Brentford earned a first league double over Manchester City in 85 years, as the Bees snatched a 1-0 final-day victory over the Premier League (PL) champions thanks to a late goal from Ethan Pinnock.
Four wins across their last five PL games meant that Brentford were presented with an outside chance at Europe if they could couple a win here with fortunate results elsewhere, and they set about doing so against a rotated Manchester City side who had already guaranteed lifting the title.
Undeterred by Cole Palmer’s early attempt, Yoane Wissa broke away and struck the post, although it would likely have been disallowed anyway, and the home side continued to grow nicely into the game.
City no doubt had half a mind on next week’s FA Cup final against Manchester United, but they still looked largely unfazed by the home side’s play.
Brentford did have a chance through Ben Mee, as the defender latched onto a Zanka long throw to swivel and shoot, but Ederson was equal to it at the near post.
In fact, the Bees were in full control heading into the second half, and Rico Henry was the next player to test Ederson among the chaos in the City box.
The home side continued to trouble, and they produced a number of chances, culminating in a dramatic winner with less than five minutes to go.
A couple of big chances were missed by Palmer before the final whistle, but Brentford saw out what was a surprise double against the champions.