Toure on the double as City close in on title
ENGLAND - Manchester City are on the verge of winning the Premier League title for the first time in 44 years after Yaya Toure's brilliant double clinched a crucial 2-0 win at Newcastle yesterday.
Ivory Coast midfielder Toure struck twice in the second half at St James's Park to move Premier League leaders City three points clear of second-placed Manchester United, who were due to face Swansea at Old Trafford later yesterday.
Roberto Mancini's men now know that they will be champions for the first time since 1968 if they win their remaining game at home to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, unless United can somehow bridge City's plus-10 advantage over their local rivals in the goal difference column.
By coincidence, City's 1968 title triumph was confirmed by a 4-3 victory at Newcastle and the reaction of their supporters at the final whistle suggested they have already anointed Mancini's team as the new champions. Toure's goals also had significance for Newcastle, who began this game with an eye on a place in next season's Champions League - and even a top-three finish - in the wake of Arsenal's failure to beat Norwich.
Now, facing an awkward final game at Everton, Alan Pardew's team may have to be content with a place in the Europa League. City certainly warranted their success, but they were far from fluent as Newcastle frustrated them for long periods and looked equipped to emerge with a point until Toure's crucial contributions.
Other results from yesterdayFulham 2, Sunderland 1; QPR 1, Stoke 0; Aston Villa 1, Tottenham 1; Bolton 2, West Brom 2; Wolverhampton 0, Everton 0.