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By Phil DawkesBBC Sport
Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho's goal was his fifth in his last four starts for Manchester City

Manchester City are all but assured of a place in next season's Champions League as Manuel Pellegrini's time at the club ended with a draw at Swansea.

They were denied a win as Andre Ayew's deflected free-kick cancelled out Kelechi Iheanacho's close-range opener.

The draw leaves them three points ahead of Manchester United, whose final game, against Bournemouth, was abandoned.

City's vastly superior goal difference means United would need a 19-0 win over the Cherries to take fourth place.

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A fitting finale

Swansea v Manchester shots
Manchester City (right) had by far the greater number of chances, on target (green), off target (red) and blocked (yellow). Swansea's shots are on the left.

In many ways, Manchester City's display at the Liberty Stadium was a fitting way to end an underwhelming season that began with such promise before limping to a satisfactory but below-par conclusion.

Iheanacho - the on-field embodiment of a potentially exciting future - again demonstrated his sharpness in front of goal to poke home the opening goal after a Sergio Aguero shot had been saved in the fifth minute.

It was the 19-year-old's 14th goal of the season and his eighth from his first 12 shots on target in the Premier League.

But he and his side failed to build on it, missing numerous chances to put the game to bed, with the young forward and his usually lethal Argentine partner Aguero particularly wasteful.

It left them vulnerable to a Swansea equaliser - which came courtesy of a 25-yard Ayew free-kick that deflected in off Fernando's head - and a potentially devastating second in a tense second half for the away side.

Pellegrini tamely signs off

Manuel Pellegrini (centre)
Manuel Pellegrini threw his jacket to fans in the away end at full time

In securing a top-four finish, Pellegrini has achieved the very minimum required of him before handing over to Pep Guardiola this summer, but it does not mask the failings of the Chilean's final campaign.

Despite winning the League Cup for a second time in three years and going further in the Champions League than ever before, City's expensively assembled squad have underachieved in the league.

Their haul of 66 points is their lowest in the top-flight since the 2008-09 season - the first under Sheikh Mansour's ownership.

Pellegrini leaves the Etihad with a league title to his name, the best win percentage of any Premier League manager barring Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho and as the only City boss to have never finished below United.

But after starting so strongly, his reign has limped to its conclusion with a squad in need of an overhaul.

Stubborn Swansea make a point

Guidolin satisfied with Swansea's season

In their previous two matches, Swansea had ended the top-four hopes of both Liverpool and West Ham.

Despite resting goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, captain Ashley Williams and top scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson and being without Ki Sung-yueng because of his military service in South Korea, boss Francesco Guidolin came close to making it a hat-trick.

Since the Italian joined the club in January, the Swans have improved significantly, losing only five of his 16 matches in charge.

And they once again demonstrated their newly acquired stubbornness to extend their unbeaten home run to five games, during which they have conceded just twice.

Having tied Guidolin down to a two-year deal this week, the Swans will be optimistic of building on this next season and avoiding the kind of poor form that prompted his arrival.

Man of the match - Jordi Amat (Swansea)

Jordi Amat (left)
In the absence of Ashley Williams, Jordi Amat impressed in the centre of Swansea's defence, making seven clearances, seven interceptions and winning back possession nine times

What they said

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin: "I am happy because the moment was not simple in January [when he took over]. Now we have a comfortable position in the table. I am happy. I am proud. My players deserve this position because we have a good team."

"It was a good performance, a good result, against in my opinion he best team in the Premier League in terms of quality, a lot of big, big players. And the game was good, we played well.

"I am happy, now. Only this for us and our players. This is a good memory."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini to BBC Sport: "I wanted to win the Premier League this season, but the atmosphere from February when the club announced the new manager was maybe not the best atmosphere.

Pellegrini blames club for poor finish

"We lost two important games at home when we were three points behind the leaders.

"The only option we had today was that we needed to get the point to get Champions League for next year."

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, speaking to BBC Sport: "It is not what we set out to do at the start of the season but we will have to take it (fourth place).

"It was strange day, getting the job done, barring a mathematical freak, we have Champions League football next season.

"At the start of the season, well into this season we were well in the title race, but we let ourselves down, we will take positives of a trophy and semi-final of the Champions League, which was history for our club and we have Champions League next year and we have to take that.

"I have enjoyed our time under Manuel, it was important we finished off a good three years working with him."

The stats you need to know

Kelechi Iheanacho
  • Manchester City have won six, drawn two and lost none of the last eight Premier League clashes with Swansea.
  • They have won only one of their seven final day Premier League games that they have played away from home (D3 L3).
  • Andre Ayew (4) has scored as many goals in his last three Premier League games as he did in his previous 23 combined.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Fernandez
  • 2Amat
  • 35Kingsley
  • 24Cork
  • 7BrittonBooked at 74mins
  • 8Fer
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forBarrowat 58'minutes
  • 10A Ayew
  • 20MonteroSubstituted forGomisat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Emnes
  • 18Gomis
  • 26Naughton
  • 29Vickers
  • 46Gorré
  • 56Fulton
  • 58Barrow

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 3SagnaBooked at 67mins
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 45mins
  • 20Mangala
  • 22Clichy
  • 15Navas
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 6Reges
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 72IheanachoBooked at 41minsSubstituted forNasriat 72'minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forY Touréat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Sterling
  • 8Nasri
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 26Demichelis
  • 42Y Touré
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
20,934

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home4
Away18
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 1, Manchester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Manchester City 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

  4. Post update

    Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Yaya Touré replaces Sergio Agüero.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

  7. Post update

    Jack Cork (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Bafétimbi Gomis replaces Jefferson Montero.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Bacary Sagna (Manchester City).

  14. Post update

    Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Bacary Sagna (Manchester City).

  16. Post update

    Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

  18. Post update

    Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

  20. Booking

    Leon Britton (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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