17/05/2015 12:30 v Manchester City

21st June 2017

The Swans were edged out of a six-goal thriller with Manchester City in the final home game of their Premier League campaign.

The visitors had led 2-0 after 36 minutes thanks to goals from Yaya Toure and James Milner.

But Gylfi Sigurdsson's ninth goal of the season - a thunderous low effort that found the bottom corner - cut the deficit on the stroke of half-time.

And the Liberty was rocking once again as Bafe Gomis controlled Jazz Richards' fine cross before volleying low across goal and past Joe Hart.

That was the Frenchman's 10th of the season, but there were more goals to come.

Yaya Toure's 20-yard shot flew under Fabianski before sub Wilfried Bony put the icing on the cake for the visitors as he scored against his former club in added-on time.

This defeat left the Swans, who are guaranteed eighth place, with 56 points with one game to play.

The game got off to a lively start, with the Swans quick out of their blocks.
After Martin Demichelis lost possession, Jonjo Shelvey sent Gomis hurtling towards goal following a fine pass, but the French striker saw his shot parried by Hart.

Gomis then failed to direct a Neil Taylor cross on target after neat play from the lively Jefferson Montero, before the Swans striker nodded wide from Sigurdsson's corner.

At the other end, Aleksandar Kolarov fired a powerful 25-yard free-kick past Fabianski's near post, while Dyer went close to opening the scoring as he saw his left-footed effort tipped wide after the winger had dispossessed Eliaquim Mangala.

But it was the visitors who found the breakthrough on 21 minutes as Toure's effort took a deflection off Ashley Williams and into the corner of the net despite Fabianski getting a hand to it.

It was against the run of play, but the home crowd were urging on the Swans to find an instant reply. However, the visitors were celebrating another goal in the 36th minute after a fine counter attack.

After clearing a Swans corner, Frank Lampard's sublime pass sent Aguero racing towards goal. And when he slipped in the onrushing Milner, the England international cut back onto his right foot before finding the bottom far corner from ten yards.

The Swans needed a response, and they got one on the stroke of half-time as Taylor teed up Sigurdsson, and the midfielder controlled before firing into the far corner.

The second half got off to a busy start, with Lampard directing Aguero's cross straight at Fabianski while, at the other end, Hart did superbly well to dive low down to tip Shelvey's 25-yard effort wide for a corner.

Then Swans skipper Williams tried his luck, winning the ball off David Silva before going for goal, but it failed to trouble Hart.

The first substitution of the game came on the hour mark as Jesus Navas replaced Lampard.

And Navas almost had an immediate impact as he was denied from close range by Fabianski, who had kept out Silva just seconds earlier.

In the 65th minute, a pinpoint cross from the right touchline from Richards found Gomis, who controlled before firing cross goal and into the corner of the net leaving Hart helpless.

It was thrilling, end-to-end action, and the visitors almost regained the lead two minuets later as Silva latched onto Milner's return pass in the box but Fabianski raced out to bravely deny the Spaniard by diving low to block the shot.

Garry Monk made his first change in the final 18 minutes as Modou Barrow came on in place of Dyer.

And, in the 74th minute, the visitors got themselves ahead once again as Toure shrugged off Jack Cork before his blistering low shot beat the outstretched hand of Fabianski.

Another Swans change followed, with Leon Britton replacing Shelvey as the Swans went in search of another equaliser.

The Swans were pushing hard for an equaliser, and they would have been on level terms had Hart not pulled off one of the saves of the season as he tipped Federico Fernandez's header over the crossbar after it had looked destined to nestle into the top corner.

Marvin Emnes then replaced Sigurdsson as the game entered the final few moments.

And, with time ticking away, Hart came to City's rescue once again as he denied Gomis' header from ten yards out.

With five minutes left, the Liberty was on its feet to applaud the introduction of Bony, who replaced Toure, as the Swans supporters showed their appreciation to the striker.

And Bony, like he had many times in his Swansea career, found the net once again at the Liberty.

His low shot rebounded off the far post and trickled across the line, with the home fans applauding the Ivorian for refusing to celebrate.

And that was the end of a thrilling game, with the Swans squad and staff giving a lap of appreciation to the supporters for their fantastic backing at the Liberty this season.



SWANS: Lukasz Fabianski, Jazz Richards, Federico Fernandez, Ashley Williams (capt), Neil Taylor, Jack Cork, Jonjo Shelvey (Leon Britton, 78), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Marvin Emnes 83), Nathan Dyer (Modou Barrow, 73), Jefferson Montero, Bafe Gomis.
SUBS: Gerhard Tremmel, Kyle Bartley, Dwight Tiendalli, Matt Grimes.

MANCHESTER CITY: Joe Hart, Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta, Alexsandar Kolarov, Eliaquim Mangala, James Milner, David Silva, Yaya Toure (capt, Wilfried Bony, 85), Fernandinho (Vincent Kompany, 79), Frank Lampard (Jesus Navas, 59), Sergio Aguero.
SUBS: Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic.