Man City 2-0 Aalborg

12 March 2009 09:38
On paper at least, it appeared they would provide a stern test to City but the manner of this win means Mark Hughes' men will approach the second leg on 19 March in confident mood.City, who had won their previous five home games, were quickly into their stride and their fluid passing soon opened up the visitors' defence.Caicedo had already fired narrowly over when he broke the deadlock, picking up Robinho's pass on the edge of the area and brushing off Jackobsen's challenge before slotting past Karim Zaza.That could have opened the floodgates for City, given that Aalborg were still looking nervous and giving the ball away far too often.But, while Magnus Pehrsson's side continued to look vulnerable at the back, they responded with their best spell of the match and could easily have levelled.Andreas Johansson had a ferocious shot blocked by Micah Richards with City's defence stretched, before Given saved smartly with his legs after Caca cut inside Nedum Onuoha and let fly.The speed at which City launched their attacks was still causing Aalborg problems, however, and Zaza had to deny Richards from a tight angle after Robinho's precise pass found the full-back rampaging down the right.

Source: BBC_Sport