Edin Dzeko’s right footed shot, converting a Pablo Zabaleta low cross on 64 minutes opened the scoring at a rain-soaked Etihad Stadium.
Dzeko was on hand to tap home again eight minutes later to double Man City‘s lead, Stevan Jovetic added a third late on, before Yaya Toure powered through the Villa defence for a fourth deep into injury time.
@DietmarHamann They're not champions yet Didi…….
— Baz (@Kenno_lfc) May 7, 2014
The result means City leapfrog Liverpool into first place, now needing just a point on the last day of the season to clinch the title, barring a record Reds win over Newcastle, requiring a 13 goal margin. A win for City would win the league.
So we go to Anfield on the last day of the season with the title mathematically possible. That's some achievement. pic.twitter.com/Ngg00pCFRT
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) May 7, 2014
City face West Ham at home on Sunday whilst Liverpool take on Newcastle Utd at Anfield. The Reds will be hoping former players Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll can pull off the biggest of favours.
West Ham its over to you.
— Dan Holland (@danhollandlfc) May 7, 2014
A win for Liverpool and defeat for City would swing the title Liverpool’s way.
The title is now out of third-placed Chelsea‘s reach, and Liverpool would almost certainly secure second-place with a draw this weekend.
Liverpool’s on-loan striker Fabio Borini got the second for the Black Cats after Jack Colback had given them an early lead.
Norwich City are effectively relegated.
Norwich aren't relegated yet stop being so pessimistic, they stay up if they beat Arsenal 18-0 at the weekend
— oakley (@oakleywxst) May 7, 2014
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