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  • Date:06 Nov 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Etihad Stadium
    Goal!

    Live Commentary

    90mins

    That's it for tonight - don't forget to join us tomorrow for more Champions League drama.

    90mins

    Overall this display will be seen as a disappointing one, even though they have a glimmer of hope of escaping Group D.

    90mins

    City remain in the Champions League. But they need to win their final two games (against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund) and hope other results go their way.

    90mins

    Looking at the challenge on replays Van Rhijn definitely fouled Balotelli. It should have been a penalty.

    90mins

    Anyway, it's all over. Full time. 2-2.

    90mins

    Mancini and his players surround the referee and protest.

    90mins

    It looked like the referee was giving a penalty, but no.

    90mins

    Balotelli goes down in the box claiming his shirt was pulled but the referee blows the full time whistle...

    90mins

    This is it!

    90mins

    Man City win a free kick on the half way line. Hart will kick this into the Ajax box.

    90mins

    Boerrigter is off for Sana.

    90mins

    The corner is only half cleared and falls to Fischer whose shot flies wide.

    90mins

    Eriksen's fizzing effort forces Hart to push it over the bar. Corner to Ajax.

    90mins

    The crowd roars City on.

    90mins

    Three extra minutes.

    90mins

    Eventually Nasri's ball into the box towards Dzeko is gathered by Vermeer.

    90mins

    Into the final moments. Nasri's long ball finds Aguero but he can't find the room to shoot or pass.

    88mins

    Aguero thought he had won it, he has it in the net, but Kolarov is offside. No goal.

    87mins

    Poulsen goes off to be replaced by Viktor Fischer, who is making his European debut.

    87mins

    Kolarov's cross sees Dzeko grab a chance but he snatches at it and it goes wide.

    86mins

    Kolarov takes the corner but Kompany clears inadvertently.

    86mins

    Corner for City after Clichy's ball forces an Ajax clearance.

    86mins

    Aguero tries to find space in the box but he is denied and Ajax clear their lines.

    85mins

    Kolarov comes on for Barry.

    85mins

    Poulsen goes into the book for a foul on Balotelli.

    85mins

    De Jong can't get a header, he is beaten to the ball by Clichy. Good defending from City.

    84mins

    Van Rhijn's cross sees Kompany concede a corner.

    84mins

    Zabaleta flings it back in but again the ball is dealt with.

    83mins

    Nasri's cross is headed away by Blind.

    82mins

    Aguero is brought down by Poulsen near the byline. Free kick. Ajax put everyone in the box to defend this.

    82mins

    Ajax steam forward with Van Rhijn down the right, and his cross is only partially cleared.

    79mins

    Dzeko has a shot from distance but the low effort skims wide. Bit of a waste really.

    79mins

    Balotelli's goalward header forces a fine save from Vermeer.

    78mins

    Zabaleta wins a foul after Babel's late challenge catches him. Free kick in a dangerous position.

    78mins

    Schone goes off and Enoh comes on for Ajax.

    77mins

    Aguero is called offside as he arrives to challenge Vermeer for the ball. He doesn't look offside at all. Tough call for City.

    77mins

    A great tackle from Toure on Eriksen breaks up Ajax's attempt to get a passing move going.

    76mins

    Moisander is forced into a good challenge in the area as Zabaleta breaks free. Good defending.

    76mins

    Clichy's searching ball from the left looks for Balotelli but he handles as he attempts to control it. Free kick.

    75mins

    There is real hope in the stands now, and you can bet City will push for a third goal now!

    74mins

    A long ball is knocked on by Balotelli and Aguero gets between the defenders to hammer it home first time before grabbing the ball out of the net and running back to the centre circle.

    71mins

    De Jong hits it well and forces Hart into a diving save, Ajax have to settle for a throw. Strong armed save from Hart!

    70mins

    Toure drags down Schone on the edge of the box. Ajax freekick.

    70mins

    Heading towards the final 20 minutes. Still no massive urgency from City to find an equaliser.

    69mins

    Eventually Van Rhijn's cross forces Zabaleta to concede a corner which Hart punches away and Barry heads clear.

    68mins

    Ajax are giving City the run around as they look to find some space for a shot. They have been in possession for a decent spell now.

    67mins

    Edin Dzeko, the super sub, replaces Carlos Tevez for Man City.

    66mins

    Barry finds space on the edge of the box, after some good build-up, but his shot flies well wide.

    65mins

    Toure's cross finds Zabaleta, Blind picks up the loose ball but takes his time before clearing.

    64mins

    Ajax corner - real concentration on City faces. Eriksen plays it short and his cross is blocked. Better defending.

    63mins

    Eriksen dribbles his way through a host of City players and gets his shot off but it is wide. Danger averted.

    61mins

    Kompany has put in an assured, leader-like display in the second-half.

    61mins

    The Argentine striker wastes a golden opportunity. What is up with his boots?

    60mins

    Aguero breaks into the box and beats Vermeer to the ball but with the opportunity to put a ball across the goalline he slips. Massive error!

    59mins

    Balotelli turns and runs but Van Rhijn hustles him off the ball physically, but no foul. Well played.

    58mins

    We are approaching the hour mark at the Etihad and for all their pressure City need to create more chances and push the point.

    57mins

    De Jong decides to take a snapshot from outside the area which forces a parried but relatively easy save from Hart.

    56mins

    Ajax are dealing with the aerial bombardment well but they remain penned in their own half, their own area for long periods.

    56mins

    Toure finds room on the left wing and floats into the middle, but his cut back is cleared for a corner.

    55mins

    Ajax have been on the backfoot for the opening ten minutes of the second period.

    54mins

    Toure's kick hits the wall but after some penalty area ping pong Clichy chips in Aguero who finishes well, but he is offside.

    53mins

    This freekick is central, and looks like it will draw a shot from City.

    52mins

    Ajax are forcing City backwards but Aguero, Nasri and Balotelli combine to good effect and win a freekick.

    51mins

    Barry's drilled kick finds Nastasic with a free volley but it is too high and offers no danger to Vermeer.

    51mins

    They are being forced into errors and giving away needless fouls.

    50mins

    Tevez is next to get caught, on the edge of the box, by Eriksen. Are Ajax rattled?

    49mins

    Toure strides forward and slips in Aguero who is dragged down by Alderweireld who catches him on the ankle. Painful.

    48mins

    Aguero picks up on a stray pass and bears down on the Ajax goal but slips at the vital moment. Not the first time he has slipped tonight.

    47mins

    Vermeer comes to collect the freekick easily. No problems for the Ajax goalkeeper.

    46mins

    Blind goes into the book for the challenge. It was late and he catches him.

    46mins

    Immediately City win a freekick, Nasri is hacked down and looks in some pain.

    46mins

    That is a clear sign that City are going for it. They have to go for it!

    45mins

    Man City sub - Mario Balotelli replaces Javi Garcia

    45mins

    There was a strangely subdued atmosphere from the home crowd in the first 45 minutes. The Ajax fans had lots to sing and bounce about though.

    45mins

    We're getting ready for the second-half here. Will City give their fans something more to cheer about?

    45mins

    Vermeer paws the ball away and the whistle goes for half-time.

    45mins

    City win a corner - one last chance this half.

    44mins

    Ajax press high in a bid to see out the final moments of the half.

    43mins

    Roberto Mancini looks like he may be sucking a lemon on the touchline. Obviously planning his half-time team talk.

    43mins

    Aguero, Tevez and Nasri have run their socks off in this first-half but they will come away frustrated.

    42mins

    City are piling forward really looking to find another chance before the break but some dogged defending by Ajax allows them to keep the hosts at bay.

    40mins

    A searching ball finds Toure in the box but his downward header has no power or pace. Easy take for Vermeer.

    39mins

    From the throw Nasri and Barry are cornered and Ajax come away.

    39mins

    Toure wins the ball from Ajax and Nasri picks it up allowing City to win a throw in a good position.

    38mins

    Eriksen finds room on the right but his cross is long and floats out of play. An excellent build-up by Ajax is wasted.

    37mins

    They soon regain the ball and are knocking the ball around with style. Ajax on top as it stands.

    36mins

    Ajax are stringing the passes together but their attack comes to an end via a Kompany header.

    33mins

    City come off worse in the midfield battle allowing Poulsen to play in Babel who dribbles off and slips in De Jong but his shot is tame.

    32mins

    Eriksen finds space and plays Babel through one-on-one but he is offside. Let off for City.

    31mins

    Well spotted by Garcia, City are creating opportunities but they need to score.

    31mins

    Nasri and Aguero combine on the left allowing Garcia to cross but Zabaleta's header is saved well by Vermeer.

    29mins

    Aguero feeds Gael Clichy whose left-wing cross is batted away easily.

    29mins

    Ajax are not being given the opportunity to get their foot on the ball and dictate the play in any way - City are determined to push forward.

    27mins

    Cleared off the line - City's patient build-up play is capped off by Zabaleta breaking into the box and crossing for Barry who can't quite reach the ball and it is headed away. Close.

    26mins

    A Babel cross flies over the head of Schone and drifts into touch.

    25mins

    For all their intent City are finding it hard to break down Ajax's stubborn midfield.

    24mins

    City have some energy back about them now and are attacking with verve.

    22mins

    Yaya Toure chests down a cross from the right and swivels before volleying past Vermeer. They stand a chance now.

    21mins

    Aguero runs at the Ajax defence but loses his footing and the visitors come away with the ball.

    20mins

    Mario Balotelli is warming up already. City could use all the firepower they have got tonight as it stands.

    20mins

    City's corners aren't as effective as Ajax's and the ball is headed to safety.

    18mins

    Toure knocks the ball to Tevez on the right wing whose cross causes mayhem in the Ajax box but they clear it for a corner.

    18mins

    There is no marking from City, Joe Hart shakes his head in bewilderment and the City crowd are silenced. 2-0 to Ajax in less than 20 minutes.

    17mins

    Corner to Ajax.

    17mins

    Ajax are doing a great job of sitting back and making life difficult - it is up to City to find a way through and get on level terms.

    15mins

    A long ball forward sees Schone nearly go through but the ball is too high for him to bring down, he's no Luis Suarez.

    13mins

    Ajax are content to defend deep and hassle City when they get on the ball. It is working well currently.

    12mins

    They win a corner which is taken by Barry and Nastasic gets a shot in at the back post but Vermeer saves easily.

    11mins

    City are back on the attack again but they are being crowded out by Ajax shirts.

    9mins

    City get caught sleeping from a corner, fail to clear their lines and allow De Jong to tap in from close range. Major upset.

    8mins

    City are looking dangerous in the opening ten minutes here, refusing to let Ajax settle into their game.

    8mins

    Zabaleta makes the most of some patient build-up play and breaks into the box on the right but his shot goes over. Unlucky.

    7mins

    Poulsen brings down Barry on the halfway line after the City man wins the ball. City are having joy winning the ball in midfield.

    7mins

    Ajax not in a hurry to get rid of the ball from defence and they are nearly caught out but they come away with the ball safely.

    7mins

    Barry's corner is collected easily by Vermeer.

    6mins

    Toure wins the ball on the halfway line and City break in numbers but Aguero's shot from the edge of the box is deflected over - corner to City.

    5mins

    Every time Vermeer is given the ball City hastily close him down - a real sign of intent from the attacking players who are up for this.

    4mins

    And it has to be said when they are given time on the ball Ajax are knocking the ball around with great poise and technique.

    3mins

    Surprisingly Poulsen, calm on the ball, swivels and leaves Toure on the deck. Great skill.

    3mins

    City have started on the attack - Toure breaks into the box and goes down but the ref waves the protestations away - no penalty.

    2mins

    Aguero finds Nasri whose attempted shot is blocked.

    2mins

    A first couple of touches for Ajax keeper Vermeer and Samir Nasri closes him down energetically giving him no time to settle

    1mins

    Early attack down the left for Ajax with Ryan Babel but he is crowded out by defenders

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