Manchester City stuttered to an unconvincing win over a battling Swansea in the longest game in Premier League history.

Carlos Tevez's stunner rescued Roberto Mancini's team as they followed up their midweek European disappointment with another lacklustre display.

Keeper Joe Hart had kept the hosts in the game with two saves from Michu.

Mancini urges City to 'keep calm'

But Tevez's 30-yard strike on the hour gave the hosts the three points and sent the champions second in the table.

Both managers, however, will be concerned as each had a star player carried off on a stretcher, Swans goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Blues defender Micah Richards suffering worrying injuries.

Each required lengthy treatment on the field, racking up a record 12 minutes of added time.

But a match in which Manchester City extended their unbeaten home league run to 34 games will be remembered for little else, Mancini's men still seeming shaken from their midweek European capitulation at Ajax.

Tevez's clinical brilliance was the difference as Swansea enjoyed the better openings but the hosts had the ability to penetrate.

Mancini's side had an alert Richards to thank early on as he cleared a dangerous right-wing Hernandez cross with Swansea top-scorer Michu lurking.

Man City v Swansea facts

  • Man City are 34 league games unbeaten at home, the fourth longest run in Premier League history
  • Man City have scored in each of their last 36 home league games
  • This was Man City's second clean sheet this season
  • Swansea's last win at Man City was in March 1951
  • Swansea have failed to win any league game when they have gone behind

The Spanish striker suffered a blow to the head as the England right-back headed the ball away and Michu, worryingly, lay motionless for a couple of minutes.

But Michu recovered and showed no ill effects as 10 minutes later he put the ball in the home side's net.

The effort, however, was disallowed because he was offside when Wayne Routledge played the through ball.

That chance came just moments after visiting keeper Vorm almost gifted their hosts an opening goal.

Vorm's poor clearance fell straight to Sergio Aguero and as the Argentine striker set up countryman Tevez, Swans defender Chico Flores stepped in to clear the danger.

Vorm, though, did not make a telling save until the 38th minute when the Dutch international kept out Tevez's 15-yard drive - a statistic that would concern Blues boss Mancini.

And the anxiety around the Etihad deepened as Swansea wasted two glorious chances to put themselves ahead in the final 10 minutes of the first half.

Hernandez failed to capitalise when set free in the box before Michu was also unable to convert Ki Sung-Yueng's defence-splitting pass as England international Hart smothered his toe-poke.

Swansea must take chances - Laudrup

Mancini's side responded to the half-time Etihad boos, Aguero firing wide within 18 seconds of the restart.

Mario Balotelli, a half-time replacement for the injured Aleksandar Kolarov, also had a sight of goal as the hosts stepped up the pressure.

The Italy international could not get to right-back Richards's low driven cross, although Balotelli wanted a penalty as he claimed Chico pulled his shirt.

Swansea, though, did give their expensively assembled rivals a warning as Hart again denied Michu from a header.

But Tevez ended his eight-game goal drought with a moment of magic, a swerving strike that left Vorm helpless as the ball flew into the bottom right-hand corner of his net.

Vorm was injured in the process and was carried off on a stretcher nursing his groin. Moments later, Richards too required a stretcher after collapsing holding his knee with no-one else near him.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Man City

  • 01 Hart
  • 02 Richards Booked (K Toure - 81' )
  • 04 Kompany
  • 13 Kolarov (Balotelli - 46' )
  • 22 Clichy
  • 33 Nastasic
  • 08 Nasri
  • 18 Barry
  • 42 Y Toure
  • 16 Aguero (Lescott - 90' )
  • 32 Tevez

Substitutes

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 06 Lescott
  • 28 K Toure
  • 11 Sinclair
  • 74 Evans
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 45 Balotelli

Swansea

  • 01 Vorm (Tremmel - 64' )
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams
  • 22 Rangel Booked
  • 33 Davies
  • 07 Britton (Graham - 72' )
  • 09 Michu
  • 11 Pablo (Dyer - 77' Booked )
  • 15 Routledge
  • 20 De Guzman
  • 24 Ki Sung-Yeung

Substitutes

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 16 Monk
  • 21 Tiendalli
  • 12 Dyer
  • 26 Agustien
  • 10 Graham
  • 17 Shechter
Ref: Atkinson
Att: 46,801

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

5 5

Corners

3 0

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +12:52 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +12:38

Effort on goal by Mario Balotelli from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

90:00 +11:19

The ball is crossed by Gael Clichy, Gerhard Tremmel makes a save.

90:00 +10:54

Chico sends in a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.

90:00 +9:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Chico. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +8:43

Carlos Tevez produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +8:10

Short corner taken by Carlos Tevez.

90:00 +6:28

Sung-Yeung Ki produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +4:57 Substitution

Substitution Sergio Aguero leaves the field to be replaced by Joleon Lescott.

90:00 +2:29

The ball is crossed by Nathan Dyer.

90:00 +1:21

Miguel Michu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yaya Toure. Direct free kick taken by Yaya Toure.

90:00 +0:56

Sergio Aguero is caught offside. Chico takes the direct free kick.

87:49

Angel Rangel crosses the ball.

84:50

Free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.

84:50 Booking

Booking Nathan Dyer is booked.

84:46

Gael Clichy fouled by Nathan Dyer, the ref awards a free kick.

80:19 Substitution

Substitution Micah Richards leaves the field to be replaced by Kolo Toure.

78:52

Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.

78:20

Centre by Yaya Toure.

77:47

Foul by Sung-Yeung Ki on Carlos Tevez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

76:57 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Dyer on for Pablo Hernandez.

76:41

Effort on goal by Chico from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

76:09

Angel Rangel delivers the ball.

73:39

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Jonathan de Guzman goes wide of the left-hand post.

71:33 Substitution

Substitution Danny Graham on for Leon Britton.

71:21

The ball is sent over by Miguel Michu, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.

70:23

Miguel Michu takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.

69:08

The ball is delivered by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Ashley Williams.

63:47 Substitution

Substitution Gerhard Tremmel comes on in place of Michel Vorm.

60:43

Assist by Gael Clichy.

60:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Carlos Tevez - Man City 1 - 0 Swansea Carlos Tevez fires in a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Swansea.

59:36

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.

59:15

Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot.

58:50

Miguel Michu takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.

56:35

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

52:59

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Carlos Tevez, Header on goal by Micah Richards from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

52:18

A cross is delivered by Micah Richards.

51:09

The assistant referee signals for offside against Carlos Tevez. Chico restarts play with the free kick.

49:36

Samir Nasri sends in a cross.

46:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Pablo Hernandez. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

46:01

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Sung-Yeung Ki gets a block in.

45:29

Shot from just outside the area by Sergio Aguero misses to the right of the target.

45:07 Substitution

Substitution Aleksandar Kolarov leaves the field to be replaced by Mario Balotelli.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:44 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:54

Jonathan de Guzman challenges Yaya Toure unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov from the free kick.

45:00 +1:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Routledge on Gareth Barry. Yaya Toure takes the direct free kick.

44:51

Sergio Aguero takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Miguel Michu.

44:40

The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

43:05

Unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Yaya Toure results in a free kick. Ashley Williams takes the direct free kick.

40:31

Gareth Barry fouled by Jonathan de Guzman, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.

39:54

Miguel Michu takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

38:32 Booking

Booking Micah Richards is shown a yellow card.

37:51

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

36:08

The referee blows for offside against Miguel Michu. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.

33:30

Foul by Pablo Hernandez on Yaya Toure, free kick awarded. Matija Nastasic takes the direct free kick.

31:03

Ashley Williams fouled by Sergio Aguero, the ref awards a free kick. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.

29:18

The ball is crossed by Micah Richards.

25:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan de Guzman on Matija Nastasic. Yaya Toure restarts play with the free kick.

24:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Jonathan de Guzman. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.

23:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matija Nastasic on Jonathan de Guzman. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.

21:10

Pablo Hernandez produces a cross, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.

20:33

Carlos Tevez crosses the ball, save by Michel Vorm.

18:08

Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Hernandez. Chico takes the free kick.

17:19

Foul by Angel Rangel on Gareth Barry, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.

16:40 Booking

Booking The referee shows Angel Rangel a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

14:50

Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Blocked by Yaya Toure.

12:56

The referee blows for offside against Ashley Williams. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

12:06

Vincent Kompany challenges Jonathan de Guzman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan de Guzman takes the free kick.

11:28

Ben Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri. Yaya Toure restarts play with the free kick.

7:54

Foul by Sergio Aguero on Ben Davies, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.

6:14

The official flags Pablo Hernandez offside. Indirect free kick taken by Gael Clichy.

5:10

Micah Richards crosses the ball.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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