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Published: 19:38 | 9/4/16

City hit back to beat West Brom

Nasri grabs winner at Etihad Stadium

Manchester City came from behind to beat West Brom 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.

Stephane Sessegnon gave the Baggies an early lead before Sergio Aguero equalised from the penalty spot, but Samir Nasri completed the comeback from close range midway through the second half after Kevin De Bruyne's initial effort was saved.

The result sees City tighten their grip on fourth place place in the Barclays Premier League, two points behind Arsenal in third and four ahead of Manchester United who have a game in hand.

The visitors took a shock lead on six minutes when James McClean's cross found Sessegnon on the far edge of the penalty area. The midfielder unleashed a fierce shot which somehow beat Joe Hart at his near post as the England international stood motionless.

But City were level on 19 minutes after Sessegnon brought down Aleksandar Kolarov just inside the penalty area.

Aguero duly converted the spot kick for his 130th goal in just 200 appearances for City.

There were chances at both ends after that. First, Eliaquim Mangala headed Nasri's cross inches over the crossbar before Craig Gardner, an early substitute for the injured Salamon Rondon, shot agonisingly wide after good work from Sessegnon and Saido Berahino.

Aguero drew a good save from Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster shortly after the restart, while the visitors had what looked a decent shout for a penalty soon after as Sandro was upended by Mangala.

City were ahead on 66 minutes as Nasri reacted quickest to score from close range after Foster had saved substitute De Bruyne's initial effort.

The Frenchman almost had a second ten minutes from time, but his curling effort was too high.

Hart was forced to tip over a rasping Gardner free-kick from range as West Brom looked to salvage something from the game and McClean was inches wide with a superb volley at the death, but City held on to claim a crucial three points.


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