodri restored the champions' two-goal cushion after 59 minutes.

Pep Guardiola could relax from there and City were unfortunate not to add to their lead, finishing two points clear at the summit as Arsenal fought back to beat Everton 2-1.

West Ham, meanwhile, were already guaranteed to finish ninth and end their final campaign under David Moyes with 52 points, eight adrift of Manchester United in eighth.

Title race

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Man City MCI 38 +62 91
2 Arsenal ARS 38 +62 89
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How the match unfolded

Mikel Arteta would have been praying for a solid start from West Ham, but City were ahead within 78 seconds as Foden's delicate touch took him away from James Ward-Prowse 25 yards out, allowing him to blast his shot into the top-left corner.

Foden goal v West Ham

City laid siege to Alphonse Areola's goal from there, Jeremy Doku drawing two reflex saves from the visiting goalkeeper before Rodri prodded wide from a promising position.

With West Ham chasing shadows, City went 2-0 up when Foden swept across goal and in after fine work from Doku on the left wing.

Erling Haaland somehow failed to convert from close range before West Ham suddenly grew in stature, and Kudus introduced some jeopardy with an incredible overhead kick with 42 minutes gone.

Kudus goal v Man City

Haaland missed another glaring chance just before half-time, then Kevin De Bruyne and Foden fired wide as the crowd grew increasingly nervous after the interval.

However, Rodri settled City's nerves just before the hour mark, side-footing beyond the dive of Areola after being teed up by Bernardo Silva on the edge of the area.

Haaland went close on two more occasions as City looked to kill the game once and for all, before Tomas Soucek had a goal disallowed for an obvious handball at the other end following a VAR review.

That was the last tense moment City had to endure as they celebrated yet another title, finishing the campaign with nine straight wins to edge out the Gunners.

Fitting end to Foden's season

A series of talismanic displays in the run-in contributed to Foden earning Player of the Season honours, not least a pair of match-winning hat-tricks against Brentford and Aston Villa. He saved his best for last, however.

Foden's stunning opener was his sixth goal from outside the area in the Premier League this season, three more than any other player in the competition and the most ever netted by a City player in a single campaign.

His second, a cultured finish into the far corner from Doku's cutback, was his 19th in the Premier League in 2023/24. Raheem Sterling in 2019/20 (20) is the only English player to ever better that tally for City in a single season.

While it was Rodri's goal that allowed City to breathe after a tense period either side of half-time, it was fitting that Foden played a starring role on the decisive day.

Kudos to Kudus

Moyes' 198th and final Premier League game in charge of West Ham may have ended in defeat, but Kudus' stunning strike at least gave the Scot something to savour on his Hammers swansong.

Taking advantage of some slack set-piece defending, Kudus flicked the ball into the air, held off Josko Gvardiol and gave Stefan Ortega no chance with a brilliant, improvised finish.

He ends his first Premier League campaign with eight goals, a tally only bettered by Jarrod Bowen (16) among his Hammers team-mates.

Premier League

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
8 Man Utd MUN 38 -1 60
9 West Ham WHU 38 -14 52
10 Crystal Palace CRY 38 -1 49
11 Brighton BHA 38 -7 48
12 Bournemouth BOU 38 -13 48
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Club reports

Man City report | West Ham report

Key facts

Guardiola has clinched his sixth Premier League title with Man City – he is just the fourth manager to win as many as six English top-flight titles, along with Sir Alex Ferguson (13), George Ramsay (6) and Bob Paisley (6).

Kudus was involved in 14 Premier League goals for West Ham this season (8 goals, 6 assists), the joint-most ever by a Ghanaian player in a Premier League campaign, along with Tony Yeboah in 1994/95 (12 goals, 2 assists), Asomoah Gyan in 2010/11 (10 goals, 4 assists), and Andre Ayew in 2015/16 (12 goals, 2 assists).

Rodri hasn’t lost a single match he’s played in the Premier League this season (W27 D7), with only five of Arsenal’s Invincibles from 2003/04 playing in more games without losing in a season. Indeed, he’s now gone 50 consecutive Premier League appearances without losing, only the second player to achieve that along with Sol Campbell (56 between 2002-04).

Foden has scored six goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season, the most of any player, and the most ever by a Man City player in a single campaign. It is the most by a player for any team in the competition since 2018/19, when Christian Eriksen also scored six.

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