Stoke 3-1 Swansea, Manchester City defeated in Group C4th Nov 2016 |
Stoke Continued Swansea’s Crisis
The last game of the 10th round in the Premier League, were played at Bet365 Stadium, where Stoke had invited Swansea to see if the The Potters could continue their good form from the last round, where they defeated Hull 0-2 away.
The former Swansea favourite, Wilfried Bony, faced his former team, as he’s on loan from Manchester City to The Potters. Bony only needed 3 minutes to bring his former club to their knees. After a corner kick the ball landed inside the 6-yard box, where he only had to put his foot on the ball, and help it the last meters over the goal line.
The Swans did bounce back pretty quickly from a header by Wayne Routledge. He fought with a defender, but still managed to stay in front of him, and only 5 minutes after trailing behind, everything was level, once again.
In the second half, The Swans luck was showed to perfection, when Alfie Mawson put the ball in the back of the net. Unfortunately for him, it was in his own goal, and then Stoke was in front once again.
All hope ended for Swansea, when Wilfried Bony once again added insult to injury, when he scored one of the easier goals in his career. The match ended 3-1, and Stoke could close the 10th round in manner.Guardiola Got His Revenge
The 3rd stage in Group C was a disaster for Pep Guardiola, as he could see his team be shredded to smithereens, by one of the best players in the world, Lionel Messi. City lost 4-0, and had suffered a humiliating defeat.
In the second leg, of this matchup, the majority of the spectators at Etihad Stadium, hoped to see a better performance from City – some might even have dreamt about a win.
It started off bad for the home team, as Barcelona combined their way to City’s goal, in a fast counter attack. Lionel Messi was not the man to disappoint, and suddenly City was behind once again to Barcelona. Gündogan equalized, and in the second half Kevin De Bruyne, gave City the lead, after a well-placed free kick, and suddenly Barcelona was the one trailing, after have played best in the first 45 minutes. Barcelona tried to come back, but after 74 minutes, İlkay Gündoğan scored his second goal of the game, after finishing following up on a bad clearance from the Barcelona defender.
3-1 became the final score, and Etihad Stadium could erupt in happiness. On the personal side, Pep Guardiola got his revenge from the crushing defeat he got last round, and must be considered the mastermind behind this victory.