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Published: 10:13 | 18/12/15

Man City edge past Swansea


Kelechi Iheanacho netted an injury-time winner, as Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Ahead of the match, City manager Manuel Pellegrini had spoken of the need for his side to avoid "ugly" defeats such as the 2-0 loss to Stoke City last Saturday, but the Chilean will be delighted that his team also have the heart to grind out "ugly" victories such as this.

With City leading 1-0 following Wilfried Bony's first-half strike, Swansea substitute Bafetimbi Gomis netted an unexpected 90th-minute equaliser with an emphatic finish at the near post from Federico Fernandez's inch-perfect through ball.

The Ivorian's first goal in 10 Premier League matches prompted mayhem on the Swansea bench, but joy turned to despair 120 seconds later as Yaya Toure's angled effort flicked off team-mate Iheanacho and over Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal.

Swansea, without a manager following Garry Monk's sacking on Wednesday, started the brighter at a rain-soaked Etihad Stadium, with Wayne Routledge forcing an early save from City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The Welsh side seemed content to soak up City pressure and hope to catch Pellegrini's side on the break, and caretaker boss Alan Curtis' gameplan almost paid off in the 15th minute following a Bony chance for City.

The Swans hit back on the counter-attack, as Routledge took on Gael Clichy down the left and cut the ball back to Gylfi Sigurdsson, but the Iceland international's first-time effort was smartly tipped over the bar by Hart.

City took the lead in the 26th minute when former Swansea striker Bony drifted past Ashley Williams in the area to head Jesus Navas' corner past Fabianski, but Swansea almost hit back immediately, as Andre Ayew headed over the crossbar from a Sigurdsson free-kick.

Swansea continued to look dangerous in the second half, with Hart denying Sigurdsson and Gomis, but the England goalkeeper's goal was finally breached in the 90th minute when former Lyon striker Gomis netted a near-post thunderbolt.

But City secured what may prove to be a crucial three points in this year's title race two minutes into injury-time, thanks to Toure, the back of City substitute Iheanacho and a huge slice of luck.


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