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December 2, 2013 12:10 AM MYT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 46559‎
 
8′ Negredo
 
58′ Samir Nasri
 
77′ Samir Nasri
 
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Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri
Manchester City
Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri
Manchester City
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Álvaro
Álvaro
Swansea City
Gerhard Tremmel
Gerhard Tremmel
Swansea City

Manchester City 3-0 Swansea City: Negredo & Nasri secure routine victory

Manuel Pellegrini's men kept up their flawless record in domestic competition at the Etihad Stadium this season and plunged the Capital One Cup holders into further trouble

By Dom Farrell

Samir Nasri; Yaya Toure Manchester City v Swansea City - English Premier League 12012013
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Samir Nasri's second-half double saw Manchester City maintain a perfect home record in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Swansea City.

The Etihad Stadium faithful might have had designs on a repeat of the recent 7-0 and 6-0 romps over Norwich City and Tottenham after Alvaro Negredo netted an eighth-minute free kick but the Swans more than matched Manuel Pellegrini's men in the first period and Jonathan De Guzman should have equalised on the stroke of the interval.

However, Nasri followed his midweek Champions League strike against Viktoria Plzen with two more, the second from a first-time finish that capped a sumptuous team move featuring James Milner and Pablo Zabaleta.

The result moves Pellgrini's men into third, six points shy of leaders Arsenal, while Swansea lie 13th.

Joleon Lescott featured at centre-back in the absence of injury victim Matija Nastasic (calf) – the only change to the Manchester City XI that thrashed Tottenham seven days previously. Gerhard Tremmel, meanwhile, was preferred to Michel Vorm in goal for a Swansea team without Angel Rangel and Wilfried Bony due to respective calf and hamstring problems suffered during their Europa League defeat to Valencia on Thursday.

VIEW FROM ETIHAD STADIUM
By Tom Maston
This was not the swashbuckling performance that saw Tottenham and Manchester United cast aside but a professional enough display from Manchester City was all that was needed to see off Swansea City.

Samir Nasri claimed the man-of-the-match award despite only really coming alive in the box and, were it not for Jonathan De Guzman's horror miss, the visitors may well have got something from the game.

A win is a win, though, and some momentum may finally be building for the big-spending hosts.
Tremmel made early stops from Sergio Aguero and Negredo but was rooted to the spot when the latter opened the scoring.

Jose Canas brought down Negredo 22 yards from goal and the forward steered the resulting free kick, from the right-hand edge of the area, into the far corner, assisted by Lescott and Martin Demichelis peeling off the edge of the Swansea wall.

The visitors responded well and Jonjo Shelvey twice tested City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who was again selected ahead of Joe Hart, from long range before Alvaro Vazquez dragged wastefully wide after 21 minutes, having been played in by the ex-Liverpool midfielder.

Demichelis thudded a header from Nasri's 30th-minute corner against the bar but the former Bayern Munich centre-back's defensive display was far less convincing.

Having escaped punishment for pulling back Pablo Hernandez in his own box, Demichelis was nutmegged and left on his backside by De Guzman, who blazed the subsequent glorious chance over in the first half's final minute.

The angle closed cruelly on Aguero as he hit the side netting in the 53rd minute after collecting a raking ball with an exquisite touch and rounding Tremmel.

Yaya Toure was the provider on that occasion and the Ivory Coast midfielder tore at Swansea with one of his trademark driving runs in the 58th minute before finding Nasri, who cut inside Ashley Williams and produced an assured finish.

Swansea started to feel the pace as the game entered its final quarter and City right-back Zabaleta burst forward to chip narrowly over, while Aguero flashed a shot across the goalmouth from Milner's through-ball, having failed to convert the substitute's cross.

Nasri's final flourish arrived in the 77th minute and City will now aim to address their troublesome away form in trips to West Brom and Southampton over the next six days.


Manchester City

30
Costel Pantilimon
Goalkeeper
3.50
5
Pablo Zabaleta
Defender
77′
3.50
6
Joleon Lescott
Defender
3.00
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
3.00
26
2.50
8
Samir Nasri
Midfielder
58′ 77′
3.50
15
2.50
25
Fernandinho
Midfielder
3.00
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
58′
3.00
9
Negredo
Striker
8′ 63′
3.50
16
3.50

Swansea City

3.00
25
2.50
4
Chico
Defender
2.50
6
3.00
21
3.00
33
Ben Davies
Defender
3.50
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
2.00
11
2.00
20
3.50
21
2.50
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
67′
1.50
26
Álvaro
Striker

Substitutes

1
Joe Hart
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
13
2.50
7
James Milner
Midfielder
63′
3.00
14
Javi García
Midfielder
 - 
17
Jack Rodwell
Midfielder
 - 
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
79′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Jordi Amat
Defender
 - 
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
2.50
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
67′
2.50
15
 - 
14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
 - 
41

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0