Mario Baloteli has allergic reaction in Manchester City v Dynamo Kiev

11 March 2011 11:15
Roberto Mancini blamed an allergic reaction for Mario Balotelli's failure to appear on time for the second half as his side crashed in Kiev.[LNB] Manchester City claimed the ?24million striker has an allergy to certain types of grass and had experienced swelling to his face. He was given two anti-histamine shots at half-time and club medics considered giving him an injection of adrenaline.[LNB]Dynamo Kiev 2 Manchester City 0: Read Chris Wheeler's match report[LNB] Strange: Mario Balotelli is assessed after complaining of swelling in Kiev[LNB]Balotelli appeared to be sick by the side of the pitch and lasted only a few minutes of the second half before being replaced by Carlos Tevez.[LNB]Mancini said: 'He had an allergy, I don't know what, his face was swollen.[LNB]'He wanted to come out for the second half but he had this problem 10 seconds before coming out for the second half. I came out one minute before the players and I didn't see Mario. [LNB]'A guy told me Mario had an allergy after he came out. Mario said: "I can play" but his face was swollen.'[LNB] Last night's defeat leaves City's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals hanging by a thread, but Mancini refused to concede defeat in the tie.[LNB] Mario Balotelli[LNB] [LNB]He said: 'At Eastlands it will be a different game. Usuallywe don't concede goals like this - we are more professional. We conceded twostupid goals. They played on the counter, so I'm frustrated.'[LNB]He added: 'I think we had some problems and I hope that it can improve with the strikers for the return match.[LNB]'If the strikers improve and the defenders pay attention maybe we have a chance to go through. Dynamo Kiev were fresher than us. A few of us in the championship we have played (recently) every three days.[LNB]'I think that 2-0 is not a good result -  we didn't mark well for the first goal, the second goal the same. We were four or five metres from the opponent. When you mark in the box you should be near.'[LNB]  Dynamo Kiev 2 Manchester City 0: Andriy Shevchenko shows he still has the knackCity defender Wabara joins Crewe on loan to aid Alex promotion bidDrogba defends Ivory Coast team-mate Toure over failed drugs testAll the latest Manchester City news, features and opinion[LNB] [LNB]  Explore more:People: Carlos Tevez, Roberto Mancini, Mario Balotelli Places: Manchester

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