Sunday July 24, 2011 July Finished

Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - 1 Manchester City

  • Balotelli 20’ (pen.)

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  1. Mancini hauls off Balotelli

    Mancini hauls off Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli was taken off in disgrace just past the half-hour mark of Manchester City's pre-season friendly against the LA Galaxy. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Los Angeles Galaxy
    • Manchester City
    • - Manchester City finally win 7-6 on penalties as Joe Hart, of all people, scores the deciding penalty after two of his team-mates had missed.
    • FT And there is the full-time whistle. This match – bizarrely – will go to penalty kicks.
    • 90' Guidetti with great power manages to harass the Galaxy defenders and get a shot away. Great save from the Galaxy keeper but it comes right back out to City striker only for him to then blaze it over the bar.
    • 89' Looks like this match is going to penalties - what is it with these Americans?
    • 88' Galaxy with a late corner but nothing comes from it.
    • 86' Just under 27,000 at the game.
    • 84' Wright-Phillips cross nearly finds Dzeko but Gonzalez heads it away.
    • 82' Jon Guidetti now on for City with Andy Johnson going off
    • 80' Edin Dzeko mis-controls a cross Weiss – and I must be honest – I forgot that Dzeko was even playing.
    • 78' If the match stays level after 90 minutes - the match will go to penalty kicks.
    • 77' Juninho's corner nearly finds the head of Gonzalez but it is just a little high.
    • 76' Juninho's corner nearly finds the head of Gonzalez but it is just a little high.
    • 74' Really very little to report now – all the subs have made things disjointed – City can't seem to get anything going now that Silva is off the pitch.
    • 72' Much better performance from Galaxy in the second-half. City have looked terrible since David Silva went off. Just no spark to speak off.
    • 70' Instead it is Juninho who takes the free-kick but that goes straight into the wall. This is neither the ex-Middlesbrough or ex-Lyon Juninho but rather a 22-year-old who is on loan from Sao Paulo.
    • 68' And McBean already makes life uncomfortable for Savic on the edge of the box and the new City defender has to pull him back and earns a yellow card. Galaxy must wish Beckham was still on the field for this free-kick.
    • 67' Galaxy have just brought on a 16-year-old striker called Jack McBean.
    • 66' Kolarov makes some space for himself on the edge of the area and drags a decent enough effort just wide of the target. Lacked a bit of power though.
    • 65' Another fizzing shot comes in from distance from Galaxy – Omar Gonzalez with the dipping effort that Hart with some discomfort manages to bat away.
    • 63' Another fizzing shot comes in from distance from Galaxy – Omar Gonzalez with the dipping effort that Hart with some discomfort manages to bat away.
    • 62' Nigel de Jong is now wearing the captain's armband for City.
    • 60' City have brought on new signing Stefan Savic for Vincent Kompany.
    • 58' Galaxy fans now singing "'You'll never beat United' to the City fans.
    • 57' The crowd now a factor in this game with the Galaxy fans feeling they can win this. They made seven subs at the break and it has made a big difference.
    • 55' Galaxy should really go in front….Hart has to make TWO great saves the first one was from Todd Dunivant from close range after Galaxy shifted the ball from right to left and then another shot from distance had to be bat away by the England number one.
    • 53' FROM NOWHERE GALAXY LEVEL – A superb half-volley from Mike Magee. A header found him 30-yards and he was allowed the time to watch the ball bounce a couple of times before smashing a superb looping half-volley over Hart and into the net.
    • 52' A bit more energy from Galaxy in this half and they are making it harder for City to pass the ball but they are still struggling to keep it themselves.
    • 51' Balotelli has not come out to take a seat on the bench in the second-half.
    • 50' Similar pattern to this second-half so far – City bossing possession without creating any chances.
    • 49' Galaxy have made some changes too with Beckham among those who has gone off.
    • 48' In case you are just joining us - the headline for his match has already been written. Mancini hauls off disrespectful Balotelli in LA
    • 47' Shaun Wright Phillips and Kolarov on for City. Clichy and Silva have gone off. Galaxy have made changes too.
    • 46' We are back underway
    • HT And there is the half-time whistle. Balotelli's penalty gives City the advantage but the match won't be remembered for that.
    • 45' We will have one extra minute.
    • 44' Jimenez with a great "Beckham-like" cross from the right and Cristman just can't get it under control. That's probably City's best chance.
    • 42' LA Galaxy right in the middle of a busy part of their season and it is showing they look very heavy legged.
    • 40' Johnson with a good one-two with Milner but then he fires over and wide while off balance.
    • 39' City have to do a rare bit of defending with Lescott heading away the danger.
    • 37' Would not blame the fans for watching the City bench as opposed to the game because nothing is happing really.
    • 35' Just seen footage of Mario Balotelli now throwing a water bottle down on the ground. He is yapping away and still trying to protest he did nothing wrong.
    • 34' Well you can forget about what happens in the rest of this match really – Balotelli will be the headline.
    • 32' Balotelli is taken off and booed by the fans too – he has words with Mancini too and you will NOT hear the end of this. Milner comes on.
    • 30' Mancini clearly furious with Balotelli's and it looks like he is going to take him off.
    • 29' Balotelli now sets up Silva and he fires a good low strike from the left edge of the area but Saunders makes a smart save.
    • 28' Disgraceful stuff from Balotelli. After some lovely play he is played clean through on goal but then tries to spin and do a backheel instead of just firing into the net.
    • 27' The home fans get excited for a moment as Galaxy come forward but again a misplaced pass ruins any hopes of creating a chance.
    • 26' Richards fires a shot after being called for offside and Saunders is not happy. This Galaxy goalkeeper sure does enjoy a good old fashioned moan.
    • 25' Poor shot from Dzeko goes straight at Saunders after he was fed by Balotelli
    • 24' Silva has a shot blocked by a defender from the edge of the area.
    • 22' Galaxy into the City box for what seems like the first time but Lopez is quickly swarmed.
    • 21' Good news for City fans – Richards is back on – it looked serious at first but must have just been a heavy bang.
    • 20' Balotelli takes the penalty and calmly puts the ball past Saunders. The Galaxy keeper is annoyed that Balotelli did a little side-step before slotting it in but the referee ignores him.
    • 19' Roberto Mancini looks very worried and you can understand why.
    • 18' Penalty to City – Micah Richards powers into the box and Brian Jordan chops him down. Terrible tackle and it looks like Richards has seriously hurt his knee.
    • 17' Not surprisingly David Silva popping up everywhere and he looks the classiest player on the pitch – Galaxy really having trouble hanging onto possession.
    • 15' A good crowd here in Carson, California with the actor Will Ferrell among those watching.
    • 14' Pretty dull stuff at the moment – Galaxy not doing much and City happy to stroke the ball around.
    • 12' Sliva flashes a shot just wide of the target from a tough angle after a nice one-two with Balotelli – that all came after Beckham lost the ball in midfield.
    • 11' Poor clearance from Galaxy defender Davies but then Silva can't quite slip a ball in behind the defence.
    • 9' LA Galaxy are having a great season in the States - they are top of the Western Conference. MLS standings
    • 8' Clichy returns to the action
    • 7' City playing on with 10 men for the moment – still unclear if Clichy will return.
    • 6' Clash of heads and Gael Clichy got the worst of it. He should be okay though.
    • 5' City dominating the play at the moment as you might expect but still to create a clear chance.
    • 4' Now Balotelli get the first shot of the day on target from 25-yards out – straight at Josh Saunders though.
    • 3' Balotelli already moaning a little bit after a pass to him goes astray.
    • 2' Glorious sunshine in LA for this game – City stroking the ball around confidently in this opening stages.
    • 1' Beckham playing in the centre not the right today and City get us underway.
    • - City are wearing their home colours – Galaxy in their away top of dark blue with yellow trim.
    • - This match was due to start at nine but is running a little late – US TV just started their broadcast at 9pm and they have to get in a few ads before daring to show 45 minutes of football without any breaks.
    • - La Galaxy are in the middle of their MLS season at the moment so they have only half their first team playing – former Everton star Landon Donavon is among those rested.
    • - David Beckham starts today and he is reportedly being lined up for a knighthood in the Queen's New Year Honours.
    • - Of course the man who is missing is Carlos Tevez who today rejected Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that he was not offered a new contract at Manchester United because he told the Scot he intended to quit within four years Tevez rejects Ferguson claims
    • - The Galaxy side: Saunders; Franklin, Davies, Berhalter, Jordan; Jimenez, Beckham, Stephens, Kirovski; Cristman, Lopez
    • - The City team that is starting tonight: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, De Jong, Barry, A Johnson, Silva, Dzeko, Baloetti
    • - Welcome to our live coverage from the Home Depot Centre as David Beckham's LA Galaxy face Manchester City.
  • Summary

    • 90' Guidetti with great power manages to harass the Galaxy defenders and get a shot away. Great save from the Galaxy keeper but it comes right back out to City striker only for him to then blaze it over the bar.
    • 63' Another fizzing shot comes in from distance from Galaxy – Omar Gonzalez with the dipping effort that Hart with some discomfort manages to bat away.
    • 55' Galaxy should really go in front….Hart has to make TWO great saves the first one was from Todd Dunivant from close range after Galaxy shifted the ball from right to left and then another shot from distance had to be bat away by the England number one.
    • 53' FROM NOWHERE GALAXY LEVEL – A superb half-volley from Mike Magee. A header found him 30-yards and he was allowed the time to watch the ball bounce a couple of times before smashing a superb looping half-volley over Hart and into the net.
    • 35' Just seen footage of Mario Balotelli now throwing a water bottle down on the ground. He is yapping away and still trying to protest he did nothing wrong.
    • 29' Balotelli now sets up Silva and he fires a good low strike from the left edge of the area but Saunders makes a smart save.
    • 28' Disgraceful stuff from Balotelli. After some lovely play he is played clean through on goal but then tries to spin and do a backheel instead of just firing into the net.
    • 20' Balotelli takes the penalty and calmly puts the ball past Saunders. The Galaxy keeper is annoyed that Balotelli did a little side-step before slotting it in but the referee ignores him.
    • 18' Penalty to City – Micah Richards powers into the box and Brian Jordan chops him down. Terrible tackle and it looks like Richards has seriously hurt his knee.
    • 12' Sliva flashes a shot just wide of the target from a tough angle after a nice one-two with Balotelli – that all came after Beckham lost the ball in midfield.
    • - The Galaxy side: Saunders; Franklin, Davies, Berhalter, Jordan; Jimenez, Beckham, Stephens, Kirovski; Cristman, Lopez
    • - The City team that is starting tonight: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, De Jong, Barry, A Johnson, Silva, Dzeko, Baloetti

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