Frank Lampard opened the scoring in his final Premier League match as Manchester City rounded-off their season with a home victory against Southampton.
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It was a day of farewells at the Etihad Stadium, with the football almost taking second stage to the various subplots and departing stars.
Lampard—captain for the day—was the key protagonist, and opened the scoring with a classic finish on 31 minutes.
His effort prompted delirious celebration among the fans at the Etihad Stadium—keen to play their part in the occasion—and teary applause from his partner and father, Frank senior, in the crowd.
One by one, a series of stars seemingly took their bow from Manchester.
Yaya Toure—who contributed one notable barrelling run—was taken off for Wilfried Bony on 66 minutes, leaving an unmistakable scent of sentimentality in the air.
Lampard was next to go, as he as replaced by Jesus Navas 13 minutes before the end.
Finally, James Milner, who saw-off a nasty-looking injury mid-way through the second half, was subbed for Vincent Kompany after spending two minutes as captain himself.
Milner, who is out of contract next month, has been linked with a move to Liverpool, although various other sides are reported to be keen on his services.
There was one last reason for the home fans to cheer, as Eliaquim Mangala headed a corner across goal for Sergio Aguero to touch past Kelvin Davis from close range.
While the departing trio will not be easy to replace, Aguero’s late effort at least offered the promise that the Citizens can challenge for the title again next term.