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AC Omonia 1 - Manchester City 2

GSP Stadium

18/09/09 18:00


Man City Ease Past Omonia Eventually!

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.

Star Player

Shaun Wright-Phillips.
His usual stint. Always dangerous and never stopped running. Great work to set up Jo.

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Date:Thursday September 18 2008

Time: 8:47PM

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another good win for england!
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18/09/2008 20:51:00

Great summing up, Aaron!
Johnny Baguette
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18/09/2008 20:58:00

Hold on, pc! Crappy Spuds are playing!
Johnny Baguette
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18/09/2008 20:59:00

who? :-)
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18/09/2008 22:25:00

Good away win
Tiny T
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18/09/2008 22:49:00

THats was Harts best game ever for us. He actually commanded his area, came out quickly to smother dangerous balls. He was not at fault for the goal and got a fingertip to it, but not enough to push it round the post. Several good saves on the day. Jo depressed at half time, hit everything except the back of the net. The walk in goal created by Shaun was just the tonic,you could visibly seen the relief on his face and then relaxed to show us why such a high price was paid, as the second goal was pure class, from Zabs high cross brough down by Jo onto his hip and hit a very very nice left foot shot into the net for his second. The heat must have had an effect as City were walking the ball around towards the finish, even Gelson was not running all over the place like a Mad March Hare.Robbi, did another 90 minutes in the bag and another good performance.
Buzz Lightyear
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19/09/2008 11:26:00

Great result and generally pleasing performance, with SWP playing superbly again. Good performances from Hart, Kompany, Ireland and fair play to Jo for keeping going when he couldn't hit a barn door. Still scratching my head as to how we didn't bag ten, but generally pleased with the build up play. Elano below par for me, and Garrido to go in January. Well done lads!
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19/09/2008 12:39:00

I was listening to the mcfctv radio and I came away from that thinking Jo was the most profligate striker in the world. Clearly we thrashed them but they stuck in there and for a long time it could have gone either way. But when I got to see a recording it was a different picture. Sorry Hinchcliffe, your commentary was trash. Jo was fantastic and could have scored five. Half the time Hinch was starting off threads about whether Jo was right for us etc. Yes he missed a sitter, hit a post, hit the bar, scored two goals. That was a super game. But the player the radio commentary missed to point out was Ireland. he was on a par with both SWP (who was brilliant) and Jo. If the team continues to develop like this we could go a long way in the UEFA this time. It does help if you avoid the big guns (AC Milan in particular). But I would settle for a semi or a final against the Italians.
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19/09/2008 19:01:00

Nice day out in the sun for the Blues
Red Wimp
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