Sunday May 13, 2012 Day 38 Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 3 - 2 Queens Park Rangers

  • Zabaleta 39’
  • Dzeko 90’
  • Agüero 90’
  • Cissé 48’
  • Mackie 66’

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  1. Manchester City win title in miracle finish

    Manchester City win title in miracle finish

    Manchester City became English champions for the first time since 1968 as they beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this and every Premier League goal from 00:01 on Monday (UK time). Thanks for joining me!
    • 90+5' CITY ARE CHAMPIONS! Manchester City become English champions for the first time since 1968 as they beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
    • 90+4' City have rescued it at the death in the most dramatic circumstances.
    • 90+4' GOAL MANCHESTER CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sergio Aguero scores a superb goal, weaving his way into the penalty area before firing a shot past Kenny at the near post. Amazing scenes at the Etihad.
    • 90+3' QPR thump the ball into the corner from the goal kick. What a finish!
    • 90+2' GOAL MANCHESTER CITY! City win their 18th corner and Dzeko heads home the equaliser.
    • 90+1' Five minutes of added time.
    • 90' City force two more corners and from the second Kenny pushes away Balotelli’s close-range header.
    • 89' Balotelli’s shot is blocked by Onohua and it’s another corner.
    • 88' Wasteful delivery and Mancini is going crazy on the sidelines. QPR have their longest period of possession in about 30 minutes to eat up vital seconds.
    • 87' A vital interception by Derry and another City corner.
    • 86' Silva tries to weave his magic in the penalty box but Taye Taiwo clears.
    • 85' Anguish on the faces of Mancini and most inside the Etihad. Five minutes plus injury time and City need to score twice.
    • 84' Dzeko’s header is comfortably held by Kenny.
    • 83' Free-kick for City on the edge of the penalty area but Balotelli’s effort hits the wall.
    • 82' This time Dzeko screws an effort miles wide.
    • 81' City throwing the kitchen sink at QPR now who have every man behind the ball. It’s like a training exercise - attack v defence.
    • 80' A powerful drive from Balotelli but Kenny is equal to the task as he pushes the effort away.
    • 79' Aguero gets to the by-line and his cut back is met by Dzeko but Kenny gets a foot to it and it is narrowly wide. Some fans though it was in.
    • 78' Bothroyd booked for kicking the ball away.
    • 77' Jay Bothroyd on for Bobby Zamora as Stoke equalise at Bolton to further boost QPR's survival chances. Stoke City v Bolton Wanderers: LIVE
    • 76' Nasri’s effort is over the crossbar as Mario Balotelli replaces Tevez.
    • 75' Manchester City have had 23 goal attempts, 14 of which have been on target, and QPR just three but only one stat matters.
    • 74' A mazy run from Tevez but he screws his shot well wide and it nearly goes for a corner.
    • 73' Kenny tips Tevez’s header over the top and then Zabaleta’s shot is deflected behind. City piling on the pressure.
    • 72' Clichy’s dink to the far post is headed away and Hill then blocks Zabaleta’s follow-up. Another corner.
    • 71' Television replays show that Tevez kicked out at Barton who then elbowed the Argentine.
    • 70' Clichy tees up Nasri but Shaun Derry does well to block the effort.
    • 69' Dzeko’s first touch is a cross that is far too heavy.
    • 68' Edin Dzeko on for Barry.
    • 67' Silva’s shot from the edge of the box is over the top.
    • 66' The 10 men have hardly been out of their half in the last 10 minutes and Mancini is apoplectic on the sidelines. Mackie ghosted in from the right flank and was completely unmarked.
    • 65' AMAZING – QPR SCORE! A rare counter attack, Traore bursts 50 yards down the left, beats one man and delivers a pinpoint cross which is met by Jamie Mackie whose header puts QPR 2-1 AHEAD.
    • 64' Tevez’s cross is comfortably claimed by Kenny.
    • 63' And Mario Balotelli is warming up.
    • 62' A tense Mancini is down on his haunches on the sidelines.
    • 61' Let’s not forget as it stands Manchester United will be champions as they lead 1-0 at Sunderland. Sunderland v Manchester United: LIVE
    • 60' Barton has told television reporters that he retaliated after being stuck by Tevez.
    • 59' The ball also seemed to strike Nedum Onuoha’s hand in the penalty area in that last incident.
    • 58' Amazing double save from Kenny who blocks Tevez’s shot and then claws Aguero’s follow-up off the line after letting that effort slip through his grasp.
    • 57' QPR bring on Armand Traore for Cisse as the 10-men reshuffle.
    • 56' A great close-range save by Kenny with his legs to deny Nasri.
    • 55' Amazing scenes at the Etihad.
    • 54' JOEY BARTON SENT-OFF! The controversial midfielder is dismissed for an off-the-ball incident with Carlos Tevez. It is hard to see who instigated the contact but what is in no doubt is that he kneed Aguero and then headbutted Kompany in a melee after being shown red. He was hauled off the pitch by Micah Richards (who was trying to help) but still had time to confront Mario Balotelli before going down the tunnel.
    • 53' Manchester City have won 17 and drawn one of their 18 Premier League matches this season when leading at half-time.
    • 52' Zabaleta rifles in a shot which Aguero is unable to steer goalbound from close range, his effort from six yards loops over the bar.
    • 51' Hill hangs out a foot and the ball whistles over the crossbar.
    • 50' Kenny gets down low to save Tevez’s shot from a tight angle.
    • 49' A misjudgement from the centre-half who got under the ball and suddenly a hopeful cross was in the path of the French striker who lashed a powerful shot past the helpless Hart.
    • 48' GOAL QPR! Amazing stuff as Joleon Lescott makes a complete hash of an attemped headed clearance and Djibril Cisse fires home an equaliser.
    • 47' Aguero meets Clichy’s cross at the near post and Kenny pushes it behind for a corner. Barry’s delivery is headed away at the near post.
    • 46' The second-half begins, City 45 minutes away from the title.
    • - @cymruisrael on Twitter: QPR will have to come out now and try and score - easier for City!
    • - During half-time you can join the debate on Twitter @Lee_Eurosport
    • 45+3' HALF-TIME! City lead 1-0 and so far so good for Mancini’s side. They have struggled to penetrate but have a vital lead thanks to Zabaleta and you have to say Kenny who let the ball slip through his gloves.
    • 45+2' As so often today a reverse pass is cut out by Rangers. Silva unable to find a way through the packed defence.
    • 45+1' And as it stands QPR will be consigned to the Championship as Bolton now lead 2-1 at Stoke thanks to Kevin Davies’ second goal. Stoke City v Bolton Wanderers: LIVE
    • 45' Three minutes of added time.
    • 44' Yaya Toure could become the first player in Premier League history to win the title on his birthday. But his work is done today as he is off with that hamstring injury and is replaced by Nigel de Jong.
    • 43' Aguero’s shot is comfortably held by Kenny.
    • 42' Could Pablo Zabaleta’s first goal of the season hand City the title?
    • 41' Nervous moments now for QPR as Kevin Davies has equalised for Bolton at Stoke. The Trotters need to win to send Rangers down. Stoke City v Bolton Wanderers: LIVE
    • 40' A goal out of nothing and Poznan celebrations follow at a delirious Etihad.
    • 39' GOAL MANCHESTER CITY! Toure feeds a pass through to Pablo Zabaleta whose poke at goal is straight at Paddy Kenny but weak hands from the QPR keeper and the ball loops into the net.
    • 38' Manchester City’s starting up also has an average age of 27 years and 55 days – their oldest of the season.
    • 37' Aguero’s cross from the left is too strong for Nasri, another wasted opportunity.
    • 36' Remember Manchester City are unbeaten at home this season - 17 wins and 1 draw, scoring 52 goals.
    • 35' Yaya Toure is clutching his hamstring, another worry for City.
    • 34' Nasri’s simple pass is too strong for Zabaleta and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
    • 33' Tevez tees up Silva but he snatches at his shot and again Kenny is not tested.
    • 32' Silva’s effort from 20 yards is charged down.
    • 31' 80% possession for City but no real thrust.
    • 30' Still 1-0 to United at Sunderland and Rooney has just hit the crossbar. Sunderland v Manchester United: LIVE
    • 29' Cisse’s cross is too deep for Wright-Phillips.
    • 28' Gael Clichy loses out to Jamie Mackie and Mancini is starting to look animated on the bench.
    • 27' Silva’s free-kick hits the wall and City clear.
    • 26' Aguero has a swing at Nasri’s low drive across goal but the effort is blocked before Wright-Phillips handles right on the edge of his area.
    • 25' Cisse’s low drive is well held by Hart.
    • 24' Barry fouls Cisse on the edge of the penalty area and Rangers will have their first sight of Joe Hart’s goal.
    • 23' Cisse gives the ball away cheaply but QPR eventually smother out Silva and Wright-Phillips wins a free-kick.
    • 22' Pablo Zabaleta’s drive across the goal is too high for any of his team-mates.
    • 21' Barton is fit to continue after treatment.
    • 20' GOAL MANCHESTER UNITED! Wayne Rooney has scored at Sunderland. City now need to score and that 91% has gone down somewhat.
    • 19' Manchester City have a 91% chance of winning the Premier League today, according to Infostrada's Euro Club Index.
    • 18' Nedum Onuoha, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joey Barton all former City players and the away skipper goes down after an accidental clash of heads with Gareth Barry.
    • 17' Djibril Cisse tries to find Jamie Mackie with a reverse ball in the penalty area but it is cut out.
    • 16' Kenny gets down well to smother Silva’s effort from an acute angle.
    • 15' Paddy Kenny almost presents Nasri with a tap-in as he fumbles a cross from the left but claims it at the second attempt.
    • 14' QPR enjoy their first spell of possession but are unable to carve out a chance.
    • 13' The Premier League title is being decided on the final match day for the sixth time (also in 09-10, 07-08, 98-99, 95-96 and 94-95). The team leading the table going into the final day of the season has won the title on every occasion.
    • 12' Big cheers from the away fans as Stoke have scored against Bolton. Stoke City v Bolton Wanderers: LIVE
    • 11' A controlled spell of possession by City but it only ends in a shot from distance by Samir Nasri that is well wide.
    • 10' QPR have barely been out of their half, they are putting 10 men behind the ball whenever City are in possession.
    • 9' This is only the eighth time in top flight history that the top two clubs have gone into the final match level on points with each other, and only the second time in Premier League history after 2007-08 when Manchester United led Chelsea by a large goal difference and won 2-0 at Wigan, with Chelsea only drawing at home to Bolton.
    • 8' City play it short but again the red and white quartered shirts clear.
    • 7' Silva's cross is headed behind by Hill for another corner.
    • 6' Sergio Aguero rescues the ball in the corner, he pulls back to Tevez on the edge of the box who completely misses his attempt but it falls to Yaya Toure who shanks an effort well wide.
    • 5' David Silva’s delivery is not deep enough and QPR clear.
    • 4' Carlos Tevez almost has a sight at goal but Clint Hill pokes the ball behind for a corner.
    • 3' Ticker tape on the pitch. It’s like Buenos Aires 1978.
    • 2' Early probing from City but Anton Ferdinand clears his lines.
    • 1' We are off!
    • 14:59 And I will keep you in touch with all the events at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland v Manchester United: LIVE
    • 14:57 Here come the teams at a predictable noisy Etihad Stadium.
    • 14:55 A big day for one more person, today's referee Mike Dean.
    • 14:50 Let's not forget the visitors who have the unenviable task of trying to gatecrash City's party and who are just two points better off than Bolton who could send Mark Hughes' side down with a win away at Stoke.
    • 14:45 Mancini taking the pressure off Manchester City has been key to their resurgence in the title race, according to midfielder Gareth Barry. Barry said: "We've got an experienced team, an experienced manager, I'm confident we can get the job done. He's (Mancini) taken lot of the pressure off the players, that's worked really well for us. We've really raised our game since a couple of disappointing results."
    • 14:40 Mancini is not getting ahead of himself before his side's date with destiny. Mancini is aexcited about the future but is putting all thoughts of that aside to concentrate on the present. The Italian said: "I said three or four weeks ago I think Manchester City now are one of the top teams in England, in Europe. After (this) Manchester City can win a title for three or four years - it is possible. I don't know this but now it is important to win the first. The second (comes) after."
    • 14:35 "We are determined and completely focused on what we have to do," City captain Vincent Kompany, named Premier League player of the season on Friday, told the club's website. "I can only tell you one thing, all the players will be ready for it. There won't be the need for talk or a lot of big words; people will know what they need to do."
    • 14:30 City, eight points behind holders Manchester United in early April, have reeled in their neighbours and head into their finale level on 86 points but with a better goal difference of eight. United, who are away at Sunderland, must hope Mancini's side slip up against relegation-threatened QPR in what has boiled down to the closest title race in over 20 years.
    • 14:25 No injury concerns ahead for Roberto Mancini who has resisted the temptation to play the the same system that finished last week's vital win over Newcastle, when midfielder Nigel de Jong came on to allow Yaya Toure to advance. Controversial striker Mario Balotelli, who has not played since his sending off at Arsenal last month, is on the bench alongside the Dutchman.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Nasri, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, De Jong, Balotelli /// QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Derry, Mackie, Cisse, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Taarabt, Campbell, Bothroyd, Traore, Buzsaky
    • 14:15 A Premier League season full of twists and turns reaches a defining climax with Manchester City poised to end a 44-year wait to become English champions. I'm Lee Walker and I will be your guide to today's big match. You can follow me on Twitter @Lee_Eurosport
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers. The match kicks off at 3pm, but we'll have all the latest team news and build up from 45 minutes before then.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' GOAL MANCHESTER CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sergio Aguero scores a superb goal, weaving his way into the penalty area before firing a shot past Kenny at the near post. Amazing scenes at the Etihad.
    • 90+2' GOAL MANCHESTER CITY! City win their 18th corner and Dzeko heads home the equaliser.
    • 90' City force two more corners and from the second Kenny pushes away Balotelli’s close-range header.
    • 80' A powerful drive from Balotelli but Kenny is equal to the task as he pushes the effort away.
    • 79' Aguero gets to the by-line and his cut back is met by Dzeko but Kenny gets a foot to it and it is narrowly wide. Some fans though it was in.
    • 73' Kenny tips Tevez’s header over the top and then Zabaleta’s shot is deflected behind. City piling on the pressure.
    • 65' AMAZING – QPR SCORE! A rare counter attack, Traore bursts 50 yards down the left, beats one man and delivers a pinpoint cross which is met by Jamie Mackie whose header puts QPR 2-1 AHEAD.
    • 58' Amazing double save from Kenny who blocks Tevez’s shot and then claws Aguero’s follow-up off the line after letting that effort slip through his grasp.
    • 56' A great close-range save by Kenny with his legs to deny Nasri.
    • 54' JOEY BARTON SENT-OFF! The controversial midfielder is dismissed for an off-the-ball incident with Carlos Tevez. It is hard to see who instigated the contact but what is in no doubt is that he kneed Aguero and then headbutted Kompany in a melee after being shown red. He was hauled off the pitch by Micah Richards (who was trying to help) but still had time to confront Mario Balotelli before going down the tunnel.
    • 48' GOAL QPR! Amazing stuff as Joleon Lescott makes a complete hash of an attemped headed clearance and Djibril Cisse fires home an equaliser.
    • 39' GOAL MANCHESTER CITY! Toure feeds a pass through to Pablo Zabaleta whose poke at goal is straight at Paddy Kenny but weak hands from the QPR keeper and the ball loops into the net.
    • 25' Cisse’s low drive is well held by Hart.
    • 16' Kenny gets down well to smother Silva’s effort from an acute angle.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Nasri, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, De Jong, Balotelli /// QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Derry, Mackie, Cisse, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Taarabt, Campbell, Bothroyd, Traore, Buzsaky

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