Swansea City 1-2 Manchester City

22 Sep

Holders Manchester City sealed the place in the EFL Cup fourth round with a 2-1 win at Swansea.

Match Reports: Swansea City 1-2 Manchester CityMatch Reports: Swansea City 1-2 Manchester City

The Citizens side had won every game under Pep Guardiola’s leadership going into the game and they always looked comfortable at the Liberty Stadium as second-half goals from Gael Clichy and Aleix Garcia sealed the win.

The Swans snatched a last-gasp consolation through Gylfi Sigurdsson, but were outplayed for the majority of the game.

City dominated the early possession and could have taken the lead in the 12th minute when Angelino was teed up by Pablo Zabaleta from the right but he swept his first-time effort the wrong side of the upright from the middle of the area.

On 15 minutes Willy Caballero’s poor attempted pass to Vincent Kompany inside his own area rolled to Borja Baston whose effort was then tipped over by the City shot-stopper.

On 35 minutes City almost went in front when Mike van der Hoon tried to cut out a Leroy Sane cross from the right in the middle of the area and sent the ball towards his own goal, but Kristoffer Nordfelt produced a fine save to spare his blushes.

City took the lead four minutes into the second half when Sane played the ball to Clichy on the edge of the area and his strike took a deflection off defender Neil Taylor which helped it drop past Nordfelt and into the far corner.

John Stones very nearly gifted the Swans an equaliser on 64 minutes when he knocked the ball too far ahead of himself trying to play it out of his own area and Sigurdsson pounced, but his effort was straight at Caballero.

However, City came back to grab a second goal on 67 minutes when Jesus Navas pulled the ball back into the middle of the area from the right and Garcia ran onto the pass before hitting a low strike into the bottom corner.

Substitute Kevin De Bruyne looked to kill the game with a third goal on 71 minutes but his effort from the edge of the area was well saved by Nordfelt.

Swansea did manage to get a goal in the 93rd minute when Wayne Routledge’s cross from the right was converted from close range by Sigurdsson, but it was too little too late.


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