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Manchester City
2 - 2
AFC Ajax

UEFA Champions League Group D

The Etihad Stadium

6/11/12

Attendance: 40,222

Referee: Mr. Rasmussen of Denmark

Manchester CityAFC Ajax
Y Toure 22′ Aguero 74′De Jong 10′, 17′
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 Tévez 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.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday November 6 2012
Time: 9:41PM

Comments

0
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
06/11/2012 22:01:00
0
I wonder what it would be like to have consistent and fair refereeing?
Hominid
06/11/2012 22:32:00
0
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
07/11/2012 00:15:00
0
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
07/11/2012 08:01:00
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