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Manchester City 2 - AFC Ajax 2

UEFA Champions League Group D

The Etihad Stadium


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
08 Nasri
08 Eriksen
14 Garcia
10 De Jong
18 Barry
20 Schone
42 Y Toure
21 Boerrigter
16 Aguero
24 Van Rhijn
32 Tevez
49 Babel
30 Pantilimon
22 Cillessen
03 Maicon
33 Veltman
13 Kolarov
34 Denswil
11 Sinclair
35 Dijks
56 M-Walter
06 Enoh
10 Dzeko
19 Sana
45 Balotelli
39 Fischer
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
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.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 6 2012

Time: 9:41PM

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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.
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06/11/2012 22:01:00

I wonder what it would be like to have consistent and fair refereeing?
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06/11/2012 22:32:00

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.
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07/11/2012 00:15:00

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.
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07/11/2012 08:01:00


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