Manchester City wins the EPL title: John Stones liquidation against Liverpool decides the race

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It was the narrowest and biggest title race in the history of the English Premier League.

A battle of pure will, between two teams that simply refused to give up.

The small margin between champion and runner-up has never been so cruel, according to The Sun.

A season of 38 games, spread over 41 weeks, with 44 players between them and a total of 184 goals.

All decided by a question of 40mm. One and a half inches.

Every millimeter counts when fighting for a share of $ 139 million which is recorded in the top two in the EPL title race.

In the case of this season, 11mm was worth more than $ 3.5 million in prize money as Manchester City blocked the winner's $ 71 million check and Liverpool settled for $ 68 million.

Boiled, only 11mm separated Liverpool from a fabulous title.

With the dust that begins to settle on the extraordinary finish until the finish, it has never been clear that two acts of desperation have sealed another famous triumph of the City.

The total distance, on two crucial technological references of the goal line, is the reason why the EPL title has celestial ribbons on it instead of the Liverpool red.

A small space can only be seen at close range.

Yet what has cost Liverpool their dream of landing the crown for the first time since 1990, making the long wait continue.

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11 MILLIMETERS DECIDE TITLE

media_cameraJohn Stones will never have to buy a beer in Manchester again after this.

The first of the two was the closest. A matter of 11mm.

To the naked eye, it looked like a catastrophic, chaotic, devastating and almost inconceivable defensive blunder.

But in the end it was an act of salvation that had an even greater impact than it seemed at the time.

The clash between the two best teams on January 3 was just 17 minutes when Liverpool's Sadio Mane insinuated behind the city defense and overtook goalkeeper Ederson, only to see the ball bounce off the post.

The city defender, John Stones, was taken by surprise by the rhythm of the ball, in a panic, hitting his attempted game against the retreating goalkeeper as the Brazilian reached out to grab him.

The ball went back towards the door, apparently headed towards the net, before Stones, in despair, spread every piece of cloth on his right boot to hook it.

media_cameraThe effort of John Stones ended up being the moment of the definitive title.

A Premier League football match is 22 cm.

According to the objective decision-making system, 21.9 centimeters of the ball had crossed the line. But not the last 11mm.

The BBC reports nine grains of sand between the reds and the story.

Instead, Liverpool is second again, city defender Stones is destined for cult status, and English football expert Dan Middlehurst looks like a genius.

Middlehurst tweeted in January: "I suspect that the liquidation of John Stones may be one of the key moments of the season."

DEADLINING, ONLY STAYED

media_cameraNine grains of sand.

In the TV portal, staring at the images that explained why Anthony Taylor's watch wasn't buzzed, the Manchester United legend turned football expert Gary Neville into a perfect summary: "So close … wow! "

Leroy Sane's second half, which condemned Jurgen Klopp's team to his only defeat in the Premier League season, reduced the gap to just four points.

And when the City went to Turf Moor on April 28th, Pep Guardiola's team knew that the victory would put an advantage on the Reds, with only two games to go.

For now, as City snorted and panted, he began to feel one of those afternoons.

But 26 minutes from the end, Sergio Aguero launched a loose ball into Burnley's box, for a shot that seemed to have been kept at a distance by defender Matt Lowton.

But in a fraction of a second, Paul Tierney's buzzing wrist told him that a target had to be assigned.

This time, according to the technology, the whole ball was 29mm above the line.

Two extra points won, City in the box seat.

For Liverpool, it could be so close, yet so far away. For City, there has never been an inch and a half more important.

– This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk

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