Iconic moments from the final day of the Premier League: Aguero, Sir Alex, Gerrard…

Title clinchers, survival specialists, and even lasagne - the most memorable moments from the Premier League’s final day.

After another exciting season of Premier League football, England's top division promises more high-stakes drama when it concludes on Sunday.

There are crucial clashes wherever you look, with the title, final Champions League spot and the identity of the third relegated team still to be decided.

In anticipation of what promises to be a dramatic afternoon, Planet Sport looks back at the most iconic moments from previous Premier League final days.

Aguero's winner

When it comes to last-minute drama, Martin Tyler was probably right - we'll never see anything like it ever again.

Heading into the last game of the 2011/2012 season, only Queens Park Rangers stood in the way of Manchester City and their first top-flight title since 1968.

After making up an eight-point gap on their cross-city rivals, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson conceded City had "both hands on the trophy".

Top of the league on goal difference, Roberto Mancini's side knew a win of any kind would secure them their first ever Premier League title.

Queens Park Rangers sat in 17th place and arrived with the division's worst away record. Few gave them a chance of troubling the champions-elect.

All seemed to be going to plan when Pablo Zabaleta scored the opener before half-time. However, when QPR, who needed a point to guarantee their survival, produced a shock equaliser courtesy of Djibril Cisse, palms started to sweat around the Etihad.

With 35 minutes remaining, Joey Barton was dismissed against his former club for violent conduct and the pendulum swung back in favour of Manchester City.

That was until Jamie Mackie headed 10-man QPR into the lead with just 11 minutes to go. The red half of Manchester were inching closer to yet another Premier League title.

Cue the most chaotic, stunning and outright unbelievable few minutes of football. Edin Dzeko nodded in an equaliser before Sergio Aguero slalomed his way across the box and fired in a goal that has become the stuff of sporting legend. City's 44-year wait for the top-flight title was over.

Gerrard's sour farewell

A true legend of the game, Steven Gerrard will forever be a hero to Liverpool fans after rising through their academy to become an iconic captain.

But despite the reverence he is held in, Gerrard bowed out in the tamest of fashions.

After losing his final showing at Anfield the week before to Crystal Palace, Gerrard was determined to end his glistening career on a high.

Liverpool travelled to ninth-placed Stoke City on the final day with nothing to play for other than Gerrard's pride.

Stoke, who were led by former Manchester United striker Mark Hughes, were in no mood to play the perfect hosts, however. The Potters produced a rampant first-half showing, scoring five goals before the break, including three in eight minutes.

The second half went slightly better for Liverpool and Gerrard pulled one back in the 70th minute to give Liverpool fans something to cheer.

It was to prove scant consolation as Peter Crouch added a sixth for Stoke in the 86th minute, capping Gerrard's nightmare farewell to his boyhood club.

Ferguson's goal-fest

Mike Phelan, Sir Alex Ferguson

Widely regarded as the best manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson won it all with Manchester United.

His formidable and ruthless United sides had dominated English football during the Premier League era, and when he announced his retirement in 2013, he knew nothing other than a title would be a fitting end.

After Aguero's last-minute heroics the season before ripped another title from his hands, Ferguson's United, spearheaded by Robin van Persie, came back with a vengeance in the 2012/13 season.

A Van Persie hat-trick against Aston Villa weeks before had already wrapped up the title by the time United travelled to West Brom on the last day of the season. But with Ferguson set to oversee his 1500th and final game, it was always going to end in fireworks.

A guard of honour and a stadium-wide standing ovation got Ferguson's send-off off to a good start. And it was accentuated within 30 minutes when United took a 3-0 lead courtesy of Shinji Kagawa, an Janas Olsson own-goal and Alexander Buttner.

James Morrison clawed one back for the Baggies in the 40th minute but with United leading 3-1 at half-time, Ferguson's winning farewell at United seemed signed, sealed and delivered.

However, the introduction of Romelu Lukaku changed the complexion of the game and the Belgian halved the deficit within five minutes.

United reasserted their dominance through Van Persie and Javier Hernandez, but a flurry of Baggies goals in the final ten minutes, including a further two from Lukaku, meant the game finished 5-5.

While Ferguson would have preferred his team didn't let a three-goal lead slip, the ten-goal thriller was a worthy addition to the long list of Sir Alex's iconic Premier League moments.


While lasagne is one of the nation's favourite dishes, we doubt it has seen the pre-game menu of Tottenham Hotspur since their misfortune in 2006.

With Tottenham set to face West Ham in the last game of the season, they were in pole position for Champions League qualification. Their only remaining hurdle was to match or better the result of north London rivals Arsenal.

West Ham were sat in 17th place, safe from the drop and with an FA Cup final on the horizon - everything seemed to lean in Tottenham's favour.

Until the night before the game, when the squad consumed a "tainted" lasagne dish that left a number of key players feeling under the weather.

Tottenham were so concerned about the wellbeing of their players that they called the police, had the food sample-tested and demanded the game be postponed.

Recalling the incident, Tottenham manager Martin Jol said: "I have never experienced anything like this in football before. We would like to have postponed the match for one day but that was not really possible."

Despite their illness worries, Jol sent out his strongest side, hoping they could limp over the line to secure their European spot.

But come kick-off, star players such as Robbie Keane and midfield maestro Michael Carrick were visibly struggling, and Tottenham went a goal down to Carl Fletcher.

The illness wasn't enough to keep Jermian Defoe off the scoresheet, but a late winner from Yossi Benayoun condemned Tottenham to a heartbreaking defeat.

To make matters worse, Arsenal, who were momentarily trailing to Wigan, leapfrogged Spurs thanks to a hat-trick from Thierry Henry in a fitting Highbury farewell.

Middlesborough 8-1 Manchester City

Manchester City fans might want to cover their eyes for this one.

The Premier League leaders are looking to add a remarkable sixth league title to their trophy cabinet on Sunday afternoon, but rewind back to 2008 and City's end to the season was in stark contrast to their current position.

Sat ninth in the table, City endured a frustrating end to the season with three consecutive losses and the future of manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was hanging by a thread.

City travelled up to Middlesbrough for the last game of the season and, with both clubs hovering in mid-table, many assumed it would be a relatively low-key affair. However, it was anything but.

Richard Dunne's dismissal in the 15th minute was the catalyst for City's problems and Stewart Downing's goal from the spot proved to be just the start of Middlesbrough's onslaught.

An Alfonso Alves goal rounded off the first half and City seemed to be hanging in there despite their player deficit.

However, in the second half, Gareth Southgate's Middlesbrough side were ruthless. Downing added a third, by which time Eriksson admitted his City side "had nothing left". He added: "We were not even on the pitch."

The remaining 30 minutes saw Middlesbrough score five, including a further two for Alves to complete his hat-trick and Fabio Rochemback's extraordinary free-kick from range.

Elano scored a consolation for City in the 87th minute but it wasn't enough to spare City's blushes, or Eriksson's job - he was sacked at the end of the season.

Jonas Gutierrez's fairy-tale finish

After signing for Newcastle United in 2008, Jonas Gutierrez showed promise in his debut season despite eventual relegation.

He then played a pivotal role in Newcastle's revival, helping them win the Championship and secure a return to the top flight at the first attempt.

With the arrival of French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, Gutierrez was limited to substitute appearances, but still provided valuable goals, including strikes against Chelsea and Manchester City.

However, at the end of the 2012/13 season, Gutierrez' career was put on hold after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and needed surgery.

After undergoing an operation in his native Argentina, Gutierrez was loaned out to Norwich City but still struggled for playing time.

Returning to the Magpies, Gutierrez made his first appearance back as a substitute against Manchester United and was given the captain's armband as a sign of respect by team-mate Fabricio Collocini.

In what turned out to be his final game for the club, Newcastle headed into the last-day clash with West Ham needing to at least match Hull City's result to guarantee safety.

With Hull playing out a goalless draw against Manchester United, Gutierrez helped ease Newcastle nerves by assisting Moussa Sissoko for the opening goal.

He then put their relegation fears to bed with a remarkable strike from outside the box, cutting inside and fizzing a low effort past Adrian in the West Ham goal to prompt wild scenes around St James' Park.

Gutierrez was subsequently released from Newcastle, prompting the Argentine to criticise the club for "not caring about anything".

However, his fairy-tale recovery and last-day heroics will forever be cherished by Magpies fans.

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