Monday 22 January 2018

HOW THE TITLE WAS DECIDED

3.0 -- kick-off: Manchester City stand one more win away from ending their 44-year wait for the title, but a point for QPR should be enough to keep them up. Manchester United must win at Sunderland and hope.

Bolton must win at Stoke to have any chance of survival -- and then hope City do the business at the Etihad Stadium.

3.20 -- With City still deadlocked, Alex Ferguson's men seize the initiative as Wayne Rooney nods home United's opener at the Stadium of Light, potentially putting the defending champions two points clear.

3.39 -- Pablo Zabaleta puts City in front at the Etihad with a long-range shot which is flapped into his own net by QPR 'keeper Paddy Kenny. As things stand, the title is heading City's way.

3.45 -- Half-time: City lead 1-0 and remain on course for the title. QPR will be relegated if score stays the same and Bolton can maintain their interval lead at Stoke.

4.08 -- A shocking blunder from Joleon Lescott lets in Djibril Cisse to snatch an equaliser for QPR. At present, the title is back in United's hands -- and Rangers are edging towards survival.

4.15 -- QPR are down to 10 men as captain Joey Barton is sent off at the Etihad after a clash with Carlos Tevez followed by a series of scuffles.

4.26 -- Astonishing scenes at the Etihad, as Jamie Mackie heads home an Armand Traore cross to put QPR 2-1 up, and the title edges towards to the red side of the city.

4.50 -- City substitute Edin Dzeko gives his side hope in injury-time as he heads an equaliser from David Silva's corner. But they still need another goal from somewhere.

4.53 -- It's over at the Britannia Stadium and Bolton are relegated after a 2-2 draw. An anxious wait, too, for United after they complete victory at Sunderland with the scoreline still 2-2 in Manchester with three minutes left on the clock.

4.54 -- Sergio Aguero strikes another goal in injury-time and, in an astonishing late twist, City have snatched the title from the grasp of their great rivals with a 3-2 win.

4.56 --It's all over: Roberto Mancini (right) and fans invade the pitch to celebrate after City are crowned champions

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