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Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Ruiz. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
Long range effort by Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes wide right of the target.
Gael Clichy delivers the ball.
Gael Clichy produces a cross, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
Unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Brede Hangeland results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Moussa Dembele leaves the field to be replaced by Bryan Ruiz.
Shot by Carlos Tevez from outside the box goes over the target.
Pablo Zabaleta produces a cross, Steve Sidwell makes a clearance.
The referee books Steve Sidwell for unsporting behaviour.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Baird.
Carlos Tevez on for Sergio Aguero.
Adam Johnson comes on in place of Samir Nasri.
Pablo Zabaleta has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
Steve Sidwell challenges Samir Nasri unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
A cross is delivered by Steve Sidwell, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
Clint Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Barry. Free kick crossed by Gareth Barry, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Danny Murphy fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 2-2 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Bobby Zamora.
Pajtim Kasami sends in a cross, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Pajtim Kasami takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Samir Nasri, Micah Richards has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Murphy.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Sidwell.
Shot by John Arne Riise from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
David Silva goes off and Pablo Zabaleta comes on.
Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Bobby Zamora, clearance by Micah Richards.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Clint Dempsey sends in a cross, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
Corner taken left-footed by Pajtim Kasami.
Inswinging corner taken by Pajtim Kasami from the right by-line, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Centre by Pajtim Kasami, Gael Clichy gets a block in.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
Centre by Samir Nasri, comfortable save by Mark Schwarzer.
Short corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.
Gareth Barry takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in.
Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Corner taken short by Pajtim Kasami.
Outswinging corner taken by Pajtim Kasami from the left by-line, clearance by Edin Dzeko.
Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Gareth Barry is cautioned. Damien Duff goes off and Pajtim Kasami comes on. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Bobby Zamora challenges Joleon Lescott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Bobby Zamora finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-2 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Clint Dempsey.
Steve Sidwell has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Micah Richards is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Gareth Barry on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora. Danny Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
The offside flag is raised against Sergio Aguero. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
The referee blows for offside against Damien Duff. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Centre by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
A goal is scored by Sergio Aguero from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-2 Man City.Assist by Edin Dzeko.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Micah Richards produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Steve Sidwell sends in a cross, save by Joe Hart.
Chris Baird takes a shot.
Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Sidwell. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Samir Nasri, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Centre by Damien Duff.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Bobby Zamora goes wide right of the target.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by John Arne Riise.
Gareth Barry takes a shot. Damien Duff gets a block in. A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy, clearance made by Chris Baird.
Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Sergio Aguero, Chris Baird gets a block in.
Samir Nasri takes a short corner.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
Gael Clichy takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Short corner taken by Samir Nasri.
A cross is delivered by Sergio Aguero, clearance made by Damien Duff.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
The ball is swung over by Edin Dzeko, John Arne Riise gets a block in.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Bobby Zamora. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, Edin Dzeko makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Micah Richards on Moussa Dembele. Danny Murphy sends in a cross, Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Sergio Aguero finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Man City.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Gael Clichy fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by David Silva, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Stephen Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy. Samir Nasri crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Clint Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Centre by Steve Sidwell.
The ball is sent over by Samir Nasri, Close range effort by David Silva goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Clint Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards. Free kick taken by David Silva.
The ball is swung over by Damien Duff, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Gael Clichy on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Edin Dzeko. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
Damien Duff takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by David Silva results in a free kick. John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.
Gareth Barry fouled by Steve Sidwell, the ref awards a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
Jol vows to attack City
Fulham manager Martin Jol has pledged to fight fire with fire when high-flying Manchester City visit Craven Cottage on Sunday.
The west Londoners have struggled so far this season in the Barclays Premier League, whereas opponents City have started in scintillating form.
Fulham only have two points on the board after four matches and Jol admitted earlier this week his side need to start turning draws into wins.
The Cottagers have drawn three out of their last four home games and the Dutchman believes the best way to change their fortunes against City will be to press from the offset.
"I plan for us to attack on Sunday," Jol said. "They play attacking football but still with two defensive midfielders and four players at the back.
"They don't take a lot of initiative but they've got four quality players that try to get behind your midfield.
"They have a lot of quality. We have to come up with something to stop that and still get goals."
The Dutchman highlighted in his programme notes his belief that the competition could act as an important platform to build confidence, and he thinks it is paying dividend already despite Thursday's frustrating result.
He added: "Bright points were Pajtim Kasami at 19 years of age played well and I thought Chris Baird too did well, playing for the first time in the centre."
Baird could again feature for Jol's side on Sunday with Aaron Hughes struggling with a knee injury and new signing Zdenek Grygera still bedding in.
City manager Roberto Mancini wants his team to develop the winning mentality of Europe's top clubs.
After City were held to a draw by Napoli on their Champions League debut in midweek, Mancini feels they still have some way to go to match the established elite.
The Italian said: "I want our team to have a strong mentality like (Manchester) United, like Milan or like Barca.
"All these teams that won the Champions League or the championship of their country, I think we need to have this mentality."
City have been in outstanding domestic form, winning all four of their league games and scoring 15 goals in the process.
Fans hope to see that form carried over into Europe but Mancini says he would happily sacrifice style if it guaranteed victories.
Mancini said: "We play always to win but we need to understand we can win without always playing well.
"You can play fantastic football but if you don't score, in the Champions League, it is difficult because every game you meet a top team.
"If you concede or make a mistake it can be difficult.
"So, for me it is better maybe to not play very well but to score and have control of the game, like United did, like Milan."
Mancini is expecting a tough afternoon as City return to domestic action at Fulham tomorrow.
The City boss expects the Cottagers, who drew with FC Twente in the Europa League on Thursday, to raise their game for the encounter.
He said: "Fulham is always a difficult game. Last year we won there but we played a fantastic game.
"I have seen their games and they are very dangerous.
"I watched Fulham against Blackburn on Sunday. It was a different game.
"When a team like Fulham or Blackburn play against a top team like us, United or Chelsea, they play better. They put in everything they have."
City will again be without midfielders Nigel de Jong and James Milner.
De Jong could be out for another two weeks with a foot injury while Milner will miss a second game as a result of a clash of heads in last week's win over Wigan.
Apart from that, Mancini will have his usual plethora of options to juggle, particularly in attack.
In-form duo Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, with 13 goals between them, have become the first-choice strike pair with last season's top scorer Carlos Tevez largely confined to the bench.
One player yet to feature for City is former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
The 30-year-old joined the club last month in the hope of reviving his career after three injury-ravaged years at Old Trafford.
Although he has not been included in City's Champions League squad due to a lack of match fitness, Mancini has been impressed with his workrate in training.
He is now likely to be given his first run-out in next week's Carling Cup third-round tie against Birmingham.
Defender Kolo Toure, eligible again after serving a drugs ban, is also likely to be back in action soon after two games as an unused substitute.
Fulham comeback stuns City
Manchester City surrendered their 100% record in this season's Barclays Premier League as Fulham stunned them with a second-half comeback in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.
City looked set to equal their best-ever opening to a top-flight campaign when Sergio Aguero's jaw-dropping adaptation to life in England continued with the seventh and eighth goals of his five-game City league career.
He made it 2-0 just seconds after the break but Fulham refused to buckle, with Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy earning them a deserved draw.
The result was the first blow to City's title challenge and, coming four days after their first ever Champions League game, it cast doubt on the ability of Roberto Mancini's men to combine the rigours of domestic football with that of Europe's top club competition.
This game was the fourth time in the last four rounds of Premier League fixtures that City had kicked off before Manchester United.
They had been trumped by their arch-rivals on each occasion but arrived in west London determined to lay down another marker on a ground where they won 4-1 last season.
Fulham went like for like, manager Martin Jol keeping faith with his 4-2-3-1 system as he sought his first Premier League win in charge.
City went close to opening them up inside seven minutes after Edin Dzeko strayed offside when put through by Samir Nasri.
They continued to boss proceedings, and although Clint Dempsey sent a 25-yard drive straight down the throat of Joe Hart after 15 minutes, City duly took the lead three minutes later.
Gareth Barry found David Silva on the edge of the box, and he was allowed to turn and feed Aguero, who timed his run perfectly before sidefooting home.
Mark Schwarzer denied City a second goal three times in the space of three minutes, beating Dzeko to Aguero's cross, tipping Clichy's 20-yard shot wide and getting fingers to Dzeko's piledriver after another great move involving Yaya Toure and Silva.
The recalled Zamora ballooned a 30-yard shot into the stands as Fulham continued to be given the runaround, while Dempsey looked their only real threat, drilling another effort too close to Hart.
The frustrated home fans roared on encouragement as their side enjoyed a rare spell of possession but Fulham posed little threat to the City goal.
Jol emerged for the second half with a face like thunder, but whatever he said during the break appeared to be rendered void when Aguero doubled the visitors' lead straight from the kick-off.
Clichy pumped a diagonal ball forward to Dzeko, whose knockdown was fired into the bottom left corner by the Argentinian.
Aguero thought he had completed back-to-back Premier League hat-tricks - he hit one against Wigan eight days ago - three minutes later with an identical finish but he was narrowly offside.
The home side took full advantage of their reprieve when they finally created a gilt-edged chance in the 55th minute.
The build-up was of the City kind, ending when Dempsey threaded in the unmarked Zamora, who curled the ball into the top corner.
Zamora had been played onside by Micah Richards, who redeemed himself moments later when his last-ditch challenge stopped Dempsey making it 2-2.
Fulham's first-half lethargy had vanished and Barry was booked for chopping down Mousa Dembele, whose low drive was palmed wide by Hart after Pajtim Kasami replaced an ailing Damien Duff.
Hart excelled himself again by tipping over Dempsey's bullet header from a corner before Mancini took action, withdrawing Silva for Pablo Zabaleta midway through the half.
The visitors remained a threat on the break, Richards glancing wide from a corner.
But it was Fulham's pressure that told when they equalised 15 minutes from time, Danny Murphy's scuffed 20-yarder taking a huge deflection off Vincent Kompany and going beyond the stranded Hart.
Craven Cottage was rocking and Mancini was forced to make a change again when Adam Johnson and Carlos Tevez replaced Nasri and Aguero in quick succession.
The fresh legs almost told in the final five minutes when Tevez was denied by a brave Brede Hangeland block.
Sidwell was booked and Jol threw on Bryan Ruiz for the excellent Dembele but Toure almost had the final say when his 30-yard strike drifted wide.
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