Aguero clinches title for City in stoppage time

Manchester City won the Premier League title in a dramatic manner that defied belief. Trailing 2-1 at home to Queens Park Rangers after 90 minutes, they conjured up two goals in stoppage time to become champions. Sergio Aguero scored the winner.

It was a traumatic if ultimately triumphant match for City fans, who have had to wait since 1968 for a title. It seemed their hopes had gone as their team laboured to overcome a QPR side that defied them after having their captain Joey Barton sent off for violent conduct.

Manager Roberto Mancini was almost speechless after the game. "Five minutes from the end I did not think we could win this game," he said. "We deserved to win this championship. After 44 years I dedicate this to all our supporters."

City captain Vincent Kompany was stunned by the way the title was won. "I want to say it is the best moment of my life," he said, "but if I'm honest then I would say please never again this way. We have been so good at home all season but in the second half we just couldn't get through the QPR defence. Did I give up? No, I never stopped believing."

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was gracious about his neighbours' success. Eventually. First he had his customary sardonic dig. "Everybody expected City to win, but they did it against 10 men for half an hour and with five extra minutes to help them," he said. "But I congratulate City on winning the league. Anybody who wins it deserves it, because it's a long haul."

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