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08 May 2014 10:55
Manchester City's Edin Džeko. (Phil Noble, Reuters)
Manchester City tightened their grip on the English Premier League title spot with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday as Edin Džeko scored twice to leave them needing just a point from their final game of the season to secure victory.
Džeko’s double midway through the second half relieved the pressure that had gripped the Etihad stadium and late strikes by Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure secured an emphatic victory.
City realistically need just a point from Sunday’s visit of West Ham United to win their second league title in three years.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side moved two points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table but, with a superior goal difference of 13 over their title rivals, a draw would be enough for City to be crowned champions.
At the other end of the standings, Sunderland guaranteed their Premier League survival when goals by Jack Colback and Fabio Borini sealed a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion which effectively ended Norwich City’s hopes of remaining in the top flight.
With Sunderland moving to 38 points and West Brom one place above the relegation zone on 36, Norwich are three points further adrift with a vastly inferior goal difference. – Reuters
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