Manchester City grinded down Aston Villa at Eastlands and they would eventually win 4-0 after majestic display from a number of their stars.
The fact that a draw would still put City in the driver's seat in the league made the game appear a little different than the last games where wins have felt as must-haves. City started with Edin Dzeko alone on top and Javi Garcia instead of Fernandinho.
This indicated that Pellegrini realised that no carelessness backwards got done when a loss would be devastating. Aleksandar Kolarov played instead of Gael Clichy as expected.
Aston Villa starts of the game with possession of the ball in the first minute, but as soon City gets the ball for the first time, they begin to dominate the match. On a corner in the ninth minute Vincent Kompany got to the ball in front of the hands of Brad Guzan but he could not direct his header on goal and it went wide. After 10 minutes, the possession was at a heartbreaking 83-17 to the City.
After half an hour, Villa had their first real attack when a cross almost managed finds a standalone forward at the far end of the penalty area. Five minutes later Villa counter-attack following a City corner and a lightning fast Andreas Weimann went one on one with Pablo Zabaleta which, however, could control the ball out for a Villa corner.
Besides a five minute period after half an hour it's total domination of City in the first half but the really dangerous chances are few and far between.
City starts the second half just as dominant as they were in the first half. After five minutes, City was awarded a corner which is cleared away but Silva nods the ball to Kompany who tries a stylish bicicleta which however goes straight at Guzan.
In the 64th minute the moment everyone has waited on came. Silva makes a Silva-turn right in the middle of the pitch and releases Zabaleta. Dzeko is first into the penalty area and he can shoot in Zabaleta's perfect cross between the legs of Guzan to 1-0.
In the 72th minute Dzeko makes it 2-0 from a tap-in. Just minutes later a Yaya-kick opportunity appears after Jovetic was fouled just outside the penalty area. Toure's shot is controlled, however it hits the wall and goes out from a corner.
In the 89th minute the score is extended to 3-0. Toure has his way in the penalty area before he plays obliquely backwards to Jovetic, shooting a heavy low shot that goes into the right post.
In overtime City countered and Toure grabbed the ball in City's own half and took off like Yaya does. He used his usual Yaya-mannerisms to get past a number of Villa players before getting to Guzan and scored to extend the lead to 4-0. The target means that Brendan Rodgers has to win with 13-0 against Newcastle on Sunday if Manchester City draws against West Ham.
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