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Lech Poznan 3 - City 1

Stadion Miejski

18.00

Attendance: 43,000

Two Late Goals Stun City In Poland

Only three weeks ago Manchester City were second in the Premiership, top of their respective European league and looking the side everyone feared. Tonight, as Mancini and his players departed a bouncing Stadion Miejski they are left facing mounting critics.

The previous fixture between the sides ended in one of the most comfortable victories City have had all season as they dispatched Poznan 3-1, second time around it was Lech Poznan who were celebrating a 3-1 victory, goals from Injac, Arboleda and Mozdzen propelled them ahead of City and into first place.

The nature of the two late goals stunned the Blues after Emmanuel Adebayor had earlier equalised. Despite City`s chances and star quality available it was the host`s tenacity and intensity, as well as two beautifully struck goals, that ensured victory and added more fuel to the growing concerns around City.

With City entering a hectic fixture period, Roberto Mancini decided to rest several key players for the Group A Clash. Even with the depleted side, City had the best of the first half chances.

Adam Johnson was at his best and created several openings. The winger witnessed his cross fall perfectly for Boyata who looked certain to open the scoring. With his miss-cued header as well as Adebayor`s failure to send home a Vieira cross, City were left frustrated.

Despite our dominance, Lech Poznan took the lead when Injac drove home superbly. After City failed to deal with two crosses the ball landed in the path of Injac who made no mistake.

Nevertheless, City continued to play more expansive football than the Polish side and thoroughly deserved their equaliser, Adebayor slammed home from close range after his header was earlier saved by the Poznan goalkeeper.

City now had the momentum and ability to take a threshold in the game, but could only produce a disappointing display. We clearly possessed stronger players, but the defensive, monotonous performance was raising more eyebrows.

As the game progressed the draw looked the most likely outcome. However, the most bizarre goal from Arboleda gave Poznan an unlikely match winner. The goal will be greatly remembered though for Boyata`s misfortune as his defensive header looked to thwart the danger, but somehow cannoned of Arboleda`s head.

David Silva had a great chance to spare City`s blushes, but after he was put through from a dazzling Johnson run, the Spanish midfielder lifted his shot over.

The game still had one more goal to showcase and as Mozdzen smashed home his long range shot, City were deflated and nursing another defeat.

Player Ratings


Given-6

Finally got his game and was left picking the ball out on 3 occasions when he could do very little.

Richards-6

Strong performance.

Boyata-6

Again was left with more misfortune. Will grow as a player from these setbacks.

Lescott-6

Scored a wonder goal which was ruled out, but other than that a quiet performance.

Brdige-5

Was good going forward, but looked the weak link in defence.

Vieira-5

Strong first half, but lost his way in the second.

Zabaleta-5

Allowed opponents too much space.

Johnson-7

City's brightest attacking threat. Was unfortunate not to score or assist.

Milner-5

Weak performance.

SWP-4

Is quickly losing everything he had. Sad to see such a club icon perform so poorly again.

Adebayor-6

Scored one and had chances for others. Sometimes looked a bit lazy, but with Johnson he was the brightest starter.

Silva-6

He was needed for his creativity. Should have equalised late on.

Kolarov-4

Looks rusty.

Kompany

Felt he was fouled, strange substitution.




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Date:Thursday November 4 2010

Time: 9:13PM

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Are you guys serious??This $#!+ i funny as hell,Lech Poznan??Did I get the name right?Those guys are deep in a relegation battle in their league rigght???Bye bye Mancini
alex6
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04/11/2010 21:44:00

alex6 keyboard on caps lock? don't like "guys" too yankee for me get back to your baseball LOL Anyway..what looked like a comfy start some changes to team selection surprising but still a team to win this match. Their goal at 1-0 came from nowhere. Still felt we would win and equalised. But did we push on. SWP/Silva sub spot on .Can't say impressed with some misplaced passing later on didn't give that team feel it was like where was the goal to come from but patiently waited and bang ....wrong goal. They should have been for the taking. Perhaps a Viera/Kompany sub it that was where he was to go would have been better. Kolarov maybe from the start to take off as he was seriously rusty. Well on To WBA
taggarts nose
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04/11/2010 21:59:00

Sorry meant to say cracking summary of the match OAB
taggarts nose
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04/11/2010 22:01:00

"LOL" taggarts?what is this,facebook??U GUYS lost and now POZNAN is a trnding topic on twitter!!You've made them famous.Hilarious
alex6
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04/11/2010 22:16:00

that is an awful result, why did kompany and kolarov come on when going for the win at 1-1 as well?
arthur7171
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04/11/2010 22:51:00

hahaha...funny..funny..funny...it's Lech Poznan dude..LECH POZNAN!!! hahaha
aragorn
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04/11/2010 23:19:00

As a Chelsea supporter I'm not here to gloat. Those who do gloat haven't supported a club long enough--what goes around inevitably comes around. Honestly, I've suspected from the start that Mancini isn't up to the task. Few will be when you consider the juggling act required: tremendous expectations as a result of signing so many players, many of whom are new to one another and new to Mancini's tactics; plus the revolving door in general at City over the past two years can't exactly create a relaxed environment. It will take a good long while, I feel, before City can gel as a team and maintain stability. Mancini has the reputation of being unfriendly, does he not? This is such a strange, exciting time for your club--do you all really feel Mancini is the guy to make it work?
RadioactiveD
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05/11/2010 01:36:00

You'd be better off with Henry Mancini, at least the team could then walk out to the slinky pink panther theme.
nikolaijns
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05/11/2010 02:59:00

I'll tell you what, buy that Mozdzen fella. Atleast he can score! :) Sorry, couldn't resist. Anyway, such bad european nights do happen, no matter. The Europa league is such a tedious, long drawn affair that this result probably doesn't matter at all.
JT_daniel
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05/11/2010 04:33:00

Blackened Blue Eyes. Top report OAB of another painful experience.
Johnny Baguette
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05/11/2010 07:24:00

 

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