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Swansea hold City, but Pellegrini delivers Champions League place for Pep

Andre Ayew’s deflected free-kick made for a nervy second half, but CIty kept a firm grip on the result they needed.

Image: David Davies

MANCHESTER CITY ALL but guaranteed their place in next season’s Champions League despite being held to a 1 – 1 draw by Swansea.

With Manchester United’s meeting with Bournemouth abandoned before a controlled explosion was carried out at Old Trafford, fourth place is yet not officially guaranteed. However, City’s cross-town rivals would need a 19-goal winning margin to overtake Manuel Pellegrini’s men whenever the season’s last fixture is played.

Kelechi Iheanacho pounced to put Manchester City ahead in the fifth minute, the Nigerian striker reacting first after Sergio Aguero’s effort was saved.

Swansea levelled before the half-time break, Andre Ayew seeing his curling free-kick massively deflected by the forehead of Fernandinho to leave Joe Hart stranded as the ball sailed in to his right.

Swansea City v Manchester City - Barclays Premier League - Liberty Stadium Source: David Davies

With the result effectively giving City the finish they needed and Swansea having nothing to play for, the second half was a tentative and mild affair. The visitors in Wales created the majority of chances, but never risked more than they had to in search of a second goal.

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