Tuesday , 15 October 2019

Super Eagles Striker Kelechi Iheanacho Helps Man City Secure Next Season Champions League Spot

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Manchester City are all but assured of a place in next season’s Champions League as Manuel Pellegrini’s time at the

club ended with a draw at Swansea

Manchester City are all but assured of a place in next season’s Champions League as Manuel Pellegrini’s time at the club ended with a draw at Swansea.

They were denied a win as Andre Ayew’s deflected free-kick cancelled out Kelechi Iheanacho’s close-range opener.

The draw leaves them three points ahead of Manchester United, whose final game, against Bournemouth, was abandoned.

City’s vastly superior goal difference means United would need a 19-0 win over the Cherries to take fourth place.

In many ways, Manchester City’s display at the Liberty Stadium was a fitting way to end an underwhelming season that began with such promise before limping to a satisfactory but below-par conclusion.

Iheanacho – the on-field embodiment of a potentially exciting future – again demonstrated his sharpness in front of goal to poke home the opening goal after a Sergio Aguero shot had been saved in the fifth minute.

It was the 19-year-old’s 14th goal of the season and his eighth from his first 12 shots on target in the Premier League.

But he and his side failed to build on it, missing numerous chances to put the game to bed, with the young forward and his usually lethal Argentine partner Aguero particularly wasteful.

It left them vulnerable to a Swansea equaliser – which came courtesy of a 25-yard Ayew free-kick that deflected in off Fernando’s head – and a potentially devastating second in a tense second half for the away side.

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