Martin Tyler knew what would happen next from the moment the ball reached Sergio Aguero’s foot.
But no-one could have predicted it would have produced the most iconic piece of commentary in Premier League history with the screams of “Agueroooo.”
“I swear you’ll never see anything like this ever again. So watch it, drink it in,” said Tyler in an incredible piece of off-the-cuff, instinctive genius.
Nine years on from when Aguero won the Premier League with his incredible winner in the dramatic finish to the season to give Manchester City the title, this Sunday will host another title winning party although the ending can never be as dramatic.
Sky commentator Tyler said: “When Aguero took his touch, I knew he was going to score. From watching football of my life, being involved in the game, if some extra Os came out then it was because I was able to take an extra breath in preparation of what was going to happen.
“But my words were spontaneous. I had no idea at the time that nine years later we’d still be talking about it and you don’t commentate for history, you commentate for the moment.”
Tyler will be back at the Etihad on Sunday for what will be Aguero’s last game before leaving the club and this week they met for the first time.
City invited Tyler to the training ground on Wednesday on his way up to commentate on Burnley and Aguero was given a special presentation and a picture of their get together has been put on social media.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever met him and I was so grateful to him and for City for organising it and I wanted to take him something so I took my commentary notes and gave them to him,” said Tyler.
“I handed it over, it was filmed and he was so wonderful. We’d never had a discussion before and, to my surprise, he knew about the commentary and meeting him, him being such a warm and welcoming person has enhanced the memory enormously for me.
“Meeting Sergio has strengthened that link, it’s amazing that we haven’t spoken before and he could not have handled his side of the meeting more warmly. It was lovely.”
City have long since won the title this season, they were red-hot favourites to do it in 2012 as they needed to beat lowly QPR on the final day.
But the Premier League had organised two presentations, two sets of medals and two trophies as Manchester United could have won the title at Sunderland if City had slipped up… which they so nearly did.
The rest, of course, is history. And while Sunday will not contain the same last gasp drama, it will evoke wonderful memories. The pictures, framed brilliantly by Sky’s director Tony Mills, and the words are still just as emotive today.
Tyler added: “I don’t want to say it’s my most memorable piece of commentary in 30 years at Sky. That’s for other people. Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t mention it to me and if I give talks at schools then I’m introduced as ‘The Aguero Man.’
“I do feel a special link with it. As a moment, it was amazing and incredible. But it also came about because City didn’t play very well for 75 minutes and then found an emotional, incredible and amazing way to get out of it.
“Kenneth Wolstenholme piece of commentary in the 1966 World Cup final with ‘They Think It’s All Over.’ Brian Moore’s ‘It’s Up For Grabs Now’ at Anfield in 89. All commentators would say that it’s the football that did it because we’re the lucky ones with the microphone.
“I was only thinking and saying out loud what the country was thinking. You’ll never see the like of this ever again!”