Manchester City up to 3rd, Solidifying Top 4 Finish after win over West Brom

Manchester City move back up to third place in the Premier League after a win over West Brom, solidifying a top 4 finish with one game remaining.

City just needs at least a draw in their final game against Watford on Sunday to guarantee Pep Guardiola’s side a place in the top four and a place in the Champions League while a win would see them finish third and go straight into the group stage.

Manchester City started off strong, with two goals in two first-half minutes.

First, Sergio Aguero’s pass giving Kevin de Bruyne charging into the left-hand side of the area before squaring the ball to give Gabriel Jesus an easy tap-in.

One minute and 46 seconds a brilliant first-time finish from De Bruyne after Aguero’s attempt to tee up Jesus was cleared into the Belgian’s path.

Yaya Toure gave City their final point after the break, exchanging passes with Aguero as he charged into the area to slot past Ben Foster.

West Brom managed a late consolation when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu turned in Allan Nyom’s low cross.
Man of the Match Kevin de Bruyne 

Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero were playmakers but the Belgian is the man of the match thanks to his assist for City’s first goal and particularly his finish for their second.

What the managers said:

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “It is in our hands to finish third so it is the best thing.

“To finish in front of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, it means a lot. Maybe next season hopefully we can do better.”

West Brom manager Tony Pulis:  “They deserved to win tonight. Once they got their noses in front, they’re a difficult team to pull back.

“The two quick-fire goals killed us. When the third one went in, you’re looking down the barrel.”

Scoreline

Manchester City
de Jesus (27′ minutes)
De Bruyne (29′ minutes)
Y Touré (57′ minutes)

West Bromwich Albion
Robson-Kanu (87′ minutes)

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