Manchester City 4 - 0 Aston Villa

Match info: Premier League at Etihad Stadium

Date: 07/05/2014 KO: 19:45 Ref: Att: 47,023

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Man City

Stevan Jovetic 89
Edin Dzeko 64,72
Yaya Toure 90+3


A Villa

FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • The final whistle goes and Man City are on the brink of winning the Premier League title after beating Aston Villa 4-0. It took more than an hour to get off the mark against Paul Lambert's men but City ultimately ran out emphatic winners and now need just a point on the final day to become champions.

  • GOAL! Make that 100 league goals, and what a way to round off a great night as Yaya Toure puts Man City 4-0 up. The midfielder is at his unstoppable best as he drives away from inside his own half with a mix of power and pace, leaving four defenders trailing in his wake, before firing past Brad Guzan.

  • Man City have now joined Liverpool on 99 league goals for the season but they will have two more points going into the final day of the season.

  • GOAL! Stevan Jovetic makes it 3-0 to Man City. Yaya Toure draws three defenders to him before laying the ball off to the edge of the area, where Jovetic steers in a composed finish. He rips off his shirt in celebration and is duly booked.

  • Alvaro Negredio tries to race on to a long pass from Yaya Toure but Brad Guzan is alert to the danger and beats him to it.

  • Ryan Bertrand goes off as Jack Grealish is given a run-out for the final few minutes.

  • Two-goal hero Edin Dzeko goes off to rapturous applause as he is replaced by Alvaro Negredo.

  • Andreas Weimann crashes a header against the crossbar and as the ball bounces down all eyes are on the referee to see if it crossed the line before coming out to safety. There is no signal from Michael Oliver and replays show the technology got it right.

  • Martin Demichelis' recent form has helped to win over the critics and he shows good pace here to cover back ahead of Andreas Weimann and sort out a potentially dangerous situation with ease.

  • Not surprisingly, Man City's players look far more relaxed now and are passing the ball around nicely in search of a third goal.

  • Paul Lambert brings on Callum Robinson in place of Ciaran Clark for the closing stages.

  • Stevan Jovetic tries his luck with a low shot from 20 yards. Brad Guzan gets down low to his right to make a routine save but is left shocked by the muddy state of his jersey as he gets back to his feet.

  • Man City's second change sees Fernandinho come on to replace David Silva, who receives a generous round of applause from the fans.

  • Yaya Toure steps up to take the free-kick and it takes a deflection off the defensive wall and trickles just wide of Brad Guzan's right-hand post.

  • Ciaran Clark is booked for a foul right on the edge of the area and Man City have a chance to add a third from the free-kick.

  • GOAL! Edin Dzeko makes it 2-0 to Man City. Pablo Zabaleta is again heavily involved with a low cross from the right but is shot towards goal by Samir Nasri from 12 yards., Brad Guzan makes the save but the rebound falls to Dzeko's feet and he rolls it in from point-blank range.

  • There are no signs yet of Villa trying to push forward, and is a cagey game right now with Man City happy to protect their slender advantage.

  • The rain has not let up at al tonight but it will take more than that now to dampen the spirits of Man City's fans, who are in great voice.

  • There is no rush for Man city now to try and force the game and they look content to pass it around patiently in midfield at the moment, which seems a very sensible tactic.

  • Aston Villa have set themselves up to defend tonight and the onus will now be on them to change their approach to try and get something out of this game.


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