Man City beats Swansea 3-0 in Premier League
Samir Nasri scored twice as Manchester City maintained its 100
percent home record and moved to third place in the Premier League
with a 3-0 win over Swansea on Sunday.
In-form striker Alvaro Negredo put City in front after eight
minutes with a free kick into the bottom left corner. Nasri then
exploited Yaya Toure’s through ball to double his team’s lead in
the 58th and the French international sealed the win with a
brilliant finish in the 77th.
The result lifted City to third place in the standings after
Liverpool lost to Hull, but the team is still six points behind
City is the only team in the Premier League with a perfect home
record this season – seven wins in seven matches.
Swansea had a good chance to equalize just before halftime but
Jonathan de Guzman shot over.
City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, again preferred to Joe Hart,
had earlier saved twice from Jonjo Shelvey.
Hart might have hoped to feature after playing in the Champions
League in midweek but, aside from Joleon Lescott replacing the
injured Matija Nastasic, City fielded the side that thrashed
City again raced out of the blocks with Sergio Aguero charging
through and shooting at Gerhard Tremmel inside the first
Tremmel was quickly in action again as Negredo forced him to tip
around the post with a long-range shot.
Negredo was fouled outside the area shortly afterward and
stepped up to clip home the resulting free kick in the eight
Swansea then enjoyed a spell of dominating possession and
creating a couple of chances, with Shelvey twice forcing Pantilimon
to save with shots from distance.
Both sides had penalty appeals as Pablo Hernandez claimed to be
pulled back by Martin Demichelis and Aguero went down under a Jose
Canas challenge but referee Mark Clattenburg was convinced by
De Guzman shot at Pantilimon and spurned an even better chance
to equalize when he fired over just before the interval
City’s second finally came just before the hour as Yaya Toure
strode forward in trademark fashion to find Nasri inside the area.
The Frenchman still had much to do but the defense could not touch
him as he ran across goal and fired low into the bottom left
City almost had a third when Toure found Aguero and Swansea’s
half-clearance fell to the inrushing Pablo Zabaleta but the
fullback shot over.
But there was little respite for the Swans and Zabaleta instead
turned to a creator’s role by rushing onto a James Milner
throughball and pulling back for Nasri to tuck home after 77
The former Arsenal playmaker, sensing a hat trick, curled just
wide and Fernandinho shot over in the closing moments.