Manchester City enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 home win against West Brom on Tuesday night, a result which sees them need just a point from their final day clash with Watford to book a place in next season’s Champions League.
On a night which saw Pablo Zabaleta bid farewell to the Etihad faithful, the hosts were much the better side, with the in-form Gabriel Jesus opening the scoring on 27 minutes.
Kevin De Bruyne was the architect of that opening goal and within two minutes, the Belgian playmaker had put his side 2-0 up, via a superb first-time finish.
After the break, the Citizens went 3-0 up, courtesy of Yaya Touré who fired past Ben Foster.
Soon after, Zabaleta came off the bench in his final performance in front of City’s home fans.
However, the Baggies did get a consolation goal at the death, when sub Hal Robson-Kanu turned in a cross from Allan Nyom.
After the game, Zabaleta received quite a lovely send off from the City fans.
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The Argentinian full-back also gave a farewell interview to the Sky cameras, in which he (fairly reluctantly) said his thank-yous and goodbyes…
Aw, bless him. That’s probably the most weighted use of the word ‘probably’ we’ve ever heard on a football pitch.
The win means a draw on Sunday against Watford will see Pep Guardiola’s charges seal a top-four spot, a somewhat disappointing end to a campaign which had started out so well.
As for Tony Pulis and West Brom, they drop to ninth, still a more than acceptable placing for the Baggies.