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May 7, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 46158‎
 
35′ Edin Dzeko
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 1-0 West Brom

Edin Dzeko's winner lifted the Citizens to a victory that officially clinched their place in next season's Champions League.

By Tom Marshall-Bailey

  • Joe Hart
    17
    5
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Made key stops early on and commanded his penalty area well for the most part, but had to be alert at times to deal with runners beyond the final line of defence.

  • Micah Richards
    19
    3
    2.50

    Micah Richards

    Still looked rusty at times with his positioning but was powerful and aerially dominant for the hosts. Got forward well to help his team-mates too.

  • Joleon Lescott
    10
    10
    2.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Sloppy at times in his positional play but provided a calm presence in possession for the the hosts.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    27
    10
    2.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    If this was his audition for the FA Cup final, he didn't exactly pass it. The Serb was guilty of several poor passes and was caught napping at the back as well.

  • Kolo Toure
    9
    13
    2.50

    Kolo Toure

    Looked out of sorts and desperately short of fitness. Was bullied at times by Lukaku but recovered to put in a more steady performance as the game wore on.

  • James Milner
    14
    8
    3.00

    James Milner

    Started slowly but grew into the game and was influential in some of City's brightest attacking moves. Industrious as well as effective.

  • Samir Nasri
    21
    5
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Another that took his time to get going. Initially weak in the challenge but his superb tackle led to the opener. Silky on the ball as always and linked up nicely with Tevez throughout.

  • Javi García
    10
    11
    2.50

    Javi García

    Another below-par display from a midfielder fighting for his Eastlands future. He failed to dictate the play in the middle of the park.

  • Jack Rodwell
    13
    8
    3.00

    Jack Rodwell

    Seemed confident in possession and was able to get involved in attacks while Garcia swept up behind him. Missed some presentable chances, though.

  • Edin Dzeko
    102
    3
    3.50

    Edin Dzeko

    The Bosnian largely impressed in the lone striker role, holding the ball up and bringing others into play superbly. Took his goal brilliantly, with a side-footed volley.

  • Carlos Tévez
    27
    34
    4.00

    Carlos Tévez Top of the Match

    The Argentine was inspirational as ever and produced a performance full of determination and desire. At the heart of everything good about City and set up the opener. Was given a standing ovation late on after being replaced.

Substitutions

  • Maicon
    11
    7
    2.50

    Maicon

    Was not on the pitch long enough to make a contribution on the game.

  • Gareth Barry
    8
    6
    2.50

    Gareth Barry

    Did little when introduced for the final 20 minutes with the game petering out.

  • Abdul Razak
    15
    3
    2.50

    Abdul Razak

    Entered the fray in stoppage time and did not even get a touch of the ball.

  • B. Myhill
    1
    3
    2.50

    B. Myhill

    Could have done better for the goal but was generally sound in his area and made several good stops.

  • Jonas Olsson
    0
    4
    2.50

    Jonas Olsson

    Was given the run-around by the City front four and struggled as a result. Always seemed hurried in possession.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    0
    4
    2.50

    Liam Ridgewell

    Lined up in an unfamiliar left wing-back role and failed to offer enough support offensively but stuck to his guns defensively.

  • Craig Dawson
    0
    3
    2.50

    Craig Dawson

    The centre-back struggled against the illustrious strikeforce of City and was caught out of position on numerous times.

  • Billy Jones
    1
    3
    3.00

    Billy Jones

    A typically combative display, played as a right wing-back and kept Kolarov at bay while constantly proving difficult to contain when running at the Serb. Wasted a glorious late chance to steal a point.

  • Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş
    1
    3
    3.00

    Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş

    Took a high challenge from Kolarov but displayed his battling qualities by soldiering on despite his bandages.

  • Claudio Yacob
    0
    4
    3.00

    Claudio Yacob

    Neat, tidy and effective. Kept the Baggies ticking over but did not get close enough to the City runners in midfield.

  • James Morrison
    2
    3
    3.00

    James Morrison

    Played as the No.10 and was involved in some of the Baggies' best chances. Neat in possession and showed authority in some of his runs at the hosts' defence.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    1
    4
    3.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Was strong in the challenge, helping break up play and regaining possession but was equally adept going forwards, with a series of marauding runs through midfield.

  • Markus Rosenberg
    1
    4
    2.00

    Markus Rosenberg Flop of the Match

    Looked awfully out of depth for the most part but came close to scoring with a vicious free kick that smashed the crossbar.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    17
    4
    3.50

    Romelu Lukaku

    Proved a real handful for the City defence all night long and was always willing to run into the channels to open up space in the middle for his team-mates.

Substitutions

  • Graham Dorrans
    0
    3
    2.50

    Graham Dorrans

    Was only on the pitch for 20 minutes, and did not make a contribution the game.

  • Shane Long
    0
    4
    2.50

    Shane Long

    Fired into the side netting with a presentable chance but was introduced too late to make a significant impact.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    0
    4
    2.50

    Peter Odemwingie

    Was brought on pep up the visitors' attack but did not have the impact on the game he would have liked.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
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