Tag: Wilfried Bony

Premiership: Man City 3-0 West Brom

Wilfried Bony’s first goal for Manchester City helped his side on their way to a much-needed victory after Gareth McAuley was controversially sent off for West Brom.

Fernando and David Silva added further goals as City cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to three points, at least until Jose Mourinho’s side play their two games in hand.

But the game turned on McAuley’s dismissal after just 89 seconds – the fastest in the Premier League this season – when it was unclear whether referee Neil Swarbrick had shown the red card to the wrong man.

Another Baggies defender, Craig Dawson, had committed the initial foul on Bony, who got up before running into McAuley inside the area.

Swarbrick, however, awarded City a free-kick before calling McAuley over, and proceeded to send him off despite his pleas of innocence and protests from his team-mates.

It was the second case of apparent mistaken identity in the Premier League in less than a month, following Wes Brown’s red card at Old Trafford for a foul by his Sunderland team-mate John O’Shea.

On this occasion it was debatable whether it was a sending-off at all but City, reeling from their Champions League exit against Barcelona and desperately short of domestic form, were not complaining.

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Champions League: Bony replaces Jovetic in Man City Champions League squad

Striker Wilfried Bony has replaced Stevan Jovetic in Manchester City’s squad for the Champions League.

Ivory Coast international Bony, 26, joined City from Swansea City last month in a £25m deal.

His arrival meant City had one more foreign player in their squad than they are permitted to register for European competition.

City face Barcelona in the last 16 of the competition – the first leg of which is at home on 24 February.

The return leg at the Nou Camp is three weeks later.

The decision by manager Manuel Pellegrini to leave out Jovetic, 25, means he will continue to be restricted to just three senior strikers for the remainder of the competition – Bony, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

City, as punishment for breaching Uefa’s Financial Fair Play restrictions, are restricted to naming just 16 foreign players in their squad rather than the usual 17 with their squad capped at 21.

France full-back Gael Clichy and Belgium defender Dedryck Boyata do not count on the foreign quota as they qualify as home-grown and club-trained players respectively.

Jovetic, who missed large spells last season with calf and hamstring problems, has scored just 11 goals since his £22m move from Fiorentina in 2013.

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Premiership: Bony moved for Champions League success

Wilfried Bony has set his sights on winning the Champions League after completing his £25 million move to Manchester City.

The Ivorian striker signed a four-and-a-half year deal as he left Swansea to become City’s first signing of the January transfer window. And he said his choice was influenced by the chance to play in Europe’s major club competition.

“It was a great decision because Manchester City was playing [in the] Champions League,” Bony said. “I said if I wanted to move it was to a team playing [in the] Champions League because it is a competition I really want to play [in] and really want to win also. It is a great competition and gives me a strong motivation.”

City have never been beyond the last-16 of the Champions League and face Barcelona, who knocked them out last year at the same stage, in February for a place in the quarterfinals.

But Bony, 26, is confident that Manuel Pellegrini’s team can get revenge, adding: “Why not? City is a big club with great players. We just have to be ready.”

Bony will not make his debut for City until February because of the African Nations Cup but will link up with Ivory Coast teammate Yaya Toure again at the Etihad Stadium.

And he said he had consulted the midfielder about the move, adding: “I spoke with Yaya every day. He will help me become a better player.”

Bony was the Premier League’s top scorer in 2014 with 20 goals but believes he will be under more scrutiny at City, adding: “It is a high level now at Manchester City so I need to be stronger mentally.”

The former Vitesse Arnhem forward, whose fee could rise to £28m depending on add-ons, has been given the No. 14 shirt at City.

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Premiership: Man City in advanced talks with Swansea over Wilfried Bony

Manchester City are in advanced talks with Swansea City over signing Wilfried Bony.

It is thought that it would take more than £30m to prise the Ivory Coast striker, 26, from the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea manager Garry Monk has said it will take an “astronomical” fee to secure Bony in the January transfer window.

He was the Premier League’s top scorer in the calendar year of 2014 with 20 goals.

He joined Swansea for a club-record £12m from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013.

Bony is on Africa Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast for at least the next three weeks, and any deal would likely be concluded after his return.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham were all reported to be interested, but Premier League champions City have made the first move to bolster their attacking options.

The Sky Blues were without injured strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko for the festive period and manager Manuel Pellegrini is keen to add further depth to his squad.

The fee being discussed would break the Welsh record transfer of £15m that Liverpool paid Swansea for midfielder Joe Allen in August 2012.

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Premiership: QPR 1-1 Swansea

Substitute Wilfried Bony’s injury-time goal rescued a point for 10-man Swansea to deny Queens Park Rangers.

QPR goalkeeper Rob Green escaped a red card early on when he handled outside the area to deny Wayne Routledge.

Leroy Fer then put the Rs ahead with a fine long-range strike after Federico Fernandez had only half cleared.

Routledge was red carded for reacting to a Karl Henry tackle before Ivorian Bony had the final say in his last game before the Africa Nations Cup.

While QPR have now claimed 15 points from their last seven home matches – a record which lies in stark contrast to their away form which has seen them fail to pick up a single point on the road this season – the outcome will be viewed as an opportunity missed by manager Harry Redknapp.

The gap between them and the relegation zone stands at two points.

Having lost at Liverpool on Monday, this was a welcome point for Garry Monk’s Swansea in their bid to qualify for Europe.

They had lacked a cutting edge in attack until the introduction of Bony from the bench in the second half.

But they could easily have played the majority of the contest against 10 men after the onrushing Green escaped punishment from referee Anthony Taylor in the sixth minute despite clearly denying Routledge outside the area with an outstretched arm as the winger attempted to round him following Gylfi Sigurdsson’s measured pass.

It had looked set to be a pivotal moment when Netherlands midfielder Fer scored with a powerful shot inside the left post from the edge of the area after Fernandez had failed to deal with Clint Hill’s deep cross.

Rangers had opportunities to double their advantage with Bobby Zamora heading over the bar from close range, while Charlie Austin nodded against the foot of the left-hand post early in the second half from Mauricio Isla’s cross.

The momentum appeared to swing further in the home side’s favour when Routledge was dismissed rather harshly after reacting angrily to a feisty Henry tackle.

But Swansea kept fighting and Bony once again demonstrated his predatory instincts when, after receiving Ki Sung-yueng’s pass, he turned sharply before finishing into the top-left corner.

Austin could have won it in the final seconds when the ball fell to him inside the six-yard box, however he blazed over the crossbar.

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Premiership: Swansea 1-2 Spurs

Christian Eriksen delivered another late winner as Tottenham stunned Swansea with a 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium.

The Danish playmaker decided Spurs’ trip to Hull three weeks ago and he repeated the feat with an 89th-minute strike by driving low inside Gerhard Tremmel’s near post.

Eriksen’s seventh goal of the season was tough on a Swansea side who dominated for large periods but were unable to take several clear-cut scoring opportunities either side of Wilfried Bony cancelling out Harry Kane’s early header.

Bony — the highest scorer of Premier League goals in the calendar year — struck his 20th league goal of 2014 three minutes into the second half, but concerted home pressure could not generate another before Eriksen supplied a Spurs sting in the tail.

Tottenham’s record has been mixed following European competition this season with three wins and four defeats, but this was actually the first time they had played away from White Hart Lane following Europa League action, and it came on the back of a trip to Turkey.

But they knew victory would take them above Swansea into seventh place and they started with a bang when young Kane again showed his potency in front of goal.

Swansea were still trying to get their West Ham defeat and aerial trial by Andy Carroll out of their system when they conceded a soft fourth-minute goal from a set-piece.

Eriksen’s corner was sent towards the six-yard box where Kane rose above Angel Rangel to head home his first goal in five games after nine in 10.

Kane would later drag a presentable opportunity wide from 20 yards but Spurs, having started the contest on the front foot, suddenly lost their composure halfway through the first period.

Bony had tested Hugo Lloris’ shot-saving skills in the ninth minute after being picked out by Wayne Routledge and losing his marker Federico Fazio, and the Ivorian might have had a first-half hat trick on another day.

Jefferson Montero played a delicious ball into his path after 21 minutes and Bony seemed set to score until former Swansea defender Ben Davies produced a last-ditch covering tackle of the highest quality.

Swansea had a penalty claim ignored by referee Robert Madley when Fazio appeared to take plenty of former Tottenham man Gylfi Sigurdsson and little of the ball, and Spurs were perhaps fortunate not to have their numbers reduced before the break.

Erik Lamela swung an arm at Montero after eyeing up the Ecuadorian and leaving him in a heap, while Jan Vertonghen’s punishment for bringing down Routledge was a yellow card.

Vertonghen took the ball but the Belgian slid in recklessly and his studs were raised and another referee might have taken a far dimmer view of the challenge.

Two minutes before the break Swansea almost equalised again when Rangel crossed from the right and Bony’s shot was deflected inches wide by Fazio.

Bony’s luck finally turned for the better soon after the interval when Routledge broke behind Davies and onto Rangel’s pass to cross into the middle.

Fazio blocked the first attempt but the ball fell kindly to Bony and he tucked away his eighth goal of the season with a minimum of fuss.

Moments later Bony saw his header from Montero’s cross saved by Lloris and it was all Swansea as Spurs struggled to get out of their own half.

The visitors briefly broke forward for Ryan Mason to unleash a shot which deflected off Ashley Williams and fell the wrong side of the post with Tremmel stranded.

But Swansea were still asking most of the questions, with Fazio stretching to deny Bony and Sigurdsson failing to hit the target after good work from the speedy Montero.

Substitute Jonjo Shelvey almost made a goal scoring impact for the Swans, and Kane showed he could not be ignored when he flashed a header wide in almost a carbon-copy of the Spurs goal, before Eriksen stood up at the death once again.

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Premiership: West Ham 3-1 Swansea

Two-goal Andy Carroll helped West Ham climb to third in the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Swansea at Upton Park.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce put his neck on the line leading into the game after revealing he opted to sign Carroll rather than Wilfried Bony in the summer of 2013, insisting his decision would be vindicated in time.

Bony has since lit up the league and is in a rich vein of form, while Carroll has struggled for both fitness and form since his club-record move to east London.

It looked as though Allardyce’s comments would backfire on him and his player when Bony put the Swans in front, but Carroll’s brace – plus a third from returning substitute Diafra Sakho – sealed a come-from-behind victory to leave just Chelsea and Manchester City above the Hammers.

Swansea ended the match a man down, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski dismissed for attempting to impede Sakho as he bore down on goal.

West Ham were quick out of the blocks and skipper Kevin Nolan had two good chances to open the scoring for the Hammers but he could not connect fully with Carl Jenkinson’s cross down the right as his volley squirmed wide.

His second chance came moments later after a disguised Stewart Downing free-kick allowed him to get a shot away, with Fabianski making a smart stop and James Tomkins’ follow-up effort blocked.

The visitors had been second-best up until that point but were ahead from their first chance as Jefferson Montero and Gylfi Sigurdsson exchanged passes before the former fed Bony, who coolly slotted home past Adrian for his 19th league goal of 2014 and his seventh in nine games.

Swansea were having less of the ball but looked more incisive and could have doubled their lead on 26 minutes as Sigurdsson’s driven effort was pushed away by the West Ham stopper.

Bony then came close to a second after Cheikhou Kouyate was robbed of possession on the edge of his own area and the Ivory Coast international arrowed a shot inches wide.

Both sides were looking dangerous in possession and Aaron Cresswell came close to his second goal in a week but he could only head Downing’s pinpoint ball straight at Fabianski.

Carroll may not be enjoying a similar goalscoring record as counterpart Bony, but the England international showed just what he is capable of as he rose to head home a Jenkinson cross five minutes before the break.

It was Bony who once again came close on the hour-mark as he collected Montero’s pass and flashed an effort past Adrian, only to see it clip the crossbar and go behind before a goal-kick.

West Ham were presented with a good opportunity to take the lead as Leon Britton was caught dawdling by Nolan, who fed substitute Sakho – with the Senegal international’s cross poked behind for a corner.

And Carroll was on hand to leap highest and head home Downing’s corner – with the former Newcastle man running over the embrace Allardyce and the rest of West Ham’s bench.

Things went from bad to worse for the Swans as Fabianski was shown a straight red card seconds later as he was adjudged to have fouled Sakho as he raced through on goal.

Sakho came close to wrapping up the points but could only hit the post when one on one with substitute goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel before Swansea looked to hit back despite their numerical disadvantage.

But West Ham added a third courtesy of a thunderous finish from Sakho, his seventh league goal of the season, to wrap up an eighth win of the season.

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Premiership: Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace produced a spirited display to earn a point from a lively encounter at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea dominated the early exchanges and went ahead when Wilfried Bony shot on the turn into the bottom corner for his sixth goal in the last seven games.

But Jonjo Shelvey felled Marouane Chamakh and Mile Jedinak converted from the spot to equalise for Palace.

There were fewer chances after the break, Gylfi Sigurdsson twice firing off target from the edge of the area.

After the euphoria of last week’s impressive victory against Liverpool, it was another solid performance from Neil Warnock’s Palace, who might have been swept aside within the opening quarter.

Swansea began in irresistible fashion, Jefferson Montero and Wayne Routledge causing havoc on the flanks and Sigurdsson linking skilfully with Bony through the middle.

Bony, who had already twice gone close after flowing team moves, collected Sigurdsson’s disguised pass just inside the area and fired in acrobatically from close to the turf.

Ironically, Palace improved after striker Dwight Gayle went off injured, as his replacement James McArthur brought much needed extra presence to the midfield.

The visitors had been reduced to the occasional foray from the pacy Yannick Bolasie but it was one of those bursts that led to a brace of corners, the second of which resulted in the penalty.

Shelvey was adjudged to have backed into Chamakh and Jedinak hit the spot kick down the middle to send Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way.

The equaliser revitalised Palace and they might have taken the lead when Ashley Williams missed his kick to allow Chamakh a clear sight of goal eight yards out, but Fabianski was alert to rush out and smother the shot.

Swansea fans were convinced Chamakh, who had been booked for a scything challenge on the touchline, should have been dismissed for a handball on the edge of the box.

And Shelvey should have atoned for his earlier misdemeanour shortly before the break, firing wide when unmarked in space eight yards out.

After the break Swansea’s creative players were unable to exert as much influence on proceedings as Palace’s well-marshalled defence ensured further progress, the Eagles climbing to 14th in a congested mid-table.

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Premiership: Man City 2-1 Swansea

Manchester City came from behind to beat Swansea City and keep the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Chelsea to eight points.

City, third in the league, were stunned inside 10 minutes as Wilfried Bony chested down Nathan Dyer’s sublime pass and finished calmly.

The champions levelled when Stevan Jovetic clipped in Jesus Navas’s cross.

Gael Clichy hit the bar for the hosts before Yaya Toure latched on to Fernandinho’s back heel for the winner.

Bafetimbi Gomis poked wide for the visitors and Jonjo Shelvey’s deflected free-kick was inches away from levelling in the dying seconds.

City, who entertain Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, move a point behind second-placed Southampton, who are in action on Monday at Aston Villa.

Home striker Sergio Aguero had scored 13 goals in his last 13 Premier League games, but it was Swansea’s Bony who made the first mark on the game with his fifth goal in six league matches.

The Ivorian, who signed a new deal at the Liberty Stadium this week, controlled Dyer’s audacious chipped through ball before slotting past goalkeeper Joe Hart for Swansea’s first ever goal at the Etihad.

Swansea had already won in Manchester this season, a 2-1 opening-day victory at United, but were without a win on their travels in the Premier League since.

Despite that lean run, they had not conceded the first goal in any of their league away games this season and, sure enough, their opener again proved a false dawn as Jovetic prodded in the leveller from Navas’s cross.

The hosts then pushed for the lead as Aguero saw a shot saved by Lukasz Fabianski, before Clichy had a fierce 30-yard strike brilliantly tipped onto the bar by the goalkeeper.

The breakthrough came when Toure combined with Fernandinho to finish low under Fabianski just past the hour mark.

Nerves were frayed as Swansea pushed for the leveller but, holding on, City achieved the win that was needed having won just one of their past six games in all competitions.

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Premiership: Bony signs one-year contract extension

Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has signed a new one-year contract with the club, extending his stay until 2018.

Bony, 25, is the club’s record signing – at £12 million – and scored 25 goals in his first season following his switch from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem before netting four times in 11 league games this campaign.

“It’s great news for the club,” said Swansea manager Garry Monk. “I’ve spoken a lot about what Bony has brought to the club not just on the pitch but off it as well.

“These types of players are ones that we do our best to keep at the club for a long time. But it’s also important that we see commitment from that player towards the club, his team-mates and the fans.

“Bony has shown that he is very committed to this club by signing an extension here. When we talk about the future and progressing it can’t be just talk – there has to be commitment from myself, the players and the club.

“Bony has bought into the direction the club wants to take. He is a big player for us so to tie down his future is fantastic news for everyone connected with the club.

“I’m sure the fans will be more than happy with the extension. For them to see a big player, who they have a lot of affection for, tie down his future with their club is something they will thoroughly enjoy hearing about.”

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