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
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
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
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."
Stoke Begovic, Wilkinson (Wilson 63), Huth, Shawcross,Collins,
Pennant (Sanli 46), Whitehead, Delap, Etherington,Jones, Fuller
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.
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
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
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.
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
Subs Not Used: Given, Wright-Phillips, Adebayor, Boyata.
Goals: Tevez 6, Zabaleta 32, Toure Yaya 35, Tevez 56.
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
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
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
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.
Man City Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov (Zabaleta 81),De
Jong, Toure Yaya, Adam Johnson, Silva,Milner (Santa Cruz 66), Tevez
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.
Ref: Michael Jones (Cheshire).
Manchester City 0 Stretford
Wednesday 10th November 2010 : GYKO at the
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
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
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
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.
Man City Hart, Boateng (Kolarov 80), Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, Toure
Yaya, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Tevez (Adebayor 90),Milner (Adam
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.
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
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
"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."
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.
Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).
Lech Poznan 3 Manchester City 1
Thursday 4th November 2010 : Radak Losska for
GYKO in Poland
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,
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
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
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.
Lech Poznan Buric, Kikut, Bosacki, Arboleda, Henriquez, Peszko (Wilk
73), Injac (Kielb 52), Djurdjevic, Krivets, Stilic (Mozdzen 62),
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
Subs Not Used: Hart, Barry, Jo, Balotelli.
Booked: Richards, Bridge.
Goals: Adebayor 51.
Ref: Pieter Vink (Holland).