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Manchester City v. Queens Park Rangers (2012)

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Manchester City v. Queens Park Rangers (2012)
Event2011–12 Premier League
Date13 May 2012
VenueEtihad Stadium, Manchester
RefereeMike Dean

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.[1]

Background to the match[edit]

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.[2]


First half[edit]

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.

Second half[edit]

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 City3–2Queens Park Rangers
Zabaleta Goal 39'
Dzeko Goal 90+2'
Agüero Goal 90+4'
Report Cissé Goal 48'
Mackie Goal 66'
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Mike Dean
GK 12 England Joe Hart
RB 22 Argentina Pablo Zabaleta
CB 5 England Joleon Lescott
CB 15 Belgium Vincent Kompany (c) Yellow card 43'
LB 22 France Gael Clichy
CM 42 Ivory Coast Yaya Touré Substituted off 45'
CM 18 England Gareth Barry Substituted off 69'
RAM 19 France Samir Nasri
CAM 32 Argentina Carlos Tevez Substituted off 76'
LAM 21 Spain David Silva
ST 10 Argentina Sergio Agüero Yellow card 90+5'
GK 30 Romania Costel Pantilimon
DF 2 England Micah Richards
DF 13 Serbia Aleksandar Kolarov
MF 34 Netherlands Nigel de Jong Substituted in 45'
MF 7 England James Milner
MF 10 Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Dzeko Substituted in 69'
FW 45 Italy Mario Balotelli Substituted in 76'
Italy Roberto Mancini
GK 1 Republic of Ireland Paddy Kenny
RB 42 England Nedum Onuoha
CB 3 England Clint Hill
CB 35 England Anton Ferdinand
LB 34 Nigeria Taye Taiwo
RM 12 Scotland Jamie Mackie
CM 17 England Joey Barton (c) Red card 55'
CM 4 England Shaun Derry
LM 32 England Shaun Wright-Phillips
ST 52 England Bobby Zamora
ST 32 France Djibril Cissé Yellow card 27'
GK 24 Czech Republic Radek Cerny
DF 13 Senegal Armand Traoré
DF 6 Wales Danny Gabbidon
MF 7 Morocco Adel Taarabt
MF 14 Hungary Ákos Buzsáky
FW 10 England Jay Bothroyd Yellow card 77' Substituted in 76'
FW 9 England DJ Campbell
Wales Mark Hughes
Man of the Match: Match rules
  • 90 minutes
  • No extra time or penalties
  • Nine named substitutes, of which up to three may be used


The win sealed Manchester City's first league title since the 1967–68 season; captain Vincent Kompany lifted the Premier League trophy after the match.


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.[3]


  1. "Man City 3-2 QPR". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  2. Kay, Alex. "Manchester City vs. QPR: Preview, Live Stream, Start Time and More". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  3. MCFCEditorial. "City and PUMA unveil new 2021-22 home kit in tribute to 93:20 goal". Retrieved 2021-11-21.

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