LONDON - Manchester City took a huge step towards becoming champions for the first time since 1968 when they won 2-0 at Newcastle United on Sunday to move above Manchester United on goal difference at the top of the Premier League table.
Yaya Toure scored both of City's goals after 70 and 89 minutes to move them on to 86 points with just next week's game at home to Queens Park Rangers to come.
"We knew it was going to be tough," he told the BBC. "I am very happy, it is the first time I have scored two goals in one game in my career. And it brings us closer to the title. I am happy with my performance and the performance of the team.
"We have to be careful, it is not over. QPR are fighting for relegation and that will not be easy. But we are at home, that will give us the advantage."
The game turned when City manager Roberto Mancini brought on Nigel de Jong for Samir Nasri after an hour and pushed Toure forward. He made all the difference with his two late goals.
Mancini told the BBC, "It is not finished. It is important that we get three points next week, we need a big effort - there is one game more.
"QPR will be tough, they are fighting for relegation. Nothing changes. It is ours to lose. It doesn't depend on other teams anymore."
Man United beat Swansea 2-0 to take the title race down to the wire.
Each team have one game left.