In the past decade we have been treated to over 500 football matches in which Manchester City have incredibly scored over 1100 times. Some of these have been tap-ins, others magnificent long range strikes and a few have even won titles.
So, somehow, we have managed to whittle it down the to the Top 10 City goals from the past decade…
10. Yaya Toure vs Sunderland (2014)
Yaya Touré’s equaliser in the 2014 League Cup final was worthy of winning any game of football.
The Ivorian loves a goal at Wembley, and the game against Sunderland was no exception, with his dipping, long range effort 10 minutes into the second half turning the game onto its head. The shot caught most people out – most of all the Sunderland goalkeeper who had to watch the ball loop over his head and into the top corner.
9. Kevin De Bruyne vs PSG (2016)
Kevin De Bruyne’s whipping effort in the closing stages of the Champions League Quarter final second leg against PSG in 2016 proved pivotal. The Belgian’s sumptuous low effort from outside the are sent City into unchartered territory; as the Blues found themselves in the last four of Europe’s elite competition for the first time.
8. Gabriel Jesus vs Southampton (2018)
A staggeringly incredible and record breaking 2017/18 campaign was ended by a Gabriel Jesus’ goal in stoppage time, to make City the first side to finish with 100 points in a single Premier League season.
During second half stoppage time, a long ball from Kevin De Bruyne was beautifully bought down by Jesus with his first touch, before he dinked it over the goalkeeper to mark a monumental achievement for Manchester City.
7. Mario Balotelli vs Manchester United (2011)
“Why always me?”
This was one of a few memories made during the Manchester Derby in 2011. Mario Ballotelli scored the first of six goals for City, as the Italian’s low drive was perfectly guided past De Gea into the far corner. Why will this goal be remembered for years to come? It triggered a celebration of a t-shirt entitled “why always me” in response to a week of drama for Ballotelli.
6. Sergio Agüero vs Bayern Munich (2014)
“Does 3-2 ring a bell? It’s him again, it is Agüero!”
Still gives you goosebumps right? Sergio Aguero scored a famous hat-trick in a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich during the Champions League group stage in 2014/15. In added time, the Argentine pounced on a defensive mishap to find himself with only the keeper to beat. Agüero coolly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner to complete a fantastic comeback and a quality individual performance. The goal also kept City’s hopes of qualification alive after failing to win any of the opening three group games that season.
5. Vincent Kompany vs Manchester United (2012)
If there was ever a football match which hung completely in the balance, the Manchester Derby in April of 2012 is definitely one of them.
In what was a must win match if City were keep their title hopes alive, Vincent Kompany’s towering header in first half stoppage time was not just a thumping header to win a Manchester Derby – but also one that turned the tide in the Premier League title race.
4. Yaya Toure vs Manchester United (2011)
Next up is the Manchester Derby in 2011, where Yaya Toure powered Manchester City into contention for their first trophy for 44 years.
As City found themselves looking to reach a first FA Cup since 1981, tensions around Wembley were high; enter stage left Yaya Toure.
The Ivorian forced a mistake at the back and pounced on it with a pacing run, finished off by slotting the ball past Van Der Sar.
3. Vincent Kompany vs Leicester City (2019)
At number three is last season’s wonder strike by Vincent Kompany against Leicester City to put the Blues within the touching distance of fourth Premier League title.
In a game that lacked opportunities, with 20 minutes left on the clock, came a quite astonishing strike from the Belgian. The ball flew 25 yards, rocketing past Kasper Schmeichel into the top right corner.
2. Yaya Toure vs Stoke (2011)
A trophy-less 35 year period was ended on the 14th May 2011, as Yaya Toure scored one of the most important goals not just of the decade, but in City history. The Ivorian reacted first to a loose ball in the box and hammered the ball into the net to send the blue half of Wembley into absolute ecstasy.
1. Sergio Agüero vs QPR (2012)
And if the scenes in 2011 weren’t quite enough; that fateful day 2012 topped even the optimists wildest beliefs, with what Mark Hughes described as ”probably the loudest noise I’ve ever heard in a stadium”. The day Sergio Aguero’s strike 93 minutes and 20 seconds into the final game of the season won Manchester City the league.
After going into added time 2-1 down, the hopes of a first title in 44 years looked to have been dashed. After an equaliser from Edin Dzeko, the last 12 months work came down to one moment. Mario Balotelli slipped the ball into the path of Sergio Agüero, who jumped a sliding challenge, and emphatically smashed the ball into the top corner.
A goal that will go down as not just one of the greatest in Manchester City history, but also Premier League history. If you have a spare five minutes, the video below is the greatest five minutes you’ll possibly ever spend. Just madness.
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