Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City – Premier League – 12th December 2015
A last-gasp deflected Yaya Touré helped Manchester City to a hard-fought victory at the Etihad on Saturday, a result which sees the Citizens go back to to the top of the table, at least until Sunday.
The managerless hosts, with caretaker Alan Curtis in the hot-seat, produced a fine display which frustrated City for long periods of the game. Indeed, City ‘keeper Joe Hart was forced into a number of good saves throughout. However, the visitors did eventually take the lead on 26 minutes, with ex-Swans striker Wilfried Bony heading home from a corner.
After the break, Swansea pushed for an equaliser. Then, with the points looking in the bag for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, Bafetimbi Gomis fired past Hart at the death after a superb pass from Federico Fernandez. However, there was one last twist in the tale, and before the Swans’ bench had stopped celebrating the equaliser, Yaya Touré’s shot deflected off sub Kelechi Iheanacho and in over Lukasz Fabianski to secure a dramatic and somewhat undeserved win for the Citizens.
Man City go level on points with Leicester, but take first place courtesy of their superior goal difference. As for Swansea, their performance against the Citizens will have impressed whoever it is finally takes over on permanent basis from the departed Garry Monk.