In the most dramatic fashion possible, Manchester City have captured the Premier League title for the first time since 1968. One of the best lovable losers in the Premier League was transformed into a European juggernaut overnight in 2008, when they were purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group, but it took until this season for their hundreds of millions of pounds of investment to finally pay off. They entered the day level on points with rivals Manchester United and ahead on goal differential, and barely pulled out a win at the death.
City couldn’t have possibly left it any later and the manner in which they won the title will go down in Premier League lore forever. It was perhaps the best finish to a domestic league season in football history. City led 1-0 at halftime, but gave up an equalizer three minutes into the second half to Djibril Cisse. It looked like City were going to have a fight on their hands until the 55th minute, when former City star Joey Barton was sent off for an elbow to the throat of Sergio Aguero. Most assumed City would walk to another goal and a title at that point, but it was QPR who struck next, through a Jamie Mackie header.