MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City needed a deflected injury-time goal by Yaya Toure to put away managerless Swansea 2-1 and provisionally return to first place in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Swansea couldn't have picked a much tougher game following the firing of Garry Monk on Thursday, but the visitors looked like they would leave Etihad Stadium with a point after Bafetimbi Gomis equalized in the 90th minute.
Wilfried Bony, who left Swansea for 25 million pounds ($38 million) in January, put City in front with a 26th-minute header but the title favourites of many pundits again failed to convince.
City, however, is top — at least until Arsenal, which started the weekend in second place and a point ahead of City, plays Aston Villa on Sunday. Leicester looks to retain its surprise lead by beating Chelsea on Monday.
On a subdued day in England's top division, Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth league game in a row for Everton in a 1-1 draw at Norwich and another in-form striker, Odion Ighalo, grabbed Watford's winner in a 1-0 victory at Sunderland. It was Ighalo's 10th goal of the season, while Lukaku has 12.
Crystal Palace beat Southampton 1-0 thanks to France midfielder Yohan Cabaye's first-half goal, while West Ham and Stoke drew 0-0.
Manchester United looks to bounce back from getting eliminated from the Champions League in midweek in an away match at Bournemouth, which beat Chelsea last weekend.
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press