SWANSEA CITY 2, MANCHESTER CITY 4
Wilfried Bony scored the last goal in a 4-2 victory for Manchester City on his first return to Swansea City following a January move to the Etihad this year.
His Ivorian team mate Yaya Toure, the only change from the team that thrashed QPR 6-0 last week as he came in for Fernando, also scored twice while James Milner scored the other goal as City won.
The result guaranteed City a top three finish meaning the Blues will avoid the Champions League qualifying stage next season.
Swansea had already signalled their attacking intent when Nathan Dyer left Eliaqium Mangala in his wake but his 15th minute shot was palmed away by Joe Hart.
The threat duly noted, City replied with a Sergio Aguero goal which was narrowly ruled offside but they weren’t to be denied as David Silva fed the ball to Yaya Youre whose 21st minute shot took a deflection off Ashley Williams and deceived Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal.
City extended their lead in the 36th minute when Frank Lampard’s long clearance from a Swansea corner found Sergio Aguero who waited for James Milner to overlap him before stroking the ball into his path down the left flank. The England midfielder cut inside Neil Taylor and stroked the ball past Fabianski and in at the far post for his eighth goal of the season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back just before the break from the edge of the area and Jonjo Shelvey forced a saved out of Hart before Bafetimbi Gomis levelled matters immediately after Milner’s cut back allowed Jesus Navas to have a shot which was saved off the line as the Swans counter attacked.
Gomis left both of City’s central defenders in knots and fired in a powerful shot to put further doubts into City’s minds in the 64th minute.
City restored their lead in the 74th minute with a trademark Toure unstoppable run from midfield after receiving a Fernandinho pass ending with the kind of shot from the edge of the area that has been all too rare from the Ivorian midfielder.
Joe Hart was in sparkling form to prevent another Swansea equaliser with two top drawer saves from Pablo Fernandez and Gomis.
Victory for City was only sealed in added time as substitute Bony came off the bench to wrap things up for City, firing his shot in off the post but refusing to over celebrate in respect to the Swansea fans.