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Everton distraught after failing to aid Merseyside rivals' title hopes againt Man City

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez feeling sad for Liverpool. (Getty)

Everton were in the rare position of having Merseyside rivals Liverpool rooting for them in their match against Man City. If Everton took any points in their final home game of the season, they would have helped their red neighbors regain control of the title race from City as they look to finally win the title for the first time in the Premier League era.

An 11th minute goal from Ross Barkley united Liverpool in delight, but it was followed by three in a row from Man City before the 50th minute. Everton tried to fight back, adding another goal in the 65th minute from Romelu Lukaku, but it wasn't enough and Man City won 3-2. This not only gave Man City a tighter grasp of their second title in three years, but it also sealed fourth place for Arsenal.

"Helping other teams is not the way we do things," Everton manager Roberto Martinez said before the game. And he proved to be a man of his word.

Everton fans expressed their sadness for Liverpool by singing a sweary song about Steven Gerrard's costly slip in his side's 2-0 loss to Chelsea last weekend during the match. England manager Roy Hodgson, who had a brief and unpleasant stint as Liverprool boss, was in attendance at Goodison Park and also seemed to be feeling terrible about this turn of events.

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Anyway, that's why you should never leave your title hopes up to the people who would be most annoyed by watching your celebratory open-top bus parade.

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 (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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