Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Manchester City
Wolves are relegated from the Premier League as goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri seal a win for title chasers Manchester City.
The Midlands outfit have seen their three-year stay in the top-flight ended thanks to goals in either half while City close the gap on league leaders Manchester United to just three points. Alex Ferguson's side failed to beat Everton in the early kick-off and Roberto Mancini's men knew they would go within touching distance of the reigning champions with a win at Molineux. It was a bright start from the visitors who came close to opening the scoring after seven minutes when Aguero struck wide from a tight angle. The home side needed to win in order to have any mathematical chance of avoiding the drop and they almost took the lead when David Davis forced a fine stop out of Joe Hart with a 25-yard drive, though this was the closest they came to scoring. City's movement was too much for Wolves and the best move of the game saw Pablo Zabaleta play through Nasri who scuffed his effort wide of the post. A City goal looked increasingly likely as the first-half wore on and it eventually came on 27 minutes when Gael Clichy slid through Aguero who took a touch before slotting the ball past Dorus de Vries. Wolves applied some pressure after the restart and Steven Fletcher thought he had pulled them level when his header was turned around the post by Hart. Roberto Mancini was unhappy with his side's performance and it was a sign of respect to Wolves when he made a defensive substitution and replaced David Silva with Nigel De Jong. The City boss grew frustrated in the dugout and the relief was clear to see when Nasri doubled the lead for the visitors after 74 minutes, coolly finishing from close range after good work by Carlos Tevez. Wolves' fate was sealed with the goal and it was met with boos around Molineux who have been fearing the worst for weeks. Terry Connor's side continued to play with spirit however and tried to pull back a consolation goal in the closing stages but it was City who came closest to adding a third. Aguero should have put the final nail in the coffin when he failed to convert his late opportunity before de Vries pulled off a fine save to spare Richard Stearman's blushes after he nearly headed into his own net. City now face the biggest game of the season when they host the Manchester derby in eight days time. A win will put the Sky Blues top of the table on goal difference with two games remaining. Wolves on the other hand go into the final run-in knowing they will be playing Championship football in August, though many fans will be happy to get a dismal season behind them and start afresh.