EPL 2011/2012 Wrap Up

For those not glued to their television sets or poor online streams last Sunday morning, the 2011/2012 English Premier League season came to a dramatic end. By the end of the day, what mattered most to me was that my beloved Arsenal had secured third place, automatic champions league qualification, pipped North London rivals Spurs despite early season setbacks and hopefully persuaded Robin van Persie to stay on. Sadly though, this wasn’t the game most people will be remembering, with the possible exception of Martin Fulop, who will try his hardest to forhet it but likely never will be able to for the reasons seen here here. No – the game(s) most people will be remembering will be those involving the top two teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. The two Manchester clubs came into the final day level on points with City holding the advantage of a 8 goal difference in goal differential. Manchester United did all they could, going away to Sunderland and coming away with a 1-0 win. When the final whistle blew for United, City were level at 2-2 with relegation threatened QPR in injury time and it seemed the title was going to United. City, it appeared, having gone 1-0 ahead, been pegged back to 2-1, while being granted a numerical advantage when Joey Barton of QPR was theatrically sent off before finally scoring in the 90th minute to bring the scores level, hadn’t done enough to squeak by United. Then, in the 94th minute, City forwards Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero combined and the Argentine Aguero beat Paddy Kenny at his near post to give City the 3-2 win and the title at the absolute last second. Sadly this left my colleague here in a bit of a state of shock as a United fan himself, but gave the EPL one of the most exciting finishes in memory (though some would argue the 89th minute goal that secured Arsenal the title in 1989 was better, not that I’m biased). The City highlights can be seen here, with the United highlights here.

– CK

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