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Man. City clinch dramatic league title after comeback 3-2 victory over QPR

05-14-2012 09:34 BJT

LONDON, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Manchester City won their first league title in 44 years after they survived the breathtaking do- or-die battle to overtake the Queens Park Rangers 3-2 in a sensational season-ending show on Sunday.

The right full-back Pablo Zabaleta opened the scoring for the Blue Moon after 39 minutes.

The Manchester City team celebrate winning the English Premier League following their
soccer match against Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern
England, May 13, 2012. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The relegation-threatened QPR, who fought for their stay in the top flight of England football, stunned the more than 40,000- attendance home crowd with a two-goal relay in the second half despite losing Joey Barton after he was shown a red card following a conflict with Carlos Tevez.

If the score was unchanged after the final whistle, it meant the Man. City, who led the table with eight-goal difference above the Manchester United before the clash, would be leapfrogged by the defending champions leading Sunderland 1-0 in the same time.

Manchester City player Sergio Aguero lifts the English
Premier League trophy following their soccer match against
Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester,
northern England, May 13, 2012. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

However, two injury-time goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero propelled the City to outlast the visitors and win the expected title of the Premier League's 20th season in an unbelievable dramatic way, sending the "Blue sea" packed Etihad Stadium wild with joy.

While the Man. United, the defending champions, beat Sunderland 1-0 and got the same 89 points with Man City but remained in the second place of the table with eight goal difference.

Bolton, Blackburn and Wolves were relegated after they made the last-three finish of this season.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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