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  • Date:15 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance:46,802
  • Dzeko (56) Aguero (67)
    Silva (70) Aguero (90)
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93mins

Danny Graham takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

91mins

Sergio Aguero scores a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 4-0 Swansea.Assist by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

90mins

Ashley Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko. Shot comes in from James Milner from the free kick, Michel Vorm makes a save.

89mins

A cross is delivered by Micah Richards, Michel Vorm makes a save.

87mins

The ball is sent over by James Milner, clearance made by Alan Tate.

85mins

Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.

82mins

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Angel Rangel.

82mins

David Silva goes off and James Milner comes on.

81mins

Leroy Lita on for Nathan Dyer.

81mins

Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.

79mins

Unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Joe Allen delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Micah Richards.

78mins

Kemy Agustien delivers the ball.

76mins

Edin Dzeko takes the direct free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

74mins

Stefan Savic comes on in place of Adam Johnson.

73mins

Centre by Nathan Dyer.

72mins

Joe Allen takes the inswinging corner, Edin Dzeko makes a clearance.

71mins

A goal is scored by David Silva from close in high into the middle of the goal. Man City 3-0 Swansea.Sergio Aguero provided the assist for the goal.

69mins

Joe Allen takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in. Joe Allen takes the inswinging corner, Shot from just outside the box by Wayne Routledge misses to the right of the goal.

68mins

Sergio Aguero gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 Swansea.Micah Richards provided the assist for the goal.

67mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Joe Allen. Centre by Kemy Agustien, save by Joe Hart.

66mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Scott Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Scott Sinclair from left wing.

65mins

Leon Britton leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Allen. Stephen Dobbie goes off and Wayne Routledge comes on.

62mins

Sergio Aguero takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.

61mins

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm. The official flags Gnegneri Toure Yaya offside. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.

59mins

Micah Richards challenges Scott Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel De Jong leaves the field to be replaced by Sergio Aguero. Stephen Dobbie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Gareth Barry.

57mins

Adam Johnson takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save. Edin Dzeko gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Swansea.Assist by Adam Johnson.

55mins

David Silva challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leon Britton takes the free kick.

53mins

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

52mins

Gael Clichy crosses the ball, Michel Vorm makes a comfortable save.

51mins

The referee blows for offside against Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

49mins

Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

49mins

The ball is crossed by Scott Sinclair, comfortable save by Joe Hart.

48mins

Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Tate. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.

47mins

Nigel De Jong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Gareth Barry takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams. Outswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line played to the near post, Gareth Barry takes a shot.

45mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

44mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

43mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.

42mins

Effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

39mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save. Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line to the near post. Shot on goal by David Silva from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

37mins

Adam Johnson sends in a cross, save by Michel Vorm.

35mins

The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy.

34mins

Foul by Gareth Barry on Leon Britton, free kick awarded. Ashley Williams takes the direct free kick.

33mins

David Silva is caught offside. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

31mins

Adam Johnson takes a short corner.

30mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson.

30mins

David Silva takes a shot.

28mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Comfortable save by Michel Vorm.

27mins

The ball is swung over by David Silva, clearance by Steven Caulker.

26mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.

25mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker.

24mins

Kemy Agustien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Silva. Free kick crossed by David Silva, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

23mins

Adam Johnson takes a shot. Alan Tate gets a block in. Corner taken short by Adam Johnson. David Silva takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

20mins

David Silva is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

19mins

Scott Sinclair is ruled offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.

16mins

Centre by Gareth Barry.

15mins

A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy, clearance by Alan Tate.

14mins

Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Kemy Agustien restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Stephen Dobbie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

11mins

The referee blows for offside against Edin Dzeko. Ashley Williams takes the indirect free kick.

9mins

Nathan Dyer delivers the ball, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

9mins

The ball is sent over by Stephen Dobbie, comfortable save by Joe Hart.

8mins

Short corner worked by Stephen Dobbie.

6mins

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.

3mins

Foul by Gareth Barry on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Steven Caulker takes the direct free kick.

2mins

Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Leon Britton, free kick awarded. Alan Tate restarts play with the free kick.

2mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.

Match Preview

Mancini wary of Swans threat Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is anticipating a tough evening when his side host newly-promoted Swansea. On paper, a home fixture against a team that has come up from the npower Championship would appear to many to be an ideal assignment for the Blues in their opening Barclays Premier League game. But last season's promoted trio Newcastle, West Brom and Blackpool - who memorably got their campaign started with a 4-0 thumping of Wigan at the DW Stadium - all fared well in their initial round of league matches and were each positioned in the top half after 10 games. With that in mind, there is no danger of Mancini underestimating the task that awaits his players in two days' time. "When you start the season and you play against a team that comes from the Championship, it is really difficult," Mancini said. "Last year, with all the teams that came from the Championship, it was very hard to play against them in the first 10 games and it will be the same this year. "But this is why the Premier League is difficult. Every game is hard." Swansea secured their place in the top flight via a 4-2 victory over Reading in the play-off final at Wembley in May and will be the first Welsh team to compete in the Premier League. They have become renowned for their dynamic brand of football over the last few years and Mancini is well aware of the kind of challenge Brendan Rodgers' side are likely to pose. "I have watched many of their games," Mancini said. "Swansea play good football. They don't play long ball and they have good players. The manager is good - last year, he played really good football and got promoted." Record signing Sergio Aguero is still some way short of full fitness, while controversial skipper Carlos Tevez only came back to training on Monday. Meanwhile, Scott Sinclair is out to prove that he has what it takes at Premier League level following his stunning performances in Swansea's promotion campaign. The 22-year-old moved to the Liberty Stadium last summer after a five-year spell with Chelsea that yielded just 14 first-team appearances and countless loan spells. Sinclair, who gained further Premier League experience when on loan at Wigan two seasons ago, decided to drop down a division in order to ensure first-team football and he scored 27 goals last term, including a memorable hat-trick in the play-off final win. The England Under-21 forward is now keen to show that he has what it takes to perform week in week out in the top flight, starting at City. He told Press Association Sport: "It's nice to be back in the Premier League and from a personal point of view to be playing against these players. "If you score goals at this level then it means more than scoring in the Championship because of the different qualities of the teams you play against. "When I left Chelsea I felt that I was a Premier League player. With dropping down a division, the main thing last year was to get as many games as I could. "But this year I need to do as well as I can in the Premier League and show some people I can do it in the Premier League." Captain Garry Monk is a major doubt for the Swans. The defender, who signed a new three-year contract earlier this week, is struggling with a foot injury and may have to wait for the home clash with Wigan to make his first appearance of the campaign. Goalkeeper Michel Vorm comes straight into the squad after completing his move from FC Utrecht and will battle fellow new signing Jose Moreira for the starting berth. Danny Graham, Leroy Lita, Wayne Routledge and Steven Caulker are also in line to make their debuts.

Formation:433Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 433Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

  • Joe Hart
  • Micah Richards
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Gael Clichy
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Gareth Barry
  • David Silva
  • Edin Dzeko
  • Adam Johnson
  • SUBS
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • James Milner
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Stefan Savic
  • Sergio Aguero
  • Mario Balotelli

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Match Report

Debut delight for Aguero Two-goal Sergio Aguero made a dramatic debut as Manchester City crushed promoted Swansea 4-0 to make a winning start to their Barclays Premier League campaign. The #38million club record signing came off the bench moments after Edin Dzeko had broken the deadlock at the Etihad Stadium to score twice and set up another for David Silva. Dzeko's goal had not arrived until the 57th minute but Roberto Mancini's men thoroughly deserved their victory with Silva and Gareth Barry hitting the bar among a host of other chances. Aguero - signed as a likely replacement for last season's wantaway talisman Carlos Tevez, who was not in the squad - had been kept in reserve by manager Roberto Mancini due to a lack of match fitness. Yet there seemed no lack of sharpness when he finally entered the fray after being left on the bench throughout last week's Community Shield defeat. And with the tantalising prospect he could yet link up with compatriot Tevez, not to mention the outstanding Silva and Yaya Toure, City can expect to challenge for the title. The hosts, having named controversial striker Mario Balotelli among the substitutes, went straight on to the attack with Silva creating an early chance for Toure. The Ivorian struck a ferocious shot but Swans stand-in skipper Alan Tate - a player with the Welsh club throughout their eight-year journey from the foot of League Two to Premier League - blocked bravely. Yet aside from a good run by full debutant Gael Clichy, whose cross was too high for lone striker Dzeko, the hosts were initially quiet. Swansea looked composed on the ball and, in Nathan Dyer, appeared to have a pacy outlet, even though they did not particularly worry the home side. Almost half an hour had gone before Man City finally started to warm up, but Swansea somehow withstood the fierce barrage they encountered before half-time. Silva almost found a way through when he combined with Nigel de Jong on the edge of the box but debutant goalkeeper Michel Vorm brilliantly saved his curling effort. The Dutchman also dealt comfortably with shots from Dzeko and Adam Johnson and breathed again when Silva showed great technique after an incisive Man City move to clip the bar. A home goal began to look inevitable as Clichy crossed low into the box but Toure was hurried into a shot and miskicked. Toure almost made up for that miss as he burst down the left to shoot from the edge of the box but Vorm tipped around the post. Silva had another good chance from the resulting corner but side-foot volleyed over. Toure and Dzeko had further chances before the interval but Vorm stood firm and Barry also rattled the bar seconds before the whistle. Man City kept up the pressure after the break as Toure burst forward at every opportunity and fired one chance wide. Swansea almost caught Man City on a rare counter-attack as Stephen Dobbie got forward but Joe Hart saved well from his powerful long-range effort. Despite that Man City were still the more likely to score and their opener finally came after more fine work by Silva. The Spaniard used his strength to retain possession deep inside his own half and then set off an a charge to the edge of the opposite box. He fed Johnson out wide and although Vorm parried his curling shot, Dzeko was in the right place to divert the ball into the net as it rebounded quickly to him. The goal settled nerves at Etihad Stadium and Mancini responded by introducing Aguero to popular acclaim. The Argentinian, who replaced De Jong, was soon in the action with a tricky run and shot that Vorm did well to stop. But the former Atletico Madrid man did not need much longer to make his mark, sliding on to a Micah Richards cross at the far post to double the lead. He created another moments later, lifting the ball over Vorm and then squaring on the volley, just as the ball was millimetres from crossing the byline, for Silva to tap in. Toure went close to adding a fourth with a free-kick which deflected off the wall and clutched on the line by Vorm. It then seemed Man City were then beginning to ease off and Swansea had a chance as Scott Sinclair muscled through to shoot but Hart was not tested. But James Milner replaced Silva late on and fired a free-kick straight at Vorm. And there was still time for more drama as Aguero capped his stunning debut with a 30-yard strike that flew past Vorm into the top corner in injury time.

Form Guide

  • Man City
  • VS
  • Swansea

Last Meetings

  • Swansea
  • 4 - 1
  • Man City
  • 12/03/1983
  • Man City
  • 2 - 1
  • Swansea
  • 30/10/1982
  • Swansea
  • 2 - 0
  • Man City
  • 17/04/1982
  • Man City
  • 4 - 0
  • Swansea
  • 21/11/1981

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