Premier League – Manchester City beat Swansea as Yaya Toure and Joe Hart star
Premier League, Liberty Stadium – Swansea City 2 (Sigurdsson 45, Gomis 64) Manchester City 4 (Y Toure 21, 74, Milner 36, Bony 90+2)
Manchester City strengthened their hold on second place in the Premier League with an entertaining 4-2 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
The visitors opened up a two-goal lead against the run of play, with Yaya Toure scoring courtesy of a deflected shot past Lukasz Fabianski into the far corner, and James Milner skilfully skipping round the defence just after the half-hour point.
But Toure put his side back in front in the final quarter, crashing through the Swansea defence and powering past Fabianski at his near post.
There were still chances for Swansea to get something from the game, but Joe Hart kept his team in it, clawing Federico Fernandez‘s header out of the top corner, and then batting Gomis’s close-range header away.
It was Wilfried Bony, of all people, on as a substitute against his former team, who put the game beyond reach in injury time, knocking his shot against the inside of the post and across the line to secure the points, then immediately holding his hands up in apology to fans of the club he left for City in January.
The defeat ends Swansea’s hopes of Europa League qualification – they are guaranteed to finish eighth.
Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony holds his hands up after scoring against his former club Swansea
21′ GOAL! And what an odd one it is! Toure lets fly from an angle, through three Swansea defenders, and Fabianski sees it much too late to do anything about it.
36′ GOAL! It’s Sigurdsson’s corner, away by Silva, and Aguero looks to break – he lays it off to James Milner, who makes space for himself and shoots into the far corner.
45′ GOAL! And Gylfi Sigurdsson puts Swansea back in this! Montero works really hard down the left before it drops to Sigurdsson on the edge of the box, and he lashes it home. Deserved.
64′ GOAL! And Gomis gets Swansea the goal they deserve, and then proceeds to…imitate some kind of animal crawling towards the camera? Unsure. Mangala and Demichelis can’t keep him under control.
74′ GOAL! And the power of Toure puts Manchester City back in front again, absolutely smashing through the defence and past Fabianski at the near post.
82′ SAVE! Fernandez heads that into the top corner, and the roar to celebrate the goal swells, but Hart’s left hand claws that away.
84′ ANOTHER SAVE! And ANOTHER terrific save from Hart, batting away Gomis’s diving header!
90’+2 GOAL! Ah. And it’s Manchester City to stretch their lead. And it’s Wilfried Bony, who knocks it against one post and over the line. He doesn’t celebrate.
Bafetimbi Gomis scored a fine equaliser for Swansea against Manchester City
Gylfi Sigurdsson has equalled his best goal tally in a single Premier League season (seven, also in 2011/12 with Swansea)
Yaya Toure is the fourth player to score 50 Premier League goals for Manchester City, after Aguero, Tevez and Dzeko.
Bafetimbi Gomis has bagged five goals in his last five Premier League appearances.
Swansea v Man City has seen more shots on target than any other Premier League game this season (20).
Manchester City’s Yaya Toure celebrates scoring his second goal against Swansea
Yaya Toure put on a fantastic display today – all the better to put himself in the shop window? Will this virtuoso performance be one of his last in a City shirt?