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City Defeat European Champions Barcelona

City Defeat European Champions Barcelona

Manchester City defeated the European Champions Barcelona to take home the Joan Gamper Trophy from the Nou Camp tonight after Martin Petrov's 28th minute goal.

City were playing in front of a massive crowd of 94,123 in a truely memorable win, City's first trophy of the season.

It is fair to say Barcelona dominated the game from start to finish, but after Petrov's goal, City held firm at the back with Shay Given producing moments of brilliance to deny the likes of new signing Ibrahimovic after he was introduced in the second-half.

Barcelona have won 13 of the last 14 Joan Gamper prestige matches making the victory a truely remarkable achievement, highlighting the power of Mark Hughes' new look City and continuing the run of clean-sheets.

The Manchester City faithful were in full voice and would have no-doubt enjoyed the festivities at the pre-game Barceloneta Beach Party.

The party will surely carry on well into the Spanish night.

Full-time: Barcelona 0 Manchester City 1

Goals: Petrov 28' (Manchester City)



Barcelona: Pinto, Montoya, Fontas, Puyol, Maxwell, Toure, Pedro, Sergio, Gudjohnsen, Jeffren, Bojan.

Subs: Alves, Pique, Bartra, Muniesa, Jonathan, Messi, Gai, Keita, Thiago, Ibrahimovic.



Manchester City: Given, Onuoha, Toure, Dunne, Zabaleta, Barry, Weiss, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Petrov, Tevez.

Subs: Ben Haim, Garrido, Etuhu, Trippier, Bellamy.

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Writer:Lincolnsmariner
Date:Wednesday August 19 2009
Time: 11:36PM

Comments

0
... and the tampons lose at Burnley same night. Great stuff.
MCFC_Goatboy
19/08/2009 23:43:00
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There may have been 94,000 there. But the key one was Khaldoon al-Mubarak who saw City eat at the top table for the first time.
sindbad
19/08/2009 23:55:00
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Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Tal Ben-Haim and Nedum Onuoha were awesome in defence. I'm not sure I've ever said that before.
sindbad
19/08/2009 23:57:00
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they only had two of their known starter and maybe one more who sometimes comes off the bench....so you guys should be proud of just squeezing by the barca kids...
ibrahiy
19/08/2009 23:58:00
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congrats to you!!!
Bosko-Macedonia
19/08/2009 23:58:00
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Thanks Bosko, City had to fight hard for the win against outstanding opposition. ibrahiy- are you talking about Messi and Ibrahimovic?
eighthsin
20/08/2009 00:11:00
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eighthsin - I like the way that you report it as our first trophy of the season - that sounds like confidence to me! Ibrahiy sounds like a bitter rag to me - they had some night at Burnley too!
Kevinho
20/08/2009 00:17:00
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Hehe yeah, getting into the winning mentality Hughes has been drumming in! Fantastic result for City and the poor old rags cant even beat Burnley!
eighthsin
20/08/2009 00:32:00
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Ibrahiy- Trippier, Etuhu, Weiss, Ben Haim, Garrido,Zabaleta, none of these are first team regulars, our kids beat your kids on your kids patch.
Buzz Lightyear
20/08/2009 00:43:00
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http://www.daylife.com/search/photos/1/grid?q=Manchester%20City
eighthsin
20/08/2009 01:17:00
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