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Sporting Lisbon
1 - 0
Manchester CITY

Europa League 4th Round, 1st Leg

Estadio Jose Alvalade

8/3/12 1800 GMT

Attendance: 34,371

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo, Spain

Sporting LisbonManchester CITY
Xandao 51′
01 Rui Patricio     25 Hart    
03 Carrico     04 Kompany     12'
04 Polga     13 Kolarov    
47 Pereira     22 Clichy    
48 Insua     28 K Toure    
93 Xandao     07 Milner    
08 Schaars     18 Barry     59'
10 Izmailov     59' 21 Silva    
11 Capel     75' 34 De Jong    
14 Fernandez     69' 10 Dzeko     71'
09 van Wolfswinkel     16 Aguero    
Substitutes
12 Marcelo     30 Pantilimon    
02 Rodriguez     06 Lescott     12'
06 Evaldo     15 Savic    
25 Pereirinha     59' 08 Pizarro    
31 Neto
 
  69' 11 Johnson    
18 Carrillo     75' 19 Nasri     59'
33 Diego Rubio     45 Balotelli     71'
Game Statistics
13
Goal Attempts
13
6
On Target
8
4
Corners
6
0
Offside
4
14
Fouls
7
4
Yellow Cards
1
40
%
60
Comments...
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
Date:Thursday March 8 2012
Time: 7:56PM

Comments

0
Should've put Mario & Nasri on at half time. Still more than fancy us though. You gotta!
RobsonGreensleeves
08/03/2012 20:53:00
0
Agreed on both counts Robson. Too many players had an off night.
Bluedub
08/03/2012 20:59:00
0
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!
fifthcolumnblue
08/03/2012 21:03:00
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