The world witnessed the mother of all EPL final days. A lot was on stake ranging from the Premier league title to champions league qualification and relegation. EPL, which is known for its uncertainty, surprises and drama, lived up to it even on the final day of the season.
“You want drama? We give you drama”, said ESPN commentator Ian Darke!
And that is exactly what we got. A title that was going to be retained in Manchester, only the colour to embrace needed to be chosen: Red or Blue. It came down to the last minute of play as Manchester City came out on top on the most dramatic final day in Premier League history, scoring twice in injury time to win its first English league title in 44 years.
Manchester city struggled to break the visitors down for much in the first half, only to score a soft one through Zabaleta. They were stunned in second half which saw QPR scoring twice, one helped by Lescott’s awful error and the other one on a counter attack after QPR were down to 10 men (Barton lost his cool and was ejected in shocking circumstances).With more than 84% ball possession, City, throwing caution aside, hammered on the QPR goal only to find disappointment. They pressed and pressed, but QPR were inspired in defense and even Mancini had surrendered all self-control, raging at every over-hit cross and lousy shot as the title lurched back in United’s direction. It was only in the injury time that city managed to zip across QPR’s stubborn defense and register a dramatic 3-2 win.
“To win it like this is incredible,” City Manager Roberto Mancini said. “I have never seen a final (day) like this.”
Arsenal managed to finish19 points back in third place, clinching Champions League qualification for a 15th straight season with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion. Tottenham came in fourth place after Adebayor and Defoe scored in a 2-0 win over Fulham. But they have to wait for the verdict on their Champions league qualification till the result of the May 19 Champions league final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Newcastle finished in fifth place after losing 3-1 at Everton, and Chelsea was sixth — its lowest position since 2002 — despite a 2-1 win over Blackburn. Bolton filled the final relegation spot after a 2-2 draw at Stoke, with Blackburn and Wolverhampton Wanderers already relegated.
Well done Manager, Roberto Mancini and Manchester City Captain, Vincent Kompany. A title well deserved.
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