Wednesday February 2, 2011 Day 25 Finished St. Andrew's

Birmingham City 2 - 2 Manchester City

  • Žigic 23’
  • Gardner 77’ (pen.)
  • Tévez 4’
  • Kolarov 41’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Birmingham City
    • Manchester City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 Thursday morning (UK only).
    • FT There goes the final whistle - that's a much deserved point for the hosts. It's finished Birmingham City 2-2 Manchester City.
    • 90' Kolarov is inches away from scoring his second free-kick of the night but his left-footed effort is just wide of the upright!
    • 89' There will be four minutes of added time.
    • 88' Phillips hits a snap-shot from 20 yards which nearly catches Hart off his line - but the England 'keeper does well to tip the ball over the bar!
    • 87' Ridgewell rises high to head clear but tumbles over Silva, with the referee blowing up as the Man City forward looked to be backing in.
    • 85' Hart is receiving treatment for a cut above his eye but we're soon back underway.
    • 84' Birmingham continue to set the pace, with Zigic nearly connecting with a cross from the right but denied by a brave save from Hart.
    • 83' Bentley tees up the free-kick, but it's straight into the top of the wall.
    • 82' Viera lunges in with a clumsy challenge to gift Birmingham a free-kick in a central position, a shade more than 20 yards out.
    • 80' How will Man City react to that? Will Mancini's men settle for a point?
    • 77' Gardner steps up... GOAL! Birmingham are level again! That's a great penalty from the former Villa man, rifled into the top corner.
    • 76' PENALTY TO BIRMINGHAM! Phillips collects the ball in the box and turns but is blocked by a heavy challenge from half-time substitute Viera!
    • 75' BIRMINGHAM SUB: Jean Beausejour replaces Lee Bowyer.
    • 73' Zigic rises well to head across goal but it's cut out and Man City clear.
    • 72' Birmingham will drop into the relegation zone because West Ham are beating Blackpool 3-1.
    • 71' As it stands, Man City will remain fourth but close the gap on second-placed Arsenal to one point and extend their advantage over Chelsea to four.
    • 70' BIRMINGHAM SUB: Cameron Jerome is repaced by Kevin Phillips.
    • 68' Man City want a penalty after Milner's cross hit Carr's arm but there's nothing the Birmingham man could have done about it.
    • 66' Kevin Phillips is limbering up for Birmingham.
    • 65' Jerome looks to tricks his way into the box but is crowded out and eventually sess his low cross cleared.
    • 64' Man City half-clear but the ball falls to Bowyer deep in the box, only for his side-footed shot to be blocked.
    • 63' Barry is put under pressure and ends up giving away a corner.
    • 62' Both players are back to their feet and rejoin play.
    • 61' Toure and Jerome both go down after the latter slid into the former.
    • 60' Man City look like they've survived the onslaught and are beginning to keep possession.
    • 59' Silva fails to beat the first man with his corner and Birmingham clear their ranks.
    • 57' Man City corner. Can they put this game to bed?
    • 56' Birmingham are going all guns blazing, with Jiranek mis-cuing his shot and Gardner glancing his header wide!
    • 55' Birmingham corner. Man City half-clear before the ref blows up for a foul on Hart.
    • 54' Birmingham have no win in their last four league home matches, since a 1-0 win against Chelsea on November 20.
    • 53' Birmingham need to start working Hart with these long-range efforts.
    • 52' Bentley is causing Man City all sorts of problems, this time cutting in from the right and laying off for Gardner, whose wild shot from distance is high and wide.
    • 51' Bentley latches onto a knock-down from a long ball but lashes his 20-yard shot over the crossbar.
    • 50' Zigic goes down in the box after being put under pressure but any appeal for a penalty is pointless. The big man was barely touched.
    • 49' Kompany is a little high on Zigic and the referee blows up for a foul. Free-kick just inside Man City's half.
    • 48' Birmingham have started this second half at a pace, looking to strike early.
    • 47' Bentley does well to shake off his man on the left corner of Man City's box but mishits his shot, which sails high and wide.
    • 46' Birmingham kick-off to get the second 45 off and running.
    • HT Kevin Friend blows up to eventually bring this first half to a close. Birmingham City 1-2 Manchester City
    • 45+6' Silva drifts wide to pick up a loose ball, before laying back to Kolarov, but his speculative shot from distance is straight at Foster.
    • 45+5' Foster is quick off his line to hoof clear.
    • 45+4' Man City launch a counter-attack but Birmingham get back in time to slow the break down and eventually stifle their opponents.
    • 45+3' Carr sends in a deep cross to the back post but it's head clear.
    • 45+2' Birmingham are threatening Man City with an aerial bombardment but the visitors are holding firm - for now.
    • 45+1' Kolarov is shown a yellow card for bringing down Bentley, who had skipped past the Man City man.
    • 44' There will be SEVEN minutes of added time!
    • 43' Birmingham look to have the wind in their sails, winning the physical battle in midfield without making an impact on the final third.
    • 42' Birmingham have scored more than once in only three of their 11 Premier League home matches before tonight this season.
    • 41' Birmingham put together a cleve free-kick routine which sees Ridgewell attempt to head the ball across go but it's intercepted and Man City clear.
    • 40' GOAL! Man City are back in front! Kolarov goes for goal from the free-kick and unleashes a superb left-footed strike into the far corner. Foster had no chance!
    • 39' Gardner clips Dzeko's heels to bring the Bosnian down and give Man City a free-kick on the edge of the hosts box.
    • 38' MAN CITY SUB: Just to confirm, the injured Richards has been replaced by Yaya Toure.
    • 37' Right then, we're back underway after that long stoppage. De Jong has been bandaged up and will soon rejoin play too.
    • 34' Richards looks like he's regained consciousness. He's on the stretcher so we should be back underway within a couple of minutes.
    • 33' There's blood streaming from De Jong's head too, but he's back to his feets. Richards, on the other hand, won't be playing any more part in this game. Kolo Toure is warming up but this stoppage will take some time while Richards is treated.
    • 32' Richards throws himself at the ball, clashing heads with De Jong. The physio is straight on the pitch and Richards is out cold!
    • 31' Gardner will take it this time... but shoots low, straight into the wall.
    • 30' Bentley embarks on another quick-footed wide run, forcing a foul from Barry to win another free-kick, this time on the right corner of the box.
    • 29' Tevez drifts half-a-yard offside, prompting the lino to raise his flag.
    • 28' Silva drives down the left flank and slips the ball back to Dzeko, who shoots on the spin but fires wide.
    • 27' De Jong is booked for a late challenge on Bentley.
    • 26' That's Zigic's third league goal of the season.
    • 25' Man City look to strike back immediately but the Birmingham back line holds firm to deny the visitors any route through.
    • 24' Man City have looked a little suspect at crosses all season and they've paid the price there.
    • 23' GOAL! Birmingham City are level! Bentley whips in a teasing low cross and Zigic gets the faintest touch on it to guide the ball past the stranded Hart.
    • 22' Jiranek goes down under Richards' challenge to win a free-kick wide right.
    • 21' Neither side are able to get the ball down in the middle third. It's all turned a bit scrappy.
    • 20' We've got a lull in play so here's the full Premier League table.
    • 19' Bowyer is making his 450th English league appearance tonight.
    • 18' Ferguson is ok to continue.
    • 17' Ferguson has gone down clutching his right ankle. Looks like he turned it while back-pedalling.
    • 16' Zigic shows great technique to volley from the edge of the box and force Hart into a fine fingertip save over the 'bar!
    • 15' Ferguson chips a ball over the Man City back four, looking for Zigic, but Kolarov gets the first and clears.
    • 14' Bentley whips in a great cross from the right but Jerome can't get on top of it and heads over. Good opportunity for Birmingham there.
    • 14' The game has started at a frantic pace with Birmingham beginning to cause Man City a few problems with long balls to Zigic.
    • 13' Tevez has now scored five goals in the club’s last five Premier League away matches.
    • 12' Milner goes to take the corner but misses the ball and kicks the corner flag out of the ground! He picks himself up to pass the ball short but there's no time to cross it.
    • 12' Zigic rises superbly to head clear, but Man City pick up the loose ball and win another corner.
    • 11' Bentley goes for goal but his effort is blocked and Man City clear their lines, eventually winning a corner up the other end.
    • 10' De Jong goes in heavy on Jerome to hand Birmingham a free-kick on the right edge of the Man City penalty box.
    • 9' Milner clips in a lovely ball to Tevez on the right side of the box, but he can't bring it down in time and it flows through to Foster.
    • 8' Birmingham can barely get out of their own half, and if they are then they're soon giving away possession.
    • 7' Tevez tries to slide a through-ball to Silva but it's intercepted on the edge of the box.
    • 6' The visitors look like they mean business, attacking again, but Milner's cross is easily collected by Foster.
    • 5' That really was superb link-up play between Tevez, who has now scored 17 goals this season, and Silva.
    • 4' GOAL! Man City lead! Tevez flicks the ball around the corner to Silva, who tricks his way in to the box before laying off to Tevez, whose shot bobbles into the far corner!
    • 4' Milner, greeted to a chorus of boos for his Aston Villa connection, floats in a cross but Barry is beaten to the header.
    • 3' The pitch is in very poor condition at St Andrews - how will Man City cope with that?
    • 2' De Jong gifts Birmingham possession with a sloppy pass but the hosts fail to take advantage. Man City goal-kick.
    • 1' Manchester City get the game underway...
    • 19:45 The teams are out and we're ready for the off. Birmingham are in their royal blue home kit, with Man City in their traditional sky blue strip.
    • 19:40 Manchester City 'keeper Joe Hart kept ten clean sheets in 36 league matches for Birmingham City last season, including seven in 18 matches at St Andrews.
    • 19:35 Manchester City are looking to avoid losing back-to-back league matches for the second time this season after defeats at home to Arsenal and at Wolves back in October.
    • 19:30 Birmingham have won just one of their last eight Premier League matches – 2-1 at Blackpool on January 4.
    • 19:25 Birmingham City and Manchester City have met 131 times in the league. Birmingham City have won 48, Manchester City 60 and there have been 23 draws.
    • 19:20 Alex McLeish has made five changes to the side that suffered a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United, with Murphy, Fahey, Mutch, Hleb, Derbyshire making way for Jiranek, Bowyer, Gardner, Jerome, and Zigic.
    • 19:15 Roberto Mancini has made one change to the side that lost 1-0 at Aston Villa back on January 22, with Richards replacing Toure.
    • 19:10 THE TEAMS ARE IN:
    • - Birmingham City: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Bentley, Ferguson, Bowyer, Gardner, Jerome, Zigic /// Subs: Doyle, Larsson, Phillips, Fahey, Hleb, Beausejour, Davies
    • - Man City: Hart, Boateng, Richards, Kompany, Kolarov, Milner, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko /// Subs: Given, Zabaleta, Lescott, Vieira, Jo, Toure, Guidetti
    • - Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
    • 19:05 Before we're off and running, there's a big story breaking in the football world - Manchester United defender Gary Neville has retired with immedate effect.
    • 19:00 Welcome to tonight's LIVE text commentary of the Premier League clash between Birmingham City and Manchester City.
  • Summary

    • 88' Phillips hits a snap-shot from 20 yards which nearly catches Hart off his line - but the England 'keeper does well to tip the ball over the bar!
    • 77' Gardner steps up... GOAL! Birmingham are level again! That's a great penalty from the former Villa man, rifled into the top corner.
    • 76' PENALTY TO BIRMINGHAM! Phillips collects the ball in the box and turns but is blocked by a heavy challenge from half-time substitute Viera!
    • 51' Bentley latches onto a knock-down from a long ball but lashes his 20-yard shot over the crossbar.
    • 40' GOAL! Man City are back in front! Kolarov goes for goal from the free-kick and unleashes a superb left-footed strike into the far corner. Foster had no chance!
    • 23' GOAL! Birmingham City are level! Bentley whips in a teasing low cross and Zigic gets the faintest touch on it to guide the ball past the stranded Hart.
    • 16' Zigic shows great technique to volley from the edge of the box and force Hart into a fine fingertip save over the 'bar!
    • 14' Bentley whips in a great cross from the right but Jerome can't get on top of it and heads over. Good opportunity for Birmingham there.
    • 12' Milner goes to take the corner but misses the ball and kicks the corner flag out of the ground! He picks himself up to pass the ball short but there's no time to cross it.
    • 4' GOAL! Man City lead! Tevez flicks the ball around the corner to Silva, who tricks his way in to the box before laying off to Tevez, whose shot bobbles into the far corner!

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson
      • M. Jiránek
      • L. Ridgewell
      • C. Gardner Goal
      • B. Ferguson
      • D. Bentley
      • L. Bowyer Substitution Out (75′)
      • N. Žigic Goal
      • C. Jerome Substitution Out (70′)

      Subs

      • K. Phillips Substitution In70′
      • C. Doyle
      • S. Larsson
      • C. Davies
      • K. Fahey
      • J. Beausejour Substitution In75′
      • A. Hleb
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • M. Richards Substitution Out (37′)
      • J. Boateng
      • V. Kompany
      • A. Kolarov Goal Yellow Card
      • N. de Jong Yellow Card Substitution Out (45′)
      • G. Barry
      • J. Milner
      • D. Silva
      • C. Tévez Goal
      • E. Dzeko

      Subs

      • P. Vieira Substitution In45′
      • S. Given
      • J. Lescott
      • K. Touré Substitution In37′
      • P. Zabaleta
      • J. Guidetti
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