MCity 3-1 WBA: Iheanacho snubbed as Pep nears top 4 finish


Kevin De Bruyne celebrates his goal as City inched closer to finishing in the top four.Kevin De Bruyne celebrates his goal as City inched closer to finishing in the top four.

Manchester City got to within a point of qualifying for the Champions League next season after they beat West Brom 3-1 at the Etihad on Tuesday evening.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure set City on the path to a smooth win, before Hal-Robson Kanu came off the bench to score a consolation for City

First Half

Manchester City went into this knowing they must win to keep alive, their chances of making it to the Champions League next season and it was no surprise the way they started, as they looked hungrier than West Brom, who’s future in the Premier League is already guaranteed.

But it would take 14 minutes before City got going, as Aleksandar Kolarov sent a free kick towards the right post only for West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster to dive and make a save which earned City a corner-kick.

Three minutes later, they had another chance to go in front, Leroy Sane  finds himself unmarked in a promising position after receiving a cross on the edge of the box and his attempt sails a whisker wide of the right post. Ten minutes later, it was the turn of Kevin De Bruyne, who misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds the Belgian, who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar.

But they would get in front just moments later as Gabriel Jesus is quickest to react to the rebound and stabs the ball into the back of the net. 1-0 City. That lead would be doubled less than two minutes later, when Kevin De Bruyne gets to the ball on the edge of the box and fires in a first-time shot without any hesitation. The strike is excellent and goes inside the right post.

City then had a big opportunity which is wasted by Sergio Aguero, who makes a yard for himself and produces a mid-range rocket of a shot towards the middle of the goal. Unfortunately for him, Ben Foster pulls off a fantastic save to stop the effort.

Another chance was then fluffed by Leroy Sane as he finds himself unmarked in a promising position after receiving a cross on the edge of the box, but he blazes it just over the crossbar. And that would be the last real piece of action for the half.

Second Half

The Manchester side started the second period just about the way they did the first, but they did not create any real chance until the 57th minute, and the ball found its way into the back of the net that time. Sergio Aguero tees up Yaya Toure inside the box and he rolls the ball into the bottom right corner and past Ben Foster to make it 3-0.

68th minute, when Leroy Sane connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and shot. His attempt went towards the top right corner, but Ben Foster was alert and the score remains the same. The referee signals a corner kick to Manchester City.

City kept dominating with the Baggies looking worn out but Pep Guardiola’s charges were hardly creating any real chances at this point, as it got to the 84th minute, before another opportunity was seen.

Gabriel Jesus fashions a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass. Ben Foster makes a stunning save to stop the effort from flying into the right side of the goal.

And moments later, the young Brazilian striker had another opportunity to find the back of the net, as he finds himself some space inside the box, collects a rebound and sends an effort in on goal. Ben Foster pulls off a fantastic reflex save to stop the ball going under the crossbar.

But just when City thought they were home and dry, Hal Robson-Kanu managed to slot the ball past the keeper to pull one back for the Baggies.

But that would be it at the Etihad as City inch closer to finishing in the top four and playing in the Champions League next season.


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