18 May 2011

City go third in Premiership

12:45 pm on 18 May 2011

Captain Carlos Tevez scored twice as Manchester City beat Stoke 3-0 to go third in the English Premier League football table and leave themselves in prime position for direct entry into the Champions League.

City inflicted fresh misery upon Stoke - the team they beat 1-0 in Sunday's FA Cup final.

More importantly, it meant City leapfrogged Arsenal into third place in the table with just Monday's final round of Premier League matches left.

Although England's top four clubs qualify for the Champions League, if City beat Bolton this weekend they will go straight into the tournament proper and avoid playing in August's qualifying round where the likes of Bayern Munich and Villarreal could lie in wait.