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Man City   3 - 0   Stoke

By Ian Hughes

Carlos Tevez
Tevez salutes the Eastlands crowd after his majestic opener

Two moments of genius from Carlos Tevez helped Manchester City to third in the Premier League and on the verge of an automatic Champions League spot.

Tevez played a one-two with James Milner on the edge of the box before turning two Stoke defenders inside-out and scoring with a fierce rising drive.

City, who had beaten Stoke only three days earlier to lift the FA Cup, made it 2-0 when Joleon Lescott headed in.

And Tevez smashed in a bending 30-yard free-kick to seal an impressive win.

It is a victory that, crucially with only one league game remaining, gives City a one-point advantage over now-fourth Arsenal in the race to avoid having to negotiate a tricky Champions League qualifier.

The Gunners face an away match at Fulham on the last day of the season, while City boss Roberto Mancini and his men will only have to match their rivals' result from their closing trip to Bolton to cap a fine campaign that has already brought City their first silverware in 35 years.

And it was the memory - and outcome - of last Saturday's Wembley final that seemed to be dictating events at Eastlands as the two protagonists faced each other again with only a few days having passed.

City, full of life and fluent, bossed proceedings while Stoke looked every bit as jaded as you would expect of recent losing finalists.

The relative rewards on offer - entry into Europe's premier competition for City, a top-10 Premier League finish for Stoke - may have also played a part in the home side's dominance.

But City, who brought in Adam Johnson, Pablo Zabaleta and James Milner in three changes from Saturday, must be given credit for an assured and incisive display.

Milner was the most effective of the new faces, despite screwing a volley horribly wide early on, and he was involved in City's opener.

The midfielder exchanged a one-two with Tevez, giving his skipper the opportunity to delve into his bag of tricks and come up with a magically taken goal.

It was the kind of moment that surely must mean City will do all they can to hang on to their talisman in the summer.

At the other end, City were solid, keeping the visitors at bay with ease - and they were even prepared to throw their bodies in the way during a rare scare when goalkeeper Joe Hart flapped at a cross and John Carew's venomous volley flattened Micah Richards.

Aside form a tame effort from Glenn Whelan, that was all Stoke could muster as they looked unable to raise themselves and unable to cope with five changes from Saturday's line-up.

By contrast, City almost scored again when David Silva was inches away from connecting with a cross, Milner's low drive was hacked clear and Tevez curled a shot with the outside of his boot into Thomas Sorensen's midriff.

Yaya Toure sent an ambitious effort over the top as he responded to encouragement to shoot from the home fans still rejoicing in the Ivorian's Wembley winner.

City did finally translate their superiority into a second goal when Adam Johnson's free-kick was headed in by Lescott, who stole in ahead of keeper Sorensen.

It effectively ended any sense of the game being a contest and had there been any lingering doubts at all they should have been ended by Edin Dzeko.

The substitute did well to cut inside Danny Collins only to shoot weakly at Sorensen.

City did not have to wait long for a third goal, though, and when it came, it did so in emphatic style.

Standing ready to take a free-kick about 30 yards out, Tevez eyed up his options before smashing a shot with outrageous bend and pace into the top corner.

Dzeko almost added another when he cracked a shot against the outside of the post, and Tevez dinked a free-kick over as he looked to complete his hat-trick.

Tevez was substituted and received a standing ovation on 88 minutes, and the reception of the fans as well as the knowledge that City are a huge step closer to competing with Europe's best next season may just persuade him to remain at the club.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 3-0 Stoke FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Tevez 14
  • Lescott 53
  • Tevez 65

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Ref: ProbertAtt: 45,103
    MAN CITY
    STOKE

    Possession

    • Man City 50%
    • Stoke 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 9
    • Stoke 2

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 7
    • Stoke 2

    Corners

    • Man City 4
    • Stoke 3

    Fouls

    • Man City 6
    • Stoke 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:05 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:16 The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Walters. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 90:00+0:44 Rory Delap is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:55 Substitution Carlos Tevez goes off and Dedryk Boyata comes on.
    • 86:14 Effort from inside the area by Dean Whitehead misses to the left of the goal.
    • 84:37 James Milner takes the outswinging corner, Edin Dzeko has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
    • 82:06 Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Wilson from right channel. The referee blows for offside against Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 80:24 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Carlos Tevez.
    • 80:24 Booking Caution for Salif Diao.
    • 80:16 Foul by Salif Diao on James Milner, free kick awarded.
    • 77:39 Andy Wilkinson has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the target.
    • 76:36 James Milner decides to take a short corner.
    • 73:58 Marc Wilson challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:41 Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:41 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Ryan Shotton coming on for Glenn Whelan.
    • 72:41 Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead.
    • 71:30 Substitution Rory Delap is brought on as a substitute for John Carew.
    • 68:57 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Jonathan Walters gets a block in.
    • 68:07 Edin Dzeko produces a drilled left-footed shot from inside the box and strikes the post.
    • 66:13 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming on for Adam Johnson.
    • 66:13 Centre by Jonathan Walters.
    • 65:41 Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on John Carew. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
    • 64:17 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 3 - 0 Stoke Carlos Tevez finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 Stoke.
    • 63:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Nigel De Jong.
    • 61:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson by Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 59:04 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line to the near post, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:32 Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 57:22 A cross is delivered by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 55:29 Substitution Edin Dzeko joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Silva.
    • 54:55 Salif Diao delivers the ball.
    • 52:27 Assist on the goal came from Adam Johnson.
    • 52:27 GOAL - Joleon LescottMan City 2 - 0 Stoke Joleon Lescott finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Man City 2-0 Stoke.
    • 51:38 Danny Collins challenges Micah Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Adam Johnson,
    • 50:55 Booking Andy Wilkinson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 50:02 James Milner produces a curled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross. Pablo Zabaleta produces a cross, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:57 Jonathan Walters crosses the ball, blocked by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • 47:58 Corner taken left-footed by Danny Pugh from the right by-line, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
    • 45:55 Pablo Zabaleta fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:11 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:42 James Milner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:32 The ball is sent over by Dean Whitehead, Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 41:16 Shot from 18 yards by Adam Johnson. Blocked by Salif Diao. Short corner taken by James Milner.
    • 38:07 John Carew produces a cross, clearance made by Nigel De Jong.
    • 34:04 James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:04 Booking Booking for Ryan Shawcross.
    • 33:59 Unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick.
    • 33:23 The ball is swung over by Jonathan Walters.
    • 32:51 David Silva is penalised for a handball. Danny Collins takes the free kick.
    • 31:19 Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 30:50 Shot by Glenn Whelan. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 30:15 The ball is delivered by John Carew, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
    • 27:31 Shot by Carlos Tevez. Save made by Thomas Sorensen. Foul by James Milner on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Collins.
    • 26:55 Shot from 25 yards by James Milner. Blocked by Salif Diao.
    • 26:18 Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Johnson, John Carew makes a clearance.
    • 25:41 Adam Johnson crosses the ball, save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 24:11 Dean Whitehead challenges Joleon Lescott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
    • 23:44 The ball is crossed by Micah Richards.
    • 21:29 Corner from left by-line taken by Glenn Whelan.
    • 21:09 John Carew takes a shot from 12 yards. Micah Richards gets a block in.
    • 21:00 Marc Wilson sends in a cross.
    • 15:41 The ball is swung over by Jonathan Walters, blocked by David Silva.
    • 13:31 Assist on the goal came from James Milner.
    • 13:31 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 1 - 0 Stoke Carlos Tevez grabs a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Stoke.
    • 13:00 The ball is sent over by Micah Richards.
    • 11:35 Effort from deep inside the area by James Milner misses to the right of the target.
    • 10:46 Dean Whitehead delivers the ball, save by Joe Hart.
    • 6:56 Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 5:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Wilkinson on Micah Richards. Adam Johnson takes the free kick.
    • 3:44 The offside flag is raised against Danny Pugh. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 1:32 David Silva has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 1:00 James Milner fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    17 May 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 17 May 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 37 39 77
    2 Chelsea 37 37 71
    3 Man City 37 25 68
    4 Arsenal 37 29 67
    5 Tottenham 37 8 59
    6 Liverpool 37 16 58
    7 Everton 37 5 51
    8 Fulham 37 6 48
    9 Stoke 37 -1 46
    10 Bolton 37 -2 46
    11 West Brom 37 -15 46
    12 Newcastle 37 -1 45
    13 Aston Villa 37 -12 45
    14 Sunderland 37 -14 44
    15 Blackburn 37 -14 40
    16 Wolves 37 -19 40
    17 Birmingham 37 -20 39
    18 Blackpool 37 -21 39
    19 Wigan 37 -22 39
    20 West Ham 37 -24 33

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