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English best season ends in Man. City last-gasp drama

05-14-2012 09:37 BJT

LONDON, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The voted best season in the Premier League's 20 years brought the curtain down on sunday when Manchester City won dramatically to clinch the title and added more thriller to the 2011/12 campaign.

It is Man. City's 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.

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

The relegation-threatened QPR 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 whistle, it meant Man. City, who led the table with eight-goal difference above the United before the clash, would be leapfrogged by the defending champions leading Sunderland 1-0 in the same time.

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

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

It's a new record of most points that a Premier League side get without winning the champion.

It's the first time in Premier League history that the champion is decided by the goal difference, which could be seen as reflection of a season impressed many fans by memorable attacking- football matches, intense competitions and uncertainties at both ends of the table.

Before Sunday's last round clash, not only the title but also the next season's Champions League berths and final relegation spot are yet to be decided.

QPR though lost to Man. City, still stayed in the League by a point advantage over the 18th-placed Bolton.

Bolton, who failed to get one more point after drawing 2-2 at Stoke, joined the already-down Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers and was relegated from the league's top flight after their 11-year stay.

Though leaving the big stage, Bolton brought emotional moments to this season when the club showed its warm support to their midfielder Fabrice Muamba who suffered a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup quarterfinal in March.

The manager and players united behind Muamba when his life was overshadowed by the collapse. The club also decided to postpone the following match in the week to accompany the fighter of life in hospital.

The champions league places were also decided in the season's last day.

Arsenal clinched their berth after they came from behind to beat West Brom 3-2 and finished third in the table.

Tottenham hotspur, who saw off Fulham 2-0 and secured a top- four finish, can only go to the Champions League next season if the six-placed Chelsea lose the final against Bayern Munich on May 19th.

If the Blues win the UEFA final, they will automatically get one berth as the defending champion next season and hotspur will lose it as the Premier Leauge only get an utmost of four tickets.

The season is deemed to be remembered by City's fans.

The smaller club in the same city with the United now can open a new page after they ruled the season in most of time including two convincing victories over the red devil at both Old Trafford and their unbeaten home stadium.

The League, dominated by Man. United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the past decade, now sees the new member of the champions clubs and is being diverted from an era of "big four" to "big five".

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

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Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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