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  • Date:11 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:14:00
  • Venue:Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance:20,510
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93:32 +3.32

Mario Balotelli fouled by Angel Rangel, the ref awards a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a cross, Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker. Corner taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

91:10 +1.10

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

88:42

The offside flag is raised against Micah Richards. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.

86:29

David Silva goes off and Edin Dzeko comes on. Garry Monk comes on in place of Wayne Routledge.

85:38

Sergio Aguero has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

85:05

Kolo Toure takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samir Nasri, clearance by Ashley Williams.

84:30

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm. Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Luke Moore manages to make a clearance.

83:55

Adam Johnson on for Nigel De Jong.

82:46

Luke Moore finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Swansea 1-0 Man City.Assist by Wayne Routledge.

80:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Samir Nasri. Direct free kick taken by Joe Allen.

79:36

Steven Caulker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero. Kolo Toure takes the direct free kick.

78:23

(Swansea) makes a substitution, with Luke Moore coming on for Danny Graham.

78:06

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save made by Michel Vorm.

76:03

Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

75:19

Unfair challenge on Gylfi Sigurdsson by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Mario Balotelli receives a caution. Free kick taken by Steven Caulker.

75:05

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.

74:02

Foul by Danny Graham on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.

72:28

Scott Sinclair fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Taylor takes the free kick.

71:03

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the outswinging corner, Steven Caulker takes a shot.

69:58

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Stefan Savic makes a clearance.

68:36

Micah Richards takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

62:32

Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Sinclair. Neil Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

61:06

The referee blows for offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.

59:57

Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Scott Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leon Britton takes the free kick.

57:30

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

55:45

Gael Clichy takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

54:46

Foul by Wayne Routledge on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.

54:13

Wayne Routledge is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

53:43

Gylfi Sigurdsson decides to take the corner short.

51:19

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Blocked by Neil Taylor.

50:32

Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line to the near post, Mario Balotelli manages to make a clearance.

49:23

Steven Caulker fouled by Mario Balotelli, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

48:47

Effort on goal by Sergio Aguero from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

46:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Angel Rangel on Mario Balotelli. Direct free kick taken by David Silva.

45:56 +0.56

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samir Nasri.

42:43

Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Danny Graham manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, save by Michel Vorm. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line, Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in. David Silva has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

42:18

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker. Samir Nasri decides to take a short corner.

41:56

Short corner taken by Samir Nasri.

39:12

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Allen.

38:23

Foul by Gael Clichy on Wayne Routledge, free kick awarded. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

37:22

Mario Balotelli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Angel Rangel. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.

36:34

Unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Gylfi Sigurdsson results in a free kick. Gareth Barry leaves the field to be replaced by Sergio Aguero. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.

35:23

Angel Rangel takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.

34:35

Wayne Routledge fouled by Stefan Savic, the ref awards a free kick. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

29:47

Mario Balotelli has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the target.

28:01

Shot by Danny Graham from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

24:38

Unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by David Silva results in a free kick. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

22:52

Shot by Mario Balotelli from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

22:04

Steven Caulker concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Kolo Toure takes the direct free kick.

17:36

Foul by Nigel De Jong on Wayne Routledge, free kick awarded. The referee books Nigel De Jong for unsporting behaviour. Ashley Williams takes the direct free kick.

15:18

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Samir Nasri gets a block in.

14:23

Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Graham. Angel Rangel takes the direct free kick.

12:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Steven Caulker. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

11:14

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the outswinging corner, Micah Richards makes a clearance.

10:45

Short corner worked by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

9:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Sinclair by Kolo Toure. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.

8:27

Handball by David Silva. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.

5:10

Penalty awarded for a foul by Joe Hart on Wayne Routledge. A save by Joe Hart from penalty by Scott Sinclair. Swansea 0-0 Man City.Inswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ashley Williams takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

4:00

Wayne Routledge produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

0:49

Neil Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Graham issues City warning Striker Danny Graham has warned Manchester City they will be facing a totally different Swansea side from the one they beat 4-0 on the opening weekend of the season when the teams clash at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. Graham, who has scored 12 goals during an impressive first season in south Wales, made his Swansea debut in that hefty reverse at the Etihad Stadium as the visitors were handed one of the toughest possible starts to life as a Premier League club. But on home turf Swansea have caused plenty of problems for the division's big names. Arsenal were seen off with a stunning 3-2 win in January, while draws were also picked up against Chelsea and Tottenham. And, while league leaders City will start as firm favourites, Graham and his team-mates have set their sights on claiming another famous scalp. He said: "Lots has changed since that first game. We have adapted well to the Premier League now and come into our own over the course of the season. "Going there for the first game was always going to be tough and we took a bit of a beating in the end, but we never let it get to us and we always thought we were good enough to be in the Premier League and stay in the Premier League and that is what we are trying to achieve. "I think we are a totally different team from when we last played them. Our confidence is sky high and we have done well against big teams in the league and we will be full of confidence and trying to take three points off them." City head to the Liberty Stadium on the back of Thursday's 1-0 Europa League last 16 first leg defeat at Sporting Lisbon. And while Graham is expecting a backlash from Roberto Mancini's side, he has called on the partisan Swansea support to help the home side ensure it is another uncomfortable away experience for the title hopefuls. "They had a tough game against Sporting Lisbon in midweek but we know it will be tough for us on Sunday," he said. "They will want to bounce back after a defeat, they don't like losing too many, so we are expectin a reaction from them on Sunday. "It's up to us to get right among them from the start and give the fans a lift, the fans are vocal down here, they like to get behind the team and I am sure they will make it hostile for Manchester City on Sunday and we need to try and use that to our advantage. "We are still classed as a little club in this league and they could think this is an easy three points to bounce back from a European disppointment, but we know it's not going to be like that and if we could unsettle them it could work in our favour." Meanwhile, Kolo Toure has hailed his team-mate and brother Yaya as an "unbelievable" player. Yaya Toure's importance to City was again highlighted on Thursday in the defeat to Sporting. The dynamic midfielder was sorely missed when on international duty in January and early February but had returned to reinvigorate City's Premier League title charge with outstanding displays against Blackburn and Bolton. With City just two points clear at the top with 11 games remaining, the 28-year-old is vital to his club's title hopes, and Kolo Toure said: "You know Yaya's quality - he is a great player. "The team helps him play well and he helps his team-mates. "He is technically unbelievable - he can play up front, at the back, down the middle, anywhere. He is a great player. "Obviously we have some great players in this team and we are glad we have him as well." Yaya Toure should return as City look to protect their advantage at the top of the table. Kolo Toure is also likely to have a role to play with influential captain Vincent Kompany ruled out with a calf injury and his regular centre-back partner Joleon Lescott having a minor groin problem. Right-back Pablo Zabaleta also remains sidelined with a hamstring injury but Micah Richards is expected to compensate for some of the defensive problems by returning. City's title rivals Manchester United are also in action on Sunday as they host West Brom and Kolo Toure knows there is little room for error. The 30-year-old said: "The season is long and in England there are no small teams. "Every team will give their best and try to win against both teams [City and United]. "Every game we play between now and the end of the season is going to be massive for us. "We will give it our all at Swansea. It is going to be a difficult game but we know with the quality we have, and the experience we have, we can do a good job." Manager Mancini has indicated striker Mario Balotelli, who was fined a week's wages for breaking a club curfew last week, could start at the Liberty Stadium. Balotelli impressed as a late substitute in Lisbon and there is a feeling the 21-year-old could be given the chance to repay the backing Mancini has given him over a series of misdemeanours. When asked about this, Mancini said: "I hope so, but also last Saturday against Bolton he played well and scored a goal." When asked further if Balotelli could start every remaining league game, Mancini said: "Yes, he can."

Formation:433Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

Formation: 4231Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Michel Vorm
  • Angel Rangel
  • Ashley Williams
  • Steven Caulker
  • Neil Taylor
  • Joe Allen
  • Leon Britton
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • Wayne Routledge
  • Danny Graham
  • SUBS
  • Gerhard Tremmel
  • Alan Tate
  • Garry Monk
  • Josh McEachran
  • Leroy Lita
  • Luke Moore
  • Mark Gower

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Match Report

Moore knocks City off top spot Manchester City's Barclays Premier League title aspirations were dealt a major blow as Luke Moore's late header sealed a 1-0 win and saw Swansea once again upset one of the big guns at the Liberty Stadium. Substitute Moore had only been on the field a matter of minutes when he rose at the far post to head Wayne Routledge's cross beyond Joe Hart. It could have been worse for City had Scott Sinclair converted an early penalty, although Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero spurned good chances for the visitors and Micah Richards had a header ruled out in the dying moments. Defeat sees Roberto Mancini's side, who have topped the table since October, fall behind rivals Manchester United after their win against West Brom. And the visitors could have few complaints as they paid the price for an ineffectual display. For Swansea the win moves them ever closer to survival, with a 14-point gap to the bottom three all but guaranteeing them another season in the Premier League. Swansea had already beaten Arsenal at their Liberty Stadium home and drawn with Chelsea and Tottenham this season, and their confidence was clear to see during a bright opening. Sinclair and Danny Graham linked well down the left, but Routledge could not control his volley. Sinclair should have given Swansea a seventh-minute lead after referee Lee Mason adjudged that Routledge had been felled by the advancing Hart and awarded a penalty. But the winger failed to find the net from the spot for the first time this season as Hart saved a tame effort low to his right. City had spent the majority of the opening 20 minutes penned in their own half, aside from a brief breakout that saw Balotelli show nice footwork before Steven Caulker made a vital challenge as the Italian shaped to shoot. Balotelli was cutting an increasingly frustrated figure and he let it show as he petulantly attempted a shot from near the touchline on halfway which flew well wide of the goal. Mancini removed Gareth Barry, who looked a disgruntled figure as he left the field, after 37 minutes to bring on Aguero. And the Argentinian's introduction heralded City's best spell of the half as Yaya Toure's volley was deflected over by Gylfi Sigurdsson's block, before his brother Kolo head off target and David Silva drilled a shot wide just before the break. City continued to press at the start of the second half and Aguero failed to make the most of a good chance as he shot wide when Balotelli picked him out after cutting out Caulker's lazy pass. It was Swansea's turn to go close moments later as Danny Graham's ball across the six-yeard box almost found Joe Allen's run, with Kolo Toure diverting the ball to safety. City felt they should have had a penalty of their own on the hour-mark when Balotelli went to ground very easily with Allen in close attendance, but referee Mason waved away the appeals, much to frustration of the City players. Michel Vorm then made a sharp save to deny Richards after Silva had tricked his way into the box. Caulker flashed a header across the face of goal from a Sigurdsson corner, while Hart made easy work of a weak shot from Routledge as Swansea lifted the heavy pressure they had been under. And Swansea then stunned the visitors as they snatched the lead with just seven minutes to go. Yaya Toure was caught in possession by Sigurdsson and the Welsh side coolly worked Routledge in down the right to deliver a cross that Moore, just on as a substitute for Graham, headed beyond Hart's despairing dive. Vorm made an acrobatic save to keep out a Kolo Toure effort with City in desperate need of a response. Mancini's men thought they had salvaged a point when Richards headed in as Vorm came and failed to reach a cross, but the full-back was correctly ruled offside, before the Dutch goalkeeper kept out Edin Dzeko's looping header. Sinclair almost added a second in added time as Swansea broke after Hart had gone up for a corner, but his strike from halfway came up short of the line as the keeper recovered. end

Form Guide

    LDWLLW
  • Swansea
  • VS
  • Man City
  • WLWWWW

Last Meetings

  • Man City
  • 4 - 0
  • Swansea
  • 15/08/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

Swansea

  • D Graham 9
  • N Dyer 3
  • S Sinclair 3
  • GT Sigurdsson 3
  • L Lita 2
  • J Allen 2
  • A Williams 1
  • W Routledge 1
  • L Moore 1

Man City

  • SL Aguero 14
  • E Dzeko 13
  • M Balotelli 9
  • A Johnson 5
  • DJ Silva 5
  • G Toure Yaya 3
  • S Nasri 3
  • J Lescott 2
  • J Milner 2
  • V Kompany 2
  • G Barry 1
  • M Richards 1
  • A Kolarov 1
  • S Savic 1

Goals

Swansea

    • Total goals 64
    • Goals per game 30
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man City

    • Total goals 103
    • Goals per game 69
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 15 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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