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City takes title with premier performance

MANCHESTER, England -- In a city more accustomed to a sea of red during title celebrations, blue confetti fell over the streets.

Manchester City paraded the Premier League trophy before about 100,000 fans Monday in celebration of its first English title in 44 years. Blue and white ticker-tape and streamers rained down on the team bus as City players displayed the trophy they had wrested from crosstown rival Manchester United a day earlier.

Fans climbed lampposts and jostled for position on roof tops and walls. Fathers held children on their shoulders to catch a glimpse of the City players aboard an open-top bus.

"Days like this are why we came to City and it's just fantastic," said City midfielder Gareth Barry.

While the revelry was in full force in Manchester's main square, United's dejected players were arriving at an unusually solemn end-of-season dinner -- a clear picture of just how much the soccer landscape has changed in this city in northwest England.

United, though, came oh so close to being the team celebrating.

When the game clock hit 90 minutes at City on Sunday, it appeared United would be keeping the Premier League trophy.

United was leading, 1-0, at Sunderland and City, which had only to match United's result to win, was losing, 2-1, to the Queens Park Rangers.

It all changed in two breathtaking minutes of stoppage time at City.

Edin Dzeko headed in City's equalizer in the second additional minute and then, after United's game had just finished at Sunderland and the podium was being prepared for the trophy presentation, Sergio Aguero produced a title-winning goal for City.

"One moment you think you've won the title," United striker Wayne Rooney said Monday night at the club's awards' dinner. "It's heartbreaking for all."

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