Thursday July 18, 2013 Friendlies Finished

Amazulu FC 2 - 1 Manchester City

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  1. Premier League - Man City lose again on tour of South Africa

    Premier League - Man City lose again on tour of South Africa

    Manchester City lost their second game in a week in South Africa after a late penalty saw them crash 2-1 to Amazulu. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Amazulu FC
    • Manchester City
    • 94' FT: Amazulu 2-1 Manchester City
    • 90' FOUR minutes added.
    • 89' GOAL! Carlington Nyadombo scores! What a moment for the home fans. Looks like a party in the stands!
    • 87' PENALTY ... to Amazulu!
    • 84' Cheeky attempt from Ngcobo to hold the ball with his hand on the counter-attack.
    • 79' Good chance for City. Scott Sinclair spins and finds space inside the box, but drags a shot across goal and wide.
    • 77' Game has been broken up so many times that we've lost the natural flow, inevitably. A good run-out for some of City's younger Academy players though.
    • 75' SUB (City): Razak, Boyata and Nimely on - Milner, Kolarov, Dzeko off
    • 68' SUB (Manchester City): Nasri off, Nastacic off, Fernandinho off - Barry on, Lescott on, Suarez on
    • 66' Edin Dzeko has led the line really well for City tonight. Of course, we know his strengths from last season in goalscoring, but his link-up play with Samir Nasri and James Milner, in particular, has been really clean. Nice touches on the ball.
    • 65' POSSESSION: 54% to Manchester City
    • 64' SUB (Amazulu): Zondi off, Ngcobo on
    • 63' SUB (Manchester City): Hart off, Pantilimon on
    • 62' Kolarov advancing on the left-hand side to great effect. This time, his low cross was just inches ahead of Fernandinho and easily picked up the keeper.
    • 59' Fine save! Sinclair and Kolarov linking on the left, crossing for Dzeko inside the penalty box and his right-foot drive is stopped well by Kapini.
    • 58' CORNERS: It's 4-2 Amazulu on corner-kicks. Still 1-1 by goals as we reach the hour mark.
    • 54' YELLOW: Madondo (Amazulu)
    • 52' SAVE! Good play from Dzeko, holding the ball up, bringing Rodwell into play and the ex-Everton man's shot was well saved by the GK.
    • 52' Back to a 4-4-2 setup for City with Fernandinho the closest midfielder to Dzeko.
    • 49' Crunching challenge on Fernandinho, but he seems OK, thankfully.
    • 45' Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell and Pablo Zabaleta have all appeared for the second period.
    • 45' KICK-OFF: Amazulu get us underway.
    • 45' Man City players coming out of the tunnel. Well, those who have been subbed to sign autographs!
    • 20:01 HT: Impressions of City so far? Who would you like to see come on for Pellegrini's team?
    • 45+2 HT: Amazulu 1-1 Manchester City
    • 45' Two minutes added.
    • 42' DOUBLE SUB: Macala and the goalscorer Ndulula off for the home side.
    • 37' Possession is 50/50 overall, but 56% for City in the last five minutes.
    • 31' Again, some dodgy defending from City. Joe Hart forced to come out to about 30 yards from his own goal to sweep up.
    • 28' Quick block from the keeper, as Samir Nasri broke clear into the box. Saved it with his feet.
    • 27' Fernandinho gets involved. Long-range shot, from about 35 yards, and well over. Finds its way into the stand.
    • 25' GOAL! No-nonsense finish from James Milner. Cross from Sinclair, flicked header by Toure and Milner rams the ball home at the back-post. Good finish.
    • 24' Amazulu don't half like to pass the ball from the back. The GK must have had more touches with his feet than his team-mates.
    • 22' What a confidence booster that'll be to the home side. Good support from the locals.
    • 18' GOOAAAL ...... for Amazulu!! Chaos in the City defence. A group of local school children in red blazers go mental! A slack long pass-back from Kolarov forced Joe Hart to come, he missed, and Ndulula scores.
    • 16' Samir Nasri has been influential in City's play so far. Looks to have been given a free-role, shfiting from left-to-right with relative ease.
    • 14' City now pinning the home side back. Kolarov over-lapping on the left and firing a cross in, which only went straight to the GK. STAT: 58% possession for City.
    • 11' Serbian full-back Kolarov picks up the ball on the left-hand side of the box, but he is charged down by two green jerseys to block his shot. Still 0-0.
    • 9' It's 2-2 on the foul count as we approach the 10 minute mark. Not really much opportunity for flowing football, yet. City growing into the game.
    • 7' SAVE! Good stop from Kapini after Samir Nasri's curling free-kick. About 25 yards from goal.
    • 4' It's a 50/50 start so far. No shots on goal to tell you about.
    • 2' Scott Sinclair looks to be playing in a central role, ocassionally drifting towards the right-hand side. Fernandinho, one of City's summer buys, involved too.
    • 1' City in their usual Sky Blue kit and are backed by some passionate local expats inside the stadium. Amazulu are in all-green and have been excellent hosts with some traditional choirs pre-match.
    • 0' Manchester City kick us off.
    • 19:00 Amazulu XI: Kapini, Macala, Teyise,Mvalo, Hlanti, Madondo, Madubanya, Manqana, Zondi, Dlamini G, Ndulula
    • 18:59 Manchester City XI: Hart, Richards, Nastasic, Kompany, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Milner, Sinclair, Fernandinho, Dzeko
    • 18:57 Good evening folks, it's more pre-season friendly action with Manchester City in South Africa on the day of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. I'm Ross Dunbar @rossdunbar93 and I'll take you through the game.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL! Carlington Nyadombo scores! What a moment for the home fans. Looks like a party in the stands!
    • 54' YELLOW: Madondo (Amazulu)
    • 25' GOAL! No-nonsense finish from James Milner. Cross from Sinclair, flicked header by Toure and Milner rams the ball home at the back-post. Good finish.
    • 18' GOOAAAL ...... for Amazulu!! Chaos in the City defence. A group of local school children in red blazers go mental! A slack long pass-back from Kolarov forced Joe Hart to come, he missed, and Ndulula scores.

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