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  • Date:15 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:17:00
  • Venue:
  • Attendance:21,000
Goal!

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93mins

Micah Richards produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

91mins

Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, Danijel Cesarec makes a clearance.

89mins

Inswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov, Micah Richards produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

88mins

Nery Castillo is brought on as a substitute for Darcy Neto.

87mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garbini Michel by Mario Balotelli. Michail Sifakis takes the direct free kick.

86mins

The referee blows for offside against Danijel Cesarec. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the indirect free kick.

83mins

Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikos Lazaridis. Pablo Zabaleta joins the action as a substitute, replacing Edin Dzeko. Garbini Michel restarts play with the free kick.

82mins

Shot from long distance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya misses to the right of the goal.

79mins

David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garbini Michel. Free kick taken by Michail Sifakis.

79mins

Juan Carlos Toja handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.

78mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Garbini Michel goes wide of the left-hand post.

76mins

Foul by Edin Dzeko on Ricardo Faty, free kick awarded. Edin Dzeko booked. Shaun Wright-Phillips goes off and Mario Balotelli comes on. Darcy Neto restarts play with the free kick.

73mins

Carlos Tevez challenges Thanasis Prittas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michail Sifakis takes the direct free kick.

72mins

Danijel Cesarec replaces Raul Marcelo Bobadilla.

72mins

Darcy Neto takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

71mins

Foul by David Silva on Thanasis Prittas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Thanasis Prittas.

70mins

Shot from long distance by Edin Dzeko misses to the right of the goal.

67mins

Garbini Michel takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in.

66mins

Darcy Neto takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Darcy Neto decides to take the corner short.

65mins

Foul by Juan Carlos Toja on Carlos Tevez, free kick awarded. Jerome Boateng restarts play with the free kick.

64mins

Corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the left by-line to the near post, Raul Marcelo Bobadilla manages to make a clearance.

63mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Michail Sifakis.

62mins

Juan Carlos Toja takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

62mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Marcelo Bobadilla. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Darcy Neto.

58mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Raul Marcelo Bobadilla unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Darcy Neto from the free kick, comfortable save by Joe Hart.

57mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Michail Sifakis.

56mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Michail Sifakis takes the free kick.

55mins

The referee blows for offside. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.

54mins

Ronaldo Guiaro fouled by Edin Dzeko, the ref awards a free kick. Ronaldo Guiaro restarts play with the free kick.

50mins

Darcy Neto takes a short corner.

48mins

Juan Carlos Toja has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

47mins

Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, Nikos Lazaridis manages to make a clearance.

46mins

Raul Marcelo Bobadilla gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Boateng. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.

44mins

Raul Marcelo Bobadilla is adjudged to have handled the ball. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.

43mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Tevez on Juan Carlos Toja. Direct free kick taken by Michail Sifakis.

39mins

The referee penalises Joe Hart for handball. Darcy Neto has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

38mins

Corner taken by Darcy Neto, Nikos Lazaridis takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

38mins

Corner taken right-footed by Darcy Neto.

35mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikos Lazaridis by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Michail Sifakis takes the free kick.

35mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Silva, clearance made by Ronaldo Guiaro.

33mins

Foul by Edin Dzeko on Ronaldo Guiaro, free kick awarded. Ronaldo Guiaro restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

Ricardo Faty takes a shot.

32mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Edin Dzeko goes wide left of the goal.

29mins

Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross.

28mins

Gareth Barry challenges Raul Marcelo Bobadilla unfairly and gives away a free kick. Juan Carlos Toja takes the direct free kick.

28mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save made by Michail Sifakis.

27mins

Unfair challenge on David Silva by Ricardo Faty results in a free kick. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.

26mins

The referee blows for offside. Michail Sifakis restarts play with the free kick.

22mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Thanasis Prittas. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.

22mins

The official flags Daisuke Sakata offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.

21mins

Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov, Edin Dzeko produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

20mins

Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Juan Carlos Toja results in a free kick. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.

20mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Darcy Neto. Thanasis Prittas takes the direct free kick.

19mins

Daisuke Sakata takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

16mins

Kristi Vangeli concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Free kick crossed left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from left wing, Nikos Lazaridis makes a clearance.

16mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Michail Sifakis makes a save.

14mins

Carlos Tevez takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

13mins

Ricardo Faty challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.

12mins

Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darcy Neto by Edin Dzeko. Strike on goal comes in from Garbini Michel from the free kick, blocked by Edin Dzeko.

9mins

David Silva takes a shot. Save by Michail Sifakis.

8mins

The referee penalises Edin Dzeko for handball. Kristi Vangeli takes the free kick.

7mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Faty on Aleksandar Kolarov. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.

6mins

Foul by Edin Dzeko on Kristi Vangeli, free kick awarded. Kristi Vangeli takes the free kick.

4mins

The official flags Edin Dzeko offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michail Sifakis.

1mins

Raul Marcelo Bobadilla takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

Match Preview

England goalkeeper Joe Hart wants Manchester City to shrug off their derby blues when they face Aris Salonika in the Europa League.

Hart is already set for the next challenge after Wayne Rooney's wonder goal gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Saturday. City midfielder David Silva cancelled out Nani's opener, only for the England striker to have the last word.

Hart said: "It's deflated us a bit, but you've got to pick yourselves up and move on. You can't give up. If you're going to do that then there's no point in turning up every week. We are here to win games, do well for Manchester City and push the club on. That's not changed.

"We are still in the hunt for trophies, and we want to make it happen. The derby has gone. It's unfortunate that we lost, but we have to brush ourselves down and carry on. We've got the Europa League and the FA Cup as well as the Premier League to focus on.

"We know what we are about. People have been talking about Manchester United all season, but we played well. It's just a shame that we couldn't produce that bit of magic."

Hart had no chance with Rooney's overhead kick winner and added on his club`s official website: "I think you've got to admire skill like that, it's just a shame that it was against us. It's what he's capable of, and it's probably been bottled up for the whole season. He's summed himself up as a player and also shut a few critics up with that strike."

Midfielder Nigel de Jong looks set to miss the last-32 encounter as he remains troubled with an ankle injury while striker Mario Balotelli is expected to return on Sunday against Notts County in an FA Cup replay following an knee problem.

Aris are protecting a 40-year unbeaten run in European competition, spanning 24 matches, at their Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium. However caretaker-coach Ioannis Michalitsios, who played for the club, fears the worst.

He said: "Manchester City are a powerhouse. Emmanuel Adebayor was on the bench and now he is a first-team player on loan at Real Madrid.

"There is no secret to Aris's home success. It's a record that spans four decades and many generations of players. The common factor is the fans.

"Our supporters transmit their energy to the players - they can lift them when they are feeling down, they sing non-stop for two hours, it's impressive."

Formation:4411Manager: Enrique Hernandez

Aris Salonika

Formation: 4231Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Michail Sifakis
  • Kristi Vangeli
  • Ronaldo Guiaro
  • Nikos Lazaridis
  • Garbini Michel
  • Darcy Neto
  • Thanasis Prittas
  • Ricardo Faty
  • Daisuke Sakata
  • Juan Carlos Toja
  • Raul Marcelo Bobadilla
  • SUBS
  • Markos Vellidis
  • Lozano Farran Oriol
  • Danijel Cesarec
  • Konstatinos Kaznaferis
  • Costas Mendrinos
  • Deividas Cesnauskis
  • Nery Castillo

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Match Report

City boost chances Manchester City took a step towards the last 16 of the Europa League by keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Aris Salonika in Greece. It was a professional performance given Aris have never be been beaten in 40 years of European competition at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium. It could have been even better but former Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko was out of luck in the second half. Dzeko was one of four changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the derby on Saturday. Jerome Boateng, Kolo Toure and Shaun-Wright Phillips were all recalled to the side. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric as the game got under way with fireworks lighting up the night sky just before kick-off. It was easy to see why some many teams have failed to cope with surroundings over the years. City had the majority of possession in the first half but had nothing to show for their efforts. They showed their intentions early on and David Silva cracked in a shot from 20 yards after nine minutes that was turned away at the post by goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis. Then Carlos Tevez tried his luck from distance five minutes later but his effort finished wide of the target. Tevez was playing a deeper role than normal with former Wolfsburg striker Dzeko on his own up front. City stepped up the pace and Dzeko almost opened the scoring in the 16th minute. He got on the end of a driven cross from Aleksandar Kolarov but saw his close range shot gathered by the goalkeeper at the second attempt. City were keeping possession well and frustrating an Aris side who came into the match on the back of a home defeat by Olympiacos. City launched a swift counter-attack in the 28th minute but Dzeko only succeeded in drilling his shot into the body of Sifakis. Dzeko was finding plenty of room and four minutes later latched on to a ball from Gareth Barry but his finish was wayward. Aris were finding it a struggle to get going but won a free-kick after goalkeeper Joe Hart handled outside the area. Referee Alberto Mallenco allowed play to continue in the 39th minute but after consulting with his assistant brought Hart to book. That appeased Aris, whose players surrounded the assistant after the ball ran out of play. Neto took the free-kick but his effort went the wrong side of the post. Wright-Phillips was becoming more involved and cut inside in the 57th minute only to send his effort into the body of Sifakis. Back came Aris and Neto sent a free-kick over the wall but Hart was able to take it cleanly. The home side were growing in confidence and Juan Toja sprinted forward in the 63rd minute and fired in a shot that Hart was equal to. Dzeko again came close to giving City the lead a minute later following a cross from Barry. Dzeko got in a towering header but Sifakis somehow managed to tip it over the top of the bar. Play then switched back down the other end and Neto was denied by Hart as the game suddenly opened up and Barry did well to block a shot from Michel. City now knew they were in a game as the crowd cranked up the atmosphere even further. Mario Balotelli was then handed his first outing in six weeks following a knee injury when he replaced Wright-Phillips late on. Even though City failed to make the breakthrough they will be expected to complete the job in the second leg.

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