Sergio Aguero scored one of many Premier League’s most iconic targets when he received Man City a primary ever Premier League title in 2012.
The legendary striker, who has scored 181 top-flight targets in a 10-year spell, will go away the Etihad on a free switch on the finish of the season.
And he’ll at all times be remembered for scoring the profitable purpose within the fourth minute of stoppage time in a 3-2 victory over QPR to information City to a primary top-flight crown in 44 years… and deny their Manchester rivals one other Premier League title.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United wanted to higher City’s consequence to knock them off prime spot on the ultimate day of the 2011/12 marketing campaign.
Each golf equipment had very winnable video games with United travelling to Sunderland and City internet hosting relegation-threatened QPR.
The Pink Devils had performed their job with Wayne Rooney scoring the sport’s solely purpose on the Stadium of Gentle as City unbelievably trailed 2-1 to 10-man QPR within the 90th minute.
Roberto Mancini’s facet had taken a first-half lead via followers’ favorite Pablo Zabaleta, however have been pegged again by targets from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie after the restart.
Mackie had even put QPR in entrance whereas they performed with 10 males because of Joey Barton’s sending off for kicking out at Aguero.
And with time operating out, it simply regarded like it could not be Man City’s day.
Nevertheless, Edin Dzeko headed in a nook within the second minute of stoppage time to present the hosts a glimmer of hope.
After which it occurred.
Mario Balotelli, together with his solely help in a Man City shirt, performed the ball to Aguero, who confirmed very good composure to fit the ball previous Paddy Kenny.
The Argentine despatched the Etihad devoted right into a frenzy, whereas the cameras panned again to the Stadium of Gentle to point out an totally distraught United squad.
Ferguson even wanted a second to composure himself earlier than talking to his gamers within the dressing room, in line with former Man United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.
He advised the Athletic: “I took Paddy Kenny to process. How will you let that in at your close to publish from Aguero? ‘I didn’t anticipate him to hit it with that a lot tempo’.
“I nonetheless went mad anyway as a result of if you have a look at it from the kick-off after the equaliser, all QPR needed to do was maintain the ball. What did they do? Smash it down.
“They performed it ahead after which Martin Tyler took over. The voice. Ugh. That was the longest 5 minutes within the dressing room, after we all bought again in. Everybody sat down.
“I believe the gaffer went out the room and ultimately got here again in. He wanted a private second.
“Then he simply mentioned, ‘This received’t occur once more.’ If he was desirous about leaving I believe it was modified in a short time.
“Then we received the league by 11 factors. And folks say we handed over an ageing group.”
QPR goalkeeper Kenny remembers seeing City followers CRYING as their title hopes light with every passing minute earlier than Aguero’s heroics.
He advised talkSPORT: “I bear in mind being 2-1 up, we have been all the way down to 10 males. Joey Barton had been despatched off.
“You might see followers crying. I used to be taking a lot time going for purpose kicks. You might see the emotion from the followers.
“They managed to get it again to 2-2 and we form of had an inkling from the response from our followers that we secure [from relegation]. After which that second.
“When he first bought that ball, he may have simply lashed at it and he took a contact and the composure he confirmed… it was an incredible, particular Premier League second. All of the noise was scary.”
talkSPORT host Jason Cundy, in the meantime, has dubbed Aguero’s purpose essentially the most iconic second in Premier League historical past.
He mentioned: “Even now after I hearken to it, watching all of the video games on the display and also you knew Man United had performed what they wanted to do at Sunderland, I nonetheless get goosebumps.
“It’s, for me, essentially the most iconic Premier League second.”