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

Title race honors came to an end even as Manchester City and Liverpool shared a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Tottenham took a big step forward in the battle 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 huge weekend of Premier League action.

Classic confrontation

Manchester City and Liverpool served up a football feast full of incidents, goals and quality. But after 90 minutes of breathtaking action that produced a classic contest, finding out the identities of the Premier League champions doesn’t come any closer. City hold a slender one-point advantage going into the final seven games, but know that Liverpool are waiting to pounce on any slip. Whatever happens in the run-in, the only certainty is that these two teams are one step ahead of the others.

Capital gains

Tottenham, who scored for free, reaped the dividends in the North London Division as Arsenal again crashed out in the race for a top-four spot. Spurs have scored 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 defeat in four at home to Brighton left them three points behind their rivals, but one game less. The Gunners also have a daunting run of encounters before traveling to Spurs on May 12.

United offline

Manchester United’s top four prospects were so bruised at Goodison Park that the supporter’s phone was apparently knocked over by Cristiano Ronaldo. The incident – for which Ronaldo has apologized – came after another terrible United performance six points off Champions League pace. Ronaldo responded to his ‘outburst’ by inviting the fan to watch a game at Old Trafford, prompting many on social media to point out that the victim had suffered enough.

Lampard bas-relief

Just over two months into his reign, serious questions arose over Frank Lampard’s Everton future. Six points from nine games and a tasteless loss to relegation rivals Burnley on Wednesday had increased 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 it an even better weekend for Everton, who now have a four-point cushion above the drop zone.

walk together

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