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Swansea City 2-4 Manchester City

By Rob WestallBBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium
Wilfried Bony
Wilfried Bony's goal was his second for Manchester City since joining from Swansea in January
  • Man City win fifth successive league game
  • Toure scores 50th Premier League goal
  • Swansea come back from two goals down
  • Bony scores on Swansea return

Wilfried Bony scored on his return to Swansea as Manchester City secured a place in the Champions League group stages by winning a thriller.

Yaya Toure opened the scoring for City with a deflected effort, before James Milner slid in a stylish second.

Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back just before half-time with a lovely strike, and then Bafetimbi Gomis equalised.

'Attractive' Man City win pleases Pellegrini

But Toure squeezed a second under Lukasz Fabianski, before substitute Bony rolled in a fourth via the post.

The result ensured a top-three Premier League finish for Manchester City but puts Europa League qualification beyond eighth-placed Swansea.

Garry Monk's side seemed content to soak up pressure and try to hit the visitors on the break in the first half but still created chances.

Gomis, who came off the bench to score the winner at Arsenal last Monday, looked dangerous in his first start for a month, forcing an early save from Joe Hart.

Nathan Dyer was unlucky not to open the scoring after dispossessing Eliaquim Mangala, as Hart flung himself across goal to turn the shot behind for a corner.

Toure proved more clinical as he scored his 50th Premier League goal with a low shot, which deflected off Ashley Williams and past Fabianski at his near post.

Milner doubled their lead as he finished off a swift counter attack with a low finish.

Swansea can match anyone - Monk

It seemed as if that had knocked the stuffing out of the hosts - but right on half-time, Sigurdsson drove the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the area to give Swansea hope.

The visitors continued to push forward, with Frank Lampard and Jesus Navas forcing saves from Fabianski, before Gomis drilled the ball past Hart to equalise for the home side.

But Toure's second of the day put Manchester City back in front.

The Ivorian received the ball midway inside the Swansea half, ran towards goal and unleashed a low shot into the corner of the net.

Swansea continued to press for an equaliser and Hart did well to hold a Gomis header.

But Bony - returning to the Liberty Stadium for the first time since his £28m move to City in January - put the result beyond doubt, firing in a shot that found the net after hitting the inside of the post and rolling across into the opposite corner.

Swansea manager Garry Monk:

"I think we've shown quite clearly with the run of form we've been on that we wanted to get into Europe. "We pushed all the way to try to get there and it would have been a great reward for the season we've had.

"But hopefully now we have a chance to recruit properly and try to surpass what we have done this year in the Premier League, although we know it will be tough."

"We didn't quite get a result, but I think we have shown what a strong group we've got and hopefully next season we can be even better."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"We will analyse the season when it finishes but I think it is important to understand you must play every game with 100 per cent intensity. In the Premier League it is very difficult to win.

"For our team it was always our target to win the title, (until) the moment the mathematics said we couldn't do it.

"Joe is the number one goalkeeper in England and I think he has improved a lot this season. Bringing Willy Caballero was good for him, giving him good competition and also working with the goalkeeping coach.

Wilfried Bony
Former Swansea striker Wilfried Bony made his return as a Manchester City substitute
Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure's opener was his 50th goal in the Premier League
Yaya Toure
Toure has scored in each of his last three appearances against Swansea
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson's goal ensured he equalled his best total in a Premier League season - seven
Bafetimbi Gomis' equaliser for Swansea was his fifth goal in five games
Bafetimbi Gomis' equaliser for Swansea was his fifth goal in five games

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 29Richards
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 24Cork
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forBrittonat 78'minutes
  • 12DyerSubstituted forBarrowat 73'minutes
  • 23G SigurdssonSubstituted forEmnesat 83'minutes
  • 20Montero
  • 18Gomis

Substitutes

  • 7Britton
  • 11Emnes
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 21Grimes
  • 25Tremmel
  • 27Bartley
  • 58Barrow

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hart
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 61mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 20Mangala
  • 11Kolarov
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forBonyat 85'minutes
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 77minsSubstituted forKompanyat 80'minutes
  • 7MilnerBooked at 50mins
  • 18LampardSubstituted forNavasat 59'minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 16Agüero

Substitutes

  • 4Kompany
  • 10Dzeko
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 15Navas
  • 22Clichy
  • 35Jovetic
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
20,669

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away22
Shots on Target
Home9
Away11
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 2, Manchester City 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Manchester City 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Swansea City 2, Manchester City 4. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Silva.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marvin Emnes (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

  6. Post update

    Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Wilfried Bony replaces Yaya Touré.

  8. Post update

    David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Richards (Swansea City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Cork.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Joe Hart.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Federico Fernández (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Aleksandar Kolarov.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Vincent Kompany replaces Fernandinho because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Leon Britton replaces Jonjo Shelvey.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Booking

    Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Modou Barrow (Swansea City) because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea36259270284284
2Man City37237781384376
3Arsenal36218767353271
4Man Utd37209862372569
5Liverpool37188115142962
6Tottenham37187125753461
7Southampton371861354312360
8Swansea37168134648-256
9Stoke37149144244-251
10Everton371211144849-147
11West Ham371211144445-147
12Crystal Palace37129164651-545
13West Brom361011153447-1341
14Leicester37108194154-1338
15Aston Villa37108193156-2538
16Sunderland36716133050-2037
17Newcastle3799193863-2536
18Hull37810193351-1834
19Burnley37612192753-2630
20QPR3786234168-2730
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