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Manchester City 2 - Liverpool 3

City Of Manchester Stadium


Attendance: 47,217

Man City Self-Destruct!

Mark Hughes made one change to the side that breezed through the UEFA cup tie. Captain Richard Dunne replaces Tal Ben-Haim. Albert Reira received a warm welcome back after playing for City for six months in 2005/06.

Liverpool began the better of the two teams, with Reira the Architect. His cross from the left hand side connected with Kuyt`s head but failed to trouble Hart. A minute later it was Reira`s Volley that forced the first save from Hart.

Samba time for City, as Zabaleta, Robinho and Jo forced Reina to catch a cross after good work from them. Robinho then had a volley that was well saved by Reina.

Kuyt then failed to convert from another Reira cross. He ballooned the ball over the bar from about 8 yards. Robinho then produced some great skill, as City began to produce some threatening play.

Man City managed to take the lead on the 18th minute. SWP broke into the box, and fed Jo, who found Robinho, and after bad defending Ireland was able to fire the ball into the top of the net.

The game fizzled out a bit but Alonso tested Hart, before City managed to double their lead. On the 42nd minute Garrido stepped up and fired a free-kick into the top left corner. Who needs Robinho and Elano when you have Garrido?

Halftime: Manchester City 2 Liverpool 0

Liverpool continued to press after the break and eventually managed to score. Torres poked home from close range after Gerrard had skipped past Garrido and crossed the ball.

Man City then tried to restore the two goal cushion when SWP found Robinho and from 2 yards out, he put it over the bar.

The turning point of the game was to occur on the 66th minute. Zabaleta brought down Alonso who was given a straight red.

Liverpool took full advantage of this and equalized on the 73rd minute. Gerrard and Torres linked up again this time from the corner, and Torres poked the ball home.

Liverpool`s defender Skrtel was then brought off on a stretcher as Liverpool were also plucked down to 10 men.

A lifeline for City? I don`t think so. Liverpool finished off the game when the cross on the left found Kuyt at the far post and he nodded the ball home!

Star Player

Shaun Wright-Phillips - Just his usual. He should be in the England squad, no doubt about it!

The journalist

Writer: amcollinz Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 5 2008

Time: 5:16PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

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05/10/2008 17:21:00

SWP was superb for you. It was a great match with both teams playing their part. The only disappointments were Skrtel's horrible injury and Man City fans booing as he was taken off on a stretcher.
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05/10/2008 17:26:00

gutted, not often we lose a two goal lead, but the sending off was correct and I think cost us the game in the end.
Buzz Lightyear
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05/10/2008 17:33:00

We need Sven with his "first half good second not so good."m In the first half we looked likely winners... But Liverpool came out ready to fight for their reputations in the second half and unfortunately too many in the City team could find no answering response. We started giving poissession away too easily and lost our rhythm. SWP was still a tremendous danger -- but even he couldn't win this one for us. Zabaleta had been great for us until his dismissal. We can't argue about the red -- it was a poor challenge and actually very dangerous. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
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05/10/2008 18:19:00

Cant help but feel that we gave this game away by not using the same tempo in the second half as we did the first. We sat back too deeply and allowed Liverpool possession. Credit has to go to them for exploiting it, and for the way they never gave in (that's why they are a top 4 team!), but I feel we contributed to our own downfall today. Still, another lesson learned, and two weeks to stew on what has happened before we get chance to put it right.
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05/10/2008 19:07:00

Our young team need to learn to believe in themselves and stand their ground.
Johnny Baguette
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05/10/2008 19:11:00

SHAME ON CITY FANS SHAME! How can u Boo a guy Skrtel who is so badly injured & as he was taken off on a stretcher.Great game but I was hoping for a draw.Any how u city fans looking to lost Humanity with ur Money! Anyhow rather than u should focus for rest of the season & buy big name players in Defence specially a Keeper.
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05/10/2008 20:36:00

In the first ten minutes of the second half I though we had 11 substitutes on as I could not believe this was the same team that had perfomed in the first half.
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05/10/2008 20:37:00

I want know after the red card,Why Hughes did not enter Ben Haim and make Micah play in the right back .. Why he enter Gelson?!!!!!!!
city 81
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06/10/2008 11:36:00

Or he enter Hamman & Make Kompany play center, Makah play RB !
city 81
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06/10/2008 11:44:00

Makah = Micah .
city 81
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06/10/2008 11:46:00

Never thought I'd say this but - very disappointing game from Citeh! I was hoping for the draw and that had to happen! Never thought I'd be so disappointed by a Citeh loss!
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07/10/2008 03:38:00


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