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Man City crowned champions

2012-05-13 18:03

Manchester - Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday after an incredible fightback which saw them score twice in injury time to beat QPR 3-2 and seal the title on goal difference.

GALLERY: Manchester City crowned champions of England

City's dreams of a first title in 44 years appeared to be in tatters as 10-man Rangers led 2-1 after 90 minutes courtesy of goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie following Pablo Zabaleta's opener.

But as Manchester United prepared to celebrate snatching a 20th league title following their 1-0 win at Sunderland, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero struck twice in two minutes to seal the most enthralling title duel in years.

"The last few minutes were incrdible. This is for our supporters, they deserve this," City manager Roberto Mancini said.

"To win like this is incredible. I have never seen a finish like this.

"We had a lot of chances, we deserve to win this championship. It's fantastic. After 44 years I dedicate this to all our supporters. It's a crazy season, crazy last minutes."

After a nervy start, City took the lead five minutes from half-time through Zabaleta, the Argentinian fullback darting onto a deft through ball from Yaya Toure to shoot high into the net past Rangers 'keeper Paddy Kenny.

The goal sent relief coursing around Eastlands as City prepared for their championship party.

But Eastlands was stunned into silence shortly after half-time when a blunder by Joleon Lescott let in Cisse who raced clear and thundered an equaliser past Joe Hart.

Even then, the force still seemed to be with City, as QPR captain Joey Barton was sent off in an incident that defied belief.

The fiery midfielder was given his marching orders by referee Mike Dean for a retaliatory elbow on Carlos Tevez following an off-the-ball clash.

As Barton left the pitch, the midfielder then angrily kneed Aguero in the back of the thigh to leave himself facing a lengthy ban.

Yet incredibly instead of ramming home their advantage, City were left shell-shocked as 10-man Rangers took a 2-1 lead in the 66th minute, Mackie heading in at the far post after Armand Traore's swift break from defence.

Amid unbearable tension, City looked set for a traumatic defeat until substitute Dzeko nodded in to equalise in the second of five minutes of injury time.

Then, out of nowhere, Aguero skipped clear of the Rangers defence to spark bedlam at Eastlands with the most dramatic winner imaginable.

QPR's defeat was not enough to send the Londoners down into the Championship however as their rivals for the last relegation spot Bolton could only draw 2-2 at Stoke.

In the other issues to be settled on Sunday, Arsenal clinched third place with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion while Tottenham sealed fourth place with a 2-0 win over Fulham at White Hart Lane.

AFP

Comments
  • Pule - 2012-05-13 18:11

    City city city city city city city city city city city city city city city city city city city city city city city city man city

  • Maemarous - 2012-05-13 18:17

    What a game of football! Football justice has been done! Please City go for Champs league next season, bring us more of the same! Ha ha ha!

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-13 18:17

    Thank you Man City.

  • bobi.tsotetsi - 2012-05-13 18:26

    Afta 4d years yeah dat inspirin here will be seeing swallos doing de same.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-13 18:32

      That is my hope Swaiswai for life

      thabane.dladla - 2012-05-13 18:36

      Man stop dreaming! Do u see Bucs losing?

      Gladstone - 2012-05-13 18:36

      Dream on dreamer. The Champions of Africa will never lose PSL again. Do you hear me NEVER!!

      Luviwe - 2012-05-13 19:00

      We will wait and see. Pirates fans are starting to be like those chiefs fans now, one thing that makes them the same is " ARROGANCE "

      thabane.dladla - 2012-05-13 19:07

      Liviwe we are not arrogant just admit that pirates is the most consistent team in Pls that why we are no.1 cs we deserve it .So just be fair to urself and admit mighty bucs as ur Champs tli tli I foresee many tears nxt week can't waits

      salani.hulela - 2012-05-13 19:35

      Never bobi motaung never,up the trebble camps!!!!!

      salani.hulela - 2012-05-13 19:36

      Never bobi motaung never,up the trebble camps!!!!!

      Gladstone - 2012-05-13 22:41

      The Birds must enjoy the position 2, they're gonna get. Otherwise for them 'twas even hard to be in the top8. Bucs are going to Take it!

  • Gladstone - 2012-05-13 18:29

    Man City has got it, I'm happy. Imagine how I'll be feeling after the Bucs have got theirs, I'll be so so Damn EXCITED. Congrats Manchester City, the Arabs had Conquered!

      Gladstone - 2012-05-13 19:00

      Oohh Please, why thumbs down now why? The champions will conquer Europe(UEFA) now.

  • marumobongani - 2012-05-13 18:29

    they are true championship material

      Sean - 2012-05-13 20:40

      More like a chequebook team !

  • onismo.mapunga - 2012-05-13 18:37

    What a match

  • thabane.dladla - 2012-05-13 18:38

    Congr... Man city and that what will happen nxt week hehehe another treble in Parktown and I foresee many tears nxt week Woza Durban!!!

  • onismo.mapunga - 2012-05-13 18:38

    What a match

  • dirang.montsho - 2012-05-13 18:41

    Thank u Man City for bringing United's stranglehold to an end. Now for the Blue era of Manchester. Where is Young, Evra, Ferguson ?

      Mewik - 2012-05-13 18:57

      Huh?

  • fdalana - 2012-05-13 18:49

    city deserved it.

  • Given - 2012-05-13 18:56

    What a great game!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-13 18:58

    And just in case anyone wants to say that City "bought" the title, the Man U line-up today cost EIGHT million pounds more than the City starting line-up. Personaly I am more happy about Everton being the top club in Liverpool this season... :) See you all again in August!

      Daven - 2012-05-14 09:10

      Thats exactly what they did! Whats different between Man city and Chelsea did in 2005? And where do you come from now anyway???? Shouldv been a Man City fan when they were relegated 16 years ago...?? or maybe you dont know about that cause you a fan now hey hahahaa, you idiot!

      Niel - 2012-05-14 09:29

      Ferrett, I can tell you now that is complete bullsh. There is no way that the United Starting lineup yesterday cost more than City's. There is no way.

      Rory - 2012-05-14 12:13

      Ferret, go do something worth while and crawl up your own arse!!!!

      Rory - 2012-05-14 12:13

      Ferret, go do something worth while and crawl up your own arse!!!!

      Dave - 2012-05-14 19:13

      Why all the aggression and insults? So City 'bought' the title..... Just the same as United, Chelsea, Leeds & Blackburn did - and it is sadly the only way to do it these days - so I'm not quite sure what the problem is. Oh and Daven, perhaps reading isn't your strong point, but read Ferret's last sentence (from the word "Personally....."). That should give you a clue as to who he supports..... If still not clear then I will explain it further.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-14 19:53

      @Daven - I am not a City supporter, never have been, I was just making an observation. However in your defence, I agree that there are now thousands of City fans who have suddenly been manufactured just because they are winning again. Much like a shedload of Chelsea "fans" after Abromovich brought his roubles to London. @Niel - If you would care to prove me wrong, please do. I will not take offence and finally @Rory, not sure why you are so angry. If you have nothing worthwhile to say, then rather don't say anything.

  • karolo.peroni - 2012-05-13 19:09

    viva man city viva... I h8 man untd.

  • brendan.baker.982 - 2012-05-13 19:16

    man u fan but well done city

      Sean - 2012-05-13 20:41

      Yip , congrats City . Manu only have themselves to blame by stuffing up a 8 point lead ! What a final day of footy !!!

  • brendan.baker.982 - 2012-05-13 19:17

    man u fan but man city well done...

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-13 19:18

    I still don't believe it we won it in such awesome style.

      Bob - 2012-05-14 12:49

      Malavi, I was hoping City drew and Sunderland equalised in the 98th minute, see how fergie likes it when the other team picks up a result way into injury time. Congrats City you are the best team in the EPL this season.

  • Sboh Toni Sikupela - 2012-05-13 19:20

    Well done Man City !

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-13 19:35

    WOW !!!!! Soccer, entertainment and excitement at its very best !!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats City

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-13 19:41

    As for Joey Barton, well he should just be banned for life... he is an utter degenerate who has no place on a football field despite his talent.

  • rudzanisteyn.mamuthubi - 2012-05-13 19:50

    Well done man city

  • Franklyn - 2012-05-13 20:16

    Manchester City deserve this title,well done.

  • Ntumbuluko - 2012-05-13 20:23

    What happened today is so amazing,there were mixed feelings where I was watching from-I was like how can this guys do this

  • Jbyej Junaid Itaintaday - 2012-05-13 22:09

    disappointing to me becoz im a Man United fan but Yes incredible cum back City, u deserved it! well done chaps

  • Honjiswa - 2012-05-13 22:40

    Congrats Man City, u deserve it!

  • Thando Cagwe - 2012-05-13 22:52

    Junaid atleast the title is still in Manchester so no worries boet its not very far

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-13 23:22

    BOSSO KE MAN CITY!

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-05-14 02:01

    Well done City. You guys deserve it.

  • Andries Mogomotsi Tumane - 2012-05-14 05:10

    i'm happy man city as pull respect toward their side,i wish swallows can do the same.

  • RALEBESE - 2012-05-14 07:41

    Congrats 2 Man City 4 putting up a brave fight well done Guys,we need more competetive Teams in our Leauges around the world so that soccer can be more xting a job well done 2 Man city.as 4 Man untd hard luck nxt season

  • dumi.mchako - 2012-05-14 07:50

    Congra to Mna city they work for it until the last min of the game and theyb show hunger and determination and i hopen they can keep this never die attitude even next season

  • James - 2012-05-14 07:51

    well done man city! you worked hard for this title, still forever united, next season we taking it!!! :)

  • dumi.mchako - 2012-05-14 07:51

    football is very unpredictable I saw it last night

  • Lebohang - 2012-05-14 08:42

    I am so happy............................................Awe....... Good boys....

  • Lebohang - 2012-05-14 08:43

    Boso ke mang.......CITY.........Boso ke mang ......CITY........

  • Itumeleng - 2012-05-14 08:44

    Man City deserved this all players should be very proud. They fought to the end because they all wanted this title so much.

  • nhla.prv - 2012-05-14 08:47

    Gone In 60 Seconds ! Thats football !

  • Daven - 2012-05-14 08:49

    Guess whats Sir Alex Fergusons favourite movie?? GONE IN 60 SECONDS! hahahahahah

  • Daven - 2012-05-14 08:55

    Guess we gonna have a lot more Man City fans now hey lol losers, They all just arrived

  • Dustin - 2012-05-14 09:15

    THE BLUESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MilanHamichan - 2012-05-14 09:19

    The football world welcomes all the new man city supporters. Indeed, they deserved the win. Some would say extra time gave them the nudge in the direction. Aguero was marvellous. To all the deflector supporters mainly from Anfield, this isnt 1990. Utd will return stronger. Become true supporters and not new guns. Brilliant match day. As a MUFC Supporter, congrats to City. The end of an era is not as close as you all would believe.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-05-14 17:24

    What a game. Unbelievable. Perseverance and a LOT of luck. Well done to City. Fergie's mind games nearly work. For a few minutes Fergie thought he had it.Let's hope that Liverpool shine next season.

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