City of joy

Mancini’s boys almost hand trophy to United before two goals in injury time give them first title in 44 years

Written by Associated Press | London | Published:May 14, 2012 1:25 am

Manchester City came out on top on the most dramatic final day in Premier League history,scoring twice in injury time to win its first English league title in 44 years.

City knew that victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday would clinch the title but was on the verge of handing the trophy to Manchester United when it trailed 2-1 with 90 minutes played. United players thought they had retained the title with a 1-0 win at Sunderland that ended at almost the same moment that Edin Dzeko equalised for City in the second minute of injury time.

The title was still headed to Old Trafford but the lead in standings changed again two minutes later — for the fourth and final time in a single day — when Sergio Aguero sealed a 3-2 win that meant City finished above defending champion United on goal difference. “To win it like this is incredible,” City manager Roberto Mancini said. “I have never seen a final (day) like this.”

QPR,however,managed to retain their spot in the Premier League despite the defeat,finishing a single point and a single place above the relegation zone despite its late defeat at City.

Aguero sprinted bare chested around the field as fans at the Etihad Stadium erupted with joy,the perennial underachievers finally tasting success. United beat Sunderland 1-0 through a goal by Wayne Rooney but their fans celebrating at the Stadium of Light fell silent as news of Aguero’s goal reached them.

Players stood stunned,staring blankly into space. “Nobody expected that,” Ferguson said. “But I congratulate City on winning the league. Anybody who wins it,deserves it because it’s a long haul.”

City clinched the third league title of its 132-year history with 89 points and a record identical to United’s of 28 wins,five draws and five losses. The season,which with 1,066 goals was the highest scoring in the Premier League’s 20-year history,effectively hinged on the two head-to-head matches between City and United. City won both,6-1 and 1-0.

Arsenal finished 19 points back in third place but clinched Champions League qualification for a 15th straight season with a 3-2 win. Tottenham was another point back in fourth place after Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe scored for a 2-0 win over Fulham. Spurs must wait until Saturday before discovering whether they will be in the qualifying rounds for next season’s Champions League.

Newcastle finished in fifth place after losing 3-1 at Everton and Chelsea was sixth — its lowest position since 2002 — despite a 2-1 win over Blackburn. Bolton filled the final relegation spot after a 2-2 draw at Stoke.

United vs City.. How fortunes fluctuated

The two Manchester clubs were playing different teams but Sunday was actually a face-off between them for the title. City needed a win against QPR while United needed to win against Sunderland and hope the Blues lost or were held at home to win the Premiership.

20’ Rooney’s header gives gives United lead. City still goalless,pressure builds

30’ Hope fades for Fergie & Co as Zabaleta’s strike puts City on pole for the title

52’ Djibril Cisse’s equaliser hands a premiership life for relegation threatened QPR and the advantage to the Reds; City needs a winner

57’ QPR down to ten men after Joey Barton’s red card and City sniff a lifeline; United still ahead

68’ Jamie Mackie breaks City hearts as he puts QPR in lead; City needs to score two now

92’ After coming close a number of times,Edin Dzeko finally gets City going with a headed goal in injury time; United still lead the race

94’ Sergio Aguero fires home the winner and City wins trophy; mayhem at Etihad Stadium

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