5 things we learned from this weekend’s Premier League action

The title race honors ended even as Manchester City and Liverpool shared a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Tottenham took a big step forward in the fight for the top four, Everton seized the day and it was a weekend to forget for Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the main talking points from a big weekend of Premier League action.

classic shock

Manchester City and Liverpool served a football feast full of incidents, goals and quality. But after 90 breathless action-packed minutes that produced a classic contest, uncovering the identity of the Premier League champions is no closer. City have a minimal lead of a point going into the last seven games but know Liverpool are waiting to take advantage of any slip-ups. Whatever happens in the matchup, the only certainty is that these two teams are way ahead of the rest.

Capital gains

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Free-scoring Tottenham reaped the dividends in the North London division as Arsenal crashed out again in the race for a top-four spot. Spurs managed 25 goals in seven games, with Son Heung-min scoring his second hat-trick for the club in a 4-0 win at Aston Villa. Arsenal’s third loss in four at home to Brighton left them three points behind their rivals, albeit with a game in hand. The Gunners are also on an overwhelming run of games before visiting the Spurs on May 12.

united unconnected

Manchester United’s top four prospects were left as bruised at Goodison Park as the supporter’s phone apparently knocked to the ground by Cristiano Ronaldo. The incident, for which Ronaldo has apologized, came after another dismal United performance that left them six points off Champions League pace. Ronaldo responded to his “outburst” by inviting the fan to watch a match at Old Trafford, prompting many pranksters on social media to point out that the victim had suffered enough.

Lampard relief

Just over two months into his reign, serious questions were being raised about Frank Lampard’s future at Everton. Six points from nine games and a lackluster display in losing to relegation rival Burnley on Wednesday had turned the pressure on Lampard. But Lampard urged fans not to panic and his players responded with a committed performance as they beat Manchester United 1-0. Burnley’s 2-0 loss at Norwich made the weekend even better for Everton, who now have a cushion of four points above the relegation zone.

marching together

File photo of Jesse Marsch

Leeds have eased their relegation concerns by taking 10 points from their last four games under new manager Jesse Marsch (Isaac Parkin/PA)

As painful as it was to part ways with Marcelo Bielsa at the end of February, Leeds’ decision to appoint Jesse Marsch as manager seems like a wise move. Leeds had picked up a point and conceded 21 goals in six games before Bielsa’s dismissal and appeared to be making a comeback in the Championship. But Marsch has won 10 points from 12 since he lost his first two games, and has even made an American accent sound great in football circles while raising Leeds’ hopes of survival.

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