And with seemingly no way back, teary City fans decided to head to the exits early so as not to be there to witness the final whistle blowing up on their title dream.
The rest, of course, is history as Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero both found the net in the dying moments to give City the most dramatic of victories.
The Sun quoted two City fans who were already on the bus home when they heard about the late strikes.
"We were on the way home, and I was listening to the match on headphones, and we scored one. Before the next bus stop we scored another and we ran back. We’re well-chuffed," said the female fan, who could not get back into the ground but did at least make it back to enjoy the atmosphere around Eastlands.
Still, it could have been a lot worse: the fans who did leave might have missed out on taking part in the greatest moment in the club's history, but at least their men won the title.
The same can't be said for the greedy Manchester United fans who were stung not once but twice.
In the final stages of Sunday's action bookies were still offering odds of 1-33 on United to win the title, and several firms reported hundreds of punters putting vast amounts on the Red Devils to win the title in order to make a quick and seemingly risk-free 3 per cent profit.
"We've never known five minutes like it," said Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams. "United fans got greedy. The smell of burnt fingers around Old Trafford is overwhelming."
As Alex Ferguson would say, "Football, eh?... Bloody hell."