Sensing Cityâ€™s driving force had lost it and was in danger of inviting a second yellow card, Joe Hart dashed in to march Toure away from the melee.
Hart still needed help from Samir Nasri to quell Toureâ€™s rage as he risked a dismissal and one-match ban that would have ranked as the most senseless of the season, with Liverpool at Anfield next up.
Zabaleta conceded that Hart had saved the day.
"There was a bad challenge (by Ward-Prowse)," said Cityâ€™s right back.
"The players wanted to keep him (Toure) away because sometimes you can get angry. Thatâ€™s when itâ€™s important to have team-mates who can tell him to calm down.
"There was a danger he could have got a second yellow. It would have been a huge loss if we had to be without him for a game like Liverpool."
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