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|Manchester City 3-2 QPR: Aguero produces heroics as late goals clinch the title for the Citizens|
Sergio Aguero transcribed his name on the Manchester City history books for eternity with a stupefying strike as the Citizens basked in glory. Trailing by two goals to one, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko scored twice in the injury time to hand the title to City after more than four decades.
Roberto Mancini fielded an unchanged team for the final and deciding fixture as QPR boss Mark Hughes brought back the free scoring former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse in place of Akos Buszaky.
The hosts struggled to break down the resilience of the visitors for much of the first half but crawled into the lead on the 39th minute as Zabaleta found a way in with his dynamic run and fired past the stuttering QPR goalkeeper. Manchester City went into half time leading by a goal to nil and seemingly in charge of the title race. However, the league leaders were stunned three minutes into the second half when Joleon Lescott's awful error allowed QPR a way back as Cisse fired an equaliser past Joe Hart.
The league leaders were handed a lifeline soon as the controversial Joey Barton lost his cool and got sent off under shocking circumstances. The QPR skipper was rightly dismissed for having elbowed Carlos Tevez at the edge of the box. However, situations worsened when Joey Barton shocked everyone with a kick to Aguero on his way out and tried to head-butt Vincent Kompany before he was finally removed from the pitch.
Despite the setback, QPR dealt an agonizing blow to the hosts with a lethal counterattack, as Jamie Mackie headed the hoops into the lead. With Manchester United leading at the Stadium of lights City seemed to have lost it all right at the end as QPR defended brilliantly with 10 men.
Blessed with abundant options, Roberto Mancini rolled the dice yet again as he threw Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko into the mix. The hosts came close to scoring on numerous occasions only to be denied by inspired goalkeeping from Paddy Kenny.
City’ determination and aggression knew no bounds as they found their way back when the Bosnian Dzeko headed powerfully home from an injury-time corner. However, the best was saved for the last as Sergio Aguero inspired the hosts to seal one of the most dramatic comebacks in the history of the game right at the death when Balotelli slipped the ball to Aguero just inside the area, and the Argentine slid into space and struck a fierce shot past Kenny to complete a truly remarkable revival with a dramatic 94th-minute winner in the most incredible of matches which ended 3-2 in favour of the hosts.