If they don't already, English Premier League teams are going to start dreading the trip to Wales to face Swansea. The newly promoted side are relishing getting the big boys on their home turf. Sunday, league leaders Manchester City were the latest to bite the dust at Swansea as the Swans rode an 83rd minute Luke Moore goal to the huge upset. The loss could be costly for Man City as they slip below rivals Manchester United and into 2nd place in the EPL standings.
Swansea was itching to pull the upset from the opening whistle and took the game to City early on. They should have had the dream start when they earned a penalty through Wayne Routledge in the 7th minute. Scott Sinclair stepped to the spot and fired only to see City keeper Joe Hart make the nice save.
The visitors had spent the majority of the opening 20 minutes penned in their own half, aside from a brief breakout that saw Balotelli show nice footwork before Steven Caulker made a vital challenge as the Italian shaped to shoot. Balotelli was cutting an increasingly frustrated figure and he let it show as he petulantly attempted a shot from near the touchline on halfway which flew well wide of the goal.
Mancini removed Gareth Barry, who looked a disgruntled figure as he left the field, after 37 minutes to bring on Aguero. And the Argentinian's introduction heralded City's best spell of the half as Yaya Toure's volley was deflected over by Gylfi Sigurdsson's block, before his brother Kolo head off target and David Silva drilled a shot wide just before the break.
City continued to press at the start of the second half and Aguero failed to make the most of a good chance as he shot wide when Balotelli picked him out after cutting out Caulker's lazy pass. It was Swansea's turn to go close moments later as Danny Graham's ball across the six almost found Joe Allen's run, with Kolo Toure diverting the ball to safety.
City felt they should have had a penalty of their own on the hour-mark when Balotelli went to ground very easily with Allen in close attendance, but referee Mason waved away the appeals, much to frustration of the City players. Michel Vorm then made a sharp save to deny Richards after Silva had tricked his way into the box.
Caulker flashed a header across the face of goal from a Sigurdsson corner, while Hart made easy work of a weak shot from Routledge as Swansea lifted the heavy pressure they had been under. And Swansea then stunned the visitors as they snatched the lead with just seven minutes to go.
Yaya Toure was caught in possession by Sigurdsson and the Welsh side coolly worked Routledge in down the right to deliver a cross that Moore, just on as a substitute for Graham, headed beyond Hart's despairing dive. Vorm made an acrobatic save to keep out a Kolo Toure effort with City in desperate need of a response.
Mancini's men thought they had salvaged a point when Richards headed in as Vorm came and failed to reach a cross, but the fullback was correctly ruled offside, before the Dutch goalkeeper kept out Edin Dzeko's looping header. Sinclair almost added a second in added time as Swansea broke after Hart had gone up for a corner, but his strike from halfway came up short of the line as the keeper recovered.
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