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Take away the final quarter of a season and you strip it of some of the sport's defining moments, like Leicester's title win in 2016Sergio Aguero's last-gasp title-deciding goal, the miracle of Leicester City, Kevin Keegan's rant and...

Premier League: Drama, records and rants that would have been lost in curtailed seasons

Take away the final quarter of a season and you strip it of some of the sport's defining moments, like Leicester's title win in 2016

Sergio Aguero's last-gasp title-deciding goal, the miracle of Leicester City, Kevin Keegan's rant and Steven Gerrard's ill-timed slip.

They are some of the Premier League's most iconic and enthralling moments, but ones we would have been denied had the seasons in which they occurred been halted with nine games to go.

The Premier League still intends to complete this campaign, but with leagues cancelled around Europe because of coronavirus, an aborted season in England's top flight remains a possibility.

As we await a safe conclusion to the 2019-20 campaign, BBC Sport takes a look back at some of the late-season highs and lows to see what football loses when the business end is stripped away.

'Agueroooooooo!' - defining moments that might never have been

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The closing strait - when trophies are up for grabs, stakes and emotions high, nerves fraught and actions loaded with consequence.

On a simple, surface level, stripping Premier League seasons of their final nine games inevitably leads to the loss of many of the division's defining moments.

The most obvious example being the one that usually tops most people's "greatest" list - Sergio Aguero's winner against QPR from practically the final kick of the 2011-12 season.

As well as losing perhaps the most dramatic single moment in the league's history, ending that season with nine games left would also likely have denied City their maiden Premier League title, handed the trophy to Sir Alex Ferguson's side and altered the course of history.

Other clubs, too, would be denied one of their defining moments. Blackburn would still have won the title in 1994-95, but they would never have experienced that dizzying, dazzling rollercoaster afternoon at Anfield, where they would lose to Liverpool but West Ham would do them the ultimate favour by holding rivals Manchester United to a draw.

Arsenal fans would have at least one less piece of iconic commentary to savour, as Tony Adams ("put through by Steve Bould... would you believe it?!") wouldn't have been given the opportunity to cap Arsenal's 1997-98 title win with a goal against Everton.

Speaking of the Gunners, they would forever have to stomach the asterisk that would attach itself to their remarkable, iconic Invincibles season. Yes, technically unbeaten, but they didn't play the last nine games.

Other such iconic incidents would also be lost, some with culture-changing consequences.

Mentioning "Fergie Time" to someone would prompt only blank stares in return as the two Steve Bruce headers against Sheffield Wednesday