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City beat Villa 2-0 at Eastlands

Manchester City picked up a crucial win 2-0 over Aston Villa at Eastlands in their fight to remain in the Premier League. The out-of-favour Elano was the hero for City when he converted a first half penalty after James Milner had hacked down Shaun Wright Phillips in the box.

The former Chelsea winger got on the score sheet himself in the 89th minute when he latched onto a Stephen Ireland through ball to fire past Brad Friedel in the Villa goal.

The result is a major blow for Martin O'Neill's side in their chase for a Champions League place especially as rivals Arsenal got back to winning ways last night.

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