City crowned champions
Manchester City produced one of the most remarkable late comebacks in Premier League history by scoring two stoppage-time goals to beat QPR and be crowned champions for the first time in 44 years.
Going into the final day, City were 1/9 to lift the trophy but the title looked to be slipping through their hands before Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero struck twice within five minutes of injury time to provide one final twist in the title race on the most dramatic of season-enders.
City struggled to break the Rangers’ defence down early on but Pablo Zabaleta’s opener and first goal of the season shortly before the break looked to have given the leaders the perfect platform.
Joleon Lescott’s misguided header, however, soon after the re-start allowed Djibril Cisse to equalise before tempers frayed when ex-City bad boy Joey Barton was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Carlos Tevez.
Barton’s dismissal only spurred QPR’s ten men on, though, who at 20/1 before kick-off, threatened to land one of the shocks of the season after stunning the hosts moments later as Jamie Mackie powered in a header at the back post.
City were camped in the opposition’s half for the remainder of the game but an equaliser eluded them until Dzeko converted David Silva's corner before Aguero’s last gasp winner sent City fans into ecstasy.
Victory sees Roberto Mancini’s side take top spot on goal difference ahead of city rivals Manchester United and are available at 13/8 with Betfred to make it back-to-back league crowns next season.
Wayne Rooney's 27th goal of another prolific campaign gave the holders the edge at Sunderland and led the way at full-time, only to be denied by the extraordinary late drama at the Etihad Stadium. Alex Ferguson's men are 11/4 with William Hill to retake their title next time around.
There were celebrations amongst the QPR ranks too as, despite defeat, Bolton’s failure to secure the win they needed at Stoke consigned them to relegation while Mark Hughes’ men look forward to a second season in the top flight.
Goals from Mark Davies and namesake Kevin put the Trotters on course for maximum points but Jonathan Walters’ double, the second from the penalty spot, sealed the visitors’ fate.
In the race for Champions League qualification, third and fourth stayed in North London as victories for Arsenal and Tottenham ensured both finish ahead of Newcastle, whose 3-1 defeat at Everton means the Magpies must settle for a place in the Europa League.
Chelsea prepared for the Champions League final by seeing off already-relegated Blackburn while Norwich and Swansea sealed 11th and 12th placed finishes respectively by capping an impressive first season for both back in the top tier with final day home wins.
Results: Chelsea 2-1 Blackburn, Everton 3-1 Newcastle, Man City 3-2 QPR, Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa, Stoke 2-2 Bolton, Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd, Swansea 1-0 Liverpool, Tottenham 2-0 Fulham, West Brom 2-3 Arsenal, Wigan 3-2 Wolves
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