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Omonia Nicosia 1 - Manchester City 2

UEFA Cup 1st Round, 1st Leg

The Neo GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus

Attendance: 15, 907

Referee: P Dondarini, Italy

Omonia Nicosia
1 - 2
Manchester City
K Duro (49)
 
Jo (59,72)
 
Venue: The Neo GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus
 
Attendance: 15, 907
The Teams
Georgallides
 
 
 
Hart
 
 
Ndikumana
 
 
 
Zabaleta
 
 
Wenzel
 
 
 
Richards
 
 
Pletch
 
 
 
Dunne
 
 
Aguirre
 
 
Bangura
 
Garrido
 
 
Kaseke
 
 
 
Wright-Phillips
 
 
Duro
 
 
 
Ireland
 
 
Okkas
 
 
Clayton
 
Kompany
 
 
Hamann
Charalambous
 
 
 
Elano
 
 
Gelson
Aloneftis
 
 
Niculescu
 
Robinho
 
 
Christofi
 
 
 
Jo
 
 
Sturridge
Substitutes
Asprogenis
 
 
 
Schmeichel
 
 
Alabi
 
 
 
Ball
 
 
Maris
 
 
 
Ben-Haim
 
 
Niculescu
 
 
 
Hamann
 
 
Bangura
 
 
 
Gelson
 
 
Clayton
 
 
 
Evans
 
 
Semedo
 
 
 
Sturridge
 
 
Game Statistics
13
Goal Attempts
16
5
On Target
7
2
Corners
1
5
Offside
2
15
Fouls
15
2
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
40
%
59
Comments...
This was never going to be easy against an entertaining Omonia side bouyed by tremendous home support. City will be flying back to Ringway tonight knowing that for all their risk riding, lack of ruthlessness and lack of luck up front, they have done a job and set up what we hope will be a spectacular at Eastlands in a fortnight's time. We seem to be showing a lack of ability to get a hold of and boss midfield right now and the left back position still looks our weakest link as Garrido proved. Still, as the team continues to gel and our seemingly endless supply of quicksilver forwards get to know each other, City will terrify defences this season. Big plus tonight was Zabaleta who looked to have got over his shellshock against Chelsea and of course Jo whose second goal showed the kind of first touch and control that make him a prize asset. Next up, bring on Pompey at Eastlands who saw off Guimaraes 2-0 tonight. Another MiddleEastlands cracker is on the cards!!




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 18 2008

Time: 8:39PM

Your Comments

well done lads, always like to see one Manchester club do well in Europe :-)
merlin
Cherers Merl! Give 'em hell this weekend. 7-0 please.
Johnny Baguette
JB I think Charlie might be faster than Zabaleta, didn't think I would say that about Charlie. Created loads of Chances, SWP we sell him for £21m buy him back for £9m and he is a far better player now than when he left, so Chelsea have given us £12m and a better player back. Thanks Chelsea.
Buzz Lightyear
Whole-heartedly agree with you about SWP Buzz, but I'm faster than Corluka!! Zabaleta showed glimpses last night and will take time to adapt to the English pace. How did we not score double figures???
oliverblue
 

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