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Manchester City 3 - Aris Salonika  0 - Stats

Manchester City
3 - 0
Aris Salonika

Europa League R32, 2nd Leg

City of Manchester Stadium

24/2/11

Attendance: 36, 748

Referee: Pavel Kralovec, Czech Rep.

Manchester CityAris Salonika
Dzeko 7, 12, Y Toure 75
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.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday February 24 2011
Time: 9:56PM

Comments

0
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
24/02/2011 22:03:00
0
Dynamo Kyiv will prove tough opposition and should provide us with a good test of our European credentials.
eighthsin
24/02/2011 22:08:00
0
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
24/02/2011 22:29:00
0
3rd in the league and going well in FA Cup and Europa League. We're not really here!
Johnny Baguette
24/02/2011 22:44:00
0
Quite impressed with Barry tonight. Showed a great willingness to set up positive moves forward. More please Gareth!
RobsonGreensleeves
24/02/2011 22:53:00
0
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
25/02/2011 05:43:00
0
Must have missed the one shot on target, a good result for us. Hope VK is OK.
johnkelv
25/02/2011 06:07:00
0
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
25/02/2011 07:18:00
0
a fine win for man city , well done and hope they carry on .
kimbo
25/02/2011 11:59:00
0
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
25/02/2011 20:35:00
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