PREM: Man City 3-1 West Brom


Kevin de Bruyne celebrates his goal

Manchester City clinched an emphatic win over West Brom to move back up to third place in the Premier League with one game remaining.


Pep Guardiola's side needed to better the result of Arsenal to seal their place in the Champions League spots before the final game of the season on Sunday, but must now wait until the final match as the Gunners beat Sunderland 2-0 on Tuesday evening.

City scored two quick first-half goals with Gabriel Jesus opening the scoring in the 27th minute before Kevin de Bruyne added the second two minutes later with a fine curling strike.

Yaya Toure scored his first home goal of the season 12 minutes into the second half, with Hal Robson-Kanu netting a consolation for West Brom in the 87th minute but it was ultimately a comfortable win for the hosts.

City move above Liverpool into third and will now need a point away to Watford on the final day of the season to secure their top-four place - and even if they were to lose it would take a five-goal swing for fifth-place Arsenal to overhaul them.

Meanwhile the Baggies have now gone eight games without a victory and remain on 45 points with a trip to Swansea on Sunday.

The game took a while to get going in the opening exchanges with City seeing the majority of possession. Leroy Sane had a penalty call waved away by referee Craig Pawson in the 13th minute after going down under pressure from Allan Nyom before Aleksandar Kolarov forced a fine save from Ben Foster with a free-kick a minute later.

Sane was involved once again not long after as he powered into the box and took a few seconds to shape his shot, but he could only put the shot wide of the post with a rare West Brom effort coming in the 25th minute as Nacer Chadli fired a free-kick straight into the hands of Willy Caballero.

But City found their shooting boots two minutes later as Jesus opened the scoring. Sergio Aguero released De Bruyne down the left and he squared for his team-mate who knocked home from close range.

The Belgian was involved again shortly after as the hosts doubled their lead, latching onto a poor clearance from the West Brom defence before powering home from the top of the box, bending the ball past Ben Foster.


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