It’s been one rollercoaster season of the Premier League and the fight for title has been the most entertaining in years. Congratulations to Manchester City for winning their first League title in 44 years. Here we look at the seven matches that won the title for City.
1. City 1-0 United, April 30
The game turned out to be the title decider. The win in this Manchester derby gave City control of their own destiny. Skipper Vincent Kompany headed in just before half time and that goal turned out to be the winner. The victory took City at the top of table on goal difference with just two matches left to play.
2. Newcastle 0-2 City, May 6
After the win against United in derby a week before, everyone thought the title race was over. But it wasnt, their lead was a slender one and they faced a tricky away trip to Newcastle. Mancini’s men were made to work hard during the game but in the end two goals by the inspirational Yaya Toure in the last 15 minutes guided them home.
3. City 3-2 QPR, May 13
City just need a win in their final league game at home against a QPR side, who were fighting to stay in the Premier League. It looked like a straight forward task but it wasn’t. Pablo Zabaleta opened the scoring in the first half and gave City the lead, but second-half goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie, either side of a stupid Joey Barton red card, seemed to have gifted United the title. However, in unbelievable scenes, substitute Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored in injury time to win the title.
4. City 2-1 Chelsea, March 21
After a disappointing loss at Swansea which costed them the top spot in the league, City were in danger of losing more ground to United when they faced a rejuvenated Chelsea side at the Etihad Stadium. The Blues from London took the lead in the 2nd half thanks to a Gary Cahill goal. Sergio Aguero scored the equaliser for the Citizens and then Samir Nasri scored a late winner which completed a late comeback for the hosts. The win showed character and also marked the return of a rejuvenated and hungry Carlos Tevez
5. United 1-6 City, October 23
This win didn’t decide the destination of the title but in terms of message it was rightly sent. City went to Old Trafford and completely destroyed their rivals and recorded their biggest derby win for 57 years. Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko both bagged a brace each with David Silva and Sergio Aguero also on the scoresheet. The win gave City an early advantage as it took them 5 points clear at the top.
6. City 3-2 Spurs, January 22
After being knocked out of the FA Cup by United, City needed to keep safe distance from their city rivals at the top of the table in the league. The game against Tottenham was always going to be a huge one and it didn’t fail to deliver. After a not-so-entertaining first half, Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott gave City a two-goal lead before the hour mark but five minutes later Spurs were back in it thanks to goals from Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale. Defoe had a chance to win the game in dying minutes but he failed and then Mario Balotelli’s injury time penalty kept City three points ahead of United, effectively ending Tottenham’s title challenge.
7. City 3-3 Sunderland, March 31
In the period where City’s title challenge faltered this point against Sunderland at home was a very important one. Sebastian Larsson gave the visitors the lead before Mario Balotelli equalised from the spot. Bendtner and Larsson scored again in the second half and made it 3-1 for the Black Cats. With just five minutes remaining and the hosts staring at their first ever home defeat of the season but the Citizens scored twice in the space of 69 seconds through Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov to salvage an unlikely point.