Manchester City vs QPR: Relegation and Title Decider Live Score, Analysis, Recap
Live Premier League football from Etihad Stadium
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.
Pablo Zabaleta, 38 mins, 1-0
Djibril Cisse, 47 mins, 1-1
Joey Barton, 54 mins, sent off
Jamie Mackay, 65 mins, 1-2
Edin Dzeko, 91 mins, 2-2
Sergio Aguero, 93 mins, 3-2
FULL TIME, MANCHESTER CITY 3 QPR 2
MANCHESTER CITY WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, for the final installation of Bleacher Report's 2011-12 season commentary for the English Premier League with me, Karl Matchett.
After a long, hard, 37-match slog for all 20 Premiership teams, it has all come down to this final round of fixtures.
At the very top of the pile, Manchester City need a home win to record their first ever Premier League title and their first league championship trophy since 1968.
At the very bottom, QPR need a single point to ensure they remain in the division for at least another season, in so doing that condemning Bolton Wanderers to relegation and in all probability Manchester City to having to suffer in second spot, watching rivals Manchester United pip them to the trophy at the last.
Goal difference could well play a key part in the final league standings come full time in all the matches—rest assured I'll keep you up to date on all the scores elsewhere, and the as-it-stands league table.
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It's been a great all-round season for the Premier League—CONGRATULATIONS TO MANCHESTER CITY, THE WINNERS FOR 2011-12.
Well how on earth do you start to analyse that day of Premier League action?!
It was just incredible.
We had goals all day long, from Spurs in the first minute to Manchester City in the 93rd.
Joey Barton will likely be suspended for next season into about October, though it surely seems impossible that QPR and Mark Hughes in particular will want to keep hold of him after today's ugly scenes.
Let's just clear up the rest of the issues today; Arsenal have ended the season third after winning 3-2 and Spurs finish fourth.
Spurs will be in next season's Champions League—unless Chelsea, who ended the season sixth, win the Champions League final next week.
Newcastle end the season fifth and will play in the Europa League alongside Liverpool and either Chelsea or Spurs.
Just as important news from this game—QPR have avoided relegation on the last day of the season.
Bolton's failure to hold onto their lead has seen them relegated by one single point.
My word, that was just an incredible, amazing, unbelievable and stupendous finish to the game, the season and the Premier League title race.
After 90 minutes, City were losing.
Three minutes into injury time, they had won the Premier League.
Full Time at the Etihad Stadium
It's finished Manchester City 3 QPR 2
MANCHESTER CITY ARE THE PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS, 2011-12
And just MOMENTS before that third goal, the Manchester United match went to full time.
United thought they'd done enough, but Aguero has scored the goal which is going to send the Premier League trophy back to the Etihad Stadium.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!!
MARIO BALOTELLI KNCOKS THE BALL ON, AGUERO GETS THERE BEFORE THE LUNGING TACKLE FROM ONUOHA AND ABSOLUTELY THUMPS THE BALL PAST PADDY KENNY INSIDE THE NEAR POST, AND MANCHESTER CITY ARE GOING TO WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE.
CITY HAVE ONLY GONE AND DONE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MANCHESTER CITY 3 QPR 2
SERGIO AGUERO HAS SCORED IN THE 93RD MINUTE!!!!
Edin Dzeko has scored the goal, a powerful header off a corner.
They NEED ONE MORE GOAL TO WIN THE TITLE.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL IN THE TITLE RACE!!!!
91 minutes on the clock
Manchester City 2 QPR 2
Can City POSSIBLY go and get another goal?! Three minutes of injury time to go!
Five minutes of injury time to be played.
Balotelli gets up to head the corner, but Kenny makes another great save.
City just cannot get the ball over the line.
Balotelli drills a shot in from the edge of the area, but it's deflected over.
The corner is played short...and they have to settle for another one.
QPR so steadfast and workmanlike in defence.
City need a goal. Two minutes left.
What can they conjure?
Lescott inexplicably gives the ball away again near his own box, and QPR have a spell of possession up the City end for once.
It doesn't last awfully long, but every second is precious for both sides at the moment.
Derry slides a low cross behind, and forward come City's defenders...but the set piece goes beyond everybody and out for a throw in.
Here they come again, with Zabaleta on the right wing, but again the cross is headed clear.
Such fantastic and determined defending from the away side, and City have no answer as of yet.
Into the final five minutes.
QPR on the verge of Premier League safety, City on the edge of Premier League despair.
Balotelli puts it into the wall, the ball comes back out but there area again just loads and loads of red shirts back and City cannot break through.
Eventually a weak Dzeko header bounces through to Kenny, who gathers up the ball.
Clichy buys City another free kick, dummying Wright Phillips and winning the set piece almost dead centre.
Edin Dzeko shoots.
It goes out for a throw-in.
We are less than ten minutes from the end, but remember there will be a significant amount of time added on.
It's just seven attackers against nine defenders in this game, and everyone is inside the QPR penalty box.
Over half of this second half has been played in or around the QPR penalty box—but they haven't scored, and QPR have, twice.
Almost extraordinary from Balotelli.
He picks the ball up near the touchline on the left channel, cuts inside and drills at goal, but Kenny beats it away.
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