17 May 2017
Manchester City secured an emphatic 3 – 1 win over West Brom to move to third place and close in on a Champions League spot in a rescheduled Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday Night.
Brazilian international, Gabriel Jesus tapped into an empty net after a cross from Kevin DeBruyne to give City the lead in the 27th minute. It was his sixth goal in just seven starts for the citizens.
The lead was doubled two minutes later by Kevin DeBruyne with a delightful finish with Gabriel Jesus providing the assist. The goal took DeBruyne’s tally to six goals in the Premier League this season with 16 assists, more than any other player.
Yaya Toure made it 3 – 0 for City in the 57th minute. The ex-Ivorian International slotted the ball past Ben Forster after completing a delightful run of play with Sergio Aguero at the edge of West Brom Area.
The Baggies pulled one back three minutes to regulation time when Wales International, Hal Robson-Kanu swept home from close range to deny Willy Cabalero a clean sheet.
The game marked a send-off ceremony for Argentine defender, Pablo Zabaleta who came on for David Silva in the 61st minute as he was given a guard of honour by his teammate as the end of the game.
The 32-year-old defender will leave at the end of the season after nine years with the Etihad club. Tuesday’s game was his 117th for City.
Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho who marked a return after a long spell on the bench in City’s 5 – 0 rout of Crystal Palace on May 6 was not listed for the game.
Iheanacho’s future with City has remained in doubt since the signing of Gabriel Jesus in January.
With just 19 appearances, 14 of them as substitutes, Iheanacho has failed to break into Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up and he may be facing the exit door at the end of the season.
With the win, City need only one point to confirm a place in next season’s Champions League. They stand In third place with 75 points, a point against Watford on the final day will see Pep Guardiola’s men in 2017/2018 Champions’ League group stages.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.