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  • Date:18 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:City of Manchester Stadium
  • Attendance:27,755
  • Tevez (14) Tevez (14)
    Vieira (36)
    Johnson (37) Kolarov (89)
  • Gallagher - pen (18) Dyer (82)
Goal!

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93mins

Centre by Kyle Naughton, comfortable save by Joe Hart.

90mins

Aleksandar Kolarov gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 4-2 Leicester.Assist by Adam Johnson.

88mins

Corner taken by Martyn Waghorn played to the near post, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

87mins

Bruno Berner sends in a cross, clearance by Joleon Lescott.

86mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Vieira by Yuki Abe. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

83mins

Lloyd Dyer gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3-2 Leicester.Assist by Yuki Abe.

81mins

The referee blows for offside against Adam Johnson. Chris Weale takes the free kick.

78mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes off and Joao Alves Jo comes on.

77mins

The ball is delivered by Yuki Abe, save by Joe Hart.

76mins

Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba. Direct free kick taken by Chris Weale.

75mins

Patrick Vieira booked. Booking for Lloyd Dyer.

72mins

Lloyd Dyer fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Martyn Waghorn shoots direct from the free kick.

69mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Oakley by Pablo Zabaleta. Free kick taken by Jack Hobbs.

68mins

Martyn Waghorn replaces Steve Howard.

66mins

Yuki Abe takes a shot. Patrick Vieira gets a block in. Corner taken by Franck Moussa. The ball is crossed by Matt Oakley, Aleksandar Kolarov manages to make a clearance.

66mins

Foul by Vincent Kompany on Yuki Abe, free kick awarded. Franck Moussa delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, clearance by Joleon Lescott.

64mins

David Silva leaves the field to be replaced by Gareth Barry. Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer. Franck Moussa delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

64mins

Gareth Barry comes on in place of David Silva. Foul by Vincent Kompany on Lloyd Dyer, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Franck Moussa.

63mins

The ball is delivered by Kyle Naughton, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.

62mins

Adam Johnson has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Chris Weale.

57mins

Foul by Jack Hobbs on Carlos Tevez, Penalty awarded. Penalty taken by Carlos Tevez is saved by Chris Weale. Man City 3-1 Leicester.Corner from the right by-line taken by James Milner, clearance made by Jack Hobbs.

56mins

Kyle Naughton sends in a cross.

56mins

Bruno Berner delivers the ball.

55mins

Souleymane Bamba fouled by David Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Weale takes the free kick.

54mins

Carlos Tevez takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

52mins

Patrick Vieira concedes a free kick for a foul on Yuki Abe. Free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.

49mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Aleksandar Kolarov goes wide of the left-hand post.

48mins

David Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Naughton. Direct free kick taken by Chris Weale.

46mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Vincent Kompany. Kyle Naughton takes the direct free kick.

46mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a cross, clearance by Jack Hobbs.

46mins

Richie Wellens leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Oakley.

45mins

Centre by Pablo Zabaleta.

45mins

Yuki Abe challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.

45mins

Franck Moussa has an effort at goal. Save made by Joe Hart.

44mins

Lloyd Dyer sends in a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.

44mins

Foul by Steve Howard on Vincent Kompany, free kick awarded. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.

42mins

Effort on goal by Lloyd Dyer from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

41mins

Shot by Yuki Abe. James Milner gets a block in.

38mins

Adam Johnson fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Man City 3-1 Leicester.David Silva provided the assist for the goal.

37mins

Patrick Vieira finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-1 Leicester.David Silva provided the assist for the goal. David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Souleymane Bamba.

36mins

Franck Moussa crosses the ball, Vincent Kompany gets a block in. Corner taken by Franck Moussa from the left by-line to the near post, save by Joe Hart.

35mins

Unfair challenge on Andy King by Patrick Vieira results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.

33mins

The referee blows for offside against Adam Johnson. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya by Richie Wellens. Patrick Vieira takes the direct free kick.

33mins

Franck Moussa crosses the ball.

30mins

Paul Gallagher goes off and Franck Moussa comes on.

27mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Chris Weale.

25mins

Foul by Carlos Tevez on Richie Wellens, free kick awarded. Chris Weale takes the free kick.

23mins

Lloyd Dyer takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Patrick Vieira manages to make a clearance.

23mins

Effort from just outside the area by Richie Wellens goes over the bar.

22mins

Bruno Berner crosses the ball, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Gallagher, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

19mins

Penalty scored by Paul Gallagher. Man City 1-1 Leicester.Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer by Patrick Vieira. The assist for the goal came from Lloyd Dyer.

18mins

Kyle Naughton sends in a cross, save by Joe Hart.

17mins

Adam Johnson delivers the ball, Andy King makes a clearance.

15mins

Carlos Tevez fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Leicester.The assist for the goal came from Pablo Zabaleta.

15mins

Carlos Tevez finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Leicester.

13mins

The ball is sent over by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

10mins

Lloyd Dyer is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

9mins

Centre by Paul Gallagher, blocked by Joleon Lescott.

9mins

The ball is swung over by Richie Wellens, Joleon Lescott gets a block in. Centre by Kyle Naughton, clearance by Joleon Lescott.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Vieira on Richie Wellens. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Gallagher, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.

5mins

Shot by Adam Johnson. Save made by Chris Weale.

4mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Richie Wellens. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.

3mins

The ball is delivered by Lloyd Dyer, Andy King takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott. Paul Gallagher produces a cross, Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

3mins

The ball is crossed by Paul Gallagher.

2mins

The offside flag is raised against Aleksandar Kolarov. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.

1mins

Foul by Adam Johnson on Lloyd Dyer, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jack Hobbs.

The game kicks-off.

The referee blows for half time.

The game restarts for the second half.

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

Match Preview

Roberto Mancini has defended his decision to restrict Shay Given's appearances for Manchester City this season. Twelve months ago, the Republic of Ireland star was firmly established as City's number one. Now, Given is at a crossroads in his career.

Shunted down to second choice due to Joe Hart's impressive form, the former Newcastle man is keen to leave City and reignite his career. Yet Mancini has warned Given it is not certain such a move will be granted.

"It is not a simple position," he said. "You can change the other players every game but the goalkeeper is different. That is the only reason why Shay has not played so often because he is a fantastic goalkeeper."

The City boss still remembers how he ended up needing to sign Marton Fulop as an emergency at the end of last season when Given was injured and an attempt to get Hart out of his loan spell at Birmingham failed.

With the stakes even higher this time around, Mancini is not willing to risk leaving himself so badly exposed again. Yet the Italian has not exactly made life easier for Given by opting not to select him when certain opportunities have arisen.

He sat out both legs of the qualifier, and the opening three Europa League games for instance, and also last week's FA Cup clash at Leicester. It could be argued that Mancini made that call to stop Given becoming cup-tied. But as the 33-year-old is expected to be recalled for the replay against Sven-Goran Eriksson's Championship outfit, that defence does not stack up.

Instead, Mancini puts it down to the unique nature of the goalkeeping position, which leaves Given in the uncomfortable position of not knowing whether he will remain at Eastlands for the remainder of the season, and uncertain as to whether his services would be required anyway should he help City reach their first major final since 1981.

Not that he is on his own. Veteran midfielder Patrick Vieira is in a very similar situation, having started just two Premier League games all season but eight in cup competitions. And he is one of a number of fringe players Mancini is preparing to introduce as City look to confirm a fourth-round trip to Notts County.

"Patrick Vieira is an important member of our squad," said Mancini. "He is a good player, who has lots of experience.

"He will probably play, along with Jerome Boateng, James Milner, David Silva, Jo and Joleon Lescott. We have other players that we can win this game."

With Mario Balotelli injured and Edin Dzeko ineligible, Mancini may be forced to rely on skipper Carlos Tevez, whose two goals against Wolves at the weekend moved him level with Dimitar Berbatov at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.

Ayegbeni Yakubu is ineligible for Leicester. The loan signing from Everton, who marked his debut with a goal at Preston on Saturday, was not with the Foxes for the initial tie eight days ago and therefore cannot feature at Eastlands.

With Darius Vassell carrying a knock, Steve Howard could lead Leicester`s attack against the joint-leaders of the Premier League. Vassell`s possible absence aside, Sven-Goran Eriksson could name the same side that drew 2-2 with big-spending City at the Walkers Stadium.

Eriksson will be making his first return to Eastlands since he was sacked as manager of Manchester City in the summer of 2008. With Notts County awaiting the winner in round four, the Swede will be looking to set up another return to a former club. Eriksson was director of football at Notts last season.

Formation:433Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 451Manager: Sven Goran Eriksson

Leicester

  • Joe Hart
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • Patrick Vieira
  • James Milner
  • Adam Johnson
  • Carlos Tevez
  • David Silva
  • SUBS
  • Shay Given
  • Gareth Barry
  • Joao Alves Jo
  • Kolo Toure
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Dedryk Boyata
  • Alex Nimely

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Match Report

City survive Foxes fightback Sven-Goran Eriksson failed to inflict an FA Cup sucker punch on Manchester City as his former club booked a fourth-round trip to Notts County with a 4-2 win over Leicester at Eastlands. Eriksson's Leicester outfit battled gamely, levelling an early opener from Carlos Tevez through Paul Gallagher's penalty and then halving the deficit after the hosts had scored twice in 77 seconds through Patrick Vieira and Adam Johnson. However, four days after offering Wolves a similar lifeline on the same ground, City quickly snatched it away, Aleksandar Kolarov lashing home a fourth in the final minute. It was a fitting tribute to Neil Young - the terminally ill member of the side that triumphed at Wembley in 1969, for whom the City players posed for the pre-match photograph wearing distinctive red and black striped kits. City's latest attempt to emulate that team got off to a stuttering start 10 days ago and for half an hour they were no more convincing at the second attempt, despite boasting the most expensive starting line-up in FA Cup history. The #162million included hefty fees for Yaya Toure, David Silva and Tevez, who remains Roberto Mancini's talisman for all the other additions. It was hardly a surprise that Tevez should put City ahead. Turning sharply past Yuki Abe as he collected a throw from fellow Argentinian Pablo Zabaleta, Tevez then ran straight at Jack Hobbs. A fortunate bounce off the former Liverpool man allowed Tevez to continue his charge towards the box and, with one swipe of the right boot, he lashed a shot into the corner. City were not in front for long though as Lloyd Dyer burst between Joleon Lescott and Vieira, falling over the latter man's leg, which had been conveniently dangled out. Gallagher's approach was unconventional, keeping his back to goal for as long as possible. His finish was effective though as Joe Hart went the wrong way. For a while, City wobbled and Eriksson could dream of causing a cup shock against the club he left so abruptly, dumped by discredited former owner Thaksin Shinawatra in May 2008. But this Blues outfit are not as fallible as Eriksson's were - nor any other City manager's in recent memory. And in the space of 77 seconds towards the end of the opening period, the Premier League title chasers took control. This time, Tevez was the creator, lifting a superb pass beyond the Leicester defence to Zabaleta. Silva met the South American's cut-back and, though Souleymane Bamba blocked on the line, the ball screwed across the six-yard box to Vieira, who tapped into an empty net. Then Silva spotted Johnson's defence-splitting run and slipped a precise pass to the England midfielder that left him with only Chris Weale to beat. Having blown one such opportunity when the tie was still goalless, Johnson was in no mood to let Leicester escape a second time and finished with clinical efficiency. Unsurprisingly, City adopted a more conservative approach to their attacking after the break, content to use the pace of Johnson and Tevez to keep the Leicester defence on their toes. Any lingering hopes for the visitors should have been snuffed out when Tevez went down as he cut inside Hobbs. As the defender was the last man, it warranted a red card. Mancini certainly thought so, waving his arm to that effect. But referee Mark Halsey decided otherwise - a decision that became more significant when Tevez blasted the spot-kick straight at Weale's legs. Mancini was presumably thinking about it even more when an accidental intervention from the referee offered Abi a second opportunity to play a pass beyond the City defence, which Dyer profited from after shrugging off Vincent Kompany. The Blues boss must be heartily sick of such endings, having endured a similar situation against Wolves on Saturday. But Kolarov strode forward to end any doubt and set up a visit to Paul Ince's League One outfit, who dumped Sunderland out 10 days ago.

possession


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