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11 Years Ago Today, Middlesbrough Thrashed Manchester City 8-1

11 Years Ago Today, Middlesbrough Thrashed Manchester City 8-1

Eleven years ago, Manchester City were not owned by Sheikh Mansour and not challenging for the Premier League title.

Instead they were managed by former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson. The match away against Middlesbrough was the last game of the 2007/08 season and would be Sven's last game in charge at City.

It has been suggested that the rumours that the Swede would be leaving at the end of the season no matter what led to the players to revolt on the pitch by under performing.

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The Blues weren't helped by Richard Dunne's sending off after 15 minutes from which Stewart Downing opened the scoring with a penalty.

Alfonso Alves scored before half time before Downing, Alves, Adam Johnson, Fabio Rochemback and Jérémie Aliadière made it 7-0 in the second half.

Brazilian Elano got a consolation goal with just three minutes to go before Alves scored again to make it 8-1 (Eight).

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Here's the teams from that infamous day:

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How times have changed. 11 May is a mixed date for City, who lost the FA Cup final in embarrassing fashion to Wigan Athletic six years today thanks to a shock Ben Watson winner in the last minute.


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However, a year on from that massive disappointment the club lifted their second Premier League title after a 2-0 win over West Ham United on the final day at the Etihad.

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