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Manchester City edge closer to third-place finish

Published: Tuesday 17 May 2011, 23.00CET
Manchester City FC moved a step closer to guaranteeing their place in the group stage of next season's UEFA Champions League with a 3-0 victory against Stoke City FC.
Manchester City edge closer to third-place finish
Joleon Lescott celebrates putting Manchester City 2-0 in front ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 17 May 2011, 23.00CET

Manchester City edge closer to third-place finish

Manchester City FC moved a step closer to guaranteeing their place in the group stage of next season's UEFA Champions League with a 3-0 victory against Stoke City FC.

Manchester City FC staked their claim for an automatic place in next season's UEFA Champions League after comprehensively defeating Stoke City FC 3-0.

Buoyed by their FA Cup final triumph against the same team 72 hours earlier, the hosts took control from the off and were rewarded after 14 minutes when Carlos Tévez jinked in between the Stoke back line before drilling the ball into the top left-hand corner.

City doubled their advantage eight minutes after the break as Joleon Lescott met Adam Johnson's cross to head the ball beyond Thomas Sørensen. Roberto Mancini's men continued to dominate proceedings and extended their lead midway through the second half, Tévez rounding things off with a stunning free-kick.

City move a point above Arsenal FC into third place and travel to Bolton Wanderers FC on Sunday knowing that a win will guarantee their place in the group stage of next season's UEFA Champions League.

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Man. CityMan. City3-0StokeStoke

Lescott 53, Tévez 14, 65

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