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Juventus v Manchester City live

16 Dec 2010 20:11:41

Juventus v Manchester City live

Follow Sportsmail's live coverage of the final day in the Europa League group stage where Manchester City travel to Juventus. A win for Roberto Mancini's already qualified side will ensure they top Group A and enter the draw for the next round seeded. Send all your thoughts on the evening's action to me at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk  Juventus 1-1 Manchester City (6pm) Juventus: Manninger, Grygera,Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Traore (Boniperti 67), Krasic (Camilleri 57), Sissoko, Felipe Melo, Pepe,Giannetti (Buchel 79), Del Piero.Subs: Storari, Iaquinta, Bonucci,Giandonato. Goals: Giannetti 43. Man City: Given, Boateng, Richards, Boyata, Bridge, Wright-Phillips (Chantler 90),Milner, Vieira, Adam Johnson, Jo, Nimely (Zabaleta 61).Subs: Taylor, Kay,Mee, Ibrahim, Elabdellaoui. Goals: Jo 77. Referee: Istvan Vad (Hungary) 20.03: That's it then for the group stage, Manchester City join Liverpool as group winners in the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League tomorrow at 12pm. It's worth noting at this point that the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is decided an hour earlier, as Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham await their European fate. Check back tomorrow morning where Sportsmail will bring you live coverage of both the draws as they happen. Thank your for following, good evening. 20.00: And the holders Atletico Madrid are out. their failure to better Aris' result in group B means they finish third and will not be in the draw tomorrow. 19.57: It indeed does finish 1-0 in Salzburg, so Manchester will go into tomorrow's draw knowing they will miss all the Europa League's group winners and the four strongest drop-outs from the Champions League. That had to be worth playing for before tonight surely? 19.55: They are still playing in Salzburg but Poznan still need to add two more goals in injury time to top the group so Manchester City should be confirmed as group A's winners. Full-time: Juventus 1-1 Manchester City 90+1min: What  moment for him, 20-years-old Chris Chantler replaces Wright-Phillips for the final seconds. 90min: Two minutes of injury time. 88min: Ah what a waste! Johnson, who has had a great second period slices the free-kick well wide. 87min: Free-kick 25 yards out on the right for City after Sissoko brings down Milner as the midfielder was charging towards goal. The Juventus midfielder is booked. 85min: Juventus defending pretty deep now. Should the score stay like this Juve would have drawn all six of their group games. Consistent I'll give them that. Jo-y: Jo showed neat skill to equalise for Manchester City 82min: City with much of the ball still, they look the more likely to grab a winner should there be one. 79min: Final sub from Juventus who bring on Marcel Buchel for Giannetti. 79min: As it now stands City will top the group. Felipe Melo is booked after a late foul on Johnson, that battle has been an ongoing feature in the second half. 77min: GOAL! Juventus 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY He is useless from two yards but handy from 12. Johnson threads a lovely ball in the box where Jo does a neat 180 degrees turn before burying it in the bottom corner with his next touch. That was class. 75min: That would have been an amazing goal. Johnson skips his way down the right before hitting a cross from the byline where Wright-Phillips improvises well to hit a bicycle kick that flies over. It was impressive enough he even made contact. 74min: Rolling back the years Del Boy? He makes himself an angle on the edge of the box before electing to chip the ball across goal that has Given beaten but just floats wide. Meanwhile Zabaleta is booked for dissent. Keep your eye on the ball! Shaun Wright Phillips (right) closes down Milos Krasic 72min: Good save from Manninger or another howler from Jo? I will go for the latter. Milner finds space on the right side of the box and his lovely ball across the six yard box is met by the Brazilian but he can only fire it straight at the keeper. luckily for him the offside flag goes up wrongly...again. 70min: This Juve defence is holding firm but City are not applying that much pressure, Mancini does not look too bothered about finishing second. 67min: Second sub from Juve as Armand Traore is replaced by Filippo Boniperti. 66min: Tidy effort from Milner, Jo knocks the ball down for him on the edge of the box and his effort with the outside of his right foot flashes just wide across goal. 63min: This is a much better second half and once again Juve blow another chance. A cross from the right finds Sissoko at the far post but unmarked he heads well wide. 61min: Pablo Zabaleta i son for City with the quiet Nimely going off. To be fair this was not the easiest game to make your first start, he will be back. 58min: Pandemonium in the City six yard box. Giannetti mis-kicks first before Nicola Legrottaglie's follow up kindly falls for Given. 57min: That's it for Krasic who is replaced by Vincenzo Camilleri. 56min: Top save that from Given, Krasic test shim from 20 yards out with a powerful drive that the Irishman does well to tip over. This game has livened up. Out jumped: Alex Nimely (left) is beaten to a header by Sissoko 54min: If only Johnson would adopt a similar policy. He receives the ball at the far post but rather than shoot he cuts inside on his weaker right foot before being tackled by Zdenek Grygera. 53min: That's better a few more shoot on sight tactics. Felipe Melo advances with the ball a couple of yards before unleashing a strike 30 yards out, which just lacks power to trouble Given low to his left. 51min: It's just not Jo's night. He runs onto a chopped ball in the box to clumsily bundle the ball past Alex Manninger, only to find he has been ruled offside. Looks pretty harsh that. 48min: City seeing plenty of the ball down the left, but Juventus are starting to gang up on Johnson and his impact is starting to weaken...which I guess is the idea from the Italian side's point of view. 46min: Just like the first half, Jo again has a great chance to score he rises well to a cross from the left but six yards out can only head wide. He was under pressure but he simply must do better from there. Second-half: Manchester City kick us off. 19.02: As the players make their way out, it's worth noting it could be much worse. Current holders Atletico Madrid are on their way out if results stay the same in their group. 19.00: As for the young man Nimely, sadly he just has not had a look in, it's been a tough introduction for him. 18.55. Whether City are trying or not, Juventus have stopped them playing. It's all very well saying it does not matter where you finish in this group, but finishing runners-up leaves you facing some very tough Champions League drop-outs. City have to have a go in the second-half. 18.50: Lack of concentration has cost City there and as it stands they will finish runners-up, with Lech Poznan winning 1-0 in Salzburg. Half-time: Juventus 1-0 Manchester City Bundled in: Giannetti reacted well to put Juventus in front 43min: GOAL! JUVENTUS 1-0 Manchester City I did warn them. On the left side of the penalty box, Del Piero makes space for a short ball across the six yard box where Niccolo Giannetti steals in front of Boyata to bundle in the bottom corner. 41min: To be fair to Mancini he is trying to get something going. Johnson and Wright-Phillips are alternating the flanks but it is not having much effect. 38min: Jo hits the far post with a header from a cross but he is adjudged to have fouled Giorgio Chiellini in the build up, yes I'm feeding off scraps here. 36min: Lech Poznan have gone a goal up in Slazburg. As it stand City still top the group courtesy of a superior goal difference. 34min: He is 36-years-old but City seem petrified to put a tackle in on Del Piero, a few times now he has run towards the penalty box unchallenged and sooner or later that will go punished. Off the ball: Adam Johnson (left) fends off Zdenek Grygera 32min: Good defending from Wright Phillips. Del Piero picks out Simone Pepe storming into the box but the little winger reads it well and intercepts it by clearing for a corner, which City clear. 30min: City are trying to get it to their wingers where they can but their opportunities are limited. Johnson outnumbered on the left picks out a neat run behind on the wing by Jo but with nobody in the box his cross is headed clear. That is about as sloe as we have come to even a chance let alone a shot. 28min: If it's any consolation we are still awaiting our first goal this evening in the whole of the Europa League. Sliding in: Patrick Vieira challenges Mohamed Sissoko for the ball 27min: This game is dying for some creativity. But Johnson and Wright-Phillips are being starved of service and Nimely has hardly seen the ball. 24min: That's about the first tackle we have had in anger after Giannetti is slightly late on Vieira. This game has a very pre-season feel to it. 22min: Overall though City are not being troubled and this game is being played at a far too slow pace, obviously suiting the Italian side. 20min: Juve have a much better grip on this game after that slow start. Giannetti and Del Piero are linking up well on the left which is where most of the play is heading. 18min: Fans are singing in Turin but it's not the home crowd, City fans are making all the noise. 16min: Del Piero's corner is cleared but upon receiving the ball 25 yards out moments later, has a crack at goal which floats easily over Shay Given's bar. Should have perhaps done better but I blame that Jabulani ball they are using. 15min: Corner for Juve after Milos Krasic shows some quick feet down the right to draw a sliding challenge from Bridge that diverts behind. 12min: Classic Del Piero. He shrugs off a challenge from Milner, before skipping past a poor attempt of a tackle from Jerome Boateng. Once inside the box he is finally tackled by Dedryck Boyata just as he is about to pull the trigger. 11min: One to watch for Juve is Niccolo Giannetti, he has got behind Richards a couple of times now. 9min: On field sparring is the order in the early stages, both teams still testing their boundaries. Good contest so far. 6min: Still City pressurise, Wayne Bridge sends in a decent ball from the left where Mohamed Sissoko nearly heads past Alex Manninger. The keeper dives low to his left to tip the ball around the post. 4min: City slickers by name and nature. Juventus can't break the visitors down and when City do get the ball they counter with pace and purpose. Adam Johnson especially looking sharp on the left. 2min: How have City not scored there? Micah Richards bursts down the right and after slipping a ball in the six yard box, Jo somehow lets it run behind him where Adam Johnson can't quite fathom a second opportunity. Kick-off: So with just one man and his dog in the stands, Juve kick us off. 17.57: Just looking at the stadium it seems to lack soul. I know they never filled the Stadio delle Alpi, but what an awesome ground that was. 17.56: Teams standing in the tunnel, stands look empty...very empty. On first looks there may be more Man City fans in the crowd. 17.54: Just to keep you updated, I will provide important goal updates from the group's other match between Salzburg and Lech Poznan, as it could have an impact on where City finish in this group. 17.51: If we look back to the previous game between these two, the potential is there for a top game. It finished 1-1 with both goals coming in a first-half that was throughly entertaining. The less said about the second period though the better... 17.48: Roberto Mancini pre-match, not looking too happy: 'I will talk about the game, not Carlos [Tevez]. 'It's important for us to finish top because we want to win all our games.' On Nimely: 'He is a good young player and he can play a good game.' 17.44: One name I was eagerly anticipating to feature in the lineups tonight was a certain Alessandro Del Piero. What a talent he is. I don't care how old he is now, or whether I'm just nostalgic towards the 90s. Class is permanent. 17.41: Juventus maybe out but they are also unbeaten. They have drawn all five of their group stage matches, so a guaranteed win this is not. They also sit second in Serie A so are not going to be the fallen giants you might expect. 17.38: Alex Nimely has made just one appearance for Manchester City and that came from off the bench away to Burnley last season. He has been at the club a while having joined in January 2008. It's another reason to follow tonight's coverage, what has this 19-year-old got up his sleeve. 17.35: More on Nimely in a moment but what of tonight's home side? Juventus are unbelievably already out. They may sit three points behind Lech Poznan in the table but in matches between those two sides they scored fewer away goals. For UEFA, goal difference overall comes quite low down the pecking order in ways to separate teams. 17.32: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini makes nine changes to his side for this evening's Europa League match against Juventus. Only Jerome Boateng and Jo retain their places following the Barclays Premier League victory over West Ham at the weekend, with Micah Richards given the captain's armband. Jo is partnered up front by Alex Nimely, the 19-year-old handed his first start by Mancini. 17.29: From the Stadio Olimpico: Juventus v Man CityJuventus: Manninger, Grygera, Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Traore, Krasic, Sissoko, Felipe Melo, Pepe, Giannetti, Del Piero. Subs: Storari, Iaquinta, Bonucci, Buchel, Giandonato, Boniperti, Camilleri.Man City: Given, Boateng, Richards, Boyata, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Milner, Vieira, Adam Johnson, Jo, Nimely. Subs: Taylor, Zabaleta, Kay, Mee, Ibrahim, Chantler, Elabdellaoui.Referee: Istvan Vad (Hungary) 17.26: I know many of you will be pointing towards last night's dire Liverpool game but to be fair to Mancini's side they have been entertaining this season. City's last three games in this competition have produced at least three goals and they generally put on a good show. 17.23: With City already through, it's just a matter of where they will end up in the group. A win tonight and it is guaranteed they will take top spot. A draw and they will need to rely on Red Bull Salzburg to get a result at home to Lech Poznan to ensure they finish top. It can get more complicated with goal difference and all that, but we will only cross that bridge when we come to it, as it it a bit long winded. 17.20: It's a hard life being Roberto Mancini. He has five strikers all unhappy with their current status at the club and that includes his club skipper Carlos Tevez, who as you may know (unless you have been living under a rock) wants to leave the club. In addition he has a group of stars including Shay Given, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Patrick Vieira that all want a game in what is a bloated squad. But this is where the Europa League comes in, City's second string have made fairly easy meat of the competition so far and victory tonight will send a message across Europe that even their reserves pack a punch. Team news on the way. Little and large: Jo (left) and Shaun Wright-Phillips (centre) have featured more in the Europa League this term  Tevez must stay! Together we can make City great, Mancini tells captainMancini's moaners... Tevez isn't the only sulking striker at Manchester CityFulham tell Hughes: You're safe, so here's £10m! Boss lines up Santa spreeALL MANCHESTER CITY FC


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