skip to content
The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Reece Wabara replaces Pablo Zabaleta.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Sturridge on Edin Dzeko. Red card for Daniel Sturridge. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
James Milner crosses the ball, blocked by Gary Cahill. Outswinging corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.
Tamir Cohen concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel De Jong. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Davies is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick.
Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Zat Knight by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Ivan Klasnic from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken by Rodrigo Moreno, Edin Dzeko makes a clearance.
James Milner is brought on as a substitute for David Silva.
Ivan Klasnic replaces Matthew Taylor. Rodrigo Moreno on for Chung-Yong Lee.
The ball is sent over by Pablo Zabaleta, blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, Joe Hart makes a save.
Shot on goal by Pablo Zabaleta from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
(Bolton) makes a substitution, with Tamir Cohen coming on for Johan Elmander.
Carlos Tevez produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
David Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Edin Dzeko finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-2 Man City.Gareth Barry provided the assist for the goal.
Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal. Edin Dzeko replaces Adam Johnson.
Centre by Chung-Yong Lee, clearance made by Vincent Kompany. Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Shot by Daniel Sturridge from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Taylor on Dedryk Boyata. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Gareth Barry. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Gary Cahill takes a shot from 12 yards. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson challenges Adam Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Tevez delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Johan Elmander.
Corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
Matthew Taylor produces a cross, Nigel De Jong manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line, Joleon Lescott finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Bolton 0-1 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Adam Johnson.
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Outswinging corner taken by Carlos Tevez from the right by-line.
Effort from deep inside the area by Johan Elmander misses to the left of the target.
Shot from 18 yards by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. Effort from 12 yards by Carlos Tevez. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. David Silva takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Shot by Matthew Taylor. Blocked by Vincent Kompany. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Taylor.
Adam Johnson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Daniel Sturridge produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save made by Joe Hart.
Gareth Barry takes a shot.
Kevin Davies takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick. Save made by Joe Hart. Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
Nigel De Jong challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the direct free kick.
Booking for Carlos Tevez.
Shot by Johan Elmander. Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, save made by Joe Hart. Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Tevez on Kevin Davies. Gary Cahill takes the direct free kick.
Chung-Yong Lee challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Daniel Sturridge. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Joleon Lescott. The referee books Kevin Davies for unsporting behaviour. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.
Johan Elmander concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Free kick crossed by David Silva, Shot from outside the box by Gareth Barry misses to the left of the target. Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee, Header from close in by Kevin Davies misses to the right of the goal.
Foul by Vincent Kompany on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by Chung-Yong Lee, Gary Cahill produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
David Silva takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
Chung-Yong Lee challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Silva by Ricardo Gardner results in a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner from left by-line taken by Adam Johnson. Johan Elmander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.
Dedryk Boyata concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Matthew Taylor produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Coyle making plans to replace Elmander
Bolton manager Owen Coyle is aiming to use the funds freed up by Johan Elmander's imminent departure to bring in a signature signing.
Elmander, 29, is ready for a new challenge in Turkey with Galatasaray when his contract ends next month.
The Sweden striker is expected to play his last game for the club against Manchester City after scoring 12 goals in all competitions this season.
High on Coyle's list is a ready-made replacement and the Glasgow-born boss had made no secret of his admiration for Daniel Sturridge.
The 21-year-old has weighed in with eight goals in 12 appearances after arriving on from loan in January.
Coyle said: "I would love to have players of that stature at the club and I will leave no stone unturned to do that. We all recognise how finance can help you.
"If Johan goes that will free up a lot of finance because he was our record signing and on a terrific contract.
"That is money I can use to bring exciting young players to the club and that has to be my aim and I will do all I can to achieve it."
Elmander scored only 10 goals in his first two seasons after arriving from Toulouse for #8.5million only to blossom under Coyle and his coaching staff.
Coyle said: "Prior to us arriving I don't think anyone at Bolton would have had a half a mind to offer Johan a new contract. We came in and for whatever reason Johan has found his real form and shown the player he is. All of a sudden the situation swings.
"But Johan is in the last year of his contract and he's really in control of his destiny."
Coyle has already held preliminary budget talks with chairman Phil Gartside and added: "Players come and go. It happens every summer. What you have to do is be forward thinking.
"You have to make make sure you have targets in place that can come in and make a smooth transition, blend in with the squad.
"Who is to say I am not out there and have a couple of Bosmans lined up myself? But I am not naming any names."
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists there is more to come from Vincent Kompany.
The 25-year-old has emerged as one of City's top performers this term, bringing much-needed stability to the back four during a season when they finally ended their 35-year wait for a trophy.
With the future of Carlos Tevez uncertain and Kolo Toure still waiting for his hearing into a failed drugs test to take place, Kompany is viewed by many as City's captain-elect.
Certainly, the Belgian has showed great maturity this year, with far more expected next term, when he gets a chance to test himself against the greatest attacking players on the planet in the Champions League.
Mancini said: "Vincent can become number one in the world. He has always played at a high level. When he was at Anderlecht and I was at Inter, I wanted to buy him.
"He was a good player then. He has improved a lot and now is one of the top defenders in Europe. But he can improve even more."
Had Mancini managed to lure Kompany away from his homeland to Italy, it is quite possible he would never have ended up at City.
The Eastlands outfit can thank their good fortune for that.
Kompany sets the standards with his professionalism on the training ground, as well as being able to implement the philosophy Mancini holds so dear.
"If we have good defenders and improve the way we defend, it will be easier for us," he said.
"Vincent is incredible. He has a fantastic mentality. His attitude has been excellent. Without doubt he has been one of our top players this year."
Although the true excitement of 'Survival Sunday' is going on elsewhere, City's short trip to Bolton is hardly meaningless.
Victory will ensure Mancini's men finish in third spot, the first time they have been so high since they were runners-up to Liverpool in 1977.
Far more importantly, it would mean they qualify automatically into the group stage of the Champions League rather than find themselves in a qualifier.
Just two European campaigns in the last five years mean that almost certainly, City would not be seeded, and the presence of Bayern Munich and Villarreal already amongst the teams who will be emphasises why a win at the Reebok is so keenly demanded.
"This game is very important," said Mancini.
"If we can do a normal pre-season and can prepare properly before the Community Shield and start of the Premier League, everything is fine.
"But if we also have qualifying games, it is different for us."
City earn Champions League place
Manchester City will join the elite clubs in the Champions League next season after finishing with a flourish in a 2-0 win at Bolton.
Roberto Mancini's side cemented third place in the Barclays Premier League with this victory and with it automatic entry to the group stages of Europe's premier club competition.
Goals from Joleon Lescott and substitute Edin Dzeko either side of half-time were enough to overcome Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.
It was just the result City were looking for and capped a superb season with the FA Cup now installed in their trophy cabinet.
City were forced to make a late change with Pablo Zabaleta replacing Micah Richards who was apparently injured in the warm-up.
They almost made the breakthrough in the fourth minute when David Silva cut the ball back into the path of Carlos Tevez. The Argentina striker rattled in a shot from close range but it was blocked by Zat Knight.
Bolton responded five minutes later with Vincent Kompany being pulled back for a challenge on Daniel Sturridge. Lee-chung Yong picked out Gary Cahill only for the defender to send the header wide.
The home side kept up the pressure when Kevin Davies saw his effort shave the post after a corner from Lee.
City were again forced on the back foot in the 19th minute when Sturridge released Galatasaray-bound Johan Elmander and he thumped in a shot that was superbly turned over the bar by goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Hart then reacted quickly to turn away a header from Kevin Davies in a good spell of pressure by the home side.
However, City should have taken the lead in the 33rd minute when Dedryck Boyata delivered a superb ball to the back post.
Gareth Barry found himself unmarked but only succeeded in sending his header against the bar.
City suddenly had the momentum and Carlos Tevez saw his shot blocked after a galloping run by Yaya Toure in the 38th minute.
The ball broke to Silva only six yards out but he sent his shot high into the crowd.
The visitors eventually made the breakthrough in the 43rd minute from a set piece. Adam Johnson swung in a corner and Lescott delivered a looping header over goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the net.
Sturridge saw his effort go the wrong side of the post in the 51st minute but back came City.
Toure and Silva linked up only for the Spanish forward to find Jaaskelainen's body with his shot.
Mancini made his first change in the 61st minute with Dzeko replacing Adam Johnson. The Bosnian made an instant impact putting City 2-0 ahead a minute later after Barry played the ball into the area.
Gary Cahill got in a terrible muddle and failed to make a routine clearance, leaving Dzeko to smash the ball home for only his second league goal since arriving from Wolfsburg in January.
City maintained the momentum and Tevez wriggled his way into the area but his shot was blocked.
Elmander was given a round of applause by the home fans when he came off in the 71st minute with Tamir Cohen given a run-out.
Bolton were struggling to get any kind of a foothold in the game and found themselves reduced to 10 men four minutes from time.
Former City striker Sturridge, on loan from Chelsea, was given a straight red card for a challenge on Dzeko.
It completed a miserable day for the home side who slumped to a fifth successive defeat after a bright start to the campaign.
"Liverpool v West Ham"
© 2004 - 2013 football.co.uk