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Timişoara 0 - Man City 1

UEFA Europa League Qualifying 3rd Round, 1st Leg

Dan Păltinişanu Stadium

19/8/10

Attendance: 25,694

Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)

Timişoara
0 - 1
Man City
 
Balotelli 72
 
Venue: Dan Păltinişanu Stadium
 
Attendance: 25,694
The Teams
Pantilimon (GK)
 
 
 
Hart (GK)
 
 
Luchin
 
 
 
Zabaleta
 
 
Alexa (C)
 
 
 
Adebayor
 
 
Curtean
 
 
 
Barry
 
 
57
Sepsi
 
 
 
Lescott
 
 
Axente
 
 
 
Silva
 
 
66
Scutaru
 
 
71
 
K Touré
 
 
Magera
 
 
83
 
Tévez (C)
 
 
77
Contra
 
 
80
 
Kompany
 
 
Cišovský
 
 
 
de Jong
 
 
Bourceanu
 
 
 
Y Touré
 
 
Substitutes
Taborda (GK)
 
 
 
Given (GK)
 
 
Mera
 
 
80
 
Richards
 
 
Popović
 
 
 
Wright-Phillips
 
 
Goga
 
 
83
 
Johnson
 
 
66
Dukic
 
 
 
Vieira
 
 
Zicu
 
 
71
 
 
 
77
Poparadu
 
 
 
Balotelli
 
 
57
Game Statistics
1
On Target
2
2
Corners
8
12
Fouls
12
1
Yellow Cards
1
47
%
53
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: In the context of the start to this important season, this was a massive win. From Mickey Thomas to Kasper Schmeichel and beyond the anti-Ciy brigade are openly baying for our club to fail, yet slowly Roberto Mancini is forging a siege mentality amongst his squad. Defensively we are looking more solid and better organised. Joe Hart, though with little to do last night is cementing an understanding with his defenders and certainly Kolo Toure looks a man liberated since El Apache took the armband. But for me, the biggest factor last night was City's manager. Well acquainted with European football, the initial caution he set the side up with against dogged opponents was dispensed with as he switched to a more attacking mode bringing on three forwards in quick succession, sacrificing a midfielder in the process. The game opened up and we found that extra gear and extra quality in the atom bomb potential of Super Mario. Mark Hughes was repeatedly guilty at City of avoiding changing things when a game had stagnated which ultimately cost us in Europe 2 seasons ago. On last night's evidence City certainly have a manager who carries a Plan B. Match Stats courtesy UEFA




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 20 2010

Time: 9:18AM

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JB - Mancini has plans B & C. I don't really like the 3-man shield because until the players understand how it works we seem to invite the opposition right onto the edge of the box and defend like the Alamo. Kolo looked superb last night. He played well, worked well in tandem with Kompany and Hart and it looks as though the "triangle" is coming together. What a debut by Balotelli. All action, nightmare to mark, knocks defenders about.... oh and he scores goals!
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