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Manchester City
1 - 0
Dynamo Kiev

Europa League R16 2nd Leg

The City of Manchester Stadium

17/3/11

Attendance: 27, 816

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Manchester CityDynamo Kiev
Kolarov 39
Hart     Shovkovskiy (C)    
Richards     Silva    
Kompany     Vukojević    
Kolarov     88 Popov    
Barry     71 Shevchenko     62
Lescott     Yarmolenko     90+2
Silva     76 Gusev    
Tévez (C)     Eremenko    
de Jong     Ninković     46
Touré     Yussuf    
Balotelli     Almeida    
Substitutes
Taylor (GK)     Koval (GK)    
Milner     88 Betão     90+2
SWP     Rybalka    
Džeko     76 Garmash     62
Johnson     71 Nesmachniy    
Vieira     Zozulya     46
Boyata     Guilherme    
Game Statistics
15
Goal Attempts
7
5
On Target
4
11
Corners
4
1
Offside
0
19
Fouls
21
5
Yellow Cards
3
1
Red Cards
60
%
40
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Roberto Mancini has to be seriously considering tonight whether or not he can risk starting Mario Balotelli for Manchester City again this season with so much at stake. With Kiev content to sit back initially and wait for City to build, the increasingly untenable striker needlessly followed through with a boot chest high on Popov who (as he continued to do all night) lapped up the ludicrous challenge with relish. Do that in Europe and you are playing with fire. In this case the referee had no choice but to send the Italian liability off...Mr. Çakır had threatened previously to become the worst referee seen at Eastlands this season, which is saying something, and he proceeded with an appalling performance which realised a ridiculous amount of cards with heavy favour afforded to Kiev whose play acting and diving were nothing short of an absolute disgrace. Shameful...To go out to what transpired to be outside of the frozen wastelands of their home fortress an essentially limited side hurts, but boy did City go out fighting...Every one of the 10 men put a shift in and did our shirt proud. Mancio thanked every player as they left the pitch crestfallen... Furthermore, all credit to The Citizens hardcore support who never stopped singing all night and made it to the stadium beating the greed of UEFA and their TV money fawning...But now, City must immediately regroup and use this ultimately unjust exit to galvanise our bids for glory in the two remaining competitions facing a squad that has now contested 48 matches in this campaign. - Planet Blue is desperate to avoid The Blues "doing an Arsenal." - The squad travel to London this weekend and the massive challenge of a resurgent Chelsea, but should go there in strong heart bolstered by a squad now close to full fitness. It was as if Adam Johnson had never been away. What a credit to himself and the City medical staff for his recovery from serious injury one month ahead of schedule...Put short, if City can fight like that and work for each other so strongly (when even the slightest bit of fortune continues to desert them) for the remainder of the season, then they stand a tremendous chance of rewarding the hard work already put in.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday March 17 2011
Time: 8:11PM

Comments

0
I dunno who I want to kill more, Balotelli or that sham of a referee who fell for Kiev's cheating. If the Italian child had stayed on I think we would be in the draw for the next round. Great effort from the other 10, a shame one immature little brat had to spoil it for us!
StuMCFC
17/03/2011 20:16:00
0
Like I said in the 'match day thread' - I not only feel robbed but I also feel fecking annoyed. I don't totally blame Balotelli for his sending off nevertheless he doesn't deserve to wear a City shirt. Get rid I say.
Tudor
17/03/2011 20:19:00
0
Ah, well. It's a good thing, if you can get beyond the initial disappointment. Europa league games are only ever a drain on energy and time, and this leaves you more of both to focus on the FA Cup semi-final and the league. Plus, Balotelli out? Rather harsh after just a few petulant displays, don't you think?
DubaiSpur
17/03/2011 20:32:00
0
This fool has never looked like a Manchester City player in my eyes. Drop him then sell to Milan ASAP. Mancini needs to take a look at himself as regards to this childish moron.
RobsonGreensleeves
17/03/2011 20:33:00
0
27k attendance?
LampardsRightFoot
17/03/2011 21:39:00
0
It was a 6pm KO LampardsRightFoot. Most folk were working or finishing work and couldn't get to the ground in time.
Tudor
17/03/2011 21:43:00
0
6.00 pm kick off doesn't help LRF, a lot would have work commitments. Proud of the team tonight, Wario aside. If we play with the same fight and spirit for the rest of the season we should take a top four spot and the FA Cup too.
bluedub
17/03/2011 21:44:00
0
At least four of my mates, who go to every game usually, couldn't go tonight because of work. 6pm kickoff, UEFA strike again with their idiocy!
StuMCFC
17/03/2011 22:06:00
0
ya i forgot it was the early kick off!
LampardsRightFoot
17/03/2011 22:17:00
0
Apparently the club had to recruit nearly a hundred temporary stewards for tonights match as loads of the regular ones couldn't make the early start either!
fifthcolumnblue
17/03/2011 22:41:00
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