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FC Porto 1 - Manchester City 2

Europa League 3rd Round

Estádio do Dragão

16/2/12

Attendance: 47,417

Referee: Mr. Cakir

FC Porto
1 - 2
Manchester City
Varela 27′
 
Pereira (og) 55′ Aguero 84′
 
Venue: Estádio do Dragão
 
Attendance: 47,417
The Teams
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.




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Date:Thursday February 16 2012

Time: 10:00PM

Your Comments

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
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
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
Yep, that's the case rojo. In fact we have 7 players on euro yellows.
Johnny Baguette
40 fouls? That ref was one fussy****.
Bluedub
 

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