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Frame-by-frame: the twists and turns of the title race run-in

Relive the key moments of an unforgettable afternoon’s football.

3pm

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes and Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak shake hands before kick-off in the Etihad Stadium…

… as do Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill in the Stadium of Light.

3.20pm

With City struggling to break down QPR, Wayne Rooney puts United 1-o up against Sunderland.

3.40pm

With half-time rapidly approaching, Pablo Zabaleta scores for City, putting them 1-0 up and back on top of the league.

4.08pm

Disaster at the Etihad as Djibril Cisse levels it for QPR within five minutes of the restart, handing Manchester United the initiative in the title race.

4.15pm

But QPR shoot themselves in the foot as Joey Barton is sent off for violent conduct…

… and then tries to square up to Mario Balotelli as he is ushered off the pitch.

4.25pm

Remarkable scenes as the 10 men of QPR take the lead in the 66th minute through Jamie Mackie.

With City in disarray and the Premier League title slipping through their fingers, the away supporters celebrate with a Poznan.

4.50pm

As both games tick into injury time, the Manchester United fans in the Stadium of Light know that they are on the brink of an unlikely success…

… while the City fans in the Etihad can only bite their nails and look on as the fourth official signals for five minutes of stoppage time.

4.51pm

After drawing save after save from QPR keeper Paddy Kenny, Edin Dzeko levels it for City at 2-2. They now have three minutes to score again or the Premier League is United’s.

4.53pm

With just over 90 seconds of injury time remaining, Sergio Aguero scores the goal that wins Manchester City their first Premier League title in 44 years.

4.55pm

The final whistle blows in the Etihad Stadium. Roberto Mancini and City celebrate as news of their win filters through to the United players and fans.

5.28pm

After the most dramatic final day in Premier League history, Manchester City are crowned champions.

(All images by Press Association Images / EMPICS)

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