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Sunday 13 May 2012

Manchester City win Barclays Premier League title

Roberto Mancini's side pip neighbours United on afternoon of astonishing drama

Manchester City won the Barclays Premier League title for the first time

Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United

Manchester City were crowned champions of the Barclays Premier League after an afternoon of astonishing drama at the Etihad Stadium.

Roberto Mancini's side seemed to be destined for second place for much of the afternoon as Queens Park Rangers produced a display of resilience to thwart their opponents.

The situation was desperate as the match at the Etihad Stadium moved into injury time.

QPR, down to 10 men for the final 35 minutes of the match after Joey Barton's red card, were winning 2-1 and set to become the first side this season to beat City on their own patch.

More significantly, Manchester United were winning 1-0 at Sunderland thanks to Wayne Rooney's header - which meant City had to secure victory to win their first title in 44 years.

With 75 seconds of the five minutes of injury time elapsed Edin Dzeko fired in to level the match and set the tone for an astonishing finale.

And with less than two minutes remaining, Sergio Aguero fired past Paddy Kenny from close range to spark massive celebrations in the stadium.

Dramatic twist

For much of the afternoon, United looked set fair for their 13th Premier League crown.

Rooney's goal, his 27th Barclays Premier League strike of the season, put them in pole position until Pablo Zabaleta gave City the lead on 39 minutes.

But after the interval, Djibril Cisse pounced on a loose ball after Joleon Lescott's misjudged header and shot low past Joe Hart.

QPR's task was made harder, however, when Joey Barton was sent off for an elbow on Carlos Tevez.

Mark Hughes' side adopted a defensive formation - but they stunned the home fans on 66 minutes when Jamie Mackie headed in Armand Traore's cross.

But with the seconds ticking away, there was still time for the remarkable turnaround, which gave City the three points and ensured they finished ahead of their neighbours - the first time in the history of the Premier League that goal difference has separated the top two teams.

Man City v QPR match information
Sunderland v Man Utd match information

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Key Points

  • Manchester City are the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League champions
  • City score twice in injury time to secure top spot in dramatic fashion
  • Late goals deny Manchester United a 13th Barclays Premier League crown