Anatomy of a Classic Goal: 'Agueroooo' wins the title for City

As we eagerly await the return of world football, we’re taking this opportunity to look back on some of the most memorable goals ever scored. Going frame by frame, we’ll dissect how, exactly, these epic moments came to fruition.

Who, where, and when?

  • Goalscorer: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
  • Match: Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers
  • Competition: Premier League (final day of the season)
  • Date: May 13, 2012

Heading into the final matchday of a dramatic, up-and-down 2011-12 Premier League season, Manchester City’s task was simple: Beat relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers – at home, no less – and pip bitter rivals Manchester United to the title on goal difference.

Their first league crown since 1968 was viewed as a foregone conclusion ahead of the opening whistle. Nouveau-riche City, everyone assumed, would cruise to victory. The match reports were already being written before the contest kicked off.

But QPR didn’t get the script.

Despite being reduced to 10 men after hothead Joey Barton – who else? – was sent off in the 55th minute, the lowly visitors clung to a 2-1 lead as the clock ticked past the 90-minute mark and into stoppage time. A combination of anger and sheer disbelief struck City fans. Even for a club with an extensive history of failure, this was a rough way to blow the Premier League title.

Edin Dzeko’s header in the 92nd minute leveled the proceedings at two apiece, but that alone wasn’t enough for City. They needed one more.

United, playing away against Sunderland, had done their part by recording a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light. Their concurrent match ended as the final seconds drained away at the Etihad Stadium, and fans were either on the phone or listening to the live broadcast to hear what was happening back in Manchester. The Red Devils were within inches of a fifth title in six seasons.

And then, with less than two minutes remaining in their season, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero conspired to deliver the most indelible moment in Premier League history.

Here’s the title-winning goal, complete with the iconic call from beloved commentator Martin Tyler: