Manchester City v. Queens Park Rangers (2012)
|Event||2011–12 Premier League|
|Date||13 May 2012|
|Venue||Etihad Stadium, Manchester|
On the final day of the 2011–12 Premier League season, Manchester City faced Queens Park Rangers. Manchester City won the match in dramatic fashion, confirming their first league title since the 1967–68 season.
Background to the match
Manchester City were chasing their first league title since 1968, but going into April, Manchester United had an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. However, they dropped points against Wigan and Everton, and when the two rivals met on 30 April, Manchester City ran out 1–0 winners, thanks to a Vincent Kompany header.
Heading into the final match of the season, the two clubs were level on 86 points, but City's superior goal difference meant a win against struggling Queens Park Rangers would guarantee the title.
The game kicked off at 15:00GMT at Etihad Stadium, Manchester. After a nervous start for the home side, Pablo Zabaleta opened the scoring with a shot that was initially parried by goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, but the ball looped over his head, hit the post and went in. At the end of the first half, City midfielder Yaya Touré picked up an injury, and was replaced by Nigel de Jong.
It took only three minutes of the second half for QPR to equalise. Djibril Cissé latched onto a poor defensive header by Joleon Lescott, and the Frenchman fired a first time shot past Joe Hart. Only seven minutes later, Joey Barton fouled Carlos Tevez off the ball, on the edge of the QPR penalty area, and he was shown a red card by referee Mike Dean. On his way off the pitch, Barton kicked out at Sergio Agüero, and attempted to headbutt Vincent Kompany. For this he would later receive a 12 game ban, the longest in the Premier League's history.
Despite being down to 10 players, QPR pushed forward again and in the 66th minute, Jamie Mackie headed in a looped cross from Armand Traoré to put his side in the lead. Manchester United's 1–0 lead at Sunderland, courtesy of a Wayne Rooney goal, would be enough to give United a 20th league title.
Five minutes of injury time were added on to the end of the game, and in the second minute, Edin Džeko equalised, powering a header past the goalkeeper from a David Silva corner. Two minutes later, Sergio Agüero fed a pass to Mario Balotelli, who turns and falls as he pokes the ball back to Agüero, who took a touch before blasting the ball past Kenny to win the game 3–2.
|Manchester City||3–2||Queens Park Rangers|
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In 2021, Manchester City's kit paid tribute to the late winning goal, using the image of a digital clock with the time 93:20 (the time of Aguero's goal) both in the sublimated pattern and the name printing font used in European competition.
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- MCFCEditorial. "City and PUMA unveil new 2021-22 home kit in tribute to 93:20 goal". www.mancity.com. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
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