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Last-gasp City clinch Premier League title

Published: Sunday 13 May 2012, 19.13CET
Manchester City FC struck twice in added time to claim a dramatic 3-2 win against Queens Park Rangers FC and win their first English title since 1968, pipping their cross-town rivals to glory.

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Published: Sunday 13 May 2012, 19.13CET

Last-gasp City clinch Premier League title

Manchester City FC struck twice in added time to claim a dramatic 3-2 win against Queens Park Rangers FC and win their first English title since 1968, pipping their cross-town rivals to glory.

Manchester City FC have been crowned champions of England for the first time since 1967/68 after coming from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory against Queens Park Rangers FC and finish above rivals Manchester United FC on goal difference.

Once labelled the "noisy neighbours" by Sir Alex Ferguson, the blue half of Manchester cranked up the volume as a carnival atmosphere preceded the game at the City of Manchester Stadium. But the mood soon turned ominous when Pablo Zabaleta's opener was cancelled out by Djibril Cissé's smart finish three minutes after the break. And despite losing Joey Barton to a red card, the visitors took a shock lead when James Mackie headed beyond Joe Hart.

With United leading 1-0 at Sunderland AFC – Wayne Rooney the scorer – the title seemed destined for Old Trafford, but a glimmer of hope was restored when Edin Džeko converted David Silva's corner two minutes into added time. One of the most remarkable comebacks in English football history was then completed as Sergio Agüero fired City into the lead and above United, who did not add to Rooney's strike.

"It was incredible; they deserved this," said City manager Roberto Mancini. "To win it like this is incredible. I don't think I've ever seen a finale like this. We didn't deserve to lose; we had a lot of chances and we deserved to win the game and championship. It's fantastic for the club and the supporters after 44 years. It's been a crazy season and a crazy last minute."

"You want to say it's the best moment of your life, but, if I'm honest, please never again this way," added City captain Vincent Kompany. "I never stopped believing. When Edin scored that goal, it reminded me of so many other moments during the season when we've done this before. There was no reason not to believe. It's not sunk in yet. I don't know what happened at the end, it was just a huge mess."

A point for QPR confirmed their Premier League status, while Bolton Wanderers FC were relegated following a 2-2 draw with Stoke City FC. Arsenal FC will play UEFA Champions League football next season after overcoming West Bromwich Albion FC 3-2, while Tottenham Hotspur FC finished fourth thanks to a 2-0 victory against Fulham FC. In fifth, Newcastle United FC lost 3-1 at Everton FC.

UEFA Champions League finalists Chelsea FC triumphed 2-1 against relegated Blackburn Rovers FC and there were also home wins for Swansea City AFC and Norwich City FC against Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC respectively. Lastly, Wigan Athletic FC defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3-2.

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English Premier League 2011/12

Last updated: 08/07/2012 13:11 CET



Terry 31, Raul Meireles 34

Yakubu 60

Venue: London



Di Santo 12, Boyce 14, 79

Jarvis 9, S. Fletcher 86

Venue: Wigan



Graham 86

Venue: Swansea


Man. CityMan. City3-2QPRQPR

Zabaleta 39, Džeko 90+2, Agüero 90+4

Cissé 48, Mackie 66

Venue: Manchester


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Holt 9, Jackson 22

Venue: Norwich



Adebayor 2, Defoe 63

Venue: London



Walters 12, 77 (P)

Davies 39, 45

Venue: Stoke


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Long 11, Dorrans 15

Benayoun 4, André Santos 30, Koscielny 55

Venue: West Bromwich



Pienaar 16, Jelavić 27, Heitinga 65

Hibbert 73 (o.g.)

Venue: Liverpool


SunderlandSunderland0-1Man. UnitedMan. United

Rooney 20

Venue: Sunderland

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