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Football: Dzeko sends 100-goal Manchester City to brink of Premier League title

Published on May 8, 2014 5:50 AM
Manchester City's Edin Dzeko (front) celebrates after scoring a goal against Aston Villa during their English Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on May 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Manchester City are within touching distance of the Premier League title after overwhelming Aston Villa 4-0 on Wednesday, May 07, 2014, to close within a point of the championship.

Villa resisted until the 64th minute at a sodden Etihad Stadium, but a quick-fire Edin Dzeko brace put the hosts ahead and late goals from Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure took City's goal tally to 100 in the league.

City's victory eliminates third-place Chelsea from the title race and means that they will be champions for the second time in three years if they avoid defeat at home to West Ham United on Sunday.

"I was absolutely sure if we continued to play the same way we would find the space to score a goal," said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has already led the club to success in the League Cup.

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