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Manchester City 3 - Aris Salonika  0

Europa League R32, 2nd Leg

City of Manchester Stadium

24/2/11

Attendance: 36, 748

Referee: Pavel Kralovec, Czech Rep.

Manchester City
3 - 0
Aris Salonika
Dzeko 7, 12, Y Toure 75
 
 
Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
 
Attendance: 36, 748
The Teams
Hart
 
 
 
Sifakis
 
 
Boateng
 
 
 
Michel
 
 
Kolarov
 
 
 
Lazaridis
 
 
Lescott
 
 
 
Guiaro
 
 
Kompany
 
 
36
 
Vangjeli
 
 
Y Toure
 
 
 
Faty
 
 
Barry
 
 
 
Prittas
 
 
Balotelli
 
 
 
Toja
 
 
Dzeko
 
 
 
Sakata
 
 
45
Silva
 
 
81
 
Bobadilla
 
 
61
Tevez
 
 
81
 
Neto
 
 
81
Substitutes
Taylor GK
 
 
 
Juanma
 
 
SWP
 
 
81
 
Kaznaferis
 
 
81
Vieira
 
 
81
 
Mendrinos
 
 
45
Zabaleta
 
 
36
 
Koke
 
 
61
Jo
 
 
 
Cesarec
 
 
K Toure
 
 
 
Oriol
 
 
Wabara
 
 
 
 
 
Game Statistics
17
Goal Attempts
9
7
On Target
1
6
Corners
3
5
Offside
3
17
Fouls
13
1
Yellow Cards
3
60
%
40
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot City's smooth passage into the Europa League Last 16 realised a thoroughly professional negotiation of tricky opponents in Aris with a textbook draw away and and a disciplined win at home...This was the type of "job done" that City's hierarchy called for when they brought Roberto Mancini in and the signs are that Mancio is forging a stronger team spirit and understanding into his squad with each game during a crucial few weeks...City's power and athleticism were in evidence from the off tonight and The Blues will need every ounce of that resolve with the stern challenge of Dynamo Kiev lying in wait...But for now, the dapper City gaffer's bold approach to this second leg tie was richly rewarded with two excellent finishes by Edin Dzeko. Left and right foot finishes no less which will bolster the giant Bosnian's growing confidence ahead of Sunday's massively important league clash with Fulham...Mancio took no chances ahead of that game tonight. Once the third goal was sealed following a by now customary "foot off the pedal post dream start" he withdrew Tevez and Silva...In conclusion, a solid team performance that bodes well as the season's heat intensifies. The only black spot being the apparent side strain suffered by the brilliant Vincent Kompany.




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Date:Thursday February 24 2011

Time: 9:56PM

Your Comments

Good game to watch, great result for City. Food for thought - the ESPN commentator said the last time English clubs beat Aris was Chelsea in the 70's and then went onto win the Cup Winners Cup and Ipswich in the 80's and they themselves went onto win the UEFA Cup. I wonder if fate will strike for the third time?
Tudor
Dynamo Kyiv will prove tough opposition and should provide us with a good test of our European credentials.
eighthsin
Kiev are a Champions League quality team and regulars there so this will be a good test for us if we're to be in the CL soon (hopefully next season).
StuMCFC
3rd in the league and going well in FA Cup and Europa League. We're not really here!
Johnny Baguette
Quite impressed with Barry tonight. Showed a great willingness to set up positive moves forward. More please Gareth!
RobsonGreensleeves
The team was well balanced, but for some sloppy play in and around the box, this could have been a lot better score at the end.
Buzz Lightyear
Must have missed the one shot on target, a good result for us. Hope VK is OK.
johnkelv
Aris had done the job they wanted in Greece, here they just wanted to keep down the score and even when faced with a two goal depicit, they didn't throw the kitchen sink at City, which is what you would have wanted if it was your team. The fans of Aris were something different, they came to enjoy themselves and apart from the result I hope they did.
Buzz Lightyear
a fine win for man city , well done and hope they carry on .
kimbo
Completely agree about sloppy play Buzz. Too many flicks came to nothing while the simple ball went begging. All in all a job well done though!
RobsonGreensleeves
 

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