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Manchester CITY 4 - FC Porto 0

Europa League R32 2nd Leg (agg 6-1)

The Etihad Stadium

22/2/12

Attendance: 39,538

Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Manchester CITY
4 - 0
FC Porto
Aguero 1′, Dzeko 76′, Silva 84′, Pizarro 86′
 
 
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 39,538
The Teams
25 Hart
 
 
 
01 Helton
 
 
02 Richards
 
 
 
04 Maicon
 
 
04 Kompany
 
 
 
14 Rolando
 
 
06 Lescott
 
 
 
26 Sandro
 
 
22 Clichy
 
 
 
30 Otamendi
 
 
63'
18 Barry
 
 
58'
 
03 Gonzalez
 
 
19 Nasri
 
 
69'
 
08 Moutinho
 
 
21 Silva
 
 
 
19 Rodriguez
 
 
81'
34 De Jong
 
 
 
25 Fernando
 
 
42 Y Toure
 
 
 
12 Hulk
 
 
16 Aguero
 
 
80'
 
17 Varela
 
 
63'
Substitutes
30 Pantilimon
 
 
 
31 Bracali
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
 
21 Sapunaru
 
 
63'
15 Savic
 
 
 
10 Rodriguez
 
 
63'
07 Milner
 
 
58'
 
35 Defour
 
 
81'
08 Pizarro
 
 
80'
 
42 Podstawski
 
 
10 Dzeko
 
 
69'
 
11 Kleber
 
 
45 Balotelli
 
 
 
20 Djalma
 
 
Game Statistics
11
Goal Attempts
20
7
On Target
4
4
Corners
8
7
Offside
2
18
Fouls
10
1
Yellow Cards
4
0
Red Cards
1
43
%
57
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot City are heading for the season's final straight ominously beginning to generate the blinding form that swept all before them last autumn...89 competitive goals and counting have now been plundered by Roberto Mancini's exciting young side and 6 of them have registered in the back of deposed Europa League Champions FC Porto's net...The Blues remain at full strength for the run in and the only blot from a textbook tactical defeat of Porto over two legs is the suspension of the increasingly powerful YaYa Touré for the round of 16...Indeed, the tight-knit Citizens squad have been emboldened by Touré's return from international duty and Mancini's decision to deploy the African giant in behind the stunning Sergio Aguero is proving a masterstroke. Behind him, Nigel De Jong has rediscovered his threatening control and Gareth Barry, a birthday boy tomorrow is in the form of his life...Make no mistake, a very, very good Porto side threw everything they had at The Blues but to a man, City stood more than firm, looking tremendously assured at the back. Porto's discipline crumbled in frustration amid more let-down play acting and a pulsating tie, superbly reffed by Mr. Stark was settled ultimately by some brilliantly simple and flowing City moves...Chelsea's weirdo manager was at the game in his flasher mack and may well be considering asking for his old job back before he brings his ailing side to Manchester in a couple of weeks. City are threatening to batter a few sides again...




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Date:Wednesday February 22 2012

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Cracking result. Aguero is pure class.
Bluedub
At last I've discovered why the Incredible Hulk is green.

Grass stains, innit?
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