Manchester City will play Champions League football next season. The Citizens traveled to Wales and got a tough 1-1 draw against Swansea City, with goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Andre Ayew for Swansea. In a difficult match, City didn't play their best, but were good enough to get a result they needed and finish the Premier League as a top-four team.
From the opening whistle, the match was wildly entertaining. Both teams were in attacking mode, and left huge spaces at the back. City struck first with Iheanacho, who was perfectly positioned for a tap-in after Sergio Agüero's shot was saved. With the advantage, the Citizens were comfortable to defend and hit Swansea on the counter, and they had plenty of chances on the break, but the finishing wasn't accurate and the Sky Blues couldn't score.
Swansea, on the other hand, kept possession and looked to stretch City's defense through great wing play, but they also lacked accuracy with their finishing, and Joe Hart had very little trouble. City looked ready to go into the locker room with a victory, but a lucky play got Swansea back in the game. Andre Ayew took a free-kick that deflected off Fernando's head into the net for the equalizer.
At halftime, a very exciting match, but a dangerous draw for City. They needed a better performance and more goals in the second half to ensure their top-four finish.
The final period was just as open as the first half, with both teams continuing to go forward and create chances. But with the lack of finishing from both sides, the match looked set for a draw. Samir Nasri entered the game looking to make an impact. He didn't, and City looked very satisfied with the result, keeping possession to waste time.
In the end, an exciting game to watch, and a draw that is good enough for City. A win would have been better, but the goal has been reached: Champions League next season. Thanks for the memories, Manuel Pellegrini. You are a charming man.
Swansea: Nordfeldt | Rangel, Fernández, Amat, Kingsley | Cork, Britton, Fer | Routledge (Barrow), Ayew, Montero (Gomis)
Goal: Ayew (45+1')
Man City: Hart | Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy | Fernandinho, Fernando | Navas, De Bruyne | Agüero (Touré), Iheanacho (Nasri)
Goal: Iheanacho (5')