It is a moment etched in the minds of all Premier League fans. With 93 minutes and 20 seconds on the clock at the Etihad, Sergio Aguero produced the unthinkable and created football history.
When Pablo Zabaleta struck home in the 39th minute during the last game of the 2011/12 season against a relegation-threatened QPR, three points and a first-ever Premier League title seemed a procession for City.
However, Mark Hughes’ side battled back, leading to the most dramatic finish in English football since Anfield ’89. Sir Alex Ferguson thought he had once again delivered silverware for Manchester United, having come through unscathed against Sunderland.
But, Roberto Mancini’s men fought to the last second, scoring in the 92nd minute courtesy of Edin Dzeko and then two minutes later in the 94th minute, with Aguero ghosting into the box and uncorking a trademark strike to send City fans into raptures.
It was the Argentine’s finest hour in a City shirt and he will fittingly bow out with one final title at the Etihad, finishing his career at the club with five as Pep Guardiola’s men reclaimed the trophy off Liverpool in 2020/21. And, it is that afternoon nearly a decade ago that initially set the wheels in motion for medal-hoovering success.
Indeed his last-gasp finish has gone down in football folklore as the ‘Aguerooooo’ goal (number of Os optional) thanks to Martin Tyler’s epic commentary, and those City players will forever be remembered, but what of the visitors that day?
The travelling Londoners nearly spoiled the party in May 2012, producing an extraordinary performance (one of them was even dramatically sent off) in the 3-2 reversal as they beat the drop, with Bolton failing to win at Stoke, but can you remember the QPR players from that Premier League classic?