Dec 1, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT
Tried to push forward they did, but the visitors were powerless to stop a Manchester City attack led by Samir Nasri‘s double to give the home side a 3-0 win at the Etihad.
Swansea’s Jonathan De Guzman missed a sitter to pull level at 1-1 at the end of the first half, and City were in the clear from there.
Manchester City asked the early questions, with Swansea struggling to get out of their own half within the first five minutes.
They broke through early, as Jose Canas brought down Alvaro Negredo in the 8th minute, and the Spanish winger came through with the ensuing free kick.
Manchester City posted up men at the end of the Swansea wall to box the players in, and Negredo bent the ball around the pinned down wall and past a rooted Gerhard Tremmel for a 1-0 lead.
Shelvey was bright in the Swansea attack, and he made a run in the 23rd minute through the City midfield and cut out Alvaro Vasquez with space between the defense, but the Spaniard dragged his shot wide. Unfortunately, chances were few and far between for the Swans who were without both Michu and Wilfried Bony due to injury.
Negredo and Samir Nasri cut through the Swansea defense again in the 29th minute and Negredo’s shot was palmed out by Gerhard Tremmel. The ensuing corner was a good one, and Martin Demichelis‘s header clattered the crossbar before being cleared.
Demichelis got away with a bit of a shirt tug on Pozuelo in his own penalty box a few minutes later, which sprung Aguero on the other end to have a go but a fantastic tackle by Jose Canas stopped Aguero on the other end in his tracks.
Just on the stroke of halftime Swansea had a beautiful chance to equalize as Jonathan De Guzman beat Demichelis one-on-one with a nutmeg, sending the defender embarassingly to the turf. It sent De Guzman through on goal, but with Jolean Lescott and Costel Pantilimon bearing down on the midfielder he panicked and blasted well over, a shocking miss.
Samir Nasri, filling in brilliantly in David Silva‘s absence, put City up 2-0 after the break and on the home side went. Yaya Toure, ever present in that midfield, won the ball and ran easily through to the box, where he cut back for Nasri. The Frenchman reached out with his foot, stuck the ball at his feet, weaved through and shot past Tremmel.
City were clearly the better side the entire second half, and after they searched for a third, Nasri finally had it in the 77th minute. Pablo Zabaleta latched onto the ball on the right of the box on the overlap, and he cut back for a wide open Nasri bang in the middle of the box for a powerful close-range finish.
Nasri came inches from his hat-trick when he got a pass from Dzeko on a break in the dying minutes, cut back to his right foot and fired for the top corner but it went just wide.
With Chelsea also winning, the victory sends Manchester City up to third place and takes advantage of Liverpool’s loss earlier today. Swansea remain in 12th, with an attractive brand of soccer this season but fewer points to show for it than many would have expected.
City now have scored 29 goals at home and conceded only two, and are the only club in the Premier League with a perfect home record.
Manchester City – Negredo 8′; Nasri 58′, 77′
Manchester City – Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Navas (Kolarov, 76′), Nasri; Negredo (Milner, 63′), Aguero (Dzeko, 79′).
Swansea City – Tremmel; Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies; Canas (Routledge, 62′), de Guzman, Shelvey, Pozuelo (Dyer, 67′), Hernandez; Vazquez.
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