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Jakob Jantscher takes a shot. Blocked by Micah Richards.
De Carvalho Alan takes a shot. Pablo Zabaleta gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Emmanuel Adebayor from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Ibrahim Sekagya receives a caution. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ibrahim Sekagya on Emmanuel Adebayor. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save made by Gerhard Tremmel. Adam Johnson decides to take the corner short, The ball is sent over by James Milner, clearance by Ibrahim Sekagya.
Micah Richards comes on in place of Kolo Toure. Ibrahim Sekagya has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Micah Richards coming on for Kolo Toure. Ibrahim Sekagya has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Adam Johnson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 SV Red Bull Salzburg.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Jakob Jantscher goes wide right of the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against de Carvalho Alan. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by James Milner, save by Gerhard Tremmel.
Emmanuel Adebayor comes on in place of Mario Balotelli.
Stefan Hierlander takes a shot. Brilliant save by Shay Given.
Thomas Augustinussen on for David Mendes Da Silva. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Ibrahim Sekagya. Jerome Boateng restarts play with the free kick.
Mario Balotelli produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Mario Balotelli grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 SV Red Bull Salzburg.Patrick Vieira takes a shot. Ibrahim Sekagya gets a block in. Assist on the goal came from Patrick Vieira.
Adam Johnson decides to take a short corner, James Milner has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jakob Jantscher, Patrick Vieira manages to make a clearance.
Shot from close range by Adam Johnson clears the bar.
De Carvalho Alan comes on in place of Simon Cziommer.
Mario Balotelli produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Pablo Zabaleta challenges Franz Schiemer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Franz Schiemer takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Joaquin Boghossian from the left by-line to the near post, Kolo Toure makes a clearance. Stefan Hierlander has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Adam Johnson fouled by Simon Cziommer, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner, clearance made by Stefan Hierlander.
Simon Cziommer takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Mario Balotelli.
(SV Red Bull Salzburg) makes a substitution, with Dusan Svento coming on for Martin Hinteregger.
The referee books Joaquin Boghossian for dissent.
James Milner produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Mario Balotelli goes wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ibrahim Sekagya on Mario Balotelli. Patrick Vieira takes the free kick.
David Mendes Da Silva takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by James Milner.
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Gerhard Tremmel makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Franz Schiemer. James Milner crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Gerhard Tremmel.
Stefan Hierlander has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Christoph Leitgeb has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Jakob Jantscher takes a shot. Comfortable save by Shay Given.
Rabiu Afolabi receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Rabiu Afolabi on Joleon Lescott. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Simon Cziommer offside. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
The ball is swung over by Stefan Hierlander, Rabiu Afolabi has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Stefan Hierlander from the right by-line played to the near post, Mario Balotelli makes a clearance.
Jerome Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Cziommer. Martin Hinteregger takes the free kick.
Adam Johnson sends in a cross, Ibrahim Sekagya makes a clearance.
Shot from outside the box by Joaquin Boghossian misses to the left of the target.
The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson.
Mario Balotelli grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 SV Red Bull Salzburg.The assist for the goal came from Pablo Zabaleta.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel. Corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line, clearance by Joaquin Boghossian. Corner from right by-line taken by James Milner.
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahim Sekagya.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jakob Jantscher on Jerome Boateng. Jerome Boateng takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Stefan Hierlander. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jakob Jantscher from right wing, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance. Effort from long range by Jakob Jantscher goes wide right of the target.
Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line to the near post, Martin Hinteregger makes a clearance.
Shaun Wright-Phillips sends in a cross, Franz Schiemer makes a clearance. Corner from left by-line crossed in by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Ibrahim Sekagya.
Shot from just outside the box by Mario Balotelli goes over the crossbar.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson played to the near post, clearance by Rabiu Afolabi.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson played to the near post, clearance by Martin Hinteregger.
Unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Christoph Leitgeb results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by James Milner, Christoph Leitgeb makes a clearance.
The referee gets the match started.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Make-or-break time for Mancini's City
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the month of December could indicate whether his team has a realistic chance of the title.
While the Italian remains adamant Chelsea will retain their crown he is anxious to take it to the wire.
First up, though, are Salzburg with a place in the knockout phase of the Europa League in sight.
It is the start of a hectic schedule for a club anxious to compete in the Champions League next season.
City will play seven matches in December - five in the league - and 10 games in different competitions in the next six weeks.
Mancini said: "This month will be very important for us as we have some difficult games against strong teams.
"During this spell we can understand what we must do for the future. It will be very tough because we play every three days.
"But first we must try to beat Salzburg and go through to the next stage. Then we play just two games in February.
"That will give us time to concentrate on the league and that could be an important month too."
Mancini intends to tinker with his side after the 1-1 draw against Stoke at the weekend as he looks to complete the double over Salzburg.
Whether he will hand a start to fit-again Wayne Bridge remains to be seen after speaking of his frustration at the full-back's inability to stay free of injury.
Mancini said: "He is available to play. The problem he has is he is always injured. Every game he plays he cannot finish. It is usually a hamstring or a groin problem.
"He played in Salzburg but after 70 minutes he was injured. He played against Blackpool and was injured. He played against Poznan and was injured. It is impossible he can play because of this.
"Every time he was available he played. This week he is available. He is an important part of our group as he has been unlucky.
"We will change some players for the game as we are playing two games in a few days but it will still be a good team."
Pablo Zabaleta is available again after suspension while Yaya Toure could also come into contention after missing the Stoke game with a migraine. Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to recover in time from a groin problem.
Some City fans showed their displeasure after the last home game which ended in a goalless draw against Birmingham City.
But Mancini is relaxed about the situation.
He said: "We must respect the supporters. Our job is to improve and win for them. That is what we always want to do.
"The teams that come here all have players who get behind the ball. But we have still scored a lot of goals at home. We know it is important to win if we want to go through to the next stage."
Super Mario sends City through
Mario Balotelli scored a brace to help Manchester City claim a place in the next stage of the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Salzburg.
And they emphasised their credentials in the process as the double was completed against the Austrian champions, meaning City qualified for the last 32 in February with a game to spare.
Former Inter Milan striker Balotelli, who arrived in the summer for #24million, scored either side of half-time with Adam Johnson also finding the target.
It was almost like a training session for City given their possession and they should have been more than one goal to the good at the interval.
They made their intentions clear as early as the third minute when Patrick Vieira - one of eight changes to the side - flicked the ball on to Jo only for Franz Schiemer to make a timely challenge.
Balotelli was quickly into the game and cut in from the left but sent his effort over the bar before he got on the end of a cross from Johnson in the ninth minute. The ball broke to Joleon Lescott, who was crowded out.
City should have taken the lead in the 15th minute when Vieira released Balotelli with superb through-ball. He raced on, only for goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel to boot his effort clear.
Their pressure paid off in the 18th minute thanks to Balotelli, who swept home a fine volley from inside the area following a cross from Pablo Zabaleta.
They were cutting Salzburg open and made an unsuccessful appeal for a penalty in the 32nd minute.
James Milner found Balotelli with a defence-splitting pass and the striker homed in on goal. However Schiemer was able to get in a challenge that left his opponent on the floor but referee Libor Kovarik deemed it was fair.
Then Zabaleta picked out Shaun Wright-Phillips in the 40th minute and he tested Tremmel from distance with an instinctive shot.
City should have added a second a minute before half-time following another quick break. Johnson sent Milner scampering away but he steered his effort the wrong side of the post.
City were looking to build on their lead and Wright-Phillips got clear in the 48th minute. Jo and Balotelli were waiting in the area but the delivery from the winger was poor and it was cleared to safety.
The referee then angered the visitors by allowing play to continue in the 55th minute after Simon Cziommer was left pole-axed.
Balotelli came close to extending City's lead as Cziommer lay prostrate on the pitch. However he was able to clamber off the stretcher and make his way to the dressing room.
City squandered another good chance of adding a second goal in the 58th minute after a sweeping move.
Jerome Boateng and Wright-Phillips linked up but Balotelli's powerful effort ended up in the side-netting.
Then Milner cleared the bar with a 20-yard shot after being set up by Johnson before they eventually extended their lead.
Balotelli scored his second goal from close range following a ball from Vieira after Johnson had won possession.
He almost completed his hat-trick a minute but again his effort found the side netting.
Balotelli was given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor in the 71st minute.
And City made it 3-0 seven minutes later following a fine individual effort from Johnson.
He skipped past three dispirited Salzburg players before finding the corner with his shot as City march on.
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