Jesus’ star continues to shine as Man City down Swansea
New star, Gabriel Jesus continued his impressive form since joining Manchester City in the January transfer window with the two goals in the 2-1 victory over plucky Swansea in the Premier League.
City had looked like they would have to settle for a point after the relegation-threatened Swans recovered from a first-half battering at the Etihad Stadium to equalise through Gylfi Sigurdsson on 81 minutes. But Pep Guardiola’s men stepped up the pressure in the latter stages and Jesus, who had opened the scoring after 11 minutes, claimed his second of the game after Lukasz Fabianski saved his header.
The result lifted City to third in the table and enabled them to breathe a sigh of relief after a performance of near complete dominance before the break.
City had gone into the game with top scorer, Sergio Aguero, again on the bench and impressive new signing, Jesus, leading the line. Willy Caballero was also preferred to Claudio Bravo in goal for a second successive league game.
The selection looked good as City’s early play was fluid and cutting, lacking only in its potency. The hosts created numerous chances and should have had far more to show for their efforts than a 1-0 lead at the interval.
Jesus went close when he fired off-target early on and was then denied a penalty after tangling with Alfie Mawson.It came as no surprise when City took the lead after 11 minutes, so much had they bossed the early proceedings.
David Silva weaved down the left and laid the ball back for Raheem Sterling. Martin Olsson met the England man with a challenge but the ball rebounded kindly for Jesus to tuck home his second goal for the club from close range.
City were almost made to pay for their profligacy early in the second half as Sigurdsson called Caballero into action for the first time with a superb free-kick. The City keeper tipped the effort onto the post.
The Swans had another good chance when Sigurdsson whipped in a dangerous corner but Mawson glanced his header wide.City started to show some urgency and sent on Aguero. They wanted a penalty after Leroy Sane crossed from the left and the ball deflected off Silva to strike Sigurdsson, but it did not hit his arm.
City found a way through in injury time when Jesus connected with Silva’s cross. Fabianski kept out the header but Jesus pounced on the rebound to settle the contest.