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  • Date:24 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:20:05
  • Venue:City of Manchester Stadium
  • Attendance:36,748
( agg 3 - 0 )
  • Dzeko (6) Dzeko (11)
    Toure Yaya (74)
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91:49 +1.49

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Blocked by Ronaldo Guiaro.

91:25 +1.25

Pablo Zabaleta fouled by Sergio Koke, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Vieira.

90:38 +0.38

Aleksandar Kolarov challenges Konstatinos Kaznaferis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov booked. Kristi Vangeli restarts play with the free kick.

89:59

Ricardo Faty produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

86:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Juan Carlos Toja. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

84:50

Unfair challenge on Kristi Vangeli by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Costas Mendrinos.

82:16

Sergio Koke challenges Jerome Boateng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.

81:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Balotelli on Ronaldo Guiaro. Kristi Vangeli takes the direct free kick.

81:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Konstatinos Kaznaferis on Jerome Boateng. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

79:59

The referee gives a free kick against Patrick Vieira for handball. Garbini Michel takes the free kick. Costas Mendrinos takes a shot. Shaun Wright-Phillips gets a block in.

79:13

Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on in place of David Silva.

78:55

Konstatinos Kaznaferis on for Darcy Neto.

78:29

Patrick Vieira comes on in place of Carlos Tevez.

76:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Sergio Koke. Juan Carlos Toja takes the free kick.

74:14

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner. Gnegneri Toure Yaya scores a goal from long distance to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3 (3)-(0) 0 Aris Salonika.

74:09

Mario Balotelli crosses the ball, Ronaldo Guiaro gets a block in.

73:43

Unfair challenge on Ricardo Faty by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Kristi Vangeli takes the direct free kick.

73:07

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Ronaldo Guiaro.

72:24

The ball is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, save by Michail Sifakis.

71:43

Juan Carlos Toja concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Caution for Thanasis Prittas. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.

70:28

Short corner worked by Costas Mendrinos.

69:57

Unfair challenge on Nikos Lazaridis by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Garbini Michel takes the direct free kick.

68:15

Carlos Tevez fouled by Garbini Michel, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Tevez restarts play with the free kick.

65:16

Effort from deep inside the box by Mario Balotelli hits the post.

64:03

The assistant referee flags for offside against Aleksandar Kolarov. Michail Sifakis takes the free kick.

63:13

David Silva fouled by Thanasis Prittas, the ref awards a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.

61:59

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

60:13

Raul Marcelo Bobadilla goes off and Sergio Koke comes on.

59:43

Shot from just outside the area by Raul Marcelo Bobadilla goes over the bar.

59:19

Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Juan Carlos Toja. Garbini Michel restarts play with the free kick.

58:39

Jerome Boateng challenges Raul Marcelo Bobadilla unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Juan Carlos Toja.

57:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Costas Mendrinos by Gareth Barry. Direct free kick taken by Thanasis Prittas.

56:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Kristi Vangeli. Carlos Tevez takes the free kick.

55:21

Short corner worked by Garbini Michel.

53:31

Raul Marcelo Bobadilla takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

52:50

The referee penalises Thanasis Prittas for handball. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.

52:41

Kristi Vangeli takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in.

50:17

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Michail Sifakis makes a save.

49:08

Foul by Mario Balotelli on Darcy Neto, free kick awarded. Juan Carlos Toja takes the free kick.

48:40

The official flags David Silva offside. Nikos Lazaridis takes the free kick.

45:48 +0.48

Corner taken by David Silva played to the near post, clearance by Raul Marcelo Bobadilla.

45:01

Costas Mendrinos on for Daisuke Sakata.

43:27

Effort from outside the box by Pablo Zabaleta goes wide right of the target.

41:53

Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Darcy Neto results in a free kick. Darcy Neto shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.

39:39

Mario Balotelli is ruled offside. Michail Sifakis takes the indirect free kick.

37:30

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Ronaldo Guiaro. Kristi Vangeli booked. Short corner taken by David Silva.

36:24

Mario Balotelli challenges Darcy Neto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kristi Vangeli takes the direct free kick.

35:39

Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Darcy Neto. Garbini Michel delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save made by Joe Hart.

34:28

Vincent Kompany leaves the field to be replaced by Pablo Zabaleta.

33:34

Darcy Neto takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

32:31

Unfair challenge on Nikos Lazaridis by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Nikos Lazaridis restarts play with the free kick.

31:37

David Silva is penalised for a handball. Juan Carlos Toja takes the direct free kick.

30:10

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva played to the near post, Raul Marcelo Bobadilla manages to make a clearance.

29:54

Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Kristi Vangeli results in a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick.

26:52

Shot from just outside the area by Kristi Vangeli misses to the left of the target.

26:33

Unfair challenge on Raul Marcelo Bobadilla by Jerome Boateng results in a free kick. Raul Marcelo Bobadilla takes the direct free kick.

23:15

Carlos Tevez is ruled offside. Ronaldo Guiaro takes the free kick.

22:12

Garbini Michel takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in.

18:31

Ricardo Faty concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Mario Balotelli fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Michail Sifakis.

15:45

Mario Balotelli challenges Ronaldo Guiaro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Juan Carlos Toja restarts play with the free kick. Unfair challenge on Ronaldo Guiaro by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thanasis Prittas.

15:14

Aleksandar Kolarov produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

15:04

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Silva.

11:03

Edin Dzeko scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2 (2)-(0) 0 Aris Salonika.Carlos Tevez provided the assist for the goal.

9:43

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Michail Sifakis.

8:32

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Michail Sifakis makes a save.

7:50

The assistant referee flags for offside against Daisuke Sakata. Indirect free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

6:48

Edin Dzeko grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1 (1)-(0) 0 Aris Salonika.

5:23

Nikos Lazaridis challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov shoots direct from the free kick.

3:14

Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line played to the near post, Effort from close in by Edin Dzeko goes wide left of the target.

2:12

Garbini Michel takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

1:37

Foul by Gareth Barry on Thanasis Prittas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Thanasis Prittas.

0:18

Garbini Michel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli. Aleksandar Kolarov shoots direct from the free kick.

Match Preview

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits he cannot be sure how long Carlos Tevez might stay with the club.

Reports this week quoted Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian as claiming the Argentina striker - who netted his 50th goal for City in Sunday's 5-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay victory over Notts County - would be happy to rejoin Brazilian side Corinthians, a move he was confident he could seal for his client within the next couple of years.

Tevez's current deal with City runs until the summer of 2014 and when asked if he felt keeping hold of the club captain would be a problem, Mancini said: "I don't know this.

"I'm happy for Carlos because he has scored 50 goals for Manchester City and I hope he can continue to score, but in football it is impossible to know what will happen in the future. I hope Carlos can continue to play here."

Mancini insisted he was not concerned by the speculation and that his focus was on City's remaining fixtures this season, starting with the Europa League last-32 second leg against Aris Salonika on Thursday night.

"At this moment, I am worried only about the game, not about other things," the Italian said.

"I am worried about the championship and the cups. For the moment Carlos is here, he plays for Manchester City. He is important, but in the squad there are more than 20 players who are all important.

"It is normal when you have a striker like Carlos, or Mario (Balotelli) or (Edin) Dzeko, that it is important they play. But I don't know what will happen next year."

Ahead of the clash with Greek outfit Aris, with whom they drew 0-0 in the first leg, City have been hit by the news that goalkeeper Shay Given could be out of action for three months with a shoulder injury.

Given is seeing a specialist about the problem and Mancini expects the Republic of Ireland international will require surgery. Balotelli is fit to play despite suffering a clash of heads at the weekend, while Shaun Wright-Phillips is also in contention again having been sidelined with a back problem.

Micah Richards has picked up what appears to be a calf injury so will not feature and James Milner (hamstring), Nigel de Jong and Adam Johnson (both ankle) remain in the treatment room.

Aris, who are hoping to reach the last 16 for the first time in their history, are expected to start with Sergio Koke and former City man Nery Castillo up front after both were rested in league action at the weekend.

Formation:433Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 4411Manager: Enrique Hernandez

Aris Salonika

  • Joe Hart
  • Jerome Boateng
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • David Silva
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • Gareth Barry
  • Carlos Tevez
  • Edin Dzeko
  • Mario Balotelli
  • SUBS
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
  • Patrick Vieira
  • Joao Alves Jo
  • Kolo Toure
  • Reece Wabara

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Match Report

Dzeko at the double as City sail through Edin Dzeko scored twice in the opening 12 minutes as Manchester City completed a routine 3-0 win over Aris at Eastlands to book a Europa League last-16 clash with Dynamo Kiev. After unleashing his own battery of strikers on a limited Greek outfit, Blues boss Roberto Mancini now faces a great of the past in Andriy Shevchenko. It will not be easy judging by the way Dynamo so comfortably crushed Besiktas but with his side beginning another winning run, Mancini will be hopeful of further progress, even if an FA Cup draw with Aston Villa next Wednesday would force the Blues to play twice in three days ahead of the first leg in the Ukraine on March 10. Certainly, Dzeko can approach the tie in confident mood after claiming his first brace since a #27million arrival from Wolfsburg last month. The giant Bosnian should have been heading home with the match ball after failing to take a glorious opportunity provided by David Silva. A third did eventually come though, for Yaya Toure, whose 25-yard effort took a fairly sizeable deflection. Given he scored in the final minute against Notts County on Sunday, Dzeko might argue he completed a 13-minute hat-trick given the explosive start he made here. And to think, leading up to the weekend FA Cup win, the Bosnian's form had been scrutinised after registering a single goal since his big-money arrival from Wolfsburg last month. Such judgements were incredibly harsh given the difficulty most players experience when they move during the January transfer window, and so Dzeko has proved. His opener did involve a large slice of good fortune. Aleksandar Kolarov, who had already drifted two curling free-kicks narrowly over, did not appear to be trying anything inventive as he hoofed a long ball forward from inside his own half. After defending so defiantly last week, Aris collapsed. Nikolaos Lazaridis got himself in a tangle as he tried to control, succeeding only in turning the ball into Dzeko's path as he fell. The finish was excellent, the ball nestling in the far corner, which Dzeko found with a precise low shot that gave Michail Sifakis no chance. Dzeko's second was equally eye-catching from the striker's point of view. Collecting Carlos Tevez's short pass, Dzeko cut inside Michel, then went for the same corner, only this time with his left foot, with exactly the same result. He really should have had an authentic hat-trick too. Sent clear by Silva's brilliant through ball in the final minutes of the half, Dzeko galloped on. But in trying to round Sifakis, Dzeko got too close to the keeper, who stuck out a hand to block the ball. The City man's momentum was stopped and before he could regain it, the Aris defence had closed ranks. It was a first half that justified Roberto Mancini's bold decision to play his big-name strikers, even if Mario Balotelli was a peripheral figure. With Silva on the field as well, the Blues were committed to attack, although predictably, it was in defence where the price was paid. As he trudged off, Vincent Kompany was clearly troubled by his hip. The impressive Belgian has been such a key figure in the Blues' backline this term and it would be a major setback for Mancini if Kompany was forced to miss a few games after taking a seemingly innocuous blow. Tellingly, Mancini opted to bring on Pablo Zabaleta and move Jerome Boateng into central defence rather than introducing Kolo Toure as a direct replacement. Zabaleta was his usual industrious self. And it was the Argentinian who combined with Tevez to set up Balotelli midway through the second half. The youngster went for goal with a well-struck first-time effort that came crashing back off the base of a post. It was Toure who bagged the third after Kolarov's corner had been cleared into his path. The Ivorian's shot was powerful enough but it probably would not have gone in without the deflection that took it away from Sifakis.

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