Manchester city wins Premier League after decades
Forty-four years of underachievement – during which time the Red half of Manchester became the byword for footballing success in England – ended in the crazy theatre that played out at Etihad Stadium in faraway, but still throbbingly close, Manchester on Sunday. As Sergio Aguero, Maradona’s earnest son-in-law, scored the last-gasp winner against Queen’s Park Rangers, years and years of hurt and daily ridicule were put to rest. It was a heart-stopper of a game, a giant rollercoaster that the players and millions of fans rode on, exulting, despairing and – in the end – screaming their hearts out.
Needing to beat QPR to edge out Manchester United on goal difference, City faced the prospect of being heartbreakingly denied right at the end. QPR – down to 10 men and battling to avoid relegation – led 2-1 as regulation time ended and the game went into the last five minutes of stoppage time.
United had already downed Sunderland 1-0. Their legendary manager, Alex Ferguson, had spoken in the last few days of the possibility of Manchester City imploding. That had seemed like gamesmanship, an attempt to mess with the minds of the City team. But suddenly, it began to seem worrying probable.