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Manchester City 2 - AFC Ajax 2

UEFA Champions League Group D

The Etihad Stadium

6/11/12

Attendance: 40,222

Referee: Mr. Rasmussen of Denmark

Manchester City
2 - 2
AFC Ajax
Y Toure 22′ Aguero 74′
 
De Jong 10′, 17′
 
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 40,222
The Teams
01 Hart
 
 
 
01 Vermeer
 
 
04 Kompany
 
 
 
03 Alderweireld
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
 
04 Moisander
 
 
22 Clichy
 
 
 
17 Blind
 
 
33 Nastasic
 
 
 
05 C Poulsen
 
 
87'
08 Nasri
 
 
 
08 Eriksen
 
 
14 Garcia
 
 
46'
 
10 De Jong
 
 
18 Barry
 
 
85'
 
20 Schone
 
 
77'
42 Y Toure
 
 
 
21 Boerrigter
 
 
90'
16 Aguero
 
 
 
24 Van Rhijn
 
 
32 Tevez
 
 
66'
 
49 Babel
 
 
Substitutes
30 Pantilimon
 
 
 
22 Cillessen
 
 
03 Maicon
 
 
 
33 Veltman
 
 
13 Kolarov
 
 
85'
 
34 Denswil
 
 
11 Sinclair
 
 
 
35 Dijks
 
 
56 M-Walter
 
 
 
06 Enoh
 
 
77'
10 Dzeko
 
 
66'
 
19 Sana
 
 
90'
45 Balotelli
 
 
46'
 
39 Fischer
 
 
87'
Game Statistics
14
Goal Attempts
12
6
On Target
5
7
Corners
6
9
Offside
1
0
Yellow Cards
2
52
%
48
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: It's a fix. Ongoing conspiracy theories surrounding Manchester City's continuing malaise in Europe gathered more weight tonight with strong justification as The Blues, having fought back admirably from two more defensive disasters were denied repeatedly by dreadful officiating...Only the referee and his suspicious assistants will know how they contrived to rule out a clean Sergio Aguero goal and a stonewall last seconds penalty for the most blatant of fouls on Mario Balotelli...City's fightback from the squad's latest zonal marking shambles was indeed admirable but the handicap clearly generated by this season's new defensive outlook has wreaked serious damage to the club's aspirations in this campaign. Something has got to be done about this issue and fast before more battles are lost...There were some outstanding performances in sky blue tonight, not least from Pablo Zabaleta, Carlos TÚvez and Vincent Kompany, but ultimately the fire was in vain. It might not be apparant right now, but this correspondent believes City will emerge all the stronger from the lesson learned through batterings we've shipped in Europe from dodgy draws, repeatedly superb opposition to suspect refereeing. Again, the City juggernaut has been checked in Europe, but an understandably angry Roberto Mancini effective must regroup and go again in search of success. However, a poor defensive platform which is leading to a ragged midfield and underserved strike force has got to be reappraised immediately.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 6 2012

Time: 9:41PM

Your Comments

Good to see that we can still make a come back from being 2 nil down, hard to make even the Europa league now, but this was another learning curve and another demonstration that we do not defend as well as we can. I wont have a go at the referee, anyone watching the match knows that there were some questionable decisions.
Buzz Lightyear
I wonder what it would be like to have consistent and fair refereeing?
Hominid
Two perfectly good goals and two stonewall penalties ruled out. We shouldn't have been in the position where the decisions mattered, but I can just imagine Platini sat in his lair, stroking his white cat and laughing to himself at our plight.
fifthcolumnblue
Gave ourselves a mountain to climb with slack defending but the penalty decisions at either end of the games and the disallowed goal from Sergio had me seething. It really felt corrupt last night. Horrible.
Skoorb
 

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