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Europa League 3rd Round

Estádio do Dragão

16/2/12

Attendance: 47,417

Referee: Mr. Cakir

FC PortoManchester City
Varela 27′Pereira (og) 55′ Aguero 84′
01 Helton     25 Hart    
04 Maicon     02 Richards    
05 Pereira     04 Kompany    
14 Rolando     06 Lescott    
02 Danilo     22' 22 Clichy    
03 Gonzalez     18 Barry    
08 Moutinho     19 Nasri     88'
19 Rodriguez     21 Silva     82'
25 Fernando     34 De Jong    
12 Hulk     42 Y Toure    
17 Varela     77' 45 Balotelli     78'
Substitutes
31 Bracali     30 Pantilimon    
26 Sandro     05 Zabaleta     88'
10 Rodriguez     13 Kolarov     82'
22 Mangala     22' 15 Savic    
35 Defour     89' 08 Pizarro    
11 Kleber     77' 10 Dzeko    
20 Djalma     16 Aguero     78'
Game Statistics
14
Goal Attempts
10
9
On Target
6
5
Corners
2
19
Fouls
21
2
Yellow Cards
6
44
%
56
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Make no mistake about it, Manchester City earned their corn in Portugal tonight and then some...Porto are a very strong side fuelled by terrific movement and will give anybody a game as their record of no European defeats in a year and no European defeats at home in 4 years showed...It is a great shame that this contest was essentially ruined by the ludicrously fussy whistle of Mr. Cakir and his assistants' flags. City shipped six bookings for next to nothing, but that will be accepted as collateral damage on the plane home as The Citizens bask in the satisfaction of a hard earned win incorporating two precious away goals...The only criticism this correspondent could level against a robust City side is that as a unit, particularly at the back, there was a tendency to play too narrow. This left the flanks exposed in the corners and this was where Porto's goal came from...That said, there were plenty of performances to savour, particularly in cetral midfield. Nigel De Jong was outstanding, looking like the lawn mower of old and Samir Nasri, brimming with confidence was everywhere. Yaya Toure's presence scared Porto half to death. To their credit, City didn't let Porto settle and relentlessly pressed them, continually getting stuck in despite the bookings that had a few Blue hearts in mouths. This is a tremendous win and The Blues are starting to play again with fluidity. Having negotiated a tremendously difficult January, a fully fit squad have now set themselves up for a serious tilt at a Premier and Europa League double. Next Wednesday's second leg at The Etihad promises to be a right cracker. A proper ref please, Mr. Platini.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday February 16 2012
Time: 10:00PM

Comments

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Tough team, and they can play a bit when they want to. Was thoroughly fed up with the play acting from the Porto players though, particularly Hulk. How can a 20 stone forward go down screaming like a baby when Silva brushes into him? Great City performance, particularly in the second half. There was only one keeper earning his money tonight - and it wasn't Joe Hart.
fifthcolumnblue
16/02/2012 22:15:00
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Oh, and those card stats would suggest that our players need to start making a meal out of each and every foul they receive - it clearly worked for porto tonight.
fifthcolumnblue
16/02/2012 22:27:00
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If any of those 6 players on yellows get booked in the 2nd Leg, do they miss the quarters? I'm presuming so... Ref was a complete clown - if he wasn't blowing his whistle, he was booking players. City were excellent tonight, thanks in no small part to the return of Yaya.
rojo2010
16/02/2012 22:29:00
0
Yep, that's the case rojo. In fact we have 7 players on euro yellows.
Johnny Baguette
17/02/2012 07:58:00
0
40 fouls? That ref was one fussy****.
Bluedub
17/02/2012 09:49:00
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