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Manchester City v West Brom - Player ratings

Pablo Zabaleta's final home appearance for the club
Pablo Zabaleta's final home appearance for the club

Manchester City moved up to third in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 win over West Brom on an emotional night at the Etihad Stadium.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure saw City cruise to victory in Pablo Zabaleta's final home appearance for the club.

West Brom were outplayed but claimed a late consolation through substitute Hal Robson-Kanu.

The result tightened City's grip on a top-four position but Arsenal's victory over Sunderland meant their close battle with the Gunners and Liverpool for Champions League spots would go to the final day.

IN WITH THE CROWD

Following Saturday's announcement he will be leaving this summer, City fans made clear in Zabaleta's last home game as a Blues player their appreciation for his service, with banners paying tribute to the Argentinian defender being displayed in the stands and his name ringing around the ground in a range of chants. He received a rapturous reception when he started to warm up on the touchline early in the second half and an even bigger ovation when he came on just after the hour mark. Having helped his side see out the win - finishing the contest with the captain's armband, given to him when Vincent Kompany went off in the 77th minute - Zabaleta was then honoured in an emotional post-match presentation. He seemed genuinely touched as he was presented with a lifetime season ticket and he thanked the fans. "Today is probably the hardest moment but it is so special," he said. "It is the moment for me to say thank you to everyone."

STAR MAN

Sergio Aguero. He may not have got on the scoresheet himself but the striker played a part in all three of the hosts' goals in a hugely commendable run-out. De Bruyne and Jesus were also very impressive.

RATINGS

Manchester City

Willy Caballero 6/10
Fernandinho 6
Vincent Kompany 6
Nicolas Otamendi 6
Aleksandar Kolarov 6
Yaya Toure 7
David Silva 6
Kevin De Bruyne 8
Gabriel Jesus 8
Leroy Sane 7
Sergio Ageuro 8
Substitutes
Pablo Zabaleta (for Silva, 62 mins) 6
John Stones (for Kompany, 77) 6
Fernando (for Toure, 81) 6

West Brom

Ben Foster 7
Allan Nyom 6
Craig Dawson 5
Jonny Evans 5
Marc Wilson 4
Claudio Yacob 5
Nacer Chadli 5
Darren Fletcher 5
Jake Livermore 5
Chris Brunt 5
Salomon Rondon 5
Subs
James McClean (for Wilson, 52) 5
James Morrison (for Livermore, 65) 5
Hal Robson-Kanu (for Rondon, 71) 6