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  • Adebayor (40), Kompany (45)
  • Date:2010-01-31
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:City of Manchester Stadium
  • Attendance:44015
  • Referee:Atkinson, M

Live Commentary

90mins

The referee brings an end to the game

90mins

Piquionne loops a fairly weak effort over the top of the bar

87mins

The ball falls at the feet of Piquionne about a yard in front of goal but he's unable to react quickly enough and Given grabs the ball

84mins

Hayden Mullins comes off for Quincy Owusu-Abeyie

81mins

Barry glances a header wide from a Bellamy corner

79mins

Great chance for City to score another goal. Bellamy picks out Tevez this time with an accurate pass. Tevez takes a touch, turns a Portsmouth defender and whacks the ball against the post

78mins

Bellamy sprints into the box with the ball and tries to pick out Tevez in front of goal. Great run from Bellamy but not a fantastic final ball

76mins

Frederic Piquionne comes on for Webber

73mins

Boateng is booked for a late challenge

72mins

Petrov makes way for Craig Bellamy

72mins

Barry finds Tevez with a beauty of a pass. Petrov makes a good run but for some reason stops moving and the chance slips away

69mins

Petrov's shot from distance goes wide

68mins

Boateng picks out Utaka, who nearly finds himself through on goal with the ball but it just isn't quite happening for Pompey at the moment and City clear the danger

66mins

Kevin-Prince Boateng sends a free kick high and wide

65mins

Basinas' stinging shot is saved well by Given but the ball comes out to Webber, who trips comically over it and falls over just yards from the goal

63mins

City have a free kick. Petrov strikes the ball but James has a clear view of the attempt and collects without any trouble

61mins

Nigel de Jong is deservedly booked for a rash challenge

60mins

Onuoha is looking a threat for City. He's made a couple of promising forward runs in the last few minutes

58mins

Kompany has picked up an injury and is replaced by Dedryck Boyata

57mins

Possession has been split precisely 50/50 so far this half but it is Portsmouth creating more in the final third

55mins

Basinas shoots but the angle makes it difficult for him and his attempt poses Given no problems

53mins

O'Hara's strike from outside the box goes just wide, with Given stranded in the middle of the goal

52mins

Portsmouth have a corner after a spell of good pressure. The ball falls to the feet of Toure, who does well to clear

49mins

Utaka bombs into the box with great pace but Toure does well to recover and make a good tackle in a dangerous position

48mins

Portsmouth have started the half brightly, with City still looking lethargic and laboured

46mins

O'Hara's free kick is safely gathered in by Given

45mins

The second half is underway

45mins

The referee brings an end to the first half

45mins

Kompany powers in a header from a corner to send City into the break another goal up

45mins

There are shouts for a penalty as Vanden Borre seems to foul Garrido. The ball comes out to Tevez, who shoots towards goal but James makes the save

43mins

Basinas is booked for a late challenge

43mins

Ireland tries to pick out Garrido on the left wing but the ball goes out for a Portsmouth throw

41mins

That goal is harsh on Pompey, who have played very well in this first half

39mins

Adebayor opens the scoring with a clinical, stinging finish. There was a hint of offside about the goal but great play from the striker

37mins

Nedum Onuoha comes on for Zabaleta, who has failed to recover from that facial injury

36mins

Great chance for Pompey to open the scoring, as Vanden Borre's deflected effort strikes the bar

33mins

The crowd seem to be getting impatient with the way City are playing. There's no attacking urgency at all from the home side

31mins

Zabaleta is down injured after being caught in the face by a flailing arm

29mins

Kompany wins a header from a corner but fails to get any direction on his attempt. He complains that his shirt was being pulled but there didn't seem to be too much wrong there

28mins

Danny Webber is blocked off by Garrido as he tries to advance into the box with the ball. O'Hara takes the free kick, which is collected by Given

26mins

Hreidarsson has failed to recover from that early injury and is replaced by Steve Finnan

25mins

Ireland finds himself in acres of space at the back post. He is picked out by Tevez but Ireland's effort is saved by James

23mins

Martin Petrov shoots from distance and the ball goes narrowly wide of David James' post

22mins

Ireland tries to play in Tevez but he's pulled back by Marc Wilson just outside the box. Wilson picks up the first booking of the game

19mins

Kolo Toure shrugs off O'Hara and crosses the ball towards the near post but Portsmouth manage to clear their lines

17mins

Pompey are enjoying a good spell of pressure near the City box at the moment, with the home team struggling to break up the play

16mins

O'Hara crosses from the left but there's nobody in the box for Portsmouth to meet the ball

13mins

Stephen Ireland shapes to shoot after good work from Gareth Barry but the ball just runs away from him a little and his shot takes a deflection

12mins

Pablo Zabaleta plays a nice one-two with Tevez in the box but Pompey clear the danger well

11mins

Hreidarsson looks OK to continue. This has been a promising start from Pompey

9mins

Anthony Vanden Borre fouls Tevez, who has been quiet so far for City. Seconds later, Hreidarsson stretches to get on the end of a free kick and looks to have picked up a slight injury

7mins

Pompey win a corner, which is taken by Angelos Basinas short to Jamie O'Hara. O'Hara shoots towards the near post but Given makes a comfortable save

5mins

It's been a lively start from both sides, as Hermann Hreidarsson crosses the ball into the box from the left. Javier Garrido appears to push a Pompey player over but the referee isn't interested

3mins

Shay Given makes a rare mistake, weakly tapping the ball from a harmless cross into the path of John Utaka, who fails to take advantage of the opportunity and sends his attempt high and wide

2mins

Carlos Tevez receives the ball in the box and tries to shift into a shooting position but the ball goes out for a corner

0mins

Referee Martin Atkinson gets the game underway

0mins

Manchester City have Emmanuel Adebayor back in their starting line-up for a clash against a struggling Pompey side in crisis at the moment

0mins

Man City face Portsmouth at 1:30pm on Sunday, January 31st.

Match Preview

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will want see his side add more woe to rock-bottom Portsmouth on Sunday as they look to push their top-four challenge forward.

The Citizens had a midweek break from Premier League action but there was no escaping from their red hot Carling Cup semi-final clash against city rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Mancini took his men to his fierce rivals with a slender 2-1 lead from the first-leg and United put themselves in firm control in the second-half of Wednesday's showdown.

Goals from Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick looked set to send them to Wembley, but up popped Carlos Tevez to score a fantastic effort to level the aggregate score.

However, Wayne Rooney, who threatened for much of the night, headed a last-gasp winner to send United to the final at City's expense and they now need to pick themselves up for the weekend.

Avram Grant's beleaguered Pompey secured a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers West Ham United on Tuesday at Fratton Park and they once again showed their new-found resilience after going behind.

An ugly Matthew Upson goal looked set to plunge the south coast side into further misery although a late Danny Webber effort restored parity as they claimed a priceless point.

With Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy available to Mancini, his prodigious forwards should have enough in the tank to gun down Portsmouth's back-line that is likely to consist of Younes Kaboul, Hermann Hreidarsson, Anthony Vanden Borre and Marc Wilson with the impressive Bosnian keeper Asmir Begovic behind them.

Ominously for Pompey is the record that City boast in their last 15 league fixtures.

Just two defeats - against Tottenham Hotspur and Everton away from home - have blotted their fine copy book.

If that isn't enough to worry Grant then perhaps City's seven wins and three draws from their ten home games to date may stymie the Israeli's sleeping pattern in the lead up to their tough weekend clash.

City will be without three long-term knee victims on Sunday.

Wayne Bridge is nearing fitness but the game is expected to come too soon for the England international, with Joleon Lescott out until next month and Michael Johnson missing for the rest of the season.

Roque Santa Cruz (calf) is also ruled out until the end of February.


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Match Report

Despite a display well below their normal high standards, Manchester City still managed to beat basement side Portsmouth 2-0 at Eastlands.

But against a better class of opposition City could well have struggled, as they appeared to be suffering a hangover from their midweek Carling Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester United.

Apart from a brief spell before half-time, when City scored their two goals, it was a laboured performance in which Pompey, without a won at City since 1963, were far from second best for lengthy periods.

Indeed, it was hard to believe that virtually the whole length of the table separated the two teams such was the nature of the game in which City's victory came at a cost after they lost defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany through injury.

Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor returned from the Africa Cup of Nations while there were also recalls for Martin Petrov and Stephen Ireland, as Roberto Mancini made four changes from the starting line-up for their Carling Cup semi-final as Micah Richards, Craig Bellamy, Dedryck Boyata and Shaun Wright-Phillips lost out.

Pompey made the livelier start in which John Utaka and Jamie O'Hara had decent chances, while Danny Webber might have won an early penalty after appearing to be shoved off the ball by Javier Garrido.

It was not until midway through the opening half that City began to threaten when Petrov and Kompany both saw efforts fly narrowly wide.

There was another let-off for City when Anthony Vanden Borre's shot took a deflection off Kompany and looped over keeper Shay Given before hitting the crossbar.

City's nerves were soothed when Adebayor broke the deadlock in the 40th minute running on to an Ireland through ball and shooting high into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

And they doubled their advantage in first-half stoppage time when Kompany headed home Petrov's corner to leave Pompey with a mountain to climb.

In fairness to Pompey, they took the game to City and more than matched their more illustrious opponents in a second period of few chances, though Carlos Tevez came close to adding a third goal after his shot struck the upright.

Manchester City

Portsmouth

Corners

107

Fouls

916

Goal attempts

1112

Shots off target

68

Offsides

25

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