Manchester City and Manchester United began the day locked at the top of the English Premier League table on points, with City holding the advantage on goal differential. Only a points result for United that bettered what City did could give the Red Devils a consecutive title, and that looked like what would happen until the very last.
Manchester City won the EPL for the first time in 44 years, besting United in dramatic fashion. City downed Queens Park Rangers 3-2, but the result was in doubt. QPR held a 2-1 advantage through 90 minutes.
City gives United a cold slap just as party started
Manchester United had just beaten Sunderland AFC in the Stadium of Light 1-0, so had the three points. A draw or loss by City, that's all they wished for. The United players and their fans were on the very edge of a big celebration, already raising their glasses. Then City delivered a cold slap in the face.
It's already being called the most dramatic final day in Premier League history. With the long and storied history of the EPL, that's a bold statement. On this day, however, it's hard to find any fault with it.
City got their first stoppage time goal to bring it level when substitute Edin Dzeko found the equalizer in the second minute of the extra time. I'm sure United fans were still thinking, "that's OK, we still have the three points."
Two minutes later, as everything looked all but settled, Sergio Aguero found the back of the net and handed City the title. Fans around the world were at once elated beyond hope or deflated past despair. City Manager Roberto Mancini summed it up.
"To win it like this is incredible,"Mancini said. "I have never seen a final like this."
QPR avoid relegation
Queens Park Rangers were in a battle of a different kind, looking to avoid falling off the bottom of the table by relegation. They surely thought the side had dodged that bullet going into stoppage time as well. Luckily for QPR, they got help elsewhere.
Bolton Wanderers were sent wondering how they ended up being relegated when they thought the side had secured a victory over Stoke City. Instead, they were forced to swallow a 2-2 draw that saw them fall off the top table.
Bolton manager was annoyed with the penalty that gave Stoke the equalizer, but at this point it's history, and Bolton will have to find their way back up.
Jeff Musall is a lifelong fan of international and league soccer from around the world, He was amazed, excited, and very thrilled to watch City win the EPL.
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