The Barclays Premier League is over for another season. And all the money spend by Manchester City paid off in a dramatic end to the season; the League's website reports:
Manchester City were crowned champions of the Barclays Premier League after an afternoon of astonishing drama at the Etihad Stadium.
Roberto Mancini's side seemed to be destined for second place for much of the afternoon as Queens Park Rangers produced a display of resilience to thwart their opponents.The situation was desperate as the match at the Etihad Stadium moved into injury time.QPR, down to 10 men for the final 35 minutes of the match after Joey Barton's red card, were winning 2-1 and set to become the first side this season to beat City on their own patch.More significantly, Manchester United were winning 1-0 at Sunderland thanks to Wayne Rooney's header - which meant City had to secure victory to win their first title in 44 years.With 75 seconds of the five minutes of injury time elapsed Edin Dzeko fired in to level the match and set the tone for an astonishing finale.And with less than two minutes remaining, Sergio Aguero fired past Paddy Kenny from close range to spark massive celebrations in the stadium.
To all our Manchester United fans we say this; now you know how it feels! Sir Alex Fergusson's men choked at the business end of the season, and The Scum's trophy cabinet will be bare for 2011-12. Football is indeed a cruel mistress.
But the good news doesn't end there. Arsenal beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 away to secure third place; a fantastic effort after a dreadful start to the season. Third place is enough for the final automatic qualifying place in the lucrative European Champions' League, but sadly, North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur (fourth by just one point) will have to go through qualifying.