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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Football review 2012: The match of the year

A look back at the year in football

Manchester City 3 QPR 2, May, selected by Sam Wallace
I was in the press box watching City fans walk out when QPR took the lead. When Sergio Aguero's winner went in there was a joy among the fans you rarely see. It was the joy of those who have known what it is to be starved of success, and have had to endure the success of others for longer than most of them can recall.
Manchester City 3 QPR 2, May, selected by Ian Herbert
The banner which one of the Manchester City fans held aloft said: "Some might say we will find a better day." There'll simply never be a better football day than that. A more enervating title finale we will never see.
Manchester City 3 QPR 2, May, selected by Glenn Moore
The Premier League is not the best league in the world, La Liga has the best two teams and players, the Bundesliga is a better place to be a spectator, but nowhere matches it for drama. There were so may subplots at Eastlands - the Manchester rivalry, old money versus new, Mark Hughes at his old club trying to keep his new team up - and then the game started. The afternoon was a rollercoaster with Joey Barton reverting to type and Manchester United and Bolton also embroiled before City finally gained last-gasp revenge for all the years of mockery.

With a new year beginning, our series looks back at the highs, lows, absurd and brilliant from the world of football in 2012.

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