Manchester City may have had their fans worried for an hour, but they eventually cantered to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Securing the three points takes them to the top of the Premier League table with just one game remaining.
It took City 64 minutes to break the deadlock at the Etihad Stadium, but once Edin Dzeko hit the back of the net, the floodgates opened. The Bosnian scored again before Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure struck at the death.
Toure's goal was the pick of the bunch as he ran a full 50 yards in the dying seconds before slotting home.
The BBC's Guy Mowbray describes the emotions flowing round the Etihad when Toure netted the fourth:
Been sitting right behind Pellegrini. That Toure goal brought the most emotion and biggest smile we've seen from him in England yet— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) May 7, 2014
Toure's performance brought question marks over why he was not named Player of the Season, including from Richard Keys:
How can Yaya Toure not be Player of the Season? He's been magnificent. 20 P Lge goals. Been saying it - votes come in too soon.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) May 7, 2014
The Ivorian's goal did not just round off an excellent result for City, but it also took them to another landmark for the season, as noted by the Daily Telegraph's Mark Ogden:
Nice way to get one hand on the PL trophy by hitting 100th league goal of the season in injury time. #mcfc— Mark Ogden (@MOgdenTelegraph) May 7, 2014
This was the moment the 100th goal went in:
Opta were reliable, as ever, to offer up the stats. They noted that City were only the second team to achieve this feat:
100 - Man City are only the second team in Premier League history to score 100+ goals in a single season (after Chelsea in 09-10). Frenzy.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 7, 2014
Opta also pointed out that City had timed their run to the top of the Premier League table to perfection:
11 - Days spent at the top of the PL this season: Arsenal 128 Chelsea 64 Liverpool 59 Man City 11 Man Utd 2 Timing.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 7, 2014
Unsurprisingly, as City move into pole position to win the Premier League title, there has been a certain amount of mockery pointed in the direction of Liverpool, including this creation at the Etihad:
However, City fans did not get away unscathed when it came to the mickey-taking:
It is City who are set to have the last laugh, though, and Dzeko summed up their situation with a wry smile:
If Manuel Pellegrini's men can now avoid defeat against West Ham on the final day of the season, they will lift the Premier League trophy. Given their rampant performance in the second half on Wednesday, it is hard to see them slipping up against the Hammers.
The defeat does little to affect Aston Villa's season as they are already safe. Paul Lambert's side fall to 15th in the Premier League as Sunderland leap-frog them, but they could finish as high as 12th with a victory at Tottenham on the last day of the campaign.
They'll need to perform much better than they did against City in order to do so.