Manchester City take top spot again, although provisionally, after 2-1 win over Swansea
London: Kelechi Iheanacho's fortuitous stoppage-time goal gave Manchester City a 2-1 home win over managerless Swansea City on Saturday that provisionally sent Manuel Pellegrini's side top in the Premier League.
Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho (second from right) scores his team's second goal during the EPL match against Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Swansea, who sacked Garry Monk on Wednesday, looked to have earned a point when Bafetimbi Gomis scored a 90th-minute equaliser, only for Yaya Toure's shot to hit teammate Iheanacho and loop in two minutes later.
Race to top heats up
City move top on goal difference, above previous leaders Leicester City, who host champions Chelsea on Monday, but could be joined on 32 points by Manchester United, who visit Bournemouth late on Saturday.
With first-team coach Alan Curtis at the helm, Swansea made three changes at a rain-lashed Etihad Stadium, Angel Rangel, Federico Fernandez and Jack Cork replacing Kyle Naughton, Kyle Bartley and Gomis. Cork set up an early sight of goal for Wayne Routledge, whose shot was blocked by Joe Hart, and the England goalkeeper also had to push an effort from Gylfi Sigurdsson over the bar.
But after Swansea captain Ashley Williams had diverted a Jesus Navas shot over the bar, Wilfried Bony put the hosts in front in the 26th minute, meeting Navas' left-wing corner with a near-post header. The Ivory Coast striker, who left Swansea for City in January, did not celebrate.
Both sides had chances thereafter, with Andre Ayew heading over for Swansea and Sigurdsson twice testing Hart, while Toure, the newly crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year, went close on several occasions. Sigurdsson thought he had equalised in the 84th minute, but his driven effort was contentiously ruled out as Gomis, on as a substitute, had collided with Hart in the build-up.