Belfast Telegraph

Wolves down as City close in

Manchester City closed the gap on leaders Manchester United to three points and doomed Wolves to relegation with a 2-0 victory in the Barclays Premier League clash at Molineux.

Roberto Mancini's side capitalised on the title life-line handed to them via United's pulsating 4-4 home draw with Everton earlier in the afternoon.

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri sealed the win for the visitors who now have their fate back in their own hands ahead of next Monday's derby with United.

First, Carlos Tevez went too high with a dipping 25 yard drive.

Sebastien Bassong then had a shot deflected wide after Michael Kightly's corner had been half cleared.

Aguero beat the offside trap and drilled a low shot inches wide of the far post before City keeper Joe Hart parried aside a 20-yard drive from David Davis.

Nasri spurned a good chance to put City ahead after 16 minutes when he shot wide, with Aguero just off target from 15 yards as gaps started to appear in the Wolves back four.

But after 27 minutes Aguero put City ahead with his 29th goal of the campaign. Gael Clichy picked out the run of Aguero with a pinpoint cross, the Argentinian slotting his shot past Dorus De Vries.

With City in total control, Aguero teed up Tevez but his curling effort flew straight at De Vries.

But after 74 minutes Nasri would put the outcome beyond doubt. Tevez was fouled by Davis, took the free-kick himself and exchanged passes with Clichy before finding Nasri in space. He had time to drill a low shot into the opposite corner of the net.

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