Glory, goal-fests and goodbyes: The Premier League's most thrilling 'dead rubbers'

5. Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City, 11 May 2008

Any lingering suspicion that Sven-Goran Eriksson was worth his exorbitant salary as manager of Manchester City was extinguished on the final day of 2007/08, when Middlesbrough edged a nine-goal thriller. City contributed just one of those goals, of course, but they had been down to 10 men after Richard Dunne's red card on 15 minutes.

The hosts opened the scoring from the penalty Dunne saw red for, and then cut through at will. Elano's consolation after 87 minutes was of no consolation whatsoever, and Boro rubbed salt into their wounds by adding their seventh in the final minute. By the end, Sven looked more sheepish than normal. "Mentally, we had nothing left," he said, as the Vidiprinter clicked into capitals. "We were not even on the pitch… it was embarrassing for everyone." Especially for City's owners. Within a month, Sven had been sacked, though they dressed it up as a parting of ways by "mutual consent".


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