Manchester City 1
AC Milan 0
Boj Attack floors Milan
Saturday 9th August 2008 :
Get Your Kits out at the COMSTAD
Action from today's game
continued to impress on his return from a near 12-month lay-off
as he netted the only goal against Italian giants AC Milan at
The Bulgarian, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the
Manchester derby last August, latched onto a Michael Ball
throw-in to lash a left-footed shot in off the woodwork.
City's England players were keen to impress with Fabio Capello
in attendance and goalkeeper Joe Hart saved well early on from
teenage Milan striker Alberto Paloschi.
The Blues had a handball penalty shout turned down after Darius
Vassell's cross was charged down and Brazilian playmaker Elano
wasted a good chance to score before Bojinov obliged.
The win was a small measure of revenge for Mark Hughes' side,
who had lost out to the Rossoneri in the race to sign Brazilian
star Ronaldinho earlier in the summer.
Hart, Richards (Hamann 66), Ball (Dunne 63), Onuoha, Ben Haim,
Garrido (Etuhu 63), Fernandes, Johnson, Elano (Ireland 86),
Vassell (Evans 75), Bojinov (h-t Sturridge).
unused subs: Schmeichel, Caicedo,
Dida, Maldini, Zambrotta, Jankulovski (Oddo h-t), Ambrosini,
Gattuso (Brocchi 70), Seedorf, Bonera, Flamini, Paloschi (Viudez
unused subs: Abbiati,
Simic, Favalli, Antonini, Kalac, Cardacio.
Glasgow Celtic 1
Manchester City 1
Wednesday 6th August 2008 :
Stuart McCall for GYKO at Parkhead
finalised their Clydesdale Bank Premier League preparations with
a 1-1 draw against Manchester City in their friendly encounter
Martin Petrov's 54th-minute strike gave City a deserved lead
before youngster Paul McGowan equalised with 10 minutes
remaining with his first goal for the first team.
McGowan missed the chance to become the hero when he hit the bar
from 10 yards out in the final seconds as Celtic pressed for the
The Parkhead side will unfurl their Clydesdale Bank Premier
League championship flag when they start their season against St
Mirren on Sunday and although boss Gordon Strachan will field a
stronger team than the one that finished the match, McGowan may
have played himself in to contention.
Strachan gave surprise starts to out-of-favour duo Thomas
Gravesen and Derek Riordan and fielded an unusual centre-back
pairing of Scott Cuthbert and Darren O'Dea with McGowan
appearing in midfield.
Neither Gravesen nor Riordan did themselves any favours in a
low-key first period in which the visitors edged, certainly in
terms of possession.
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, as skipper in the absence of Stephen
McManus, played the lone striker's role for the Scottish
champions who struggled to get going.
City did their best to entertain the sparse crowd but Valeri
Bojinov's header from a Petrov corner after 22 minutes, which
flew over the bar, was almost the first effort on goal.
Moments later, Petrov, who was finding acres of space on the
left-hand side, cut inside and drilled a right-footed shot past
Artur Boruc's left-hand post.
Gravesen was left inside at the break, replaced by Paul Caddis
with former City striker Georgios Samaras on for Vennegoor of
Minutes after the restart Boruc had to rush from his goal to
prevent Darius Vassell knocking the ball past him from close
range but the Poland international had little chance in the 54th
minute when Petrov ran on to a carefully-weighted pass from
substitute Daniel Sturridge and drove home from 16 yards out.
Two minutes later, Boruc blocked another effort from the lively
Vassell, the Celtic keeper recovering to collect the ball before
it rolled over the line.
In the 66th minute debutant Paddy McCourt, on for Riordan,
flashed a volley wide of the target from 10 yards out after he
had latched on to a deep Caddis cross.
City, however, remained in control of the game, moving with more
ease than the home side who, due to changes made, had a youthful
look about them.
However, with 10 minutes left, the increasingly enthusiastic
Celtic side equalised through McGowan who bundled the ball in
from close range following a Caddis free-kick from wide on the
There was still time for Boruc to block a drive from City
substitute Ched Evans and McGowan to blast the ball at the bar
and over as both sides played out the final few moments with a
fair amount of enthusiasm.
Boruc; Hinkel, Cuthbert, O’Dea, Naylor; Gravesen (Caddis 46),
Hartley (Millar 62), Donati, Riordan (McCourt 62); Vennegoor of
Hesselink (Samaras 46), McGowan
Subs not used: Brown, Caldwell, Conroy, McDonald
MAN CITY (4-4-2) Hart (Schmeichel 46); Corluka (Onuha 46),
Richards (Ben Haim 46), Dunne, Garrido; Johnson, Petrov,
Fernandes, Etuhu (Ireland 74); Vassell (Evans 76), Bojinov (Sturridge
Subs not used: Ball
2 Manchester City 2 Late Late Show
Saturday 2nd August 2008 :
James Pearson at Edgeley Park for get Your Kits Out
Manchester City twice fought back from a goal down to earn a 2-2
draw with Stockport in a pre-season
friendly at Edgeley Park.
Pilkington put County ahead in the 65th minute when he
slotted the ball past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from close
range after neat build-up play.
Mark Hughes' side equalised 12 minutes later when Valeri Bojinov
headed a home a Nedum Onuoha cross from the left.
Peter Thompson looked like he had given his side victory when he
smashed the ball into the net from six yards out in the 86th
minute but Ched Evans was brought down inside the penalty area
The Wales international, a 57th-minute replacement for Rolando
Bianchi, dusted himself down and sent goalkeeper Owain Fon
Williams the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick.
Williams, Mullins, Rose, Owen, McNulty, Dicker, Thompson (McSweeney
90), Baker (Pilkington 46), Rowe, Raynes, Gleeson.
unused subs: Rigby, McNeil, Vicent, Tunnicliffe.
Schmeichel, Onuoha, Ben Haim (Mee 57), Garrido (Williamson 80),
Logan, Hamann, Ireland, Castillo (Sturridge 57), Caicedo (Bojinov
73), Bianchi (Evans 57), Weiss (Fernandes 66).
unused subs: Hart, Elano.
Goals: 1-0 Pilkington 65, 1-1 Bojinov 77, 2-1 Thompson 86, 2-2
Evans (pen) 90
Stockport: Mullins 20
Referee: K.G. Evans
26/07/2008: Hamburg 1 - 0 Manchester City
Felipe Caicedo gets his first start
preparations for their UEFA Cup qualifier were dealt a blow
after they suffered a one-goal defeat to an impressive Hamburg
Midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa scored the only goal of the game
after he took control of a loose ball in the box and slotted it
past City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Pitroipa proved to be a constant threat to the City defence and
the Burkino Faso international could have doubled the German
side's lead six minutes later but he failed to take advantage of
a mistake by City captain Richard Dunne.
Mark Hughes' side came out stronger in the second half but
failed to take their chances. Martin Petrov came closest for the
visitors but his left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty
area sneaked past the post.
Kasper Schmeichel put in an impressive performance after coming
on to replace Hart at half-time. The Dane pulled off good saves
to deny Nigel de Jong and Anis Ben-Hatira.
City face Faroe Islands side EB/Streymur in the second leg of
their UEFA Cup first qualifying round tie at Barnsley's Oakwell
ground on Thursday.
Click here to see the goal
Hamburg SV: Rost,
Atouba, Reinhardt, Mathijsen, de Jong, Olic, Jarolim, Trochowski,
Boateng, Pirroipa, van der Vaart.
Unused subs: Hesl, Zidan, Guerrero, Kompany, Putsilo,
Christantus, Demel, Stepanek, Benjamin, Ben-Hatira, Sam, Torun,
Jonathan Pitroipa - 16 minutes
City: Hart (Schmeichel h-t), Corluka (Onuoha 70),
Richards, Dunne, Ball, Ireland (Etuhu 65), Fernandes (Hamann
77), Petrov, Vassell (Sturridge 80), Elano, Caicedo (Evans 65).
Unused subs: Logan, Castillo.