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Sporting Lisbon 1 - Manchester CITY 0

Europa League 4th Round, 1st Leg

Estadio Jose Alvalade

8/3/12 1800 GMT

Attendance: 34,371

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo, Spain

Sporting Lisbon
1 - 0
Manchester CITY
Xandao 51′
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvalade
Attendance: 34,371
The Teams
01 Rui Patricio
25 Hart
03 Carrico
04 Kompany
04 Polga
13 Kolarov
47 Pereira
22 Clichy
48 Insua
28 K Toure
93 Xandao
07 Milner
08 Schaars
18 Barry
10 Izmailov
21 Silva
11 Capel
34 De Jong
14 Fernandez
10 Dzeko
09 van Wolfswinkel
16 Aguero
12 Marcelo
30 Pantilimon
02 Rodriguez
06 Lescott
06 Evaldo
15 Savic
25 Pereirinha
08 Pizarro
31 Neto
11 Johnson
18 Carrillo
19 Nasri
33 Diego Rubio
45 Balotelli
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot: Sporting Lisbon could be best described in tonight's forgettable game as young, excitable and limited. Manchester City meanwhile were disjointed, toothless and unlucky...Roberto Mancini absolutely detests getting beat and judging by the look on his impassive face amid the cup final street party celebrations that Lisbon dished out at the end of this win, he would take great pleasure in sending them out of the tournament in Manchester, which surely will be the case if City can get out of the third gear they found themselves stuck in tonight...Most worrying for City's boss in this rare defeat will be how much again City missed the powerful presence of the suspended Yaya Toure. Of further concern will be the calf injury sustained to Vincent Kompany at this crucial stage of the season...There was a lot of huff and puff about Sporting who tended to charge forward erratically like a crowd of Darren Huckerby's without any concise end product. In all honesty, City really should have come away with something, but outside of not a single lucky break, failure to mount any sustained period of attacking pressure ultimately undid Mancio's side who ran out of ideas until Mario Balotelli entered the fray and put in a cameo full of a menace, pace and power that Sporting could not handle...In conclusion, a bad night at the office. This was only The Citizens 8th defeat in 42 games this season. It might yet serve as a timely reminder that there remains a hell of a lot of hard work to do if a sensational season is to register silverware.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 8 2012

Time: 7:56PM

Your Comments

Should've put Mario & Nasri on at half time. Still more than fancy us though. You gotta!
Agreed on both counts Robson. Too many players had an off night.
Not our best ever game, and I reckon the loss of Vinnie so early probably upset the balance of the side, and forced Mancini into making a change he didn't want to. This was a game that was begging for an appearance by Johnson, but by then it was too late. Not too worried, we should be able to turn this around at Fortress Etihad, this Sporting team don't look all that. Get well soon Vinnie!

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