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May 4, 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 20242
City will be focusing on Saturday's FA Cup final against Wigan, of course, but first they have to take on West Brom on Tuesday night in the Premier League. Swansea, meanwhile, play Wigan on the same evening. Thanks, as always, for your company today.
Mike Jones blows his whistle not a second later than the 93-minute mark and I don't blame him. After a decent first half from Swansea, that was turgid stuff from both sides for the most part after the break. Dzeko and Silva wasted huge chances to claim three points in the final 10 minutes, but no one looked too disappointed with the draw.
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: Swansea 0-0 Manchester City
90' + 2'
Half-chance for Dzeko, who gets on the end of Nasri's left-footed cross to the back post, but Vorm saves the striker's header comfortably.
90' + 1'
Agustien does well to close the door on Nasri on the edge of the box and looks to start a counterattack, but his through ball to Dyer is very disappointing and Hart collects. Should have done better.
Mancini continues to bark orders from the touchline and has been more animated than many of his players today. We're into added time, of which there will be a minimum of three minutes.
That's the last we'll see of Silva today, as Jack Rodwell comes on and immediately fouls Britton. Swansea make a change of their own, as Dwight Tiendalli replaces Dyer.
Dear me. City are handed another chance to clinch three points and this time Silva misses the target. Dzeko gets in down the left and, eager to make amends, sees his shot blocked. It falls for a wide-open Silva 10 yards out, but the Spaniard blazes high and wide.
Huge chance for Dzeko to steal it, but he's fluffed his lines spectacularly! Tevez slides a pass into Zabaleta who chips the ball into the six-yard box and thanks to a lucky deflection it lands at the feet of the big Bosnian. With the goal at his mercy, though, he sidefoots wide of Vorm's right post. Shocking miss.
Hernandez fouls Zabaleta near the touchline, so Silva gets a chance to swing a dead ball into the box. Vorm punches the initial delivery away, though, and Swansea clear their lines.
City will introduce Tevez for the final 12 minutes plus added time. Aguero makes way and doesn't look delighted with the decision or himself.
After much fuss, the City wall is back in the right place and De Guzman curls well over the bar. Disappointing.
Dyer's pass into the box is cut out, but as the winger challenges for the second ball he receives a nudge in the back from Kompany and wins a free-kick. De Guzman will take the set-piece from less than 25 yards out.
Milner tries to pick out Zabaleta's run down the right but Davies covers and concedes a corner. Vorm claims Silva's delivery with ease.
In an attempt to spark a late goal, I'm going to declare that this has 0-0 written all over it. City have had most of the ball in this second half without threatening, and it's not quite clicking for Swansea when they counterattack now. The intensity of the game has noticeably dropped off as we enter the final stages.
In similar style to Hernandez a few minutes ago, Dzeko curls a right-footed shot from just outside the box across goal and over the bar. It was reasonably struck, but never looked like troubling Vorm.
And that is the end of Michu's afternoon. Luke Moore replaces the top scorer in attack.
Bad news for Swansea - it looks as if Michu has pulled a muscle. He stopped in his tracks when chasing a long ball with Nastasic.
Dyer is caught in possession in his own half twice in under a minute, but first Agustien and then Chico Flores bail him out. Swansea are defending very well, but there is very little speed or urgency to City's play.
Hernandez cuts inside across the edge of the box but his powerful effort rises over the crossbar. Kemy Agustien replaces Routledge, who has faded a touch, for Swansea.
Half a shout for a City penalty as Chico Flores sticks out a leg out which Dzeko goes over in the hosts' box. The Bosnian was looking for it, deliberately knocking the ball away before tripping, but that was a little clumsy on Chico's part.
Carlos Tevez is warming up. You'd expect to see him fairly soon, but Roberto Mancini has some juggling to do with another game in midweek ahead of the FA Cup final next weekend.
We've hit a bit of a lull in the last few minutes. City have had most of the ball, but aren't creating much with it, and Aguero's frustration shows as he goes in aggressively when chasing a pass with Davies. He gets away with a slightly high challenge.
Frustrating day for Aguero so far. He holds off Britton and De Guzman but is eventually crowded out just outside the Swansea box, and then fouls Britton as he looked to start a counterattack. The Argentine has found it difficult to get any change out of the home back four.
Silva has been at the centre of everything for City, and combines with Clichy before sending in a cross that Williams heads behind. Mancini's team can't make anything of the set-piece, though.
Close call for City. Hernandez comes inside in his own half to fizz a fine low through ball past the visiting centre-backs for Michu to chase, but the Spaniard is marginally offside.
Swansea are pressing well and building some promising attacks when they do win the ball back, but their final pass is just not quite there at the moment. Routledge's attempt to release Dyer is disappointing and City are back in possession.
Routledge swings a cross over from the left and a lack of communication sees Nastasic head it behind for a corner. It comes to nothing, though, and City break - but Aguero miscontrols the ball out for a goal-kick after good work from Silva.
That City change seems to have been purely tactical after a fairly lacklustre half on Toure's part. Dzeko goes into attack, so it's 4-4-2 for City with Milner and Barry in the centre of midfield.
And we're back underway in south Wales.
The players are back out and City have made a change. Yaya Toure goes off, and on comes Edin Dzeko.
A second look at Nastasic's challenge on Michu suggests Michael Laudrup can feel very hard done by not to have seen his side receive a penalty. Repeat their first-half display after the break and they may not have to worry about it too much anyway.
Swansea will go into the break the more satisfied of the two teams after a promising first-half display that belies their difficult run of recent form. City have lacked intensity for the most part, which is perhaps to be expected at this stage of the campaign as their attention turns to the FA Cup final.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: Swansea 0-0 Manchester City
Big opening for City but Vorm, tested for the first time this afternoon, races off his line to save at the feet of Silva after the Spaniard had seen his first shot superbly blocked by Williams. Aguero released his team-mate out with a through ball.
There was a delay as Nastasic received treatment following his clash with Michu, but he's fine to continue. Silva aims a pass at Clichy, who is advancing into the box from the left, but it's too high.
Action at both ends. First, Aguero manages to wriggle away from a few Swansea defenders and get the ball to Nasri, but his shot is blocked. Swansea counter, and as Michu looks to hook down a high ball into the box he is bodychecked by Nastasic. Again, though, Mike Jones is not interested. The Serbian is fortunate to get away with that.
This is a bit better from City, but Swansea are defending very well. Even their forward players are working very hard, and Toure is crowded out after Silva had looked to release him with a through ball.
Barry creates City's first real chance of the game with a wonderful chipped pass. The delivery from the right channel drops behind Williams and on to the boot of Nasri, but the Frenchman was not expecting it and simply guides a volley straight at Vorm from close range.
Swansea do not look like a team without a win in six. They have been the quicker, smarter and hungrier side by some distance so far.
Another great chance for Swansea! Routledge is in all kinds of space in the middle once again and picks out Hernandez with a brilliant through ball, but the winger takes too long to shot and ends up dribbling a weak effort wide of the post after City had got men behind the ball.
Dyer turns on to Rangel's pass and tries to stab a return ball through to his team-mate, but Nastasic blocks. Swansea appeal for handball, but the referee is unmoved.
City struggling to get anything going at all. Chico Flores has stuck like glue to Aguero, who is coming deeper and deeper in search of the ball. Clichy's cross to the near post is easily cleared by Williams.
Ten years ago this weekend, Swansea beat Hull to avoid relegation out of the Football League. It's been said enough times, but it really is a remarkable story. Routledge finds a bit of space 20 yards from goal and shoots low, but Hart makes a comfortable save.
Hernandez wins a corner on the left which De Guzman curls in to the far post, but Hart gets an important touch to prevent Williams from nodding in. The second corner comes to nothing.
City have settled back into the game after that encouraging Swansea spell that produced three quickfire chances, but the hosts continue to look much the more dangerous team when they do get the ball.
Roberto Mancini's team just don't look that interested at the minute. Aguero and Silva both lose the ball languidly in the Swansea half in quick succession.
City having real trouble getting a grip on this game, but Swansea can't take advantage. Michu, this time, is the man who should test Hart, but his first-time volley is off-target after Dyer's cross had evaded Nastasic.
Swansea continue to cause problems as Routledge bursts forward and into the box after a one-two with Michu. Just as the Englishman is set to shoot, though, Nasri - an unlikely suspect - sticks out a leg to make a vital tackle having tracked his man all the way.
What a chance for Hernandez! City are completely exposed when Rangel's brilliant through ball finds Dyer and takes Milner and Clichy completely out of the game. Dyer cuts back for Hernandez, who had made a smart run inside, but the Spaniard's finish is woeful and over Hart's crossbar.
A Swansea cross from the right is heading out of play until Zabaleta needlessly heads clear, and Hernandez then proceeds to skin the right-back after picking up the loose ball. With plenty of time to pick a target, though, his left-footed delivery flies out of play.
Britton looks to drop a pass behind Kompany for Michu and succeeds, but the Spaniard stumbles in controlling the ball on his chest and Hart is able to collect.
All back and forth in the middle third of the pitch at the minute. City are actually closer to 4-3-3 today, with Milner an extra central midfielder.
Swansea have a good chance to counterattack with Zabaleta still well upfield, but Michu runs across De Guzman just as he looks to release Hernandez into open space on the left. Unfortunate.
City continue to push on, and Nasri, Zabaleta and Silva combine on the right to get the ball into the box. None of the three can find space to shoot, though, and when it comes across the area to Barry his low effort is well blocked.
First glimpse of goal for City as a Milner cross is headed behind, but Nasri blasts a shot from the edge of the box from the subsequent corner well over the bar.
Good interplay between Rangel and Dyer on the right wing, but the former's pass into the centre of the pitch is loose. City have not had much of a kick, but no chances so far.
Swansea on the front foot in the early going. Routledge tries to slip in Davies to the left of goal but City clear their lines.
And we're underway at the Liberty Stadium.
City have, of course, all but wrapped up second place in the Premier League but Swansea have stuttered somewhat since winning the Capital One Cup. They could lose their place in the top half today after six matches without a win.
Both teams, then - if you can avert your gaze from the ridiculous drama in the Championship for a second - line up with three attacking midfielders off a main striker. That means Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez are restricted to a place on the bench for City, while Michu starts as the lone striker for the Swans.
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Barry; Milner, Silva, Nasri; Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Kolo Toure, Kolarov, Garcia, Rodwell, Tevez, Dzeko.
Swansea: Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, De Guzman; Routledge, Dyer, Hernandez; Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Monk, Taylor, Agustien, Shechter, Moore.
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