Substitute Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored in injury time to give their side a 3-2 win in a game that could not have been scripted to end more dramatically, on the final day of the Premier league.
In the end, the 44-year wait for a league title was worth it, as United’s noisy neighbours went on to debunk their critics. City went into the interval at 1-0 on the back of Joleon Lescott’s goal for which credit must be given to rank bad goalkeeping by Paddy Kenny rather than the scorer’s skills.
City could be forgiven if they thought they could park the bus in front of the QPR goal and wait the minutes away. But Cisse had other ideas and put his side level soon after the break. Joey Barton was sent off, on 55 minutes, for a scuffle with Tevez in which he struck the Argentine and not even QPR’s most avid supporters would have given their remaining 10-men a snowball’s chance in hell of stopping the Man City forwards.
But what followed 11 minutes later was even more bizarre; QPR took the lead! Jamie Mackie headed the ball in at the far post and suddenly the league title began to look like a pipe dream for Man City. As the minutes ticked away, eight QPR men stayed inside their own box to neutralise their numerical disadvantage and there was nothing the City forwards could do to breach the QPR defence.
With time drawing inexorably to a close, several City fans left the Etihad Stadium in tears. Roberto Mancini was down on his haunches head in hand.
When City beat Newcastle the previous week, they drew level with United on points but were ahead by eight, on goal difference. So all they needed was a 1-0 win against QPR to win the league. And at the end of regulation time, it was man City 1-2 QPR!
Meanwhile at Sunderland, Man United had completed a 1-0 win over the Black Cats and their fans were in raptures thinking their side had retained the Premier League.
Then came the magic!
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