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The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas fouled by Erik Pieters, the ref awards a free kick.
Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Edin Dzeko goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
Edin Dzeko challenges Matthew Etherington unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Peter Odemwingie delivers the ball.
Aleksandar Kolarov crosses the ball.
Wilson Palacios challenges Francisco Javi Garcia unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Vincent Kompany.
Glenn Whelan leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Etherington.
Foul by David Silva on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded.
Stephen Ireland makes a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Samir Nasri.
Clearance made by Marc Wilson.
Charlie Adam makes a clearance.
Corner taken by David Silva.
David Silva crosses the ball.
Stephen Ireland on for Jonathan Walters.
Erik Pieters restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded.
Foul by David Silva on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded.
Clearance by Geoff Cameron.
Yaya Toure restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Francisco Javi Garcia by Erik Pieters results in a free kick.
Francisco Javi Garcia is brought on as a substitute for Stevan Jovetic.
Wilson Palacios on for Marko Arnautovic.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas crosses the ball.
The ball is sent over by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
Stevan Jovetic takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
Yaya Toure takes the free kick.
Edin Dzeko fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick.
Luis Fernandinho goes off and Gonzalez Jesus Navas comes on.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam.
Samir Nasri takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Marc Wilson.
Foul by Erik Pieters on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.
Clearance by Jonathan Walters.
Yaya Toure produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Charlie Adam gets a block in.
Stevan Jovetic is brought on as a substitute for Alvaro Negredo.
Ryan Shawcross challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincent Kompany.
Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Yaya Toure concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan.
Pablo Zabaleta crosses the ball.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Peter Odemwingie gets a block in.
Glenn Whelan concedes a free kick for a foul on Alvaro Negredo.
Clearance made by Luis Fernandinho.
Luis Fernandinho challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick.
David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Silva by Peter Odemwingie results in a free kick.
Clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
The second half has started.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Edin Dzeko, free kick awarded.
Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
Clearance by Martin Demichelis.
The ball is delivered by Erik Pieters.
Geoff Cameron takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Demichelis on Marko Arnautovic.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri.
Yaya Toure takes a shot and cleared the bar.
Clearance by Erik Pieters.
Short corner taken by David Silva.
Free kick taken by Yaya Toure.
Free kick taken by David Silva.
Peter Odemwingie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Silva.
Martin Demichelis manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch.
David Silva crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Booking for Charlie Adam.
Charlie Adam challenges Samir Nasri unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is crossed by Vincent Kompany.
Strike comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick. Blocked by Edin Dzeko.
Luis Fernandinho goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
Luis Fernandinho concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Fernandinho on Peter Crouch.
Yaya Toure takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a block.
Corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line.
Erik Pieters makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Edin Dzeko.
Clearance made by Martin Demichelis.
Charlie Adam has an effort at goal. A parry by Joe Hart prevents the goal.
Martin Demichelis makes a clearance.
Vincent Kompany challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Peter Odemwingie.
Vincent Kompany receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Vincent Kompany concedes a free kick for a foul on Geoff Cameron.
Geoff Cameron makes a clearance.
Geoff Cameron restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Martin Demichelis on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Glenn Whelan.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Alvaro Negredo results in a free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by David Silva.
Shot by Luis Fernandinho. A parry by Asmir Begovic prevents the goal.
The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Joe Hart safely holds on.
The referee gets the game started.
Aguero absent against Potters
Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero will miss this weekend's Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke but is poised to return to training next week.
The striker has missed four games with a hamstring injury but could be back in contention for the Capital One Cup final against Sunderland on March 2.
Midfielder James Milner is available again after his midweek European suspension and captain Vincent Kompany is not affected by a hamstring twinge. Defender Matija Nastasic (knee) is the only other notable absentee.
Not surprisingly given their Champions League result in midweek, talk of the quadruple has also subsided but boss Manuel Pellegrini insists the players will not be badly affected as they host Stoke in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.
Pellegrini said: "They are absolutely clear in their minds that we are fighting for the Premier League.
"I don't think there will be a psychological link between one competition and the other."
One other issue affecting City this week is the scheduling of their FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan for Sunday, March 9, just three days before the game in Barcelona.
It has been reported as a hindrance to City but Pellegrini has another point of view.
He said: "Maybe it's better for us to play on Saturday, but also the international players will only arrive on Thursday after they play for they national team, and that's not good.
"So everything has both sides. We don't have any problem for Sunday."
Pellegrini also confirmed that top scorer Sergio Aguero is due to return to full training next week after four games out with a hamstring injury.
Mark Hughes hopes Stoke can follow in the footsteps of three of his former clubs and upset another of his old sides Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
City have won all but three of their 21 home matches this season, losing to title rivals Chelsea in the Premier League and Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the Champions League.
Hughes played for all three clubs, while perhaps more relevantly he is also taking confidence from Stoke's impressive performance in holding City to a draw at the Britannia Stadium in September as well as wins over Chelsea and Manchester United.
Two of Manchester City's three home losses have come this month, including to Barca on Tuesday, but Hughes does not expect the confidence of Manuel Pellegrini's side to be affected.
The Potters boss said: "They're able to go from one challenge to another and refocus very quickly.
"They've got a huge squad of great quality. The difficulty from my point of view is knowing who they're going to pick on the day.
"They've been absolutely outstanding at home and averaged a significant amount of goals as well, so it's a huge task.
"But we've had really positive results against the top teams this year, beating Chelsea and Manchester United, drawing with City, which very few teams have been able to accomplish, so we were pleased with that performance at the Britannia.
"We'll have to match that and maybe go somewhere a little bit more as well."
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