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Friday January 3, 2014Swansea City 2 - 3 Manchester City

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games

Manchester City secured a 3-2 win over Swansea City in a thrilling encounter at the Liberty Stadium, with goals from Fernandinho, Yaya Toure and Aleksander Kolarov sealing the win.

The hosts started brightly, clipping the post through Wilfred Bony’s shot, but it was City that edged in front. Kolarov’s effort was blocked, but Fernandinho was there to drive the ball through a crowd of players and make it 1-0.

City were dominating possession and looked set to go in ahead at half time, but Bony had other ideas. The striker coasted into the box and headed powerfully past Joe Hart to level proceedings with the second half to come.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men restored their advantage 12 minutes after the interval, Yaya Toure breaking into the box and seeing his deflected shot fly in.

And the gap was widened as Kolarov’s fine effort put City 3-1 up. The winger pick pocketed Wayne Routledge and was allowed to run at the defence, eventually curling right-footed to put daylight between the teams.

However, Swansea weren’t done and Bony grabbed his and his side’s second of the game, driving home with very little swerve beyond Hart to make it squeaky bum time.

The final whistle saw City go top of the Premier League temporarily, and though Arsenal ousted them with their own win soon after, Pellegrini will be delighted with the side’s ongoing form.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, de Guzman, Canas, Routledge, Shelvey, Hernandez, Bony. Subs: Amat, Taylor, Lamah, Tiendalli, Pozuelo, Vazquez, Zabret.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Negredo, Dzeko. Subs: Lescott, Milner, Javi Garcia, Rodwell, Clichy, Pantilimon, Boyata