Manchester City had gone into the the final day of the 2011/2012 Premier League season simply needing to win at home to a relegation threatened Queens Park Rangers. It was deemed to be a routine task for a team that had stardust sprinkled throughout its ranks.
Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United side were waiting in the wings hoping and praying that QPR could perform a miracle and steal a win at the Etihad, which would hand them their 20th Premier League title.
What transpired is surely the most dramatic final day in the history of the competition as Roberto Mancini’s team somehow found the will to recover from a catastrophic error laden performance. This had everyone inside the stadium and the watching audience at home certain that the destiny of the title would once again be heading to the red half of Manchester.
Traling 2-1 thanks to goals by Djbrill Cisse and Jamie Mackie, the fans watched on in horror and had almost resigned themselves to the fact that City had thrown away a glorious opportunity to seal their first title in 44 years.
Edin Dzeko had other ideas however as he snatched an equaliser in the 92nd minute of the contest, it was still deemed by many as being too little too late as the seconds whittled away on the clock and on City’s championship dreams and aspirations.
City threw everyone forward with one last desperate attempt to salvage their season, and as the ball arrived at Mario Balotelli’s feet, it was if the next few moments were played out in slow motion. Displaying a rare moment of unselfishness, Balotelli released an inch perfect pass to the advancing Sergio Aguero who moved the ball out of his feet and lashed the ball into Paddy Kenny’s net with the final kick of the entire season.
As Aguero reeled away in celebration, he tore off his shirt and was mobbed by his team mates as somehow, someway, City had ripped the Premier League title back out of the hands of their storied rivals and would now call it their own.
Bedlam had broken out in the stands as women, children, and grown men wept tears of joy as the most incredible finale to a title race ever had swept the entire stadium into a state of euphoria, with Manchester City crowned the new kings of English football.