• Date: Sun 21 February 2010
  • Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
  • Ref: Walton, P
  • Attendance: 47,203

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Team Lineups

Manchester City

Shay Given
Wayne Bridge
Pablo Zabaleta
Joleon Lescott
Stephen Ireland (Abdisalam Ibrahim, 76)
Shaun Wright-Phillips (Craig Bellamy, 68)
Adam Johnson, A
Gareth Barry
Vincent Kompany
Nigel de Jong
Emmanuel Adebayor

Liverpool

Jose Manuel Reina
Daniel Agger
Emiliano Insua
Jamie Carragher
Martin Skrtel
Steven Gerrard
Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez (Yossi Benayoun, 63)
Ryan Babel (Fernando Torres, 75)
Javier Mascherano
Leiva Lucas
Dirk Kuyt (Alberto Aquilani, 87)

Match Report
Manchester City and fellow Champions League hopefuls Liverpool played out a dour and disjointed goalless draw at Eastlands. The eagerly awaited clash between the fourth and fifth-placed teams proved a disappointing affair as neither looked like a side ready to compete amongst Europe's elite. City had the more clear-cut chances, but they rarely looked like inflicting a first defeat on Liverpool in ten matches, a sequence stretching back to 2005. Liverpool's form on the road remains a worry as they have won only once in their last seven away matches having failed to find the net in five of those games. Roberto Mancini rang the changes making five to the starting line-up from their last league match at Stoke five days earlier. Returning to the team were Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland, Vincent Kompany, Wayne Bridge and Pablo Zabaleta. Liverpool, unchanged from their last league game at Arsenal, made the brighter start forcing a succession of corners without ever threatening keeper Shay Given. It was not until late in the half that City began to look a danger as Zabaleta and Adam Johnson both had decent strikes at goal. But the visitors came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 44th minute when central defender Martin Skrtel headed narrowly wide from six yards following a Steven Gerrard corner. It took over an hour before either keeper was tested and then Jose Reina pulled off a superb stop to keep out a 25-yard drive from Emmanuel Adebayor. City pressed hard for a winner as Adebayor had two great chances late in the game. He burst clean through on goal only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle from Skrtel and then he headed narrowly over from inside the six-yard box. Not even the late introduction of substitute Fernando Torres, back after a month-long absence, 15 minutes from time, could break the deadlock in a match which turned out to be a non-event. And the only area where Liverpool outscored City was in bookings as they had six players cautioned, which will result in an FA fine.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

FULL TIME: MAN CITY 0-0 LIVERPOOL. Not good enough from both sides! Liverpool never showed the ambition to win it and City were sporadic in their attempts too.

90
Yellow Card
 

Liverpool's sixth booking of the afternoon is handed out to Fernando Torres - just about his only contribution since coming on.

90

Alberto Aquilani winds up an effort from long, long range but Lescott is stood in the right place to block it on the edge of the box.

88

As the clock winds down so does the ambition of City and Liverpool's went long ago. Looks like ground lost by both these sides today after Villa's win, while Spurs are leading too.

86
Substitution
 

A late change for Liverpool now as Dirk Kuyt is replaced by Alberto Aquilani.

85

City look most likely to score in the closing stages here with Liverpool camped inside their own half - I'm not sure Torres has had a touch yet.

82

Confusion around Eastlands as Agger challenges Adebayor and the referee appears to point to the penalty spot but the City cheers are quickly calmed as they realise he is awarding a goal kick.

80

Decent chance wasted by City as a Bellamy corner is not cleared and Emmanuel Adebayor somehow heads over the bar from inside the six yard box.

79

Javier Mascherano makes a rare forward run to reach the byline but his cross is easily cut out by Joleon Lescott.

77
Yellow Card
 

Another booking for Liverpool and its Dirk Kuyt this time for a foul on Nigel De Jong.

76
Substitution
 

Abdisalam Ibrahim is on for Man CIty in place of Stephen Ireland.

75
Substitution
 

Here he comes! Big moment in the match now as Fernando Torres replaces Ryan Babel for Liverpool.

74

Fernando Torres is warming up on the sideline and it seems to spark a response from Liverpool as Gerrard drives through the centre of the park and stings the palms of Given.

73

Adam Johnson is the only player that looks like doing anything in this game but there are so few players in the box that he only has Emmanuel Adebayor to aim for.

71

They should just shake on a 0-0 and be done with it. Both sides are so intent on not losing this game that they don't want to win it at all.

68
Substitution
 

Roberto Mancini is now making his first change and its a big one as Craig Bellamy is thrown on in place of Shaun Wright-Phillips.

67

Still Fernando Torres sits and waits on the bench - if he is fit, why has he not been introduced yet?

66
Yellow Card
 

He has only been on a minute or so but Yossi Benayoun has already got himself booked.

64
Substitution
 

A change now for Liverpool as Yossi Benayoun replaces the anonymous Maxi Rodriguez.

63
Yellow Card
 

Ryan Babel is the latest Liverpool player to find his way into the book.

62

I think I'm right in saying that Emmanuel Adebayor has just forced the first save of the match but its not a hard one for Reina as he parries the striker's limp shot over.

60

City have improved slightly but this game is still a bit of a shocker - is it time for Torres and Bellamy?

56

Babel has got back to his feet now after a bit of treatment and he should be ok to carry on now.

54
Yellow Card
 

Gareth Barry has had his name taken by the referee now.

53

Ryan Babel is down after taking the full force of a Johnson volleyed cross in his throat and the stretcher is on its way out now.

52

Roberto Mancini must have really got into his players at the break as they have come out much hungrier since the break with Johnson looking a real menace.

49

Great chance! The first real chance of the match falls the way of Stephen Ireland but the midfielder fails to keep his shot down after some good work from Adebayor inside the box.

48

First corner of the second period is taken by Adam Johnson but Jose Reina is there to claim.

Second half
 

We are back underway at Eastlands.

Half time
 

HALF TIME: MAN CITY 0-0 LIVERPOOL. Appalling first half display from both sides with neither looking to have any sort of cutting edge, hopefully things will improve after the break.

45
Yellow Card
 

Steven Gerrard is booked.

44

Chance for Liverpool to apply some pressure with a corner from Steven Gerrard....but he curls it straight into the arms of Shay Given.

41

Both managers will surely change something at the break because this has goalless draw written all over it at the moment - who wants it more?

38

First effort of the match from City now as Pablo Zabaleta gets himself into a forward position to fire just wide.

35

This is just not good enough. On the basis of this match then Aston Villa and Spurs will fancy themselves for the Champions League spots. No goalscoring chances.

31
Yellow Card
 

Javier Mascherano collects the first caution of the afternoon.

30

City starting to get a bit of a foothold in the game at last with Johnson beginning to threaten but his cross is well stopped by Skrtel.

26

Alas a shot almost testing a goalkeeper at Eastlands as Steven Gerrard drives towards the target and his shot is a fraction over the bar.

24

Neither of these sides look like they want to win this game at the moment - I think everyone was expecting a potential classic but so far its not to be.

19

Liverpool have kept in-form Adam Johnson very quiet so far and he is well marshalled by Jamie Carragher here as he finally gets the chance to run at the full back.

17

First sign of promise for City with Barry finding himself on the left but his cross is headed easily away by Lucas.

14

The first half chance of the match comes the way of Maxi Rodriguez but his volley is blocked by Vincent Kompany.

11

Got to be honest, not the start everyone was expecting with both sides struggling to get going and perhaps both not wanting to give anything away.

8

Very very tight with a midfield battle being the main talking point so far - and nobody is winning that either really.

4

Not too much action here early doors with the sides just sizing each other up a little.

2

Interesting to see Criag Bellamy on the bench today after an apparent bust up with Mancini this week - what price him coming off the bench to score a crucial goal then?

1
Kickoff
 

We are underway in this huge game in Manchester.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Maxi, Gerrard, Babel, Kuyt.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson, Adebayor.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Liverpool have improved since the turn of the year and got back into the heart of the race fro fourth and Fernando Torres is back on the bench after injury.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

City's top scorer is missing today as Carlos Tevez returns home for the birth of his child so Emmanuel Adebayor is on his own in attack.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Welcome to Eastlands for a huge game in the Champions League race as Manchester City entertain Liverpool.