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Sunday February 21, 2010 Finished The City of Manchester Stadium

  1. City and Liverpool share draw

    City and Liverpool share draw

    Manchester City and Liverpool shared a goalless draw at Eastlands as both sides were left frustrated in their Premier League clash. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Liverpool
    • 90+5' The full-time whistle goes at Eastlands, and Manchester City and Liverpool have shared a goalless draw with neither side able to stamp their authority on fourth spot. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+4' Both managers are out on the touchline frantically waving their players forward, but that looks to be it.
    • 90+3' Ibrahim drives a hopelessly ambitious shot from 30 yards wide of Reina's far post, and that was pretty poor.
    • 90+2' Torres barges into Lescott and is furious as referee Walton brandishes the yellow card in his direction.
    • 90+1' Reina collects a Bellamy cross in commanding fashion, and that is much better from the Liverpool keeper.
    • 90' Five minutes will be added at the end of this second half as both sides press for a late winner.
    • 89' Barry brings the ball out from the back at pace, but Bellamy is the lone man in the penalty area as his cross is cleared away.
    • 88' Gerrard picks the ball up inside the City half, but he cannot find Torres with his hopeful pass.
    • 87' The atmosphere at Eastlands has risen ten-fold following that Adebayor claim for a penalty.
    • 86' Alberto Aquilani replaces Dirk Kuyt as Benitez makes his final change.
    • 85' Bellamy cuts in from the left and skips past Carragher, but he cannot muster a cross into the box.
    • 84' Adebayor goes down under a robust challenge from Agger in the Liverpool penalty area, but after a dubious point in the vague direction of the penalty spot, it emerges that referee Peter Walton is not awarding a penalty!
    • 84' Bellamy skips in from the left and wins a free-kick as Lucas slides in clumsily.
    • 83' Kuyt picks the ball up from deep and drives forward into the City half at pace before Bridge makes the challenge.
    • 82' Liverpool respond with a period of patient possession in the City half, but Insua's cross is blocked for Given to collect.
    • 81' A second glorious chance falls to the striker in successive minutes! Adebayor rises imperiously to meet Johnson's dinked cross from the right, but he heads agonisingly over the crossbar!
    • 80' What a chance for City! Adebayor streaks clear on goal after flicking the ball past Skrtel, but the defender recovers superbly to make a last-ditch intervention!
    • 79' Insua makes a strong challenge to prevent Barry from forcing a cross out on the right, and that was a timely intervention.
    • 78' Bellamy makes a sharp run down the left for City, who are breaking on the counter-attack in this second half.
    • 77' Kuyt is booked for a high challenge on De Jong, and that was very nasty - it could easily have been red.
    • 76' City make a change too, as Abdisalam Ibrahim is introduced with Stephen Ireland making way.
    • 75' Torres makes his first appearance in over a month as Babel departs.
    • 74' Torres is out on the touchline, and the Liverpool fans cannot hide their delight as they sing the striker's name.
    • 73' Adebayor jumps with Agger once more, and the defender has marshalled him well today.
    • 72' Given slices a poor clearance out to Benayoun on the left wing, but Zabaleta spares his keeper's blushes with a good tackle.
    • 71' City win a free kick as Johnson is fouled out on the right, but his delivery is poor and hammered away to safety.
    • 70' Referee Peter Walton continues to urge the players to simmer down as tempers fray once more with Adebayor colliding with Agger.
    • 69' Babel and Kuyt combine out on the right, but a cross-pass intended for Benayoun is read superbly by Zabaleta.
    • 68' Craig Bellamy is suddenly thrown on by Roberto Mancini to replace Wright-Phillips, and the Eastlands crowd endorse that decision!
    • 67' Benayoun is booked within minutes of coming on to the field, and it is a high, reckless challenge on Kompany which earns it.
    • 66' Wright-Phillips fouls Insua, but the defender makes a real meal out of the challenge - there was not much in it.
    • 65' Mascherano fouls Barry in midfield, and the Argentine needs to be very careful now as he is already on a booking.
    • 64' Benitez makes his first change of the match as Maxi Rodriguez is replaced by Yossi Benayoun, with Babel going out to the right of midfield.
    • 63' Ryan Babel is booked for a cynical infringement on Ireland in midfield, and the Dutchman holds his hands up.
    • 62' Great strike, great save! Adebayor takes the ball down on the edge of the Liverpool box and lashes a rasping volley towards Reina's near post, but the keeper makes a fine stop!
    • 61' Benayoun appears set to come on as Barry is shown a yellow card for a late lunge on Lucas.
    • 60' Lucas plays a raking pass out to Babel, who does not read it and the ball runs out of play poorly - the fans are growing pretty frustrated.
    • 59' Babel again frustrates as he gets a very poor first touch to lose the ball to Kompany in a promising position.
    • 58' Bridge and Lescott exchanges passes as City keep the ball patiently in their half, and it is just Kuyt doing the running at the moment.
    • 57' Johnson is enjoying a lot of the ball out on the City right, and he again gives Insua a good working over.
    • 56' Babel returns to the field gingerly as the play continues to be scrappy in midfield.
    • 55' Play finally gets back underway as Babel decides on the touchline if he is able to continue.
    • 54' Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera both warm up on the touchline as Benitez looks to prepare a replacement for Babel.
    • 53' Johnson wins a corner which he whips over towards Adebayor, but Babel takes it in the face and lies flat out on the turf.
    • 52' The rain is teeming down at Eastlands as Babel breaks down the left, only to lose the ball to Zabaleta with a poor turn.
    • 51' Ireland steals in behind Insua, but the midfielder is fractionally offside as he receives the pass from Barry.
    • 50' Wright-Phillips loses out to Lucas as both sides trade possession with alarming regularity.
    • 49' Johnson does superbly to win a corner for City with a powerful run down the right, but Adebayor cannot meet his delivery.
    • 48' Bridge nutmegs Lucas, but the full-back loses the ball to Mascherano in a scrappy opening.
    • 47' Gerrard and Babel have another mix up in communication as the Reds look to break, and Rodriguez eventually picks up the pieces.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Eastlands, and no changes have been made as yet by either manager.
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at the City of Manchester Stadium, and it is goalless between Manchester City and Liverpool. Perhaps the best chance well to Martin Skrtel, who headed wide from a Gerrad corner.
    • 45+1' Steven Gerrard is booked for a rash lunge on Lescott, and that was a definite caution.
    • 45' Two minutes will be added at the end of this first half as Liverpool continue to attack through Kuyt.
    • 44' A second corner is given to Liverpool despite Gerrard's shot being deflected away by Rodriguez, as City are not happy. Skrtel rises high in the box, but heads wide - what a chance!
    • 43' Babel wins a corner for Liverpool with a pacey run down the left wing, and Adebayor again comes back to defend it.
    • 42' Reina almost gets himself into real trouble after dallying with a backpass from Carragher, but Ireland's first touch is very poor and the chance goes begging!
    • 41' Torres warms up vigorously on the touchline for Liverpool, while Bellamy goes through his stretches as an option for City.
    • 40' Johnson curls a delightful, deep cross to the back post from the right, but no City player anticipates the delivery - that was a shame.
    • 39' Zabaleta drives a speculative shot from outside the Liverpool box, but it zips narrowly wide of Reina's near post.
    • 38' Liverpool stroke the ball around casually in their own half before a long ball is punted up to Kuyt by Agger.
    • 37' Ireland and Wright-Phillips combine down the left, before Lucas shepherds the ball out of play.
    • 36' Barry clashes with Gerrard on halfway, but the two friends pat each other on the back and Walton is content.
    • 35' Lescott brings the ball out of defence powerfully for City before Gerrard intervenes with a crisp challenge.
    • 34' Kompany has just one boot on his feet as City defend a wave of pressure from the visitors, but the defender finally gets a chance to sort himself out.
    • 33' Agger again clears upfield under pressure from Adebayor, and the defender is playing in very commanding fashion.
    • 32' Johnson, who again swaps wings with Wright-Phillips, skips past Gerrard and Insua, but Agger makes a strong challenge.
    • 31' Mascherano is booked, and that is purely the result of persistent fouling from the Argentine.
    • 30' The delivery is very poor from Johnson and Reina is able to collect the ball comfortably to alleviate the danger.
    • 29' Johnson is fouled by Insua, who must be close to a booking by now, and the winger will float this over himself.
    • 28' Carragher clears away very well inside the Liverpool box as Barry whips over a testing corner, and that was impeccable positioning.
    • 27' Bridge and Johnson exchange passes down the left for City, and the play continues to lurch from one end to the other.
    • 26' De Jong and Wright-Phillips combine to good effect down the right wing, before Insua fouls the midfielder clumsily.
    • 25' Carragher gets forward down the right before Gerrard takes the ball off him and drives a wild shot over the bar!
    • 24' Kuyt forages away down the Liverpool right as he puts pressure on Bridge deep inside the City half.
    • 23' Babel gives the ball away very sloppily to Johnson, and that is why the Dutchman is so frustrating at times.
    • 22' Insua and Gerrard have a comical miscommunication on halfway, much to the delight of the home fans as City regain possession.
    • 21' Given distributes the ball out to Ireland with good urgency as City counter once more, and the pace of this game is very fast indeed.
    • 20' Bridge beats Carragher, but Johnson's cross is too deep for Adebayor and the ball runs out of play innocuously.
    • 19' Given punches the corner away unconvincingly through a crowd of bodies, but Wright-Phillips is able to break down the right.
    • 18' Babel streaks down the left after swapping flanks temporarily, and the winger wins a corner which Gerrard will take...
    • 17' Johnson turns exquisitely to evade Lucas, and takes the ball down the left for City before Carragher ends his run abruptly.
    • 16' De Jong continues to impress as he comfortably outmuscles Mascherano on halfway, and the midfielder is controlling things in there.
    • 15' Kuyt is penalised for a robust challenge on Bridge, and the Dutchman is very frustrated with referee Walton.
    • 14' Adebayor is back defending for a Liverpool corner, and the forward does very well to clear under pressure from Agger.
    • 13' Kuyt plays a neat one-two with Rodriguez out on the Liverpool left, and the Argentine has started brightly.
    • 12' Zabaleta dinks over a good delivery from the right which Wright-Phillips almost latches on to, but the winger is caught narrowly offside.
    • 11' Given bides his time before punting a long clearance upfield to Adebayor, but Skrtel and Agger continue to marshall the forward effectively.
    • 10' Wright-Phillips supports Adebayor well with a sharp run beyond Insua, while Johnson has been quiet so far on the other flank.
    • 9' Babel wins a throw in deep inside the City half, and Gerrard drills a low cross into the six-yard box which Rodriguez almost converts but gets a tame contact - a good chance!
    • 8' Gerrard floats over a devilish delivery which Lescott does superbly to head away for a Liverpool throw in.
    • 7' Peter Walton incurs the wrath of the locals for penalising Kompany as Gerrard is fouled and has a dangerous free-kick to whip over.
    • 6' Maxi Rodriguez jostles for the ball with Zabaleta down the Liverpool left, and the winger is full of running early on.
    • 5' Gerrard is playing right up with Kuyt in attack for Liverpool, while Babel is sitting outwide on the right.
    • 4' De Jong and Ireland exchange passes in midfield before a hopeful ball is clipped up to Adebayor, who is barged away by Agger.
    • 3' Kuyt battles hard with Zabaleta in the City half, and it will be interesting to see how Ryan Babel fares after being handed a starting berth.
    • 2' A fervent atmosphere is being generated at Eastlands, as Liverpool keep the ball inside their half patiently.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the City of Manchester Stadium, and the hosts kick us off.
    • - So Fernando Torres is a substitute for Liverpool following his knee injury, while Craig Bellamy is confined to the City bench.
    • - The teams have been announced at the City of Manchester Stadium, and the referee for this afternoon's clash is Peter Walton.
    • - Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson, Adebayor. Subs: Taylor, Richards, Santa Cruz, Sylvinho, Toure, Bellamy, Ibrahim
    • - Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Maxi, Gerrard, Babel, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Torres, Riera, Aurelio, Benayoun, Kelly
    • - The team news for this encounter is as follows:
    • - Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun faces a late fitness test while Maxi Rodriguez returns to the squad having been ineligible for the midweek Europa League tie but centre-back Sotirios Kyrgiakos serves the second game of a three-match ban.
    • - City striker Carlos Tevez is still in Argentina dealing with a domestic matter but Craig Bellamy could come into contention following a knee problem. If he misses out, it will fuel speculation of a bust-up between the Welshman and manager Roberto Mancini.
    • - Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira will miss the game as he starts a three-match suspension. Martin Petrov is out with a knee injury.
    • - It's time for some pre-match stat action...
    • - City have failed to score in three of their last four matches at home to Liverpool, but have racked up 48 goals already this season.
    • - Liverpool have won only two of their last 10 Premier League away matches. There have been just six goals scored in the Reds' last six Premier League away matches. They have hit the woodwork a joint-high 11 times in the Premier League this season.
    • - City have won 18 and lost just one of their last 22 Premier League matches at Eastlands, including the last six in a row. Mancini's side have conceded just one goal over their last four home league games.
    • - Liverpool have not conceded a goal before half-time in their last eight Premier League matches and only one in their last 14. In the Reds¬í last four Premier League games they have scored only five goals, four by Dirk Kuyt and an own goal.
    • - Four of the last six Premier League meetings between City and Liverpool have ended as draws. Man City have won none of the last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
    • - The battle for fourth spot intensifies as Manchester City host Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium with Roberto Mancini's side one point ahead of the Reds in the Premier League table.
  • Summary

    • 84' Adebayor goes down under a robust challenge from Agger in the Liverpool penalty area, but after a dubious point in the vague direction of the penalty spot, it emerges that referee Peter Walton is not awarding a penalty!
    • 81' A second glorious chance falls to the striker in successive minutes! Adebayor rises imperiously to meet Johnson's dinked cross from the right, but he heads agonisingly over the crossbar!
    • 80' What a chance for City! Adebayor streaks clear on goal after flicking the ball past Skrtel, but the defender recovers superbly to make a last-ditch intervention!
    • 62' Great strike, great save! Adebayor takes the ball down on the edge of the Liverpool box and lashes a rasping volley towards Reina's near post, but the keeper makes a fine stop!
    • 44' A second corner is given to Liverpool despite Gerrard's shot being deflected away by Rodriguez, as City are not happy. Skrtel rises high in the box, but heads wide - what a chance!
    • 42' Reina almost gets himself into real trouble after dallying with a backpass from Carragher, but Ireland's first touch is very poor and the chance goes begging!
    • 9' Babel wins a throw in deep inside the City half, and Gerrard drills a low cross into the six-yard box which Rodriguez almost converts but gets a tame contact - a good chance!
    • - Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson, Adebayor. Subs: Taylor, Richards, Santa Cruz, Sylvinho, Toure, Bellamy, Ibrahim
    • - Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Maxi, Gerrard, Babel, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Torres, Riera, Aurelio, Benayoun, Kelly

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Given
      • P. Zabaleta
      • V. Kompany
      • J. Lescott
      • W. Bridge
      • N. de Jong
      • G. Barry Yellow Card
      • S. Wright-Phillips Substitution Out (68′)
      • S. Ireland Substitution Out (76′)
      • A. Johnson
      • E. Adebayor

      Subs

      • R. Santa Cruz
      • C. Bellamy Substitution In68′
      • M. Richards
      • Sylvinho
      • S. Taylor
      • K. Touré
      • A. Ibrahim Substitution In76′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Carragher
      • M. Škrtel
      • D. Agger
      • E. Insúa
      • J. Mascherano Yellow Card
      • Lucas
      • R. Babel Yellow Card Substitution Out (75′)
      • S. Gerrard Yellow Card
      • M. Rodríguez Substitution Out (63′)
      • D. Kuyt Yellow Card Substitution Out (87′)

      Subs

      • Fábio Aurélio
      • Y. Benayoun Substitution In63′ Yellow Card
      • A. Riera
      • F. Torres Substitution In75′ Yellow Card
      • A. Aquilani Substitution In87′
      • M. Kelly
      • D. Cavalieri
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