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Manchester CITY
3 - 2
Sporting Lisbon

Europa League 4th Round - Agg 3-3

The Etihad Stadium

15/3/12

Attendance: 38, 201

Referee: Tom Harald Hagen, Norway

Manchester CITYSporting Lisbon
Aguero 60′ 82', Balotelli (pen) 75′ Fernandez 33′, van Wolfswinkel 40′
25 Hart     01 Patricio    
02 Richards     03 Carrico    
13 Kolarov     04 Anderson    
15 Savic     48 Insua    
28 K Toure     93 Xandao    
08 Pizarro     55' 08 Schaars    
11 Johnson     46' 10 Izmailov    
21 Silva     66' 11 Diego     63'
42 Y Toure     14 Fernandez     63'
16 Aguero     25 Pereirinha    
45 Balotelli     09 van Wolfswinkel     68'
Substitutes
30 Pantilimon     12 Marcelo    
22 Clichy     06 Evaldo    
07 Milner     26 Andre Santos    
19 Nasri     66' 31 Neto     63'
34 De Jong     46' 17 Jeffren     63'
10 Dzeko     55' 18 Carrillo     68'
64 Roman     33 Rubio    
Game Statistics
12
Goal Attempts
9
6
On Target
5
10
Corners
6
4
Offside
1
14
Fouls
11
4
Yellow Cards
3
69
%
31
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Many a hack's script will have been hastily re-written tonight. Three defeats in a row, crashing out of Europe and lost the dressing room, etc etc...Small wonder though that numerous laptops would have been typing in that direction. City's spineless first half performance was as insipid and turgid as they come. Bereft of ideas, The Blues threatened to cave in completely despite a bright start. There were some shocking performances. Pizarro was brutal, Savic all at sea, Kolarov hopeless. The central midfield all but gave up and Balotelli persisted in playing into defenders hands with his by now trademark shoves and ankle taps that always result in a free kick and a writhing, often screeching victim. He's shipped a raft of bookings this way. Sure, that led to the opening Sporting goal but the all round no show of the team meant the game was already heading for all but lost...City were staring down the barrel of mission impossible...Enter De Jong who immediately shored up the midfield and knocked the energetic Sporting right out of their stride. His hustle, bustle and cute touches lifted the side and Mancio too sensed this wasn't over by going 433 throwing Nasri and Dzeko on to really mix it up. And so they did. Aguero suddenly found his extra gears and Mario struck the coolest penalty. A roaring Etihad shuddered through a clearly rattled young Sporting side who sadly resorted to grass hugging injury feigning...An unbelievable ending was ultimately denied in the final seconds as a rampaging Hart's header was narrowly tipped wide and The Citizens business in Europe was done for a few months. Many lessons have been learned there this season...And so it came to pass. The rags have been battered out of Europe themselves and the fight for the title will reignite with new impetus over the coming 6 days. If City can generate the same Pride in Battle they showed tonight, they will push Stretford all the way, despite that tough run in.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday March 15 2012
Time: 10:14PM

Comments

0
Disappointing to go out but at least we went down fighting after a disastrous first half. So unlucky Joe.
Bluedub
15/03/2012 22:29:00
0
Absolute crap tonight.
SkyBlueSuedeShoes
15/03/2012 22:44:00
0
Disappointing to concede two goals in that fashion, but when they finally sorted themselves out, we looked the side of last year.
Buzz Lightyear
15/03/2012 23:15:00
0
Last 30 minutes was some of the best football we've played since October, can it drive us on or will we continue to show a lack of swagger and bow out of the title race meekly?
StuMCFC
15/03/2012 23:43:00
0
Oh well, on the bright side, at least we didn't lose home and away in this tie, unlike certain other teams I could mention. Just wish the team could play at the second half tempo for the entire 90 minutes - then there would be no "squeaky bum time" in the title race, as we'd be out of sight by now. Well done City for such a great comeback, now bring home the title.
fifthcolumnblue
16/03/2012 08:06:00
0
Second time in 3 weeks that Mancini has said he underestimated opposition. There's protecting your players and there's making yourself look a *****. He's treading a fine line with that particular tactic.
RobsonGreensleeves
16/03/2012 13:48:00
0
Difference being this time it was his fault imo. Set us up all wrong to begin with, to his credit he put it right at ht though.
Bluedub
16/03/2012 14:13:00
0
after our damp squib against Bilbao i thought City were nailed on to win it.Weird season .
nickster
18/03/2012 19:49:00
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