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Timişoara
0 - 1
Man City

UEFA Europa League Qualifying 3rd Round, 1st Leg

Dan Păltinişanu Stadium

19/8/10

Attendance: 25,694

Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)

TimişoaraMan City
Balotelli 72
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

Writer:Johnny Baguette
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!
pedmachine
20/08/2010 12:42:00
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