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PHOTOS: Key moments in Manchester City's Premier League title triumph

Last updated on: May 14, 2012 10:01 IST

PHOTOS: Key moments in Manchester City's Premier League title triumph

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Manchester City claimed their first English title in 44 years in barely believable circumstances on Sunday as stoppage time goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero snatched a 3-2 home victory over Queens Park Rangers.

-EPL: Manchester City clinch title in dramatic finale to season

With Manchester United's players still on the pitch at Sunderland's Stadium of Light after a 1-0 victory it looked as though they were about celebrate a 20th Premier League title with City still trailing 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Here is a look at the timeline of the 2011/12 Premier League season after Manchester City won the title on Sunday:

August 14: Manchester United start their title defence with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion thanks to a late own goal, sparing the blushes of keeper David de Gea who makes a shaky league debut.


Image: Manchester City players celebrate winning the English Premier League
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August 15: Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, signed from Atletico Madrid, comes off the bench to score twice on his debut as City hammer new-boys Swansea 4-0 at home.

August 28: On an extraordinary day, United and City go goal crazy to make it three wins from three. United hammer a depleted Arsenal side 8-2 at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney scoring a hat-trick while Bosnian Edin Dzeko hits four for City in a 5-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.


Image: Sergio Aguero
Photographs: Nigel Roddis/REUTERS

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September 18: City blow a 2-0 lead at Fulham to drop their first points of the season in a 2-2 draw.

September 27: Roberto Mancini says Argentine striker Carlos Tevez is 'finished' as a City player after he refuses to come on as a substitute in a Champions League game against Bayern Munich.


Image: Carlos Tevez
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October 23: In a remarkable derby and watershed moment in the balance of power, City hammer United 6-1 at Old Trafford to go five points clear at the top. Mario Balotelli and Dzeko score twice apiece to help inflict United's first home defeat in 18 months.

November 19: Free-scoring City maintain their grip at the top with a 3-1 home win over Newcastle United to take their goals tally to 42 from 12 games.


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December 12: City suffer first league defeat of the season after Frank Lampard's late penalty hands Chelsea a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

December 31: United waste the chance to start the new year at the top when they suffer a shock 3-2 home defeat by struggling Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley's 80th-minute winner stuns Old Trafford and spoils manager Alex Ferguson's 70th birthday.

January 1: Sunderland sink City with a stoppage-time winner from South Korean Ji Dong-won to beat the leaders 1-0.

January 8: Former England midfielder Paul Scholes makes a shock return from retirement to rejoin United until the end of the season.


Image: Frank Lampard
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January 10: City lose appeal against captain Vincent Kompany's four-match ban for his red card in FA Cup third round defeat by United. Mancini says City's expensively-assembled squad is not big enough to cope with injuries and absences.

January 31: United move level on points with City at the top after Ferguson's side overcome Stoke 2-0 while former United player Darron Gibson's goal condemns City to a 1-0 defeat at Everton.

February 5: United roar back from three goals down to snatch a point in a breathless 3-3 draw with Chelsea in London.


Image: Referee Chris Foy sends off Vincent Kompany of Manchester City
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February 21: Tevez says sorry to City for his behaviour, setting up a possible return. The Argentine striker also withdraws his appeal against a gross misconduct charge handed to him after he spent three months in his homeland without the club's permission.

March 11: Two goals from Rooney put United back on top for the first time in five months when they beat West Brom 2-0 and City, who had led the standings since the middle of October, surprisingly lose 1-0 at Swansea.

March 21: Tevez marks his City return by coming off the bench and setting up Samir Nasri's late winner in a 2-1 home victory over Chelsea.


Image: Carlos Tevez
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March 26: Rooney's 21st league goal of the season secures a 1-0 victory over Fulham to put United three points clear with eight games remaining.

March 31: City salvage a point with two late goals to draw 3-3 with Sunderland but the result tips the balance in the title race more in United's favour.

April 2: Goals from Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young take United five clear of City after 2-0 win at Blackburn.

April 8: United surge eight points clear by beating Queens Park Rangers 2-0 while City, who have Balotelli sent off, crash to a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.


Image: Javier Hernandez (right) of Manchester United celebrates with teammate Wayne Rooney
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April 11: The title race takes a surprise twist as a lethargic United lose 1-0 at Wigan. City cut the gap to five points with five matches to go as Tevez scores on his first start for since September in a 4-0 win over West Brom.

April 14: Tevez's hat-trick and Aguero's double help City thrash Norwich 6-1.


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April 22: The gap closes to three with three to play. United fight out an astonishing 4-4 draw against Everton at Old Trafford, letting leads of 3-1 and 4-2 slip as they are pegged back by late goals from Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar. Strikes from Aguero and Samir Nasri secure City a 2-0 win at Wolves.

April 30: Kompany's towering header earns City a momentous 1-0 home victory over uninspired United to put Mancini's side within two victories of Premier League glory. They lead the standings on goal difference.


Image: Samir Nasri (unshirted) of Manchester City is congratulated by teammates
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May 6: City take another huge step towards the title with a 2-0 win at high-flying Newcastle. Both City and United, who beat Swansea 2-0, have 86 points but City's goal difference is eight better and could be the deciding factor in the race.

May 13: On a final day of drama, City come from behind to snatch the title in thrilling fashion thanks to stoppage-time goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero which secure a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers. City are champions on goal difference, ahead of United who finish with a 1-0 win at Sunderland.


Image: Roberto Mancini the manager of Manchester City celebrates
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