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  • Date:17 May 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:City of Manchester Stadium
  • Attendance:45,103
  • Tevez (13) Lescott (52)
    Tevez (64)

Live Commentary

92:16 +2.16

Jonathan Walters is ruled offside. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.

90:44 +0.44

The official flags Rory Delap offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.


Dedryk Boyata joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carlos Tevez.


Shot by Dean Whitehead from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.


Corner taken by James Milner, Header from close range by Edin Dzeko clears the bar.


Jonathan Walters fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Marc Wilson from right channel. Ryan Shawcross is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.


James Milner fouled by Salif Diao, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Salif Diao for unsporting behaviour. Strike comes in from Carlos Tevez from the free kick.


Andy Wilkinson has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.


Short corner taken by James Milner.


Unfair challenge on James Milner by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.


Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Ryan Shotton on for Glenn Whelan. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.


John Carew goes off and Rory Delap comes on.


Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Walters.


Shot by Edin Dzeko from inside the area bounces off the post.


The ball is sent over by Jonathan Walters. Shaun Wright-Phillips is brought on as a substitute for Adam Johnson.


Joleon Lescott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Carew. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Nigel De Jong. Carlos Tevez hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 Stoke.


Carlos Tevez challenges Andy Wilkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.


Glenn Whelan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.


Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.


Adam Johnson delivers the ball, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.


Edin Dzeko on for David Silva.


Salif Diao sends in a cross.


Foul by Danny Collins on Micah Richards, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson, Joleon Lescott finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Man City 2-0 Stoke.Assist by Adam Johnson.


The referee shows Andy Wilkinson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.


James Milner produces a curled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross. Pablo Zabaleta delivers the ball, clearance by Danny Collins.


The ball is swung over by Jonathan Walters, Pablo Zabaleta gets a block in.


Inswinging corner taken by Danny Pugh, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.


Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Pablo Zabaleta, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.

45:42 +0.42

James Milner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.


Dean Whitehead produces a cross, save by Joe Hart.


Shot by Adam Johnson. Blocked by Salif Diao. Corner taken short by James Milner.


John Carew delivers the ball, clearance by Nigel De Jong.


Gnegneri Toure Yaya fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Shawcross is shown a yellow card. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.


The ball is delivered by Jonathan Walters.


The referee gives a free kick against David Silva for handball. Danny Collins restarts play with the free kick.


Effort from just outside the area by Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes over the target.


Shot by Glenn Whelan. Save made by Joe Hart.


John Carew produces a cross, clearance by Joleon Lescott.


Shot by Carlos Tevez. Save by Thomas Sorensen. James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan. Danny Collins takes the direct free kick.


Shot from 25 yards from James Milner. Salif Diao gets a block in.


Adam Johnson takes the outswinging corner, clearance by John Carew.


The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson, save by Thomas Sorensen.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott by Dean Whitehead. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.


Micah Richards sends in a cross.


Corner taken by Glenn Whelan.


John Carew produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Micah Richards gets a block in.


Marc Wilson delivers the ball.


A cross is delivered by Jonathan Walters, blocked by David Silva.


Carlos Tevez scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from James Milner.


Micah Richards produces a cross.


James Milner has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.


The ball is delivered by Dean Whitehead, save by Joe Hart.


Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.


Andy Wilkinson challenges Micah Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Johnson.


Danny Pugh is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.


David Silva has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.


Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

Match Preview

Mancini likely to make changes Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could be tempted to freshen up his side for the re-arranged Barclays Premier League game with Stoke. Edin Dzeko, James Milner and Adam Johnson are all pushing for places in the starting line-up against opponents they defeated 1-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Kolo Toure and Jerome Boateng are again ruled out of the home fixture through suspension and a knee injury respectively. First-team coach David Platt wants to build on their achievement of lifting the FA Cup. City will face the Potters just over 72 hours after they beat their rivals 1-0 at Wembley. Victory for City would see them overtake Arsenal and move into third place - a scenario that, should City hold on to the position, would rule out pre-qualifying for the Champions League. The Gunners are suddenly looking over their shoulder after they suffered a home defeat to Aston Villa yesterday and Platt said: "We've got two games to go and can take six points. If we do that we have done our job. "We could actually get third place from Arsenal. We've got to continue to win games and continue to win trophies. "We're delighted at this moment and quite rightly so. We should enjoy it but only until around Tuesday morning. "We've made a big step up as regards the players that have come in, they've bedded themselves in, and as the season's gone on we've become more assured as a team." Stoke manager Tony Pulis must decide whether to risk key players.. Pulis gambled on the fitness of Matthew Etherington (hamstring) and Robert Huth (knee) in Saturday's defeat at Wembley, while Jermaine Pennant completed the 90 minutes despite twisting his ankle in first-half stoppage-time. Asmir Begovic is likely to reclaim his place in goal for the Barclays Premier League clash at Eastlands, while Ricardo Fuller, Danny Higginbotham and Mamady Sidibe remain sidelined. Captain Ryan Shawcross has revenge on his mind Shawcross was forced to climb the 107 steps to Wembley's Royal Box to collect a runners-up medal on Saturday before watching opposite number Carlos Tevez hoist aloft the famous old trophy. "We've got two massive games and hopefully we can avenge the performance against City on Tuesday," Shawcross said. "It's going to be difficult but hopefully we can." Saturday's defeat robbed Shawcross of the honour of being the first Stoke captain to lift the FA Cup, although he still made history by being the first man to lead them out in the final. And, at 23, there is plenty of time for him to go one step further and end the Potters' 148-year quest for the trophy. He added: "I want to be in more cup finals and win trophies. "This is a massive incentive. But I definitely want to play in more big occasions. "We will learn from this and grow as a team. We have had a great season but our performance was disappointing. We just never turned up. "We want to finish our season with six points from the two games. "There will always be regrets and 'if onlys' but there's always next season to put things right."

Formation:4411Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis


  • Joe Hart
  • Micah Richards
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Adam Johnson
  • James Milner
  • Nigel De Jong
  • David Silva
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • Carlos Tevez
  • SUBS
  • Shay Given
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
  • Edin Dzeko
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Gareth Barry
  • Patrick Vieira
  • Dedryk Boyata



Match Report

Tevez's Boot proves Golden for City Carlos Tevez drew level with Dimitar Berbatov in the battle for the Golden Boot as his magnificent brace gave Manchester City a 3-0 win over Stoke which left them on the brink of direct qualification for the Champions League. The Blues captain lashed his side in front after beating two men inside the Stoke box, then curled home a superb free-kick to take his tally to 20, exactly the same as Berbatov, with one game of the season remaining. More importantly for manager Roberto Mancini, it leaves his team knowing a victory at Bolton on Sunday will secure a straight passage through to the group stages of Europe's elite club competition, avoiding a hazardous qualification round in August when Bayern Munich and Villarreal had already been lined up as potential opponents. Joleon Lescott also found the net with a simple header to complete a perfect week for City but rub salt into the Stoke wounds still gaping after that devastating FA Cup final defeat at Wembley on Saturday, which ended the Blues' 35-year wait for a trophy. Stoke's capacity to raise their spirits for this game, just three days after suffering the crushing weekend disappointment had to be called into question. Yet City too struggled to find any fluency, as if all their energy had been left in London despite the enormity of the prize on offer. James Milner did race onto an excellent pass from Tevez, which the South American flicked over his shoulder, but his volley was woefully wide, the quizzical looks at the referee which followed done more to save his own embarrassment. Tevez decided it was time to get involved himself. Given the uncertainty over his future, this could yet turn out to be the 26-year-old's final game at Eastlands. If so, he marked the occasion in style. Collecting Milner's return pass just inside the Stoke box, he nimbly stepped past Ryan Shawcross and Andy Wilkinson, two of the six men who retained their places from the weekend for the visitors, before cutting a superb shot into the far corner. It was further proof that if Tevez does decide to move elsewhere, he will leave a king-size hole in Mancini's City squad that money alone will not necessarily be able to fill, no matter what status the world's richest club enjoy. City toyed with their visitors after that. Milner and Toure both launched speculative efforts towards the visitors' goal without looking like adding to City's lead and Stoke's only response was an equally unlikely strike by Glenn Whelan that Joe Hart dealt with easily. Tony Pulis at least galvanised his team into action at the start of the second period. But all hope was lost once City had gained a rather fortunate free-kick for a Danny Collins foul on Micah Richards. Lescott evaded all attention, got in front of Sorensen as he jumped for Adam Johnson's free-kick and had the easiest of tasks to nod home his second goal of the season. Watching from the stands, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez could only hope Stoke will be in similarly lethargic mood at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday when they face that heart-stopping five-team battle for survival. Substitute Edin Dzeko should have doubled his tally of Premier League goals instead of drilling a shot straight at Sorensen after muscling his way into the penalty area. The difference between Dzeko and Tevez is clearly not just limited to size alone. When Whelan brought down Nigel de Jong, the City skipper let fly with a quite magnificent curling free-kick that gave Sorensen no chance as it flew right into the top corner. Dzeko struck the outside of a post from an acute angle, which again just highlighted how much City rely on Tevez. A mad dash out of his goal to clear, and an equally frantic scramble back again ensured Hart's goal remained in tact, which confirmed another clean sheet and the Golden Glove prize. But the highest goalscorer is the award that carries greater prestige, and Tevez would have gone in front had he not clipped yet another free-kick narrowly over in the latter stages.

Form Guide

  • Man City
  • VS
  • Stoke

Last Meetings

  • Stoke
  • 1 - 1
  • Man City
  • 27/11/2010
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 1
  • Man City
  • 16/02/2010
  • Man City
  • 2 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 26/12/2009
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 0
  • Man City
  • 31/01/2009
  • Man City
  • 3 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 26/10/2008
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 0
  • Man City
  • 09/04/1983

Top Scorers

Man City

  • CA Tevez 13
  • G Toure Yaya 8
  • A Johnson 4
  • M Balotelli 4
  • P Vieira 2
  • G Barry 2
  • PJ Zabaleta 2
  • J Lescott 1
  • K Toure 1
  • N De Jong 1
  • E Dzeko 1
  • M Richards 1
  • A Kolarov 1


  • K Jones 9
  • R Huth 6
  • J Walters 5
  • R Fuller 4
  • M Etherington 3
  • J Pennant 3
  • R Delap 2
  • D Higginbotham 2
  • D Whitehead 2
  • JA Carew 1
  • A Faye 1
  • M Wilson 1
  • R Shawcross 1


Man City

    • Total goals 88
    • Goals per game 55
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 79
    • Goals per game 46
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 9 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 13 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins