Saturday 24 August 2019

Memories of Aguero's title-winning goal

Sergio Aguero scores City's winning goal against QPR
Sergio Aguero scores City's winning goal against QPR

Sergio Aguero is now the most prolific goalscorer in Manchester City's history.

The Argentinian netted his 178th goal since joining City in a £38million deal in 2011 to put City 3-2 up in their Champions League clash against Napoli and beat the record of Eric Brook, which had stood since 1939.

Of those strikes, there is one that stands out - the memorable and dramatic last-gasp title clincher of 2012.

Heading into stoppage time of the final game of the season against QPR trailing 2-1, City looked to have surrendered the Premier League title to rivals Manchester United.

But Edin Dzeko set up a dramatic finale by equalising and Aguero sparked scenes of delirium at the Etihad Stadium by latching onto a Mario Balotelli pass, skipping past a challenge and lashing home to snatch the crown.

The goal was timed at 93 minutes and 20 seconds and made for the most remarkable climax to a title race which had already seen many twists and turns.

Here, Press Association Sport looks back at some of the reflections of that moment from those closely involved.

"There were two seconds when so many things were going through my head. I thought about shooting, about playing a one-two, that we were going to get a penalty, that we weren't. Finally the moment arrived when I just had to shoot. When I scored, to be honest, I don't remember too much of what happened. I just remember that I was so emotional that I threw my shirt off." - Aguero, to City TV.

"It was a crazy finish to a crazy season. I have never seen a finale like this. In the history of the club, a finale like this does not exist." - City manager Roberto Mancini.

"It is one big blur. I remember jumping on top of Sergio when he scored the goal. He was crying on the floor. All the guys were pouring their eyes out. You don't see strong personalities like that showing their emotion so often. For us to do it was one of the best moments of my life, together with my wedding and the birth of my child." - City captain Vincent Kompany.

"It was a moment of pure joy we all shared together. It's something you can't really describe." - l eft-back Gael Clichy.

"It was a crazy feeling. I don't think something like this will happen again." - s triker Edin Dzeko.

"I think everyone in the stadium lost it. I think everyone just embraced anyone. I don't know where I was going. I would have lapped the pitch 10 times, but Gael (Clichy) came in my direction and we embraced... I didn't want to let him go." - g oalkeeper Joe Hart.

"I can't really find the words to describe what happened. The way it finished was unbelievable." - m idfielder Gareth Barry.

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