Manchester City moved into third with a 3-0 victory over Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium.
The first goal came after just eight minutes, when Alvaro Negredo curled in a fine free kick from the right hand side of the box, 25 yards from goal.
Swansea then started to dominate possession, and Jonjo Shelvey went close with a couple of long-range shots.
On the half hour, City almost doubled their lead when Martin Demichelis headed over the bar. The Argentine defender was at fault just before half-time, nutmegged by Jonathan de Guzman, and was relieved to see the Swansea forward fire over.
On 58 minutes, Samir Nasri collected a through ball from Yaya Toure and fired the second past Tremmel, and with a quarter of an hour left he doubled his tally after coolly slotting home Pablo Zabaleta’s cross to complete an easy victory.
8’ - NEGREDO GOAL - Negredo curls in a lovely free kick from the right hand side of the penalty area, with Gerhard Tremmel static.
29’ - AGUERO CHANCE - Sergio Aguero come close when his shot from close range is palmed behind by Tremmel.
30’ - CITY HIT THE BAR - From the corner, Demichelis glances a fierce header against the woodwork.
45’ - DE GUZMAN MISS - Through on goal after nutmegging Demichelis, De Guzman shoots over when it was easier to score.
58’ - NASRI GOAL - Taking two touches after a Toure pass, Nasri gets to the middle of the box and drives the ball past Tremmel.
77’ - NASRI’S SECOND - Meeting Pablo Zabaleta’s cross without breaking his stride, Nasri finds the corner for his second goal and Manchester City’s third.
Alvaro Negredo has scored in five consecutive league home appearances for Manchester City.
Manchester City scored for the 58th consecutive league home match.
Man City have conceded fewer goals in the first half of matches than any other team in the top flight this season (3).
TALKING POINT: If Aguero leaves, is Negredo good enough to replace him? With his goalscoring form impressing, Manchester City might not have to panic if Real Madrid manage to prise away the even better Sergio Aguero.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Samir Nasri (Manchester City): The midfielder demonstrated that his risible form of the previous season is now just a memory, with two goals and midfield creativity threatening Swansea City throughout.
Manchester City: Pantilimon 6, Zabaleta 7, Lescott 6, Demichelis 5, Clichy 6, Fernandinho 6, Yaya Toure 6, Navas 6, Nasri 8, Negredo 7, Aguero 7. Subs: Kolarov 6, Milner 6, Dzeko 6.
Swansea City: Tremmel 6, Tiendalli 6, Chico Flores 6, Williams 6, Davies 6, Canas 6, de Guzman 6, Shelvey 6, Pozuelo 6, Hernandez 6, Vazquez 5. Subs: Routledge 6, Dyer 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Manchester City
- Swansea City
- Samir Nasri
- Alvaro Negredo
- Martin Demichelis
- Sergio Aguero
- Jonathan de Guzman
- Yaya Toure
- Jonjo Shelvey