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Premiership: Draw Damages Man City Top Four Hopes

ManCity Boss Manuel Pellergrini

Manchester City’s top-four bid is no longer in their own hands as Alexis Sanchez’s equaliser spoiled Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini’s final home game.

Sergio Aguero fired City’s early opener into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud headed in the equaliser within two minutes, but Kevin de Bruyne’s solo effort restored City’s lead after the break.

However, Sanchez tucked in Giroud’s lay-off to ruin Pellegrini’s farewell before Pep Guardiola takes over.

City substitute Wilfried Bony’s late volley thumped the crossbar, leaving the usually placid Pellegrini with his head in his hands.

Arsenal’s fightback means fourth-placed City could still miss out on the Champions League even if they beat Swansea in their final game.

Fifth-placed Manchester United, who have played a game less than their neighbours, will finish above City if they win both of their final two games.

Arsenal need a point at home to already relegated Aston Villa next weekend to clinch Champions League qualification for the 20th successive season.


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