Tuesday 03 December 2013
Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City kept up their perfect home record in the 2011/12 league campaign as they recorded a comfortable win at the Etihad Stadium.
Roberto Mancini’s side had plundered 19 goals in their opening six home matches of the season, and they had dropped only four points from their opening 14 matches, prior to their encounter with the newly promoted Canaries.
The hosts kept up their rich vein of form and Sergio Aguero netted his 13th goal of the Premier League campaign in some style just after the half hour mark, when he twisted and turned inside the box, amid a sea of yellow shirts, but he somehow poked it through the Norwich defence into the bottom corner.
Aguero continued to threaten and the home side doubled their advantage just after the interval when Samir Nasri’s long-range free-kick evaded the palms of goalkeeper John Ruddy.
Yaya Toure made it three on 68 minutes with a curling strike, before City finished with a flourish. Mario Balotelli capped off the afternoon with a memorable moment of skill, as he nonchalantly shouldered the ball in on the goal-line after his initial effort was saved by Ruddy.
Winger Adam Johnson wrapped up the victory in stoppage time as Man City maintained their five point advantage over rivals Manchester United at the top of the table.
"[Aguero] scored a fantastic goal because it was not easy to score and the goal Mario scored today [with his shoulder] was fantastic because it was the only way he could score," said Mancini.
"It is not important now [to be top of the table], it is important to be there at the end of the season."
Mancini’s side were top at the end of the season but they lifted their first ever Barclays Premier League trophy in incredible fashion as Aguero scored a last-gasp winner on the final day against Queens Park Rangers, which meant they finished ahead of Man Utd on goal difference.
Aguero, a summer signing from Atletico Madrid, was the club’s top scorer with 23 League goals, while Balotelli contributed 13 goals to their title-winning campaign.