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Premier League Results: City crowned champions after thrilling final day

City fans celebrate their team's first title for 44 years

There was incredible drama at the Etihad Stadium before Roberto Mancini's men eventually won 3-2 - a score that touched 130.00129/1 - to take the title on goal difference.

An astonishing afternoon of football sees Manchester City take the title, Spurs secure fourth and Bolton relegated. Seriously, take a deep breath before reading...

Manchester City were matched at 40.039/1 to be champions before an injury time goal gave them the title on the most exciting final day in Premier League history.

There was incredible drama at the Etihad Stadium before Roberto Mancini's men eventually won 3-2 - a score that touched 130.00129/1 - to take the title on goal difference. Their match odds drifted to 55.054/1.

Pablo Zabaleta gave City the lead in the first-half before Djibril Cisse blasted the visitors level after the break. The match - and the title race - took an extraordinary twist when Joey Barton was sent off for clashing with Carlos Tevez, only for Jamie Mackie to put the visitors ahead minutes later. With Manchester United leading 1-0 at Sunderland, the title looked set to remain at Old Trafford. However, whereas United hung on, QPR could not. In injury-time, Edin Dzeko scored the equaliser before Sergio Aguero fired his shot past Paddy Kenny to give City their first title for 44 years.

For City, there was delirium, for United desolation. For the Premier League it was a superb afternoon of drama which will live long in the hearts of all involved.

There were five goals at the Hawthorns too, as Arsenal claimed third place with a 3-2 win over West Brom. They were 2-1 down at one point but goals from Andre Santos and Laurent Koscielny, which owed much to errors from Baggies keeper Marton Fulop meant that those who backed the Gunners at 3.7511/4 were rewarded.

Tottenham end the season one place behind their north London rivals. They were matched at 9.417/2 for a top four finish and that was secured today with a comfortable 2-0 home win against Fulham. Emmanuel Adebayor scored early on before Jermain Defoe made sure of in the second-half.

Those results meant that Newcastle could only finish in fifth place regardless of what happened in their match at Goodison Park. However, the Magpies were outclassed by an impressive Everton outfit, losing 3-1. The Toffees will be particularly pleased to finish above Liverpool who went down 1-0 to a late goal from Swansea's Danny Graham. The Welsh side touched 11.5n/a.

Bolton's traumatic season ended in relegation following their 2-2 draw against Stoke. It was an eventful match at the Britannia with the hosts scoring two dodgy goals and the Trotters leading until the 77th minute. However, they needed to win, as well as see QPR lose to City, and the result means that they return to the second tier after 11 seasons in the top flight. They were matched at 10.09/1 for the drop.

In the day's dead rubbers, Chelsea warmed up for next week's Champions League final with a 2-1 win over Blackburn - John Terry, who won't play in Munich, was on the scoresheet - Wigan continued their excellent finish with a 3-2 win over Wolves and Norwich made sure Aston Villa's miserable campaign ended in ignominy as the Canaries triumphed 2-0.

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13 May 2012

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