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

leader Arsenal.

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

Tottenham 6-0.

City again raced out of the blocks with Sergio Aguero charging

through and shooting at Gerhard Tremmel inside the first

minute.

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

minute.

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

neither.

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

corner.

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

minutes.

The former Arsenal playmaker, sensing a hat trick, curled just

wide and Fernandinho shot over in the closing moments.