What is it about the 94th-minute and City's last game of the season…?
Sunday 13 May 2012
A day no City fan will ever forget as the Premier League title is won, lost and then dramatically won again during an exhilarating 90 minutes of football. Facing Mark Hughes’ relegation-threatened QPR at the Etihad, City must win to bring home a first title in 44 years and Pablo Zabaleta’s first-half goal ensures everything is on track to do exactly that. But Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie put the visitors ahead – with Joey Barton sent off somewhere in-between – and the game moves into added time with City still 2-1 down. With United winning 2-0 at Sunderland, it’s an agonising end for City fans.
Then, two minutes into added time, Edin Dzeko heads home David Silva to make it 2-2 and allow a glimmer of hope. The seconds that follow are torture until Nigel De Jong plays a low pass to the feet of Mario Balotelli who holds the ball up before nudging into the path of Sergio Aguero who takes the ball to the right as he moves past one challenge and then drills a low shot past Paddy Kenny for an incredible winner. Cue pandemonium and, the title was City’s…
Sunday 13 May 2018
City travelled to Southampton on the final day of the 2017/18 having already been crowned champions several games earlier, but with a determination to become the first Premier League side to accumulate 100 points in a Premier League season. In a tight game against a team once again managed by Mark Hughes (just as in 2012 with QPR), the contest moves into the dying embers of added time when Kevin De Bruyne’s long ball sets Gabriel Jesus free and the Brazilian striker lobs the onrushing keeper to secure a 1-0 win and ensure the class of 2017/18 are forever known as ‘The Centurions’.
Saturday 13 May 1989
Having missed the chance to win promotion against Bournemouth just a week earlier, City travelled to Bradford City knowing a point would be enough to win promotion to the First Division – but as ever, the Blues did things the hard way. Mark Leonard put the Bantams ahead early on and it wasn’t until the 86th minute that David White’s low cross was slid home by Trevor Morley to make it 1-1 and send the Blues back to the top flight.