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Swansea City have blown the Premier League title race wide open courtesy of Luke Moore’s 83rd-minute goal at the Liberty Stadium.

A game of two contrasting halves, one missed penalty but only one winner as the visitors lost for only the fourth time this season. It was no more than Swansea deserved.

Having put behind them the disappointment of losing in Lisbon on Thursday, Manchester City started smartly with Yaya Toure pushing on to Swansea playmaker Leon Britton in a bid to stop the home side from controlling the game in their own half.

It was no big deal for Brendan Rodgers’ side who continued to play under pressure. There were encouraging signs when Scott Sinclair, twice, escaped the clutches of Micah Richards. However, when the ball fell kindly to Wayne Routledge at the far post, he fired high and wide of Joe Hart’s goal.

Moments later, and with the visitors at sixes and sevens, Swansea were awarded a penalty when Hart clipped the heels of Routledge. Sinclair was on target but Hart was equal to it.

Roberto Mancini was hopping mad at his side’s abject performance and, nine minutes before the interval, he replaced Gareth Barry with Sergio Aguero. Barry was clearly miffed at the decision and made his feelings known to David Platt as he left for the dugout.

The visitors did rally in the final minutes of the half and, after Swansea had twice cleared from corners, De Jong, who had been booked 20 minutes previously, shot wide from 25 yards.

Squeezing further up the field at the beginning of the second half, Man City were a far greater force without ever threatening in the final third until Balotelli’s through-ball found Aguero on the edge of the box. His shot was crisp but off target.

Vorm was called into action to deny Samir Nasri and then Aguero as City pushed on in pursuit of the goal that would surely win it. They thought their chance had come when Balotelli appeared to be brought down by Joe Allen. The referee waved play on and rightly so.

Steve Caulker’s header was just wide 19 minutes from time, as Swansea came back into the game and, with seven minutes left, they struck the killer blow. Gylfi Sigurdsson stole the ball in midfield and, after a patient build-up, Routledge picked out Moore who made no mistake.

Micah Richards thought he had equalised with a header a minute from time, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

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