Aguero 2012

On May 13, 2012, Manchester City striker Sergi Aguero scored arguably the most dramatic goal in the history of the Premier League. On the final day of the 2011/12 season, City topped the Premier League table on goal difference, so needed only to equal the result of arch crosstown rivals, Manchester United, to be crowned champions for the first time since 1968.

United took a 1-0 lead in their match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light but, when right back Pablo Zabaleta scored for City against Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium just before half-time, the Sky Blues were back on top on goal difference. However, Djibril Cisse equalised for QPR shortly after the restart and, remarkably, even after captain Joey Barton was dismissed for violent conduct, the Super Hoops took a 2-1 lead after 66 minutes courtesy of a Jamie Mackie header.

QPR still held that lead heading into injury time, with City manager Robert Mancini becoming increasingly frantic on the sidelines, before substitute Edin Dzeko rose to head the equaliser after 92 minutes. Two minutes later, Aguero played a neat give-and-go with Mario Balotelli on the edge of the Rangers penalty area, stepped past the last defender and lashed the ball past goalkeeper Paddy Kenny. With the now infamous cry of ‘AGUEROOOO!’ from commentator Martin Tyler still ringing out, the striker wheeled his shirt above his head in celebration; Aguero received a yellow card for ‘excessive celebration’, but that mattered little as City became the first team since Arsenal, in 1989, to win the league title on goal difference.

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