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That Wembley belief from 12 months earlier carried City a long way.
Having led the Premier League for much of the season, the Blues recovered from an early spring slump to overtake United at the top as Vincent Kompany netted the only goal of April’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.
The equation was simple: two wins from the remaining two games meant City’s first league championship for 44 years.
Newcastle stood as a formidable foe in the first of these encounters. Alan Pardew’s side were the surprise package of the season and chasing a Champions League spot following a sensational midweek win over Chelsea.
They were second best throughout as City rose to the occasion, but the would-be champions were unable to land a decisive blow.
Roberto Mancini turned to a plan B that had served him well throughout the campaign. Nigel de Jong was introduced to play at the base of midfield, unleashing Toure upon a tiring defence.
The Dutchman fed Toure in the 70th minute, who in turn exchanged passes with Sergio Aguero before superbly finding the bottom corner through an unerring 25-yard strike.
City’s midfield superstar added a second to close out the 2-0 win in what felt like a decisive triumph before the formality of a home match against relegation-threatened QPR.
Of course, things did not quite play out in this way. The iconic act of City’s title triumph belonged to Aguero.
But without the cooler, more calculated brilliance of Toure a week earlier there would have been no "Aguero Moment."