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EPL Results: Iheanacho’s injury time strike helps City inflict cruel defeat on Swansea

Photo Courtesy: Goal.com
Photo Courtesy: Goal.com

Manchester City managed to keep the pressure on EPL leaders Leicester City, following a dramatic last minute victory over Swansea City at the Etihad.

Bafétimbi Gomis’ managed to find the back of the net in the 90th minute to cancel’s out Wilfried Bony’s first half opener, before a late, deflected strike from Yaya Toure saw City rob Swansea of a point.

Swansea got the first chance of the game in the fifth minute, after Jack Cork picked out Routledge with an inch perfect through ball. The former Newcastle man, after finding himself in a one-on-one situation with Joe Hart, fired an effort, but his shot was kept out by the England goalkeeper.

Eight minutes later City created their first effort as Silva advanced down the left and cut inside after beating Leon Britton. The Spaniard sent a good ball towards Bony, but the Ivorian’s meek effort was easily collected by Fabianski.

A couple of minutes later, a quick counter from the Swans saw Routledge charge forward from the right and pull the ball back for Sigurdsson on the edge of the box. The Icelandic midfielder immediate fired an effort, but Hart was able to parry his shot over.

Despite a positive start from Swansea, it was City who broke the deadlock in the 26th minute through Bony. Jesus Navas whipped a corner into the box and the Ivorian, who was completely unmarked inside the box, made no mistakes as he powered a header past Fabianski to draw first blood against his former club.

The Swans nearly gave an immediate response as Sigurdsson’s well-taken free kick was narrowly headed over by Ayew in the 29th minute.

Ten minutes later, the visitors again got a chance to threaten from a set-piece situation, but Sigurdsson’s corner was punched away by Hart. A quick break from Manchester City, at the other end, saw Toure easily get past Britton and move into a very good position just outside the box. He fired a low effort towards goal, but Fabianski was able to make an easy save.

Seven minutes into the second half, Manchester City were awarded a free-kick in one of Toure’s favourite positions (about 25 yards from goal). The Ivorian stepped up and tried to curl an effort into the top left corner, but an alert Fabianski was able to parry the ball away.

The visitors got a very good chance to equalise in the 56th minute, after Sigurdsson was again played onto a terrific position, just ahead of Hart. The former Tottenham took a shot, but his near-post effort was easily kept out by Hart.

Hart was again need at the hour mark as he did extremely well to keep out a well struck swerving free-kick from Sigurdsson. In the 75th minute, Kevin de Bruyne’s corner was met by Nicolas Otamendi, but the Argentine’s header was off target.

With four minutes of normal time remaining, Swansea finally found the back of the net, but the goal was not awarded due to Bafétimbi Gomis committing a foul on Hart.

Just when it was looking like Bony’s strike would be enough to see the Citizens through, Gomis went and grabbed the equaliser in the 90th minute. A superb through ball from Federico Fernández allowed Gomis to race ahead of Mangala, and find the back of the net with an absolutely stunning finish.

Swansea City’s celebrations, however, were cut short, after City grabbed the winner in the fourth minute of added time through Kelechi Iheanacho. Toure’s effort from the right side of the box flew past the outstretched arms of Fabianski, after taking a big deflection off Iheanacho.

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