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  • Date:25 Aug 2014
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance:45,471
  • Jovetic (40) Jovetic (54)
    Aguero (68)
  • Pablo Zabaleta - og (82)
Goal!

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The referee ends the match.

90:00 +5.07

Samir Nasri decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +4.44

The ball is swung over by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

90:00 +3.52

Yaya Toure has an effort at goal. Dejan Lovren gets a block in.

90:00 +2.31

Clearance by Alberto Moreno.

88:22

Jordan Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

86:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yaya Toure on Martin Skrtel.

83:23

Clearance by Vincent Kompany.

82:17

Chance falls to Rickie Lambert who heads at goal. Joe Hart fumbles the ball.

82:16

Daniel Sturridge sends in a cross.

81:22

Samir Nasri decides to take the corner short.

80:40

Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

79:23

Luis Fernandinho joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stevan Jovetic.

78:35

Rickie Lambert on for Raheem Sterling.

77:52

Clearance made by Gael Clichy.

75:38

Emre Can booked for unsporting behaviour.

75:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emre Can on Stevan Jovetic.

75:08

The ball is crossed by Alberto Moreno.

74:06

Joe Allen goes off and Emre Can comes on.

73:17

Alberto Moreno manages to make a clearance.

71:42

Glen Johnson crosses the ball.

71:12

Foul by Francisco Fernando on Joe Allen, free kick awarded.

70:54

Clearance made by Gael Clichy.

68:23

Sergio Aguero slots the ball right footed into the goal. Man City 3-0 Liverpool.Assist by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

68:06

Edin Dzeko goes off and Sergio Aguero comes on.

65:24

Header at goal by Daniel Sturridge to the left of the net.

64:55

Gonzalez Jesus Navas is brought on as a substitute for David Silva.

64:06

Shot by Daniel Sturridge. A parry by Joe Hart prevents the goal.

63:06

Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.

62:45

Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

61:25

Foul by Dejan Lovren on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded.

60:30

Corner taken by Lazar Markovic from the left by-line.

59:16

Lazar Markovic on for Phillippe Coutinho.

58:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Edin Dzeko on Martin Skrtel.

57:08

Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

54:20

Samir Nasri sends in a cross.

52:36

Clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.

52:33

Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

51:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Francisco Fernando.

49:54

Corner taken by Samir Nasri.

48:32

Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

47:40

Clearance made by Gael Clichy.

The match restarts for the second half.

The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0.48

The ball is sent over by Yaya Toure.

45:00 +0.20

Samir Nasri challenges Daniel Sturridge unfairly and gives away a free kick.

44:44

Martin Skrtel challenges Edin Dzeko unfairly and gives away a free kick.

44:36

Martin Demichelis manages to make a clearance.

43:55

Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

43:19

Unfair challenge on David Silva by Phillippe Coutinho results in a free kick.

43:14

Clearance made by David Silva.

40:19

Stevan Jovetic scores a right footed goal. Man City 1-0 Liverpool.

40:16

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

39:30

Corner from the right by-line taken by Samir Nasri.

39:09

Clearance by Steven Gerrard.

36:15

Raheem Sterling concedes a free kick for a foul on Yaya Toure.

32:16

Shot by Daniel Sturridge. Parried by Joe Hart back into danger.

30:47

Edin Dzeko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dejan Lovren.

29:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Raheem Sterling.

28:25

Yaya Toure booked.

28:08

Yaya Toure concedes a free kick for a foul on Phillippe Coutinho.

25:48

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

24:44

Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.

24:18

The ball is swung over by Alberto Moreno.

23:13

Unfair challenge on Simon Mignolet by Francisco Fernando results in a free kick.

23:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Samir Nasri.

22:47

The ball is sent over by Pablo Zabaleta.

21:31

Jordan Henderson sends in a cross.

21:20

Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick.

20:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Alberto Moreno.

20:39

The ball is crossed by Alberto Moreno.

16:45

Clearance made by Martin Demichelis.

16:44

A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson.

15:50

Joe Hart manages to make a clearance.

15:22

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Francisco Fernando gets a block in.

14:46

Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

14:27

Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

14:11

Vincent Kompany fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick.

13:35

Raheem Sterling produces a cross.

12:21

The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy.

11:07

Samir Nasri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dejan Lovren.

9:49

Raheem Sterling fouled by Martin Demichelis, the ref awards a free kick.

8:50

Shot by Raheem Sterling went wide of the right-hand post.

7:01

Shot by Edin Dzeko missed to the right of the target.

4:54

Stevan Jovetic fouled by Alberto Moreno, the ref awards a free kick.

2:58

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

1:07

Alberto Moreno takes the free kick.

0:57

Daniel Sturridge fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

Match Preview

Pellegrini: Our squad is the best Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is convinced the champions still boast the strongest squad in the Barclays Premier League. City face an early test as they host last season's runners-up, Liverpool, at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. Pellegrini's summer recruitment has been modest in comparison to that of Chelsea - who have assumed the mantle of favourites - while Liverpool have been highly active in transfer market. But City were already in a position of strength and while Pellegrini expects improvement from all the title rivals, he has complete faith in his men to deliver again. The Chilean said: "I think we always have to be better, we have to improve every season. It doesn't matter what happens with the other squads. "Here in the Premier League you always have four or five strong teams that can win the title and if we want to continue winning titles, of course, we must improve. "But I always say my players are the best players in the Premier League and we have the strongest squad, not only attackers but also defending, and in the whole squad. "Other teams also have strong squads but if you are analysing the players I prefer mine." City have bolstered their squad with the additions of defenders Eliaquim Mangala and Bacary Sagna, midfielder Fernando and goalkeeper Willy Caballero. England midfielder Frank Lampard, on loan from sister club New York City, can temporarily provide an extra option. Pellegrini hopes that competition for places has also intensified up front with Stevan Jovetic, a B#22million signing last summer, looking sharp after an injury-marred first season at the club. The selection headaches that could result are something that Pellegrini is looking forward to. He said: "As a manager, the most difficult decisions are when you don't have players. "When you have good players it's easy because when you have so many games in the season you need to change them. "Normally we will play around eight matches a month so it doesn't matter. It's important to win titles." City opened their title defence with a 2-0 win at Newcastle last week but are still to get up to full speed. Sergio Aguero, who came off the bench to score at St James' Park, is one of a number of players still not rated as match-fit after delayed summer breaks due to the World Cup. Mangala, who is still to make his debut after his B#32million signing from Porto, has again been ruled out. The game may also come too soon for Lampard. Right-backs Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta are also still to feature but are in contention. Meanwhile, former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness has stressed he would not be making the "high-risk" signing of Mario Balotelli if he was still in charge at Anfield. Balotelli's proposed transfer from AC Milan appears to be imminent, with a B#16million fee reportedly agreed and the maverick Italy striker having been pictured at the Reds' Melwood training ground on Friday. But Souness is not convinced it is a good move for Liverpool. The Scot, writing in the Sunday Times, said: "At times Balotelli doesn't seem to enjoy football. "Big teams can do without people who pick and choose when they will have a go. It's a high-risk signing. I wouldn't want him." Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to speak about Balotelli specifically on Friday at his pre-match press conference to preview Monday's clash at the Etihad Stadium. But he did talk about the Merseyside club's "extensive code of conduct" and his "complete confidence" any incoming player will not be a disruptive influence, before adding: "We understand that sometimes you have to take a risk with people and, a lot of the time, if you take that risk you can get a reward for it." Balotelli will not be able to feature against City even if a deal goes through before the game as it needed to have been completed by midday on Friday for him to be eligible, but there could be debuts for summer signings Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno. "Whatever time (in the season) this game comes, it's always very important - and for us, so early on, it's even more significant," Rodgers said. "But I don't think it will define everything. It's over the course of the 38 games. "We did reasonably well in the big games last season, but it's over the course of the 38 and that's something I'll always look at. "We've gone there in the last two seasons and performed very well. "That will be the same idea going into this game - to perform. It's early in the season and we started with a great win, and now to go and perform and hopefully get the result is what the aim will be."

Formation:4411Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Man City

Formation: 433Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool

  • Joe Hart
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Martin Demichelis
  • Gael Clichy
  • Samir Nasri
  • Yaya Toure
  • Francisco Fernando
  • David Silva
  • Stevan Jovetic
  • Edin Dzeko
  • SUBS
  • Bacary Sagna
  • James Milner
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Willy Caballero
  • Gonzalez Jesus Navas
  • Sergio Aguero
  • Luis Fernandinho

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Match Report

Form Guide

    W
  • Man City
  • VS
  • Liverpool
  • W

Last Meetings

  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 2
  • Man City
  • 13/04/2014
  • Man City
  • 2 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 26/12/2013
  • Man City
  • 2 - 2
  • Liverpool
  • 03/02/2013
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 2
  • Man City
  • 26/08/2012
  • Man City
  • 3 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 03/01/2012
  • Liverpool
  • 1 - 1
  • Man City
  • 27/11/2011

Top Scorers

Man City

  • SL Aguero 1
  • DJ Silva 1

Liverpool

  • D Sturridge 1
  • R Sterling 1

Goals

Man City

    • Total goals 2
    • Goals per game 2
  • 1 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 81-90 mins

Liverpool

    • Total goals 2
    • Goals per game 2
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 71-80 mins

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