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Football: Toure strike keeps Man City in title mix

Yaya Toure scored the only goal as Manchester City stayed in touch at the top of the Premier League with a gritty 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday. Having managed just one point from their previous two league matches, Manuel Pellegrini's team looked for much of the game as if they were about to be frustrated once again. But with 20 minutes left, Toure touched in from a couple of yards to keep City, who lost substitute Stevan Jovetic to injury, three points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.

Football: Barca tie can be Man City watershed - Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wants his side to prove their emergence as a European force by overcoming his former club Barcelona in the Champions League last 16. The two sides face off in the first leg of their tie at City's Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, when the home side will be making their first appearance in the competition's knockout phase. In stark contrast, Barcelona have reached the semi-finals for the last six seasons in a row, winning the tournament in 2009 and 2011, but Toure says that tackling the leading sides is a key stage in City's development.

Toure wins African Footballer of Year for third time

(Reuters) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure landed his third successive African Footballer of the Year award on Thursday to cap a memorable week. The Manchester City player edged out Nigeria's John Obi Mikel and fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba to make it a hat-trick of wins, emulating Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto'o.

Profile: Trio of awards sees Toure step out of shadows

By Mark Gleeson (Reuters) - A hat-trick of success at the African Footballer of the Year award has seen Yaya Toure step out of the shadow of some of his more charismatic compatriots to claim a place for himself among the continent's greats. Toure won the award for a third successive year on Thursday, piping John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and his national team captain Didier Drogba to the continent's top individual award.

Football: Yaya Toure wins 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year

Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year for 2013 on Monday. It was the fifth straight year the Manchester City star had made the shortlist but the first time he'd taken the award. "Thank you to all the fans around the world who continue to support me and who love me a lot," said Toure in a BBC statement. "I'm very proud, I'm very happy, this award is amazing. "It's the fifth time in a row (being nominated) and this time is very special."

Football: CSKA play down Toure racism issue

CSKA Moscow continued to play down the racial abuse suffered by Manchester City's Yaya Toure in the Russian capital ahead of Tuesday's return fixture at Eastlands. European football governing body UEFA has ruled CSKA must play their next home Champions League match in a partly closed stadium after their fans were found guilty of aiming racist monkey chants at Toure during City's 2-1 group win last month.

Football: City's Toure signs new deal

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure signed a new four-year contract with the Premier League champions on Thursday. Toure has been a big success at Eastlands since his 2010 transfer from Barcelona and his decision to commit his future to Roberto Mancini's team until 2017 is a major boost for the club. The 29-year-old was instrumental in City winning the English title last season and the Ivory Coast star admits that success has whetted his appetite for more silverware. "This is where I want to be," Toure told City's official website.

Football: Yaya Toure vows to get City back on title track

Yaya Toure has insisted it's still possible for Manchester City to retain their Premier League title. The Ivory Coast midfielder has returned to Eastlands earlier than expected after his country's shock quarter-final loss to Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations, with City nine points adrift of leaders Manchester United. But Toure, who is set to play against Southampton this weekend, was adamant all was not lost. "We are further behind than we'd like, of course, but all we need to do is think about last season to know what is possible," Toure told City's website.
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