13 May 2012 16:01 GMT
Manchester City scored twice in stoppage time to be crowned champions for the first time in 44 years by beating Queens Park Rangers to win the Premier League on goal difference amid almost unbearable drama.
City’s hopes of claiming the title looked to be slipping away as QPR – safe after Stoke City drew with Bolton – held on desperately to an unlikely lead and Manchester United led at Sunderland.
City, needing three points to clinch the prize, led through Pablo Zabaleta at half-time but Djibril Cisse levelled for QPR just after the break.
QPR lost Joey Barton after he was shown a red card following a clash with Carlos Tevez but then stunned the Etihad Stadium into silence as Jamie Mackie headed them in front.
City set up permanent camp in QPR’s half but looked to be condemned to misery as QPR keeper Paddy Kenny produced a string of saves to ensure Mark Hughes’ side held firm.
Then, as the clock ticked into five minutes of additional time, City and their supporters were transported from the depths of despondency to the highest high in the space of moments.
THE CLOSEST OF FINISHES
- Man City are the first team to win the league title on goal difference since Arsenal pipped Liverpool in 1989.
- With 89 points, Man United have set a new record for most points in a 38-game Premier League season without winning the title
Substitute Edin Dzeko headed an equaliser two minutes into the extra period and then – in a stadium almost bordering on hysteria – Sergio Aguero drove into the penalty area and flashed a finish past Kenny.
The Etihad Stadium was an explosion of joy and relief as 44 years of frustration poured out, Aguero wheeling his shirt about his head in celebration and manager Roberto Mancini, who had cut an increasingly frantic figure, racing around on the turf in ecstasy.
As Mike Dean’s final whistle blew, the reality dawned on City as they capped a run of form that has seen them overturn United’s eight-point advantage in the space of five weeks.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy
And for supporters who have suffered watching the successes of neighbours United under Sir Alex Ferguson, this was the perfect moment of redemption.
The atmosphere was a mixture of the tense and triumphal as the teams came out to a torrent of golden ticker tape raining down from the stands.
QPR’s intentions soon became clear as City ran into massed ranks of resistance and the early celebratory mood became tense as Mancini’s side struggled to fashion clear-cut chances.
The breakthrough finally came six minutes before half-time. Yaya Toure had been struggling for some time with a hamstring injury, but he was able to play in Zabaleta and his shot squirmed through the hands of QPR keeper Kenny and in off the far post.
QPR were level shortly after the restart when Cisse took advantage of Joleon Lescott’s poor header to beat Hart – but they were then plunged even further into a rearguard action when Barton was sent off.
The moment City won the Premier League title
He will claim he was provoked by Tevez, but he can have no complaints as he raised his arm to the Argentine and then kicked his fellow countryman Aguero after he received the red card.
QPR lifted the siege in stunning fashion when Mackie stole in at the far post to head them in front and all City’s efforts were thwarted as Kenny saved well from David Silva, Aguero and Dzeko among others.
It looked like the day that had started for City with such anticipation and expectation was going to end in despair – then came the finale and the goals from Dzeko and Aguero that will live forever in the memories of every City fan who witnessed them.
- 25 Hart
- 04 Kompany
- 05 Zabaleta
- 06 Lescott
- 22 Clichy
- 18 Barry (Dzeko – 69′ )
- 19 Nasri
- 21 Silva
- 42 Y Toure (De Jong – 44′ )
- 16 Aguero Booked
- 32 Tevez (Balotelli – 75′ )
- 30 Pantilimon
- 02 Richards
- 13 Kolarov
- 07 Milner
- 34 De Jong
- 10 Dzeko
- 45 Balotelli
Queens Park Rangers
- 01 Kenny
- 03 Hill
- 34 Taiwo
- 35 Ferdinand
- 42 Onuoha
- 04 Derry
- 17 Barton Dismissed
- 32 Wright-Phillips
- 12 Mackie
- 23 Cisse (Traore – 59′ )
- 52 Zamora (Bothroyd – 76′ Booked )
- 24 Cerny
- 06 Gabbidon
- 13 Traore
- 07 Taarabt
- 14 Buzsaky
- 09 Campbell
- 10 Bothroyd
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Roberto Mancini was born on November 27th, 1964 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Mancini
November 27th, 1964
11 + 27 +1+9+6+4 = 58 = his life lesson = Give me a break. Overtime.
November 27th, 1964
11 + 27 +2+0+1+1 = 42 = his personal year (from November 27th, 2011 to November 26th, 2012) = Everybody loves Roberto.
42 year + 4 (April) = 46 = his personal month (from April 27th, 2012 to May 26th, 2012) = Historic. Making history.
46 month + 12 (12th of the month on Saturday May 12th, 2012) = 58 = his personal day (from his time of birth on Saturday May 12th, 2012 until his time of birth on Sunday May 13th, 2012) = Getting a break. Winning in overtime.
[When his number (58 (his life lesson number)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience. So today was HIS day!!!]
46 month + 13 (13th of the month on Sunday May 13th, 2012) = 59 = his personal day (from his time of birth on Sunday May 13th, 2012 until his time of birth on Monday May 14th, 2012) = Redeeming himself.
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