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  • Date:24 Oct 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Amsterdam Arena
Goal!

Live Commentary

94:00

And that's it! Victory for Ajax - their first over an English club in the European Cup since 1980

94:00

Ajax now run the clock down with the ball in the corner.

93:00

Now the Ajax fans are fully in song - they know a crucial three points are theirs.

92:00

Kolarov takes and hits the wall. Oh dear.

91:00

Chance here for City as they win a free-kick centrally around 25-30 yards out.

91:00

Four minutes to be added on.

90:00

Tevez wins a corner this time, takes it himself and sends a daisy-cutter to the near post which is hoofed up-field.

89:00

Schone is replaced by Boerrigter

89:00

Another corner for City, Kolarov takes again and this time an Ajax player heads to safety.

88:00

Kolarov takes from the left, Dzeko meets it first but it bouces tamely to Vermeer.

87:00

Corner to City, they must score from this.

86:00

And as if on cue Aguero cuts inside onto his left, but can only shoot a yard over from the edge of the area.

85:00

City pushing and probing, but don't look like creating much meaningful.

84:00

The three City players who have been substituted are all English: Lescott, Milner, Barry

83:00

There is going to have to a dramatic change in the direction of this game if City are going to get anything out of it.

82:00

The cross from the free-kick is far too close to Vermeer who fists away, and Ajax can clear their lines.

81:00

Free-kick to Man City by the corner flag, Balotelli pushed by Blind

80:00

Yaya Toure joins the yellow peril for a cynical tug back on De Jong.

79:00

Opta stat: Manchester City have conceded 2+ goals in four of their five Champions League away games.

78:00

Four strikers on the pitch now for City as Balotelli replaces Milner.

77:00

Nasri gets in on the right and scoops a shot wide. The Frenchman appeal for a penalty for a tug back by Moisander but there looked little in it.

77:00

City back to a back four now after the chaos of playing three at the back.

76:00

Kolarov with the trip on Schone

75:00

Eyong Enoh is on for Tobias Sana

74:00

End to end! Now Ajax are on the attack, Babel shoots from the edge of the area but finds Hart.

73:00

Another great chance for Dzeko! He gets in front of the defence, tries to dance round Vermeer but forces himself wide. The square ball is on but he fires a shot straight at Vermeer.

72:00

An attacking move for City as Tevez comes on for Barry.

72:00

Up the other end and Dzeko is through! He pokes a shot at goal and Vermeer makes the starfish to block the effort.

71:00

Hart makes himself big and makes a great save - but Sana chose power over precission and it was the wrong decision.

71:00

Now Sana is through on goal and has a real chance to score a fourth!

70:00

Terrible play all round from City, giving the ball away cheaply in the centre and allowing Eriksen the time and space to work room for the goal.

69:00

Gareth Barry loses the ball to Schone in the centre of the park, Eriksen picks up the loose ball, dances unchallenged to the edge of the box before shooting - it deflects off Clichy and beats Hart

66:00

Fine cross from Kolarov on the left flank, Milner meets it with a stooping header but it goes over.

65:00

Milner receives a pass on the right and plays a first-time cross without really looking up. There's no one in the centre. Terrible.

64:00

Ajax have moved the ball around well, so this is a risky move from Mancini.

63:00

Lescott is replaced by Kolarov so it seems City will go to a back three with Clichy at left central defender.

62:00

Vermeer makes sure he wastes some seconds by having plenty of treatment.

61:00

Dzeko is penalised for jumping into Vermeer - 100% foul with Dzeko having his right arm all over the keeper.

60:00

This is a real test for City now. They really have to win this game and they've thrown it away.

59:00

So yet again the discussion over zonal marking crosp out. City defenders were caught flat-footed and Moisander got a run on all of them.

58:00

Eriksen takes the corner from the right, Moisander leaps unchallenged eight yards and and directs a fine header into the opposite corner.

57:00

Ajax have a corner, better work from Sana.

56:00

Sana cuts in dangerously from the right, and hits a left-footed shot so far wide it goes out for a throw-in level with the egde of the penalty area!

55:00

Opta stat: Manchester City have kept only one clean sheet in 13 games this season in all competitions, at home to Sunderland.

54:00

Nasri clatters into Van Rhijn with a late challenge and somehow avoids a yellow card.

53:00

Nasri tries to play the ball off his marker for a corner - and runs it straight out for a goal-kick.

52:00

And again, Dzeko is offside this time from Toure's through-ball.

51:00

The corner comes in from the left, and Hart catches unchallenged.

50:00

Comedy for the Ajax fans as Richards tries to hook the ball away over his shoulder, and only manages to smash it into his own face and behind for a corner.

49:00

Dzeko uses his power to get to the goal-line, and cuts it back for Barry six yards out who can only throw his head at the ball and it goes well wide.

47:00

Aguero tries to find Nasri with a cross from the right, Van Rhijn is wise to the danger and is there first with the header away.

46:00

Almost instantly City get a chance as Aguero snaffles possession inside the area, he's by the goal-line and tries to chip it back into the centre - a defender's head gets there first.

46:00

And we're off in the second half.

45:00

And that's half-time.

45:00

I'd like Ajax to thank me personally for that goal.

45:00

Van Rhijn finds hismelf in acres of space on the right and picks out De Jong with a lovely, low square ball into the area. De Jong finishes into the corner, first time, with aplomb.

43:00

You do wonder if Mancini will opt to protect this lead in the second half rather than build upon it.

42:00

Babel shoots from 35 yards, which Hart takes comfortably low down to his right. That might just have been a shot on target.

41:00

Opta stat: Samir Nasri's goal vs Ajax is his sixth in the Champions League (first for City) but the first to come away from home.

40:00

And right on cue Schone shoots around 10 yards over the bar from distance.

39:00

Shots on target from Ajax: 0 - an even more crucial stat due to have they have played early in the encounter.

38:00

Three Ajax players stood over the ball and instead they take it short, with the result being Schone hitting neither a shot nor a cross and Hart claiming the loose ball.

37:00

Milner trips De Jong, free-kick to Ajax and a chance to deliver into the box.

36:00

Milner tries to feed in Dzeko, but once again he's offside.

35:00

And then Milner again finds Nasri in the box on the left, his first touch is not the greatest - but he still goes for the shot which is blocked with ease.

34:00

Despite the setback of that goal, Ajax look to be growing in confidence again.

32:00

A raking pass to the right flank finds Van Rhijn up from the back. He takes a cut first touch, cuts back on to his left but opts for the shot - and it goes well over. Wasteful in the end.

31:00

Babel and Richards go shoulder to shoulder for the ball - Richards is the winner but Ajax get the throw.

30:00

For a moment Dzeko thinks he's free to latch on to a ball over the top but up goes the offside flag.

29:00

Ajax are only fourth in the Eredivisie, five points behind Steve McClaren's FC Twente with PSV Eindhoven and, unexpectedly, Vitesse also above them.

28:00

Blind for a block on Dzeko

27:00

Richards goes on a burst down the right and suddenly City have four on three, Richards decides he has the right to shoot but blasts it at a nice height for Vermeer. A pass may have been better.

26:00

Now Aguero dances through in the area, he tries to dink a pass back across the six yard box but there's no team-mate there.

25:00

Such a different game now, City with a spring in their step and Ajax looking ponderous.

24:00

Now Nasri appears to be blocked off when trying to break towards goal off a one-two, but it would have been a very soft penalty.

23:00

Now it's all City. Aguero wins the corner which Nasri takes - and he commits the cardinal sin by failing to beat the first man.

22:00

And it's as easy as that. Great break, Milner feeds in the unmarked Nasri cutting in from the left and he curls a shot into the opposite corner Henry-style to give City the lead

20:00

And now Schone almost gets in, but the pass into the box is just ahead of him.

19:00

Again just wide from Eriksen. He leaves Barry for dead with the spin but his effort from 25 yards goes a few inches wide.

18:00

Frank de Boer must be happy with the start Ajax have made - they now need to create something as well as look dangerous.

17:00

Clichy trisp Sana as he tried to break in towards the box, free-kick to Ajax which they take short and it comes to nothing.

16:00

Toure hobbles back onto the pitch, he doesn't look too comfortable.

15:00

Toure has a bit of treatment off on the side.

13:00

Yaya Toure is down and needs treatment after a clash of legs with Blind.

12:00

Great, powerful run Aguero into the box before he was tackled just inside the area. Some City claims for a penalty but the defender won the ball.

11:00

City have a rare bit of possession but the passing is sloppy and Ajax get it back with a throw.

10:00

Opta stat: Manchester City have conceded a total of 22 shots on target in their two Champions League games this season.

9:00

Nothing at all from City yet in the opposition's half.

8:00

Eriksen fires just wide! Barry slipped on the edge of the area which left the Dane in space, and he should have hit the target.

7:00

Amazingly this is only Micah Richards second-ever Champions League appearance. He played only once last term.

6:00

De Jong tries to find the top corner from the edge of the D. He does ... the top corner of the stand.

5:00

Positive start from Ajax, City struggling to get a grasp on the game.

4:00

Dzeko is slumped back in his chair on the bench, blowing bubbles with chewing gum.

3:00

Eriksen plays it in from the left, it eventually drops deep to Sana but he is backing into Dzeko.

2:00

Blind tries to find Eriksen, it's intercepted by Barry and all Kompany can then do is concede the corner.

1:00

We're off in Amsterdam!

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