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Five Things We Learned: West Ham 2-2 Manchester City (Premier League)

An injury-depleted Manchester City side fought back from being 2-0 down at half-time to claim a crucial point against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Jarred Bowen's first-half brace had Manchester City on the ropes, and looking like a first away league defeat since August was looming.

Pep Guardiola's backline - which has been plagued with fitness problems in recent weeks - has rarely looked shakier in his six-year tenure, and West Ham could have scored more than their two goals.

But Jack Grealish pulled one back just minutes after the restart, when the ball broke for him to volley home via a deflection. The scores were then levelled by an own goal from Vladimir Coufal, who panicked and headed past his own goalkeeper.

Manchester City's push for a late winner almost came to fruition, when Gabriel Jesus won a penalty with minutes to spare, but Riyad Mahrez saw his shot saved by veteran goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski.

The draw means Manchester City may need to win against Aston Villa to guarantee themselves the Premier League title next Sunday, provided Liverpool do not drop points in either of their final two games against Southampton and Wolves.

Here's what we learned from the penultimate game of the season - and of Manchester City's striker-less era...

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At the end of the day, getting a point from the London Stadium is far from the end of the world. It would have been nice to all but seal the title against West Ham, of course. 

Having been 2-0 down, though, it ultimately feels like Manchester City have earned a point rather than dropped two. Now Liverpool will have to win both of their last two matches and hope City slip up at home to 13th-place Aston Villa - who have long been safe from relegation and have no way to qualify for Europe next year. 

That's not to say the Villa game will be easy. They have several excellent players and a tactically shrewd manager, so City will doubtless have to work for their title. But the Manchester side have history in their corner: all three times that they've been in the Premier League title race on the final day, they've ended it lifting the trophy.

Big names like Sergio Agüero, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko, Pablo Zabaleta and Riyad Mahrez have produced vital goals to ensure Manchester City kept their nerve and got the necessary three points.

Thanks to the fightback against West Ham, the title is still in Manchester City's hands - and there's every reason to believe that a final-day victory could win the league for Pep Guardiola's side once again.


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