2012 English Premier League Champion – Manchester City
Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
After the most dramatic final day in Premier League history, Manchester City scored twice in injury time to win its first English league title in 44 years.
Thanks to Sergio Aguero’s, who scored a stoppage time winner that secured the Premier League title in the dying seconds of the season, Manchester City ended 44 years of heartbreak. It would cap a breathless day that saw City go from losers to winners in an amazing three minute period.
The mood was tense from kickoff as Manchester City knew that victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday would clinch the title but any other result would have them handing the trophy to Manchester United. With thousands of sky-blue fans ready to celebrate, the anticipation of the title collided with the knowledge that City, for so long, has been better known more for failure than silverware. The fear of a more remarkable for collapse than championship was in the back of everyones head.
The game started off strong with both teams going back and forth and City pressing QPR’s defense trying to get something through. Joy broke through as Pablo Zabaleta was put slipped through a pass from Yaya Toure in the 39th minute that saw the Argentinian blow right through the keepers gloves and put City up 1-0. It was an interesting shop which it looped off the keepers gloves, off the post and into the net.
The joy was short-lived due to Yaya Toure who soon came off the pitch with a knee injury. Without their talisman, City looked weary as ideas for both front and defensive were unstable. Soon after the break when the 2nd half started disaster struck. A hopeful ball out of the back was inexplicably headed back towards his own net by Joleon Lescott, allowing the fleet Djibril Cisse to run on uncontested towards Joe Hart and fire low and hard into the net. The match was tied, and the game was on. The road for the title just became harder.
Following the goal, QPR’s Joey Barton received a red card with 35 minutes left to play because he elbowed Carlos Tevez and then kicked Aguero and had to be escorted off the field. This looked to change the complexion of the game leaving QPR down a man. Instead, the wirst imaginable happened for Manchester City as QPR replaced Djibril Cisse to add another defender. While doing so QPR seized the lead 2-1 as they brought on Armand Traore to replace Barton in defense. Traore made a run down the line and swung in a cross that was met by Jamie Macke and headed into the back of the net. QPR took the lead and stunned everyone.
As the 90th minute rolled around the game seem over and heads began to drop. Fans, players, coached all deemed heartbroken as if the title has already slipped away. Manchester City was so used to this feeling of losing games on the final day during the regular season that it was just painful to watch. They simply allow their red devil neighbors to the west claim trophy after trophy while their case remains empty.
However, through all that darkness city kept coming back and they were determined to leave nothing behind. In the 92nd minute Dzeko’s scored off a header that changed the vibrations in the stadium. The imaginable just happened and City had tied QPR 2-2 only 2 minutes into extra time.
Furthermore, only two minutes later, Sergio Aguero followed with another one to which would become the game winner. He through his shirt off started flailing it around his head and running around the pitch until his teammates pounced on him, burying him in a pile in a corner. Soon enough referee Mike Dean blew the whistle and the fans stormed the field to celebrate as flares went off all around the stadium.
City clinched its third league title in its 132-year history with 89 points and a record identical to United’s of 28 wins, five draws and five losses.
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