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Wednesday 30 April 2014

On this day in 2012: Kompany gives advantage to Man City

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Manchester City beat title rivals United

The Manchester City captain's header against Manchester United put his side in control of the 2011/12 title race rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

30 April 2012 - Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United

Vincent Kompany scored the only goal to give Manchester City a derby victory that gave them the all-important edge over Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League title race.

The centre-half struck in first half injury-time to help City overtake United on goal difference at the top of the table, only three weeks after they had trailed their rivals by eight points. The result gave City the advantage in the battle to become champions with two matches to go, but Kompany insisted that the victory had not decide the destiny of the title.

“We are absolutely buzzing and have been waiting for this moment – but it is far from over,” he said. “To give our fans two wins over Manchester United is great but now we need to finish it off.”

Sergio Aguero had two early chances for City at the Etihad Stadium while Wayne Rooney was lively at the other end without finding the breakthrough.

It was the hosts who went ahead in first-half stoppage time when Kompany powerfully headed home David Silva’s corner for his third goal of the season.

After the break, City came close to doubling their lead when Yaya Toure fired just wide from 20 yards out. Visiting goalkeeper David De Gea denied Gael Clichy before Samir Nasri took too long with another chance.

The result left both clubs on 83 points but City’s goal difference was eight better. They had a trip to Newcastle United and home match with Queens Park Rangers remaining while United’s last two fixtures were at home to Swansea City and away to Sunderland.

“It’s a great victory but we have two difficult matches left and United have two easy matches," City manager Roberto Mancini said. “We were on the top for 28 matches and we deserve another chance, but it is not finished and if we think it is finished we will be making a big mistake.”

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “They are in the driving seat and we are up against it. We didn’t test their goalkeeper enough and I’m very annoyed to concede from a set-piece.”

Both clubs won their penultimate matches to set up an exciting finale. The title race went down to the final few moments in a memorable finale, as City came from 2-1 down against struggling QPR to win 3-2, with Sergio Aguero scoring a last-gasp winner. Mancini’s side won their first Barclays Premier League title as a result, despite United beating Sunderland on the final day.

  • Vincent Kompany celebrates scoring the winner for Man City against rivals Man Utd

  • The Belgian defender's powerful header put Man City top of the league on goal difference

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Manchester City edged ahead of local rivals United in the title race thanks to Vincent Kompany's header