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  • Date:01 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:24,760
  • Johnson (55) Balotelli (58)
    Nasri (72) Savic (86)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92mins

Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

90mins

Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Joe Hart.

89mins

Unfair challenge on Mauro Formica by Aleksandar Kolarov results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

88mins

Edin Dzeko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mario Balotelli.

87mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Samir Nasri, Stefan Savic scores a headed goal from close in. Blackburn 0-4 Man City.Samir Nasri provided the assist for the goal.

86mins

Effort from 12 yards by Aleksandar Kolarov. Blocked by Jason Lowe.

85mins

Ayegbeni Yakubu has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

83mins

Jason Lowe concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Mario Balotelli restarts play with the free kick. David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann. Effort from outside the penalty area by Mario Balotelli goes wide left of the goal.

80mins

Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

79mins

Stefan Savic is brought on as a substitute for Adam Johnson.

77mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Joe Hart.

76mins

Mauro Formica produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Joe Hart.

76mins

Aleksandar Kolarov produces a drilled left-footed shot from 35 yards. Paul Robinson makes a save.

73mins

Samir Nasri grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-3 Man City.Assist by David Silva.

72mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a short corner.

72mins

The ball is sent over by David Hoilett, blocked by Pablo Zabaleta.

69mins

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Jason Lowe, free kick awarded. Pablo Zabaleta receives a caution. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

67mins

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Mauro Formica, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Joe Hart.

66mins

Unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Samir Nasri results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

62mins

Unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

61mins

Mauro Formica replaces David Goodwillie.

59mins

Samir Nasri crosses the ball, Mario Balotelli gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-2 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Samir Nasri.

58mins

Gael Givet concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick. Gael Givet is given a yellow card.

56mins

A goal is scored by Adam Johnson from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Man City.Aleksandar Kolarov provided the assist for the goal.

56mins

Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

56mins

Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.

55mins

The ball is crossed by David Silva, clearance by Christopher Samba.

55mins

The ball is sent over by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance by Christopher Samba.

53mins

Pablo Zabaleta challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

52mins

Effort from just inside the area by Mario Balotelli hits the post.

50mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Mario Balotelli. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

49mins

Centre by David Hoilett, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.

48mins

Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

46mins

David Silva takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Short corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line. Blocked by Christopher Samba.

46mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Radosav Petrovic by Aleksandar Kolarov. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

46mins

The ball is swung over by Aleksandar Kolarov, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.

45mins

Unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by David Hoilett results in a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.

45mins

Mario Balotelli has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

43mins

Effort from inside the area by Mario Balotelli misses to the left of the goal.

43mins

Short corner worked by Samir Nasri.

41mins

David Goodwillie fouled by Joleon Lescott, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.

38mins

Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.

37mins

Mario Balotelli produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

35mins

Effort from outside the box by James Milner goes wide right of the target.

35mins

The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

33mins

David Hoilett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Aleksandar Kolarov crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

32mins

Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

30mins

Samir Nasri takes a short corner, Adam Johnson produces a cross, Paul Robinson makes a save.

29mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.

28mins

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Joe Hart fouled by David Goodwillie, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

27mins

Samir Nasri replaces Sergio Aguero.

24mins

Shot by Mario Balotelli. Blocked by Jason Lowe.

23mins

The ball is sent over by James Milner, comfortable save by Paul Robinson.

17mins

Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

14mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

13mins

Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on David Goodwillie, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

11mins

Foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.

10mins

David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. Effort on goal by Mario Balotelli from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

8mins

The referee gives a free kick against James Milner for handball. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

7mins

A cross is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta, clearance made by Scott Dann.

6mins

Foul by David Goodwillie on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.

4mins

Mario Balotelli challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

2mins

David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Dzeko makes peace with Mancini Edin Dzeko could start against Blackburn after confirming he has been forgiven by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini for his furious reaction to being substituted in Munich this week. Mancini vowed that no City player would behave in such a manner again whilst he remained in charge. Dzeko vented his frustrations as he was making his way to the dugout after being replaced by Nigel de Jong 10 minutes into the second half of City's 2-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern, then continued his angry rant as he took his seat. However, the Bosnian has now apologised. And Mancini has accepted. "I know my reaction (to being taken off) was bad," he said. "I have spoken to the guys and to the coach as well. "I have apologised for the reaction and Roberto has accepted it and said that everything is okay and that we have to be positive for the next game." Mancini's forgiveness clearly does not extend to Carlos Tevez, who has been suspended for two weeks pending an internal investigation into the manager's claims that he refused to play. De Jong is likely to be on the bench again and though Adam Johnson is back in training after an ankle injury it may be to soon for him. Blackburn manager Steve Kean is still waiting on the fitness of defenders Scott Dann and Michel Salgado. Neither player has trained this week and the pair will undergo late tests to determine whether they will be able to face City at Ewood Park. Martin Olsson is definitely out through suspension following his red card at Newcastle but Gael Givet has recovered from the knock he sustained at St James' Park and should be available, while Kean confirmed Ryan Nelson and David Dunn are edging closer to a return.

Formation:433Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

Formation: 433Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Paul Robinson
  • Jason Lowe
  • Christopher Samba
  • Scott Dann
  • Gael Givet
  • Radosav Petrovic
  • Steven Nzonzi
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • David Goodwillie
  • Ayegbeni Yakubu
  • David Hoilett
  • SUBS
  • Mark Bunn
  • Mauro Formica
  • Jordan Slew
  • Ruben Rochina
  • Simon Vukcevic
  • Jason Roberts
  • Grant Hanley

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Match Report

It's super Mario for City Mario Balotelli grabbed his chance wipe out the memory of Manchester City's Munich misery as Roberto Mancini's men eased to a 4-0 victory at ailing Blackburn. Balotelli drilled home City's second just before the hour and ran the home defence ragged in what was City's perfect riposte to the midweek controversy involving Carlos Tevez. Adam Johnson's wonder-goal and late strikes from Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic wrapped up City's second half master-class leading furious Rovers fans to chant for the dismissal of boss Steve Kean. Despite accepting Edin Dzeko's apology for his outburst at being substituted in midweek, Mancini had dropped the Bosnian to the bench and opted to give Balotelli his chance. It was an inspired decision with Balotelli looking by far the liveliest of City's attacking options, particularly when Sergio Aguero limped off injured on the half-hour. Rovers had started solidly enough but it quickly became apparent they would have to guard against City's speed and sharpness, with Chris Samba cutting out a dangerous Vincent Kompany cross. The visitors had their first real chance in the 10th minute when David Silva cut into the box from the left and his cross was parried by Paul Robinson into the path of Balotelli, who blazed over. Rovers responded two minutes later with a swinging cross from Morten Gamst Pedersen on the left, which was aimed for the head of Samba before being cut out by Joleon Lescott. Junior Hoilett's pace troubled the City rearguard in the 16th minute as he scampered over the half-way line and sent Yakubu on the left, but he was denied by a fine challenge by Milner. For all their neat possession, Mancini's men were struggling to unduly threaten the Rovers defence, with Silva guilty of spooning a 25th minute half-chance high over the bar. City's striking options, already diminished by the suspension of Tevez, were further hit when Aguero limped off with an apparent groin strain. Nasri came on to replace Aguero, and his first act was to screw a low shot towards the Rovers goal which was deflected out for a corner by David Goodwillie. City's inability to find the cutting final ball surfaced again in the 35th minute when a fine move involving Milner and Nasri petered out when Samba beat Balotelli to a clearance in the box. Balotelli stepped up his game towards the end of the first half, flashing a curling 37th minute effort wide then zipping in front of Samba to shoot into the side-netting. City looked sharper at the start of the second half, with Silva shooting across the face of goal moments after the restart, then Balotelli driving a right-foot shot against the post. City finally broke the deadlock in the 56th minute when Johnson picked up a half-cleared Kolarov corner on the edge of the box and swung a superb left-foot shot into the top corner. And City extended their lead three minutes later when Balotelli got the goal his performance deserved, stealing in front of Steven Nzonzi to prod home a cross from the left by Nasri. Nasri swept home City's third in the 74th minute after good work from Silva in the box, sparking a furious reaction from sections of the home fans who chanted for Kean's dismissal. Substitute Mauro Formica forced the first real save out of Joe Hart with 15 minutes left on the clock then Yakubu blazed high over the bar but it was all in vain. City scored their fourth three minutes from time when Nasri sent in a corner from the left and substitute Stefan Savic bundled the ball home through a crowded box.

possession


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