Man City fans break crossbar during pitch invasion 2 months ago

Man City fans break crossbar during pitch invasion

How's your nerves? Shot to pieces? Yeah, ours too

We're not excusing the pitch invasion that followed Manchester City's dramatic win over Aston Villa on Sunday, but you can - after all that happened at the Etihad - understand it.


City, after a frankly ridiculous game of football, are champions again.

City sealed dramatic comeback

For all the world, it seemed they'd blown it. Matty Cash had put Aston Villa ahead at the Etihad in the first half and, with 20 minutes remaining, Philippe Coutinho - narrative - doubled the visitors' lead.


Liverpool, who ended up beating Wolves 3-1 at Anfield, would have been champions had it stayed the same, but no.

A header from Ilkay Gundogan halved the deficit with 14 minutes to go. Rodri levelled two minutes from distance. Then, after terrific work from Kevin De Bruyne, Gundogan scored a second from close range. Three goals in five minutes - enough to get them over the line.

city fans crossbar pitch invasion

City fans' pitch invasion


City fans poured onto the pitch at full-time, following the recent trend of pitch invasions.

Many of them congregated in the goal areas, with some clambering up onto the goal frame. Within seconds, the crossbar began to bow and, inevitably, snapped  as more and more supporters piled on.

The crowds remained in place for some time before eventually being ushered back to the stands before the trophy lift.


The win means City finish the season a point ahead of Liverpool at the Premier League summit.

The result confirmed that Liverpool will not win an unprecedented quadruple, but can win a third trophy when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris next week.


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