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Man City Ease Through To Next Round

Manchester City
2 - 1
AC Omonia

City Of Manchester Stadium

02/10/08 19:45

Attendance: 25,304


Mark Hughes made one change to his City side. Ben-Haim comes in for Richard Dunne, as a precautionary measure, to ensure Dunne is ok for Sunday`s game against Liverpool.

Mark Hughes stated he wanted City to come at them straight from the off, but the game started with a distinct lack of effort and passion.

Wright-Phillips was brought down on the third minute but the referee did not feel the need to bring out a card. City then had a scare; Omonia won a corner which was flung in from the right, and was inches away from connecting with two Omonia players.

Manchester City did up the game from 1st gear to about 2nd. Robinho flashed a shot/come cross, passed the far post. Other than that City lacked any sort of passing football, and lost the ball frequently with passes that where just awful.

One minute of extra-time was played due to a nose injury to Omonia`s Defensive Midfielders. Mark Hughes at the sound of the whistle stormed down the tunnel, and he will surely want a much improved second half performance.

Halftime: Manchester City 0 (2) AC Omonia 0 (1)

Whatever Mark Hughes said at halftime certainly took its toll. Robinho`s strike flew just wide but they didn`t have to wait too long to find the back of the net. Robinho`s neat work from the left wing rolled the ball back to Elano who drilled the ball home from about 25 yards. A superb finish from the Brazilian, who looks to be occupying a Tugay type role in midfield.

Shaun Wright-Phillips then poked a shot straight down the throat of Omonia`s keeper, as City went searching for the second.

The prodigal son did however manage to find the net in the 55th minute. Good work by Zabaleta who slipped the ball to SWP, who managed to keep the ball and go past 2 players before smashing the ball into the net with a training ground volley.

Hamman and Evans came on for Jo and Kompany but it was the third substitute who got the fans on their feet. Welcome back Martin Petrov. His pace made an instant impact, as he was inches away from testing the keeper.

Petrov, Ireland and Robinho went close for City but Omonia grabbed a souvenir for their time in England. A corner whipped into the front post was headed in by Alabi who took advantage of City slack defending.

Petrov then had the last shot of the game. A clever break involving Elano and SWP, led to a shot by Petrov, which tested the keeper.

A much better second half, in which should help them prepare for Liverpool on Sunday.

Job done, next please!

Star Player

Stephen Ireland.
I am not quite sure whats happened to him. His performances recently are as good as anyone. He always looked a threat on the break and never stopped running. Keep it up son.

Date:Thursday October 2 2008
Time: 9:51PM


If players had looked up a few times Ireland was free in the box.....he might have scored a hat trick !........ ...but hey....we won.......thats all that matters.......but we need to improve somewhat for the group stages
02/10/2008 21:55:00
We always make hard work of it, but hey wer're through. Would like to see Ball in for Garrido on Sunday I think he is the better of two evils.
02/10/2008 22:09:00
Alphie I have to say I think Garrido, though obviously not the best LB, is better defensively than ball. Ball is great at getting forward but leaves us more open at the back, from what I have seen anyway. I think Im clinging on to the fact that Garrido was an ever-present when we hardly conceded in the early part of last season, but I think he is the better option at the moment. Need to sort the set plays or Lpool will turn us over on Sunday. If we get that right, we can beat them
02/10/2008 22:55:00
The result is everything. I remember back in the days of Alan Hansen and Ian Rush at Liverpool. At the time they were the best team in Europe. They didn't care for anything but the result. Everybody remembers the highlights, but forgets the average nights. This was a result. More than that -- Petrov is coming back. SWP scored again. Elano scored again. We are through into UEFA Cup knockout proper!! Two years ago this would have been a dream... Yes?
02/10/2008 23:10:00
darryl28. Almost any decent right winger in the Premiership could cut inside Garrido. I think he is a liability. We need a top Left Back quick or we will suffer horribly.
02/10/2008 23:13:00
Stevie Ireland. Your light is no longer under a bushel. You can no longer hide from your talent... Oh heck, Stevie -- last season you were voted Ireland's best young player. You have this season become Man City's best player. You and SWP understand Man City. You've been through all the pain, the pressure -- and now is time for the pleasure... Come on City!
02/10/2008 23:22:00
Agree with your comment on Ireland sindbad, Garrido is young but is only slightly better than Ball in my opinion, but there are certain games that I would pick Ball over Garrido. The Richards TBH partnership last night was dreadful and weren't in harmony with each other. TBH obviously does not like playing left of centre and neither does Richards.I would have Distin back in a flash or lets have a look at Berti.
Buzz Lightyear
03/10/2008 07:36:00
I wish Onouha was fit as I am sure he would make a better fist of it at LB even though he is more a right sided player.
03/10/2008 08:55:00
it looks like phillips i going to be good for manchester city in the next couple of years.
lil blackpoolgas
03/10/2008 09:49:00
Comfortable performance last night. Felt we had two more gears to go through if we needed it, but progression is all that mattered. Elano's best game for us this season so far, and Ireland and SWP continue to excel. Looking forward to Tuesday's draw now.
03/10/2008 10:11:00
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