Manchester City one game away from the Premier League Title
by Nick D
May 07, 2014 4:38 PM EDT
Manchester City are now just one game closer clinching the title after they managed to defeat Aston Villa 1-0 at home. Paul Lambert's side defended well but one crucial pass and City managed to get win that puts them just one game away from their second title in three years. Now a draw in their final game would be enough for City to win the title.
The first half saw Manchester City totally dominate the possession and keep Villa deep in their own half. Villa put 6 defenders in front of their goal and dropped the midfield in front of them too. City had a hard task to break them down and get the win. Lambert has done well against the top four sides this season with only Chelsea having a better record then him. 3 wins, 3 losses and a draw is where Aston Villa sit and the last time they faced City Villa walked away with a 3-2 victory. City's best chance came in the 11th minute when Zabaleta got into some space inside the box and played the ball across the 6 yard box. Yaya Toure who has been brilliant for City this season was there to meet it and what looked liked an easy finish. Though Villa crowded the box and managed to get a body in the way and stop the ball from going in the back of the net. The other chance came from Nasri just before the halftime whistle as once again Zabaleta broke well down the right side and whipped in a delicious ball into the box. Though Nasri was quick to get to it, the ball would fly past the near post. 0-0 at half time and City fans slightly worried as the team entered the change rooms.
Pellegrini and his staff getting frustrated as Villa defend well against Manchester City
The second half and Villa continued to sit back and defend against the strong City side. City pressed higher and higher up the pitch and kept the pressure on Villa. Though they needed to be very careful not to get caught on the counter attack as Villa had the pace with Weimann looking to break and try and steal the win. City fans were getting frustrated as the game wore on as they watched their team struggle to find a way through the well organised Villa defence. Then in the 64th minute City would finally get the breakthrough as Dzeko fired the home side into the lead. Zabaleta who was venturing very deep into Villa's half would finally play in the crucial pass into the 6 yard box, where Dzeko had the easy tap in and fire CIty into the lead and closer to the Premier League title.
Dzeko with his 8th goal in the last 10 games to get City closer to the title
The game was then wrapped up by City as Dzeko would double the home sides lead with an easy tap in the 70th minute. Nasri fired a great shot from the edge of the box that Guzan managed to block it but it would fall to Dzeko who was unmarked and the big striker just tapped it into the open goal. Jovetic then got the third goal deep into the game as he buried the ball into the bottom right corner to send the City fans into ecstasy. Yaya Toure then added to the City scoreline as he scored a brilliant individual goal in injury time. 4-0 and City so close to the Premier League title as we look to the weekend for the final match of the 2013/14 season.
The other games played saw Manchester United win 3-1 against Hull City as Giggs plays his last game at Old Trafford and has a very emotional farewell with the fans. Giggs has been the longest serving player in the Premier League, participating in every single one since the inception of the league. Also Vidic farewelled the home crowd as he was off to Inter Milan next season.
Ryan Giggs farewells the Old Trafford crowd after United beat Hull City 3-1 in his final home game of his career
Sunderland have pulled out the great escape and survive for another season in the Premier League after defeating West Bromwich Albion 2-0. Two first half goals from Colback and Borini were enough for the home side to secure all three points and survive to play another day in the Premier League. This means that final game of the season the results don't matter as Norwich City will be relegated to the Championship division with Fulham and Cardiff CIty.