Manchester City went third in the table after beating Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in a match they made far harder than it needed to be.
The meeting between the two sides brought back memories of last season final day 3-2 classic but City were hoping to avoid the need for such dramatics this time out.
Yaya Toure gave them an early lead and the champions proceeded to completely dominate the first half without being able to double their advantage.
Bobby Zamora then scored a scarcely deserved equaliser in the 59th minute for the visitors from London but Edin Dzeko, making his first start since March, headed City back in front two minutes later.
City would have been expected to push on from there and kill off the game but instead they tired badly giving a previously laboured QPR a chance of an unliekly point.
However, despite playing seven summer signings, QPR were similarly uninspired, and Carlos Tevez redirected a miss-hit Edin Dzeko shot into the net in stoppage time to wrap up the victory.