Brentford pulled off a stunning upset by defeating Manchester City 1-0 on the final day of the Premier League season, becoming the only team to beat the champions twice this term.
Ethan Pinnock scored the decisive goal in the 85th minute, converting a cross from Kevin Schade after Bryan Mbeumo nodded it down to him. It was a fitting reward for Brentford’s spirited display against a much-changed City side.
Pep Guardiola rested several key players ahead of their two remaining finals, giving opportunities to youngsters like Kalvin Phillips, Cole Palmer, and Rico Lewis. Phil Foden was also back in the starting line-up after a spell on the bench.
City lacked their usual sharpness and intensity, and rarely threatened Brentford’s well-organised defence. Palmer missed a golden chance to equalise late on, but otherwise City had few clear-cut chances.
The defeat ended City’s 25-match unbeaten run in all competitions, but it had no impact on their title celebrations. City had already secured their fourth Premier League crown in five years last weekend.
Brentford, meanwhile, missed out on a place in Europe despite their impressive win. They needed Aston Villa and Tottenham to drop points, but both teams won their games. Nevertheless, Brentford can be proud of their remarkable season in their first top-flight campaign since 1947.