Date:Thursday September 18 2008
Manchester City made two changes to the side that were outclassed by Chelsea. Garrido and Elano came in for Ball and Hamann.
The game started brightly as City attacked Omonia from the whistle. Shaun Wright-Phillips burst into the box before his cross was cleared, and Robinho`s curling shot produced a great stretching save from Georgallides in the AC goal, as city tried to silence the booing fans. Shaun Wright-Phillips then had a chance on the 14th minute after neat feet work, but his shot was blocked by the keeper.
The home crowd continued making music and creating a great environment, but it was City who was having the majority of the possession. A booking to Garrido and Kaseke only fuelled the crowd as after 25 minutes the stadium was bouncing.
On 26 minutes, City created the best chance of the half. Stephen Ireland dispossessed the Omonia captain on the edge of the box before feeding Jo, who produced possibly the miss of the season already, as he angled his shot wide of the post from about 6 yards.
City then stepped it up a gear, as they created four chances in a space of minutes. Jo`s neat turn and shot smashed against the post, Shaun Wright-Phillips fluffed a shot from inside the box, Elano couldn`t quite get a shot away after setting himself up with a neat flick and Robinho thought he was playing rugby as he blazed the ball over the bar.
On 45 minutes, Stephen Ireland managed to follow Jo`s example, by clipping the post from a tight angle.
As halftime approached Manchester City were left wondering how they were level.
Halftime: Manchester City 0 Omonia 0
The Second half started in the worst possible fashion. Kompany brought down an Omonia player on the edge of the box. Duro then stepped up and fired past Hart, who should have done better.
The Goal seemed to shake City to live, as Ireland was put through one-on-one, but shot straight at the keeper and then Jo managed to hit the crossbar after good work from Robinho.
Manchester City managed to break the deadlock on the 59th minute after SWP took advantage of poor defending to lay off Jo, who this time could not miss. Game on.
The game then produced end to end football as Omonia could have re-taken the lead. Omonia attacked down the right and with good work from Christofi, Omonia had a good chance with Aloneftis, but he curled the ball wide.
The game calmed down for a while, before Jo finally showed a glimpse of why City paid to much money for him. A great cross from an ever improving Zabaleta found Jo, who controlled the ball with his knee before firing across goal and into the bottom corner. A great goal!
City and Omonia then made a string of changes as the game wound down to a conclusion. City may not have been defensively sound, but they ground out a result and can look forward to completing the job at the City of Manchester Stadium.
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Date:Thursday September 18 2008
|Man City||3||-||0||Crystal Palace|
|2. Man City||22||14||5||3||+23||47|
|4. Man Utd||22||11||7||4||+15||40|
|7. West Ham||22||10||6||6||+10||36|
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