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Her ecstatic face said it all – Manchester City’s fans were in blue heaven.
Watched by an estimated 160million viewers in 200 countries, City yesterday pipped their neighbours Manchester United to the Premier League title in the most amazing finish ever.
With five minutes to go in City’s home match against Queens Park Rangers, they had looked down and out.
United had beaten Sunderland 1-0 to go three points ahead of City, who were losing 2-1.
But then City equalised and, with virtually the last kick of the game, their Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero made it 3-2 meaning his team were champions for the first time in 44 years, thanks to their superior goal difference.
There was pandemonium on the pitch, and in pubs and clubs around the country showing the match live. Meanwhile in Sunderland, the tearful expressions of United fans told the story of a triumph snatched from them at the very last.
It was a sporting climax which surpassed Michael Thomas’s last-minute strike for Arsenal in 1989 which won them the League title from Liverpool; Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Champions League-winning goal for United in 1999; and even Jonny Wilkinson’s Rugby World Cup-winning drop goal in 2003.
Within minutes of City’s victory, football fans and celebrities were posting on Twitter, describing it as the most exhilarating end to a football season ever. Former England striker Gary Lineker said: ‘Never, ever, ever seen anything like that in my life! Congratulations to Manchester City, Premier League Champions! The most ridiculous end to the most extraordinary of seasons.’
Famously labelled by Manchester United boss as their 'nosy neighbours', fans of the blue half of the city were also about to have their voices heard following the unbelievably tense finale.
But what a sensational finish, unbelievable. I have followed City all my life. This scarf is from the last time we won the league, it is 44 years old. That's how much it means to us.
She said: 'I'm very proud. I've been a City fan all my life, born and bred. I can't believe it. I'm over the moon."
It was the most dramatic finish to one of the closest title races ever.
Victorious manager Roberto Mancini said: 'We had a lot of chances. We deserved to win this championship.'
He added: 'It is a crazy season and crazy last minute.'
Adorning 'Champions 12' City shirts as they lifted the biggest prize in English club football the celebrations are set to carry on with a victory parade will be held in Manchester tomorrow.
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: 'Having the city's two clubs contest the title has brought Manchester worldwide attention and helped boost tourism revenues.
'It's been a nail-biting finish to the season and the council stood ready to support a parade whichever club triumphed.
'This parade is an opportunity for Man City fans, who have experienced countless ups and downs over the years, to celebrate a resounding success.
'We expect tens of thousands to take to the streets and enjoy an historic moment.'
The red half of the town thought they had secured a landmark 20th league title and it looked that way with just minutes to spare.
But Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson was happy to share the limelight, for now, as he congratulated the other half of Manchester.
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