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FC Copenhagen 2 - Manchester City 2

Parken Stadium

Thursday 19 February, 8.05pm

Attendance: -

City Draw In Denmark.

Manchester City failed to take their chances as a late header by Martin Vingaard kept City fans waiting for that much needed away win.

The first piece of action took less than a minute to arrive. Almedia went down in City`s penalty box, but the Ref simply ignored the pleas from the crowd. Craig Bellamy then tested his knowledge with the off-side rule, and within 14 minute Bellamy was being caught offside on every run. Given then gave FC Copenhagen something to shout about when he dropped the ball from an in swinging corner, which had looped over the near side, but Zabaleta was on hand to clear any potential danger.

Copenhagen then had their best chance when Kvist`s header was collected easily by Given. City then had their best opportunity so far when Robinho thread the ball through to Shaun Wright-Phillips, but his shot was saved by the legs of keeper Christiansen.

A quiet but entertaining match sparked into life on the 29th minute when City took the lead. Ireland threaded the ball through to Onuoha, Yes Onuoha, who dribbled his shot straight at Christiansen, but the keeper failed to do anything as he simply let the ball hit him and bobble in. Nedum was laughing, and City was one-nil up.


The goal really did inspire City who went close less than 5 minutes later, when Ireland was just short of getting a touch to a deflected Bellamy free kick. The Irishman had made many key passes in the first half, but like Robinho, he just seemed not as interested.

Istanbul here we come? Maybe not yet but the first half performance was everything Mark Hughes would want. Halftime: FC Copenhagen 0 Manchester City 1.

Shaun Wright-Phillips was in the thick of the action from the kick off to start the second half. A mazy run by the wee lad, ended with Christiansen saving his shot from a tight angle. Wright-Phillips then got in the way when Ireland stuck a shot from inside the box, but hit SWP straight on.

The home side hardly looked in the game and City looked in cruise control. Then again this is Man City and the equaliser would not have surprised any Man City fans. Kritensen swung in a corner from the far side, which was met by Ailton Almeida whose powerful header flew past Given.

However City managed to regain the lead within minute of being pegged back. Determined work from Wright-Phillips by the corner flag, concluded in a cross that found Ireland who finished Wright-Phillips work with style. However Copenhagen`s defence could be questioned greatly.

Neat work from Bellamy and Shaun, forced a good save from Christiansen who seemed to know how to be a goalkeeper again. His save would prove crucial as in the middle of the three minutes of added on time, Vingaard perched with another header to dent what should have been a good night for City.

Final Score: FC Copenhagen 2 Manchester City 2.

Star Player

Shaun Wright-Phillips - After a quiet first half, the little lad exploded into action. 8




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Date:Thursday February 19 2009

Time: 9:30PM

Your Comments

It's always disapointing not to win once you've taken the lead but I'd have settled for 2 each prior to kick off. Should be able to do the business at the academy.
kennyclementstache
Two away goals - what City fan wouldn't have been pleased with that before the game considering our away form this season.
Thaibluefan
Good point. I cant be too upset considering how poor our away form is. But we should have won 4-0 or more. They were a awful team. Richards performance was shocking (again) and the marking for the goals cost us the win.
enzo city
They looked great going forward, but Oh dear what a mess at the back. Tactics definately wrong, why leave three up when you are winning, the opposition needed to score and piled the area with men and not enough men to defend, in the end they were free headers and if are going to employ those tactics you have to guarantee you are going to get the ball.
Buzz Lightyear
Now we need that home win which I think is very doable.
Doody
If ever there was a time for shooting ourselves in the foot then Thursday won't er, be it. Wouldn't it be ,great if we could smply go about our task with a professional, workmanlike performance, get the goal(s) and then close the game down. Our Number 2 really does need to get his act together though. When SWP comes back Zab wil be surplus to midfield requirements and is playing too well to leave out...
kennyclementstache
 

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