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Stoke City 1 Manchester City 1   City fall for Matt Finish
Saturday 27th November 2010 : Karl Jenkins for GYKO at the Britannia Stadium

The Northern Softies did not deserve to win, but seemed to have done so when Micah Richards scored his first goal for 10 months. Unfortunately for Roberto Mancini and his fair weather team, stout-hearted Stoke are never beaten until the final whistle and deservedly equalised two minutes into added time through Matthew Etherington.

Manchester City took one look at the Britannia tundra and emerged with gloves on. Tony Pulis and company are made of sterner stuff and had their sleeves rolled up, metaphorically at least. In the first half, Mancini's foreigners were in dilettante mode, going about their work as if they would rather be anywhere else. The City manager sought to excuse them on the dubious basis that it was "difficult" to play football on a less than perfect surface and against Stoke's "long ball, long ball, long ball."

It was a spurious argument. Manchester United and Tottenham have both won here, and teams with title aspirations need to overcome such obstacles if they are to be taken seriously.

The goals were a long time coming, but both were well worth waiting for.

Playing his ninth game of the season only because Pablo Zabaleta was suspended, Richards received from James Milner in the inside-right channel, where he executed the sweetest of turns to lose Danny Collins before shooting with cool precision into the far corner. The finish came as a reminder that, at 22, the former England right-back still has time on his side when it comes to adding to his 12 caps.

Stoke's equally smart equaliser was set up by Tuncay's lovely sleight of foot, the Turk's clever back heel letting in Etherington on the left, from where the winger beat Joe Hart with slide-rule precision. Long ball dross? Hardly.

City were palsied in the first half, and Mancini's claim that they had "played very well and deserved to win" was ludicrous. As Pulis observed: "What game was he watching?"

Thirty-five minutes had elapsed before City produced their first worthwhile strike at goal. In contrast, Stoke were constantly on the front foot and threatened regularly. Their persistence would have been rewarded had Ricardo Fuller summoned the accuracy an inviting through pass from Kenwyne Jones merited. Fuller, Etherington and Jermaine Pennant all spurned decent opportunities in the first half, prompting Pulis to say: "At the interval I was desperately disappointed not to be winning the game. When you're playing against one of the best teams in the league, you have to take your chances, and that's one thing we need to improve."

City improved in the second half, but Stoke defended with steely determination and might have taken the lead after 77 minutes when Milner blocked Jones's close-range contact on the goalline. It was City who did score four minutes later, but the Blue Moonies started singing too soon. Justice was done with Etherington's second goal of the season.

Helped by a translator, Mancini whinged nonsensically, leaving it to Pulis to supply a fitting summary.

The no-nonsense Welshman said: "You can have all the money in the world, and the top players, but a team playing against you as a team – playing as one – takes a lot of beating."

Teams:

Stoke Begovic, Wilkinson (Wilson 63), Huth, Shawcross,Collins, Pennant (Sanli 46), Whitehead, Delap, Etherington,Jones, Fuller (Walters 75).

Subs Not Used: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Whelan, Gudjohnsen.

Booked: Delap, Wilson.

Goals: Etherington 90.

Man City Hart, Richards, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, De Jong,Milner (Adam Johnson 82), Barry, Silva, Balotelli (Jo 90),Tevez.

Subs Not Used: Given, Wright-Phillips, Boateng, Lescott, Vieira.

Booked: Tevez, Richards.

Goals: Richards 81.

Att: 27,405

Ref: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

Fulham 1 Manchester City 4    Mancini Back in Favour as City Run Riot
Sunday 21st November 2010 : Kenneth Cooper for GYKO at Craven Cottage

Mark Hughes strode across the turf at the end mustering as much dignity as he could while the visiting supporters in the Putney End bellowed Roberto Mancini's name, but his instinct must have been to avoid all eye contact and merely escape. An occasion that had offered him the chance to prove a point to Manchester City had been transformed into an utter humiliation. Closure for Hughes will have to wait.

There had been a brief handshake with Mancini, the man who had replaced him at Eastlands after his messily executed sacking, on the final whistle, with his former players offering more heartfelt thanks as Hughes slalomed through them in front of the away fans. The Fulham manager could not have envisaged the trauma of his side becoming victims of City's most impressive attacking performance of the season. These opponents were supposed to squeeze out results, not sweep all-comers before them.

The colour had drained from his cheeks by the time he reached the relative refuge of the tunnel. City delivered a statement of intent at their former manager's expense. A side who had managed only 15 goals in their previous 13 games had run riot to inflict Fulham's most emphatic home league defeat since Arsenal won 4-0 here in March 2006. The top of the table is within reach, with breathing space from fifth place maintained. If this once had the makings of an awkward occasion, it could end up being a watershed moment.

Certainly, there was no reason for the visiting supporters to pine for Hughes, even if he had signed a quintet of the visitors' starting line-up including the irresistible and increasingly talismanic Carlos Tevez. One of Mancini's purchases, David Silva, was just as elusive and creative while Yaya Touré, thrust up field as the furthest forward of a snarling central trio, stamped his pedigree on the contest. This felt like a mismatch from the off.

Fulham were defensively flimsy, gasping as City pinged passes at will. Tevez had prised them apart early, turning the weak Carlos Salcido on the edge of the area as he collected Gareth Barry's slide-rule pass before placing his shot beyond Mark Schwarzer. The Mexican had been shrugged aside far too comfortably, his rusty performance that of a man not ready to return from injury, though the anxiety that had gripped the home side from the start merely intensified as their display disintegrated.

The impressive Aleksandar Kolarov was denied a second by Schwarzer's smart save but, where that had been born of a counter-attack, the goals that thrust the visitors further ahead were yielded from blanket possession. The neatly executed triangles saw City glide from one end to the other, their players a blur of movement while Fulham melted away. When Silva's cross was hastily prodded clear by Damien Duff just after the half-hour mark, Pablo Zabaleta was free to batter the loose ball at goal, the shot veering past Schwarzer to prompt the first ironic chorus of "Boring, boring City" from those at the Australian's back.

They were still bellowing their celebrations when a passage of 24 uninterrupted passes culminated in the liberation of Yaya Touré, trotting on to Tevez's touch, who rammed his shot in off the far post. Fulham's rearguard had been torn to shreds, their midfield washed away. Diego Maradona, sitting in the directors' box as a guest of Mohamed al Fayed, shifted uncomfortably in his seat as he sensed the locals' heightened embarrassment.

City deserved praise for the exhilarating nature of their possession play. This side have been ridiculed for tapping too much into their manager's Italian conservatism, the presence of three naturally defensively minded midfielders behind, in effect, a lone striker in Tevez meaning life is too often a grind despite the array of attackers in their ranks. But when allowed to build momentum, they revelled. Chelsea by-passed teams in this fashion either side of the summer break, all ruthless efficiency with opponents powerless to resist. This was evidence that City, too, could be champions.

The hosts provided more urgency after the interval but, by the time the substitute Zoltan Gera's low shot had been deflected through Joe Hart's attempt to save by Yaya Touré, Mancini's team had already added to their tally. Tevez might have scored again, searing away from Salcido only for Schwarzer to save with his legs, but his ninth league goal of the campaign was plundered regardless from the resultant corner.

Dickson Etuhu's choked clearance landed with Zabaleta who skimmed a shot goal wards which the Argentinian deflected over the wrong-footed Schwarzer. A year ago Hughes' City had boasted an identical 25 points after winning their 14th game, though the manager only survived another three fixtures. On this evidence, Mancini will have significantly more longevity.


Teams

Fulham Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu (Kamara 64), Duff (Gera 46), Dempsey, Andrew Johnson.

Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Kelly, Pantsil, Dikgacoi, Greening.

Booked: Etuhu, Andrew Johnson.

Goals: Gera 70.

Man City Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Barry (Vieira 82), Jo, Tevez (Adam Johnson 77), Silva (Milner 89).

Subs Not Used: Given, Wright-Phillips, Adebayor, Boyata.

Booked: Zabaleta.

Goals: Tevez 6, Zabaleta 32, Toure Yaya 35, Tevez 56.

Att: 25,694

Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

Manchester City 0 Birmingham City 0   More Dross From Mancini's City
Saturday 13th November 2010 : GYKO bored sick at the COMSTAD

Roberto Mancini felt the full weight of frustration as his Manchester City side were booed off after their second goalless draw in four days at Eastlands. Just as against Manchester United on Wednesday, the entertainment value was sadly lacking, except this time City were playing against a side in the lower reaches of the table.

James Milner came closest to breaking the deadlock, 15 seconds after the interval, when his shot was cleared off the line by Stephen Carr. It was not impressive stuff though for a side who, whilst remaining in a Champions League position, have now won just one match from their last five Premier League outings and have not scored a league goal on home soil since the beginning of October. That Mancini compounded this by taking crowd favourite Carlos Tevez off before the end, and replacing him with Gareth Barry, just heightened a sense of unhappiness at the sight of an obdurate Birmingham outfit heading back down the M6 with a precious point.

As Birmingham turned out in a red away kit that could have passed for Manchester United, it was easy to believe this was simply a continuation of Wednesday night's awful fare. There were obvious differences. For a start, Birmingham were intent on defending their penalty area, a tactic that became apparent within the first five minutes.

Aleksandar Kolarov was introduced for only his second start of the season, a notable figure if only because he came across from his left-back station to take City's right-wing corners. And Adam Johnson was picked, offering the England star to match his words of discontent about forcing himself into Mancini's plans so infrequently, with meaningful action. Unfortunately, the end product was depressingly similar to a midweek derby generally acknowledged to be one of the worst of recent times. If anything, due to a chronic lack of atmosphere mainly, this was even worse.

Ben Foster did not have a first half save to make, or at least the one he did need to make but failed, turned out to be of no consequence anyway as Carlos Tevez was ruled to have handled David Silva's cross to get it past the England man. Referee Mike Jones got that call right, just as he was probably correct to rule it was not a penalty when Liam Ridgewell went down under Johnson's challenge. It was more a case of accidentally tripping over someone's feet by the Birmingham full-back, who did not complain, even if manager Alex McLeish did.

Kolarov, Tevez and Johnson drove ambitious efforts wide, drawing groans from home supporters who clearly expect much better. They came very close to getting it within 15 seconds of the restart. Having organised his defence so well, McLeish must have been startled at how easily they were undone in route one fashion when James Milner breached their defences. Foster repelled the midfielder's first effort but Milner seemed sure to tuck the rebound home, only for Carr to pop up and make a fine goalline clearance.

It emphasised the greater purpose City had found during the interval, even if Tevez, Milner and, most glaringly, Yaya Toure wasted decent chances. Toure is yet to win over the Blues support since his summer arrival from Barcelona on a reputed salary in excess of £200,000 a week. For that money, more is anticipated that a rushed finish to a move in which both Milner and David Silva created space for the imposing Ivorian to shoot. Toure has been part of a spending spree over the past two transfer windows that has turned Roque Santa Cruz into City's forgotten man. The Paraguayan, signed by Mark Hughes from Blackburn in an £18million deal 17 months ago, admitted earlier this week that he would be seeking pastures new in January.

However, with Emmanuel Adebayor missing due to a bruised heel and his side starting to run out of ideas, Mancini opted to introduce Santa Cruz into a Premier League encounter for the first time this season. The Paraguayan almost had an instant impact too, slipping an intelligent pass through for Tevez, who dragged his shot wide. As thoughts of an upturn in fortunes increasingly looked like being an illusion, frustration in the stands turned to fury when Tevez was replaced by Gareth Barry seven minutes from time. Tevez raised a rueful eyebrow as he took his place in the dug-out, leaving Mancini to face the ire of his own supporters.

Teams

Man City Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov (Zabaleta 81),De Jong, Toure Yaya, Adam Johnson, Silva,Milner (Santa Cruz 66), Tevez (Barry 83).

Subs Not Used: Given, Richards, Vieira, Jo.

Booked: Tevez, De Jong.

Birmingham Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson,Gardner (Bowyer 49), Ferguson, Fahey, Jerome, Zigic (Hleb 65).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Phillips, Derbyshire, Parnaby, Beausejour.

Att: 44,321

Ref: Michael Jones (Cheshire).
 

Manchester City 0 Stretford United 0
Wednesday 10th November 2010 : GYKO at the COMSTAD


A Manchester derby that promised so much delivered precious little as City and United ground out a goalless stalemate at Eastlands. At least for Roberto Mancini's men there was no injury-time heartache after suffering three such defeats last term. For United, who controlled long periods, their unbeaten run in all competitions now stretches to 25 games. In truth, the result only suited Chelsea, giving credence to Mancini's belief that these warring factions are actually scrapping for second spot at best.

United old-boy Carlos Tevez came closest to scoring with a first-half free-kick that was clawed out by Edwin van der Sar, the visitors left to lament those wasteful days at Fulham and Everton earlier in the season which mean they are now four points adrift of the leaders.

As the virus that has swept through the United camp had eased sufficiently, Ferguson must have been quite pleased with his selection. Ryan Giggs' loss, though, was significant in the sense it robbed this edition of an old-fashioned blood and thunder Mancunian set-to of a constant presence since his debut, 33 games ago in 1991. As it turned out, this was a good one to miss. It left United with plenty of experience though, which they used to its maximum during a disappointing opening period which they largely controlled without being able to carve out the opportunity they craved. One decent chance did come their way, when one of a number of neat passing moves ended with Park Ji-sung feeding a ball into the City box for Patrice Evra to chase. Had Evra been able to step round Kolo Toure and shoot with his left foot, the hosts would have been in trouble. As it was, the Frenchman had to let fly with his right and Joe Hart made a comfortable save.

For their part, City were equally bereft, which was frustrating for supporters, who clearly expected more of Yaya Toure in particular given the frustration they expressed every time their big-money summer signing from Barcelona wasted possession, as he seemed to do quite frequently. There was almost half-an-hour on the clock before they built up any momentum, with the industrious James Milner chief instigator. It was United old-boy Carlos Tevez who came closest to breaking the deadlock though, after Paul Scholes had bundled Milner over on the edge of the area. Tevez quickly made it clear the free-kick would be his responsibility and only its relative lack of pace allowed van der Sar to claw the ball out as it headed for the far corner.

Aside from a Nani free-kick that also lacked pace and a mis-timed Dimitar Berbatov volley, both of which bounced harmlessly through to Hart, one of five starters being watched by Fabio Capello ahead of England's friendly with France next week, that was it for the goalmouth action.

Indeed, the only other notable moment was the foul by Scholes on Milner just before the break which resulted in a fifth yellow card of the season, ruling him out of Saturday's trip to Aston Villa.

The pattern continued after the restart, with Berbatov getting his clearest sight of goal, albeit with his back to it as he hooked Wes Brown's cross goalwards without being able to test Hart.

Tevez threatened twice at the other end, the first time with a shot that Van der Sar gathered easily, the second a burst that ended with a dismal miscontrol and the ball bobbling out for a goal kick. It was that type of match really, with Tevez too isolated and David Silva too far below his potential for City to become the sum of their expensively-assembled parts. Adam Johnson seemed like an obvious man for Mancini to turn to and his introduction for Milner 20 minutes from time instantly brought the width his side had been so devoid of.

As Javier Hernandez was given his first taste of derby day shortly afterwards, a rousing finish to an otherwise forgettable encounter was promised. Unfortunately, it did not quite work out that way.

Pablo Zabaleta almost profited from a mistake by John O'Shea, but did not. Hernandez almost got a clear sight of goal before Kolo Toure blocked his path.

It was that kind of night.

Teams:

Man City Hart, Boateng (Kolarov 80), Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Tevez (Adebayor 90),Milner (Adam Johnson 73).

Subs Not Used: Given, Richards, Lescott, Vieira.

Man Utd Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva (Brown 49), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (O'Shea 68), Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Nani,Berbatov (Hernandez 78), Park.

Subs Not Used: Amos, Smalling, Obertan, Gibson.

Booked: Scholes, Brown.

Att: 47,679

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

 

West Bromwich Albion 0 Manchester City 2
Sunday 7th November 2010 : Derek Bailey for GYKO at Molyneaux

This will be remembered as the day Mario Balotelli announced his arrival in the Premier League and his new audience stared back with a glazed expression of shock and awe. Balotelli's first two goals in English football had therapeutic qualities for Manchester City, who will like to believe they have answered a few questions about their spirit of togetherness, but then we saw the other side of this gifted but temperamental striker.

Balotelli had already been shown a yellow card for dissent by the time he was sent off just after the hour, with a straight red, for kicking out at Youssouf Mulumbu as they tangled for the ball. Roberto Mancini argued that it was unjust and said the club would appeal but City's manager made little effort to conceal his disgust with his player, remonstrating with him on the touchline.

Mancini had already left the dug-out more than once to warn Balotelli to maintain his discipline, with the £24m signing from Internazionale apparently hell-bent on showing his more unappealing tendencies, whether it be picking fights with his opponents, arguing with the officials or a preposterous dive to try to win a penalty.

It was a pity he should have felt any of this was necessary because, after City had lost their last three matches, Balotelli's first‑half goals will go a long way to soothing any sense of crisis enveloping the most expensively assembled squad in the sport. A knee injury has disrupted his progress since signing in August but here was a demonstration of the penetration he can bring to a football club that is willing to put up with his behavioural flaws and, in the process, he will have done Mancini the world of good, given the pressure that had been building on the manager. Unfortunately for City the player's body language for much of the afternoon was of someone spoiling for a fight.

"I don't agree with the referee but I'm angry [with Balotelli] because I had explained to him he must pay attention with the referee," Mancini said. "I was trying to make a change to stop him getting a red card. I wanted to change Balotelli for Adam Johnson but I didn't have time."

Mancini's frustration was understandable – Balotelli will, in theory, be suspended from the Manchester derby on Wednesday plus the following league games against Birmingham City and Fulham and an appeal could see another game added if it is deemed frivolous – but this was otherwise a satisfying day for a manager whose position has come under scrutiny in certain quarters.

City's travelling fans repeatedly sang Mancini's name and the Italian responded at the end by walking across the pitch to acclaim them. "I must say thank you," he said. "When you lose two or three games the atmosphere [at the club] is not good but we played a fantastic game today."

All of which made Balotelli's hotheadedness even more unnecessary. His behaviour could also have had ramifications for Mancini's team coming at a point in the match when Albion were threatening to get back into it. As it was, City defended stoutly, with Vincent Kompany outstanding, and any hopes of a late comeback were effectively extinguished nine minutes from the end when Mulumbu was sent off for his second bookable offence, scything through the back of Carlos Tevez's legs.

Balotelli's more attractive side could be seen in the way he opened the scoring, turning in a low cross from Tevez at the far post. Balotelli, showing great upper-body strength, then held off Gabriel Tamas to control David Silva's through-ball and score the second with a shot on the turn from just inside the penalty area.

The goals came within seven minutes of one another midway through a first half in which City played with a confidence that might not have been expected from a side on a losing run. The fit-again Tevez made a big difference, Silva played with intelligence and Yaya Touré had possibly his finest game since his summer move from Barcelona.

There was a spirited response from the home side after the interval. Simon Cox drove a 30-yard shot against the post and Silva turned the ball against his own crossbar during one spell of penalty-area pressure. Even so City looked a constant menace on the counter-attack.

"It was a difficult afternoon," Roberto Di Matteo, the home manager, said. "Manchester City were very good and we must give credit to them. We played against a great team today."

Teams

West Brom Carson, Shorey, Tamas, Pablo, Cech (Barnes 60), Mulumbu, Scharner (Miller 80), Brunt, Cox, Thomas, Fortune (Odemwingie 60).

Subs Not Used: Myhill, Tchoyi, Reid, Dorrans.

Sent Off: Mulumbu (82).

Booked: Mulumbu, Brunt, Pablo.

Man City Hart, Zabaleta (Kolarov 88), Toure, Kompany, Boateng, De Jong, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva (Adam Johnson 68), Tevez, Balotelli.

Subs Not Used: Given, Richards, Milner, Adebayor, Vieira.

Sent Off: Balotelli (63).

Booked: De Jong, Barry, Balotelli, Zabaleta.

Goals: Balotelli 20, 26.

Att: 23,013

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

Lech Poznan 3 Manchester City 1    Poles Apart
Thursday 4th November 2010 : Radak Losska for GYKO in Poland

The knowledge that bad things have an uncanny habit of coming in threes is unlikely to provide Robert Mancini with much comfort. Manchester City's manager suffered the ignominy of seeing his expensively assembled side sustain a third successive defeat tonight and must brace himself for an extremely painful, forensically detailed, inquisition.

After the final whistle the Italian seemed in denial about his side's distinctly iffy performance, suggesting they were victims of outrageous ill fortune. More dispassionate eyes saw things very differently. Tellingly, at least until David Silva's second-half introduction altered the evening's dynamics slightly, Poznan's midfielder Semir Stilic was the game's outstanding performer. The Poles were worthy winners.

Emmanuel Adebayor's just-about deserved second-half equaliser had promised a draw until two late Poznan goals shattered City's uneasy equilibrium, but Mancini's side lacked shape and stability throughout. Struggling to retain possession let alone conjure space, his players did little to suggest they were striving to prevent him going the same way as Mark Hughes.

Poznan's slide to 14th in the Polish league had seen them change coaches this week with the dashingly hirsute José Mari Bakero the new man in charge. Bakero, though, was not an entirely unknown enemy for Mancini. In 1992 the then attacking midfielder played in the Barcelona side who beat the Italian and his Sampdoria team-mates in the 1992 European Cup final. How history repeats itself in subtly different ways.

As befits such stylish former players both managers configured their teams in the now fashionably fluid 4-2-3-1 formation. After defeats to Arsenal and Wolves and all the recent talk of rows, splits and near mutiny towards his managerial modus operandi, Mancini might have been better off reverting to his oft-used security blanket of three holding midfielders.

Without them City never looked watertight, enduring a second-minute scare when Slawomir Peszko gave Wayne Bridge – destined for a torrid evening – the slip before forcing the recalled Shay Given to speed out of his box and make a face-saving clearance.

At least Adebayor, scorer of a hat-trick when these teams met at Eastlands a fortnight ago, seemed to be enjoying being re-acquainted with Manuel Arboleda and his Poznan defensive colleagues, albeit in an at times semi-detached way.

While Jasmin Buric was required to tip away an Adebayor strike for a corner it remains a mystery how City failed to score during a bout of penalty area bagatelle in which Patrick Vieira hit the bar, Adebayor precipitated a clearance off the line and Dedryck Boyata headed tamely into Buric's arms. It was a costly miss as Poznan were starting to hit their stride with Pesczko, Sergei Krivets, Stilic and Artjoms Rudnevs catching the eye as they exposed Bridge's vulnerabilities.

Within moments of Joleon Lescott nodding a Krivets cross towards a fading Vieira, Bakero was celebrating. Vieira's attempt at a headed clearance merely fell into the path of Dimitrije Injac, sitting up nicely for the midfielder to smash a stupendous long-range volley into the bottom corner.

With James Milner around no cause is ever entirely lost and his corner prefaced City's leveller. Adebayor out-leapt all-comers to connect with the delivery and, though Buric acrobatically repelled the header, his parry dropped directly to the Togolese striker's feet. The ball was lashed ruthlessly into the roof of the net.

If Silva's performance suggested Mancini should build an entire strategy around his elusive intelligence, Poznan still could not be underestimated. Sure enough Given saved smartly from Rudnevs at the near post after Stilic's pass had split Mancini's defence before Buric reacted superbly to tip a Silva strike over the bar. It represented a rare clear-cut visiting chance. Reprieved, Poznan rallied with Arboleda 'heading' the winner after Boyata's attempt at nodding clear a speculative ball into the box went straight at the startled scorer's face. From there it flew past the stranded Given.

He was soon beaten again when Mateusz Mozdzen's sublime long-range effort offered him no hope of a save after the substitute Vincent Kompany's loss of possession proved emblematic of Mancini's night.

Teams

Lech Poznan Buric, Kikut, Bosacki, Arboleda, Henriquez, Peszko (Wilk 73), Injac (Kielb 52), Djurdjevic, Krivets, Stilic (Mozdzen 62), Rudnevs.

Subs Not Used: Kotorowski, Gancarczyk, Bandrowski, Zapotoka.

Booked: Rudnevs, Djurdjevic.

Goals: Injac 30, Arboleda 86, Mozdzen 90.

Man City Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Boyata, Lescott, Adam Johnson, Vieira, Bridge (Kolarov 70), Wright-Phillips (Silva 46), Milner (Kompany 78), Adebayor.

Subs Not Used: Hart, Barry, Jo, Balotelli.

Booked: Richards, Bridge.

Goals: Adebayor 51.

Att: 43,000

Ref: Pieter Vink (Holland).

 

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