Is this Manchester City game the craziest in Premier League history?

Manchester City 3-2 QPR: The wildest finale the Premier League has ever seen.

Let’s set the scene.

After closing the gap on a capitulating Manchester United, Manchester City had to beat strong relegation candidates QPR – at home – to win their first Premier League title in 44 years.

On the final day of the 2011-12 season, Mark Hughes’s QPR couldn’t roll over for City, given the looming threat of relegation.

Scroll down to see Agueroooooooooo…

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But Roberto Mancini’s City looked strong in their run-in, beating Manchester United at the Etihad and Norwich and Newcastle away from home.

It started well, with unlikely scorer Pablo Zabaleta bagging in the 39th minute. But QPR’s Djibril Cisse ran clear and scored early in the second half, making 48,000 fans in the Etihad shit themselves.

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In the 55th minute, the whole game went utterly mental. Joey Barton was sent off after a tangle with Carlos Tevez and then kicked out at Sergio Aguero and attempted to headbutt Vincent Kompany before finally making his way down the tunnel.

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But it was 10-man QPR who drew second blood, with Jamie Mackie scoring against the run of play.

City would remain 2-1 down until the 92nd minute, when Edin Dzeko headed home from a corner to square things up. But it wasn’t enough, and with Manchester United leading 1-0 at Sunderland, City had to clinch another one in the couple of minutes remaining.

Enter Sergio Aguero. Shaun Wright-Phillips gave the ball away cheaply in the Man City half and the resulting throw-in launched the hosts’ next attack.

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Aguero received the ball before shifting it into the feet of Mario Balotelli who, swarmed by QPR players, managed to roll the ball back into the onrushing Aguero’s path.

The Argentine feinted a shot to leave Nedum Onouha flailing and smashed the ball past Paddy Kenny, snatching the title from Man United and bringing it home to the Blue side of Manchester for the first time in decades.

The crowd went wild, and so did Martin Tyler. What. A. Game.

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Here’s Aguero’s winner in all its glory.

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2 thoughts on “Is this Manchester City game the craziest in Premier League history?

  1. It was crazy for the QPR fans too. The constant checks on what was going down at Stoke, knowing Bolton needed to better our result to leapfrog us and leave us in that last relegation spot. The celebrations that greeted Mackie’s goal say it all, and how much ground did the boy cover to get on the end of that cross, sheer joy.
    Yet Rs fans certainly have more of an affinity with City and their fans than their neighbours. It comes from both clubs historical ability to grab an unlikely defeat from the jaws of victory and memories of snowy away days at the likes of Chesterfield and beyond, as we yo yo’d up and down the leagues. Utd are seen somewhat as the Che**ea of the north (if you know your QPR fans…..), the snotty bully you’d love to give a bloody nose to. This feeling was compounded by the ever cheating Ashley Young’s horrendous dive that resulted in Hoops legend and captain Shaun Derry being sent off at Old Trafford weeks before.
    In short, if we were safe we wanted City to win the league, and we knew we safe fully four minutes before the final whistle at the Etihad. To a man, women, child and dog, Rangers fans stayed to watch City lift the trophy before making our way to the then wonderful Lass O’gowrie pub singing. ‘Are you watching Ashley Young’.

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