SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Manchester City kept its title campaign firmly on course Wednesday after second-half goals from Yaya Toure and Aleksandar Kolarov secured a 3-2 victory over Swansea in the first Premier League match of the new year.
Brazil midfielder Fernandinho put City ahead in the 14th minute, before Swansea's Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony nodded an equalizer in first-half stoppage time - albeit from a seemingly offside position.
Toure restored City's lead in the 58th with an angled shot into the far corner and Kolarov rifled home in the 66th to secure the points.
There was an anxious finish for City, though, after Bony flashed a superb low drive past Joe Hart from 25 yards (meters) in injury time.
City claimed a fifth consecutive win and moved to provisional top place in the standings, two points ahead of Arsenal - which was hosting Cardiff later.
Chasing back-to-back Premier League away victories for the first time under manager Manuel Pellegrini, City monopolized the ball in the first half.
Jesus Navas was a constant threat to Swansea's defenders and the visitors looked dangerous with their very first move as Alvaro Negredo pulled the ball back for Edin Dzeko, who could only drag his shot wide in the fourth minute.
Making the most of Vincent Kompany's loose marking, Bony responded immediately with a 25-meter shot that flew just wide.
However, Swansea was soon dealt an early setback when midfielder Pablo Hernandez hobbled off with a suspected hamstring injury, minutes before Fernandinho put City in front. The Brazilian lashed the ball through a crowded area following a corner that Swansea failed to clear.