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This is why sports are the best

What an end to the 2011-12 British Premier League season.

The task was simple for Manchester City: win at home (or at least mirror Manchester United’s result on the day), against a Queens Park Rangers that had not won on the road all season, and City would claim its first league title since 1968.

So of course Manchester City trailed 2-1 heading into stoppage time against QPR, which had played a man down since the 55 minute mark. But goals by Edin Dzeko Sergio Agüero, who tallied with only about a minute left, gave City the title.

Just the way everyone expected the final day to turn out.

“It was incredible – they deserved this,” Manchester City manager Robert Mancini told The Daily Mail. “To win like this is incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a finale like this. We didn’t deserve to lose, we had a lot of chances and we deserved to win the game and the championship.

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No double may be OK for Liverpool

There will be no need to make any room in the trophy case at Anfield this spring, as Liverpool dropped the FA Cup Final to Chelsea on Saturday, 2-1.

That result may not be the worse thing to happen to the squad in the long run.

Adding a second piece of gaudy silverware this season – Liverpool picked up the Carling Cup back in February – may have blinded the team to the fact that there is still considerable work to be done before the Reds can regain their place as one of England’s Big Four.

Liverpool currently sits ninth in the Premier League table with two games to go. Win those last two and they could reach as high as seventh, well out of a Champions League spot, again, and the much-needed money (an estimated $45 million or more) that comes along with it for next season.

It some ways it would be a bit of a miracle to finish as high as seventh as Liverpool has only won four league matches out of 17 since the calendar flipped to 2012.

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