May 5th, 2012 by Admin
This article originally appeared at Soccer Classroom
There are still two games to go in the English Premier League, but there are now eight reasons to believe that Manchester City will be champions. The two clubs in Manchester are level on points, and one is assuming they will play out the season in fine form with two wins. But a season-ending tie between the clubs means the league would be decided on goal differential, and City has an eight goal lead.
Such is the result after a fine performance against Manchester United, where they easily won a 1-0 match. Although tense, the match was all one way traffic. United didn’t have a decent look at goal all evening and though Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure missed chance after chance, a Vincent Kompany headed goal off of a corner kick sealed the three points for City.
United appeared to have played for the 0-0 draw, such was their defensive presence and strain. In the first half, Rio Ferdinand tried to ease the clock along and even drew jeers for being too casual and slow in taking a free kick from his own half. Manchester City propelled forward time and time again, coming so near on little one-two combinations in the box. Everything was just a slight pass or pulled shot away from being decisive.
Then City captain, Vincent Kompany, got on the end of a corner and banged it right down the center of the net! Right before half time, the Citizens were joyous and the statement was said!
For much of the second half, the tables were turned. Manchester United began to press, and brought on Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, and Antonio Valencia to provide a spark. Manchester City could take their time, and often did. As one recalls, a goalkeeper by the name of Joe Hart spent a good deal of added time receiving assistance from the City medical staff.
But City were brave on the counter attacks, nearly doubling their advantage on several occasions. Samir Nasri was seen pounding his angry French fists into the ground as he blew an extremely good chance in the twilight of the match.
Arguments were brief but constant throughout, from the pitch to the touchline. In the second half tantrums escalated as yellow cards came flying out, and managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini hurled words at each other from across a group of men holding each back.
Manchester City held on for the vital win and the Premiership crown is in their hands now. All they have to do is win their next two games against Newcastle and QPR. That’s all that is standing between them and righting what has, for their fans, been wrong in Manchester for the past 44 years!
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