City celebrate win with Manchester parade

Joyous Manchester City supporters have gathered outside the city’s town hall for the start of a victory parade celebrating the club’s English Premier League title success. About 100,000 fans were expected to line the route of an open-top bus parade in honour of City being crowned champions of England for the first time since 1968. City won the title in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season on Sunday, beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2 at Eastlands in a match where they scored twice in stoppage time after being 2-1 down. Victory ensured they pipped defending champions and cross-town rivals Manchester United, the defending champions, to the title on goal difference. “It’s great for everyone that we can have the trophy and these celebrations,” City captain Vincent Kompany said on Monday. “It’s for the fans.” City’s Italian manager Roberto Mancini, reflecting on the extraordinary climax to Sunday’s match, said: “We had the best five minutes of our life. It was an incredible moment.” Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero, who scored the all-important winning goal, spoke through teammate and fellow Argentinian Pablo Zabaleta to say he had cried “a little” in the celebrations. “Thank you – you guys have been amazing,” he told the massed ranks of fans who had gathered in front of the town hall in Manchester’s Albert Square. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart confessed he feared the club were about to lose out on the title as the game approached the final whistle. “I didn’t think it was going to happen, to be perfectly honest,” he said. “The place was shaking, I was shaking. You lose control in situations like that. It was one of the best and most dramatic days of my life.”

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