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Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Joe Hart.
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.
Edin Dzeko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mario Balotelli.
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.
Effort from 12 yards by Aleksandar Kolarov. Blocked by Jason Lowe.
Ayegbeni Yakubu has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
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.
Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Stefan Savic is brought on as a substitute for Adam Johnson.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Joe Hart.
Mauro Formica produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Joe Hart.
Aleksandar Kolarov produces a drilled left-footed shot from 35 yards. Paul Robinson makes a save.
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.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a short corner.
The ball is sent over by David Hoilett, blocked by Pablo Zabaleta.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Jason Lowe, free kick awarded. Pablo Zabaleta receives a caution. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Mauro Formica, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Joe Hart.
Unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Samir Nasri results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Mauro Formica replaces David Goodwillie.
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.
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.
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.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by David Silva, clearance by Christopher Samba.
The ball is sent over by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Pablo Zabaleta challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Effort from just inside the area by Mario Balotelli hits the post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Mario Balotelli. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Centre by David Hoilett, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
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.
The ball is swung over by Aleksandar Kolarov, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Radosav Petrovic by Aleksandar Kolarov. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by David Hoilett results in a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
Mario Balotelli has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Effort from inside the area by Mario Balotelli misses to the left of the goal.
Short corner worked by Samir Nasri.
David Goodwillie fouled by Joleon Lescott, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
Mario Balotelli produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Effort from outside the box by James Milner goes wide right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
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.
Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Samir Nasri takes a short corner, Adam Johnson produces a cross, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
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.
Samir Nasri replaces Sergio Aguero.
Shot by Mario Balotelli. Blocked by Jason Lowe.
The ball is sent over by James Milner, comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on David Goodwillie, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.
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.
The referee gives a free kick against James Milner for handball. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
A cross is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta, clearance made by Scott Dann.
Foul by David Goodwillie on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Mario Balotelli challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
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.
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.
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