Tuesday May 17, 2011 Day 37 Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 3 - 0 Stoke City

  • Tévez 14’, 65’
  • Lescott 53’

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  1. Tevez stars as City move third

    Tevez stars as City move third

    Carlos Tevez proved the difference as Manchester City eased into third place in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Stoke at Eastlands. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Stoke City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match from 00:01 on Wednesday morning (UK only).
    • 90'+2 There goes the full-time whislte! And City, thanks to Carlos Tevez's sublime brace and one from Lescott, move into third place with just one game remaining!
    • 90'+1 Mancini responds to chants of his name from the stands with a wave.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time to be played...
    • 89' Zabaleta takes a boot in the face and blood starts pouring from his head... he's forced off and City will have to play out the remainder of the game with 10 men.
    • 88' Off goes Tevez to a standing ovation... Tevez waves to the crowd - a wave goodbye? - and on comes Boyata.
    • 86' Time for Delap to launch one of his trademark throws - if he can get past the advertising hoardings!
    • 85' Dzeko rises to meet a corner with a towering header! Over the bar from the big Bosnian though!
    • 82' Tevez takes it anyway but his little dink over the wall also goes over the bar!
    • 81' No, it's not a penalty! A free-kick, right on the edge of the box! It looked like the ref had give a pen!
    • 80' Milner goes down under a Collins challenge in the box! PENALTY! Tevez with a chance to grab a hat-trick....
    • 78' Hart races off his line to clear, but instead of booting the ball into the stands, he slides the ball down the line... he has to race back to his goal and he's able to smile about it afterwards...
    • 77' Tevez lurks with intent again... Wilkinson clears at the last.
    • 76' Oh dear, that's a poor two-footed challenge by Kompany... he gets away with it though.
    • 74' Here's another change: Shotton for Whelan.
    • 72' Stoke make a change: Delap on for Carew.
    • 70' Replays show just how stunning that free-kick from Tevez was... he bent it an absolute mile! Roberto Carlos style.
    • 69' Dzeko! Oooh! Off the outside of the post! Great effort from the Bosnian from a tight angle!
    • 67' City make a change as Adam Johnson makes way for SWP.
    • 66' That's 20 in the league for Tevez. How City have to keep hold of the Argentine next season.
    • 65' GOAL! TEVEZ! What a screamer! That seals it! He steps up to the free-kick and lashes into the top right hand corner! Even better than his first!
    • 64' De Jong does well to win a free-kick off Whelan, right on the edge of the penalty area... danger here....
    • 61' Replays show Wilkinson to have played the ball back to Sorensen then, yet there was no whistle from Lee Probert.
    • 60' De Jong releases Tevez with a fantastic ball from the back.... but again Sorensen ends up with the ball in his hands.
    • 59' Straight down to the other end and Stoke win a corner. Kompany heads clear.
    • 58' Dzeko nearly makes an instant impact! He finds himself one-on-one with Sorensen after Collins lets him through but he can't beat the keeper!
    • 56' It's David Silva who is taken off for the Bosnian. And the Spaniard gets a standing ovation from the home faithful on his way off.
    • 55' Looks like City are about to bring on Dzeko.
    • 54' That should be that for City now. Surely there's no way back for Stoke now.
    • 53' GOAL! LESCOTT! And City go two up! The defender rises to meet Silva's lofted delivery into the box... he beats Sorensen to it and the ball flies into the back of the net!
    • 53' Richards hares off on another of those rampaging runs... he's upended by Collins this time.
    • 52' Wilkinson is booked retrospectively for a tackle from behind on Tevez from a couple of minutes ago. Good refereeing - he let play go on, but didn't let Wilko get away with it.
    • 51' It's been a decent start to the half for Stoke... but here come City now on the break with Johnson... he's held up in the end.
    • 50' Diao wins the ball well and here come Stoke again... Walters wins another throw.
    • 49' Walters chases a ball and keeps it in... Zabaleta is quick to hound him down though and put th ball - and the corner flag - out of play.
    • 48' Richards goes on a marauding run down the City right... but it comes to nothing this time.
    • 47' No changes to tell you about at the break.
    • 46' Back under way at Eastlands!
    • 45'+2 And there goes the whistle... City head in at the break 1-0 up thanks to a wonderful strike by Carlos Tevez.
    • 45'+1 Just one minute of added time to be played at the end of the first half...
    • 45' At the other end, Hart is imperious to claim Carew's cross and he's quick to launch another City attack with a fine throw out.
    • 44' Toure's ball for Tevez just bounces off the turf and away from him....
    • 43' Kompnay goes all the way back to Hart, and City build from the back again.
    • 41' Silva looks to run the ball into the back of the net... but there's no way through this time.
    • 40' Johnson now moves into the box and fires on target! Well blocked by Diao! Corner to City!
    • 39' Johnson looks to jink his way through but Pugh is there to stop him in his tracks.
    • 38' Interesting stat from Infostrada: If the Premier League table would be based on first halves only, City would be ranked second behind Manchester United. Stoke, Wigan and West Brom would be certain of relegation if that were the case.
    • 37' Carew crosses for Whitehead, but De Jong is there to clear.
    • 36' Apparently, City have moved the advertising hoardings closer to the touchlines tonight, in a bid to prevent Rory Delap taking those long throws of his. They needn't have bothered - Delap's only on the bench.
    • 35' Shawcross hauls down the breaking Toure and deservedly has his name taken.
    • 34' Walters delivers a great cross into the 'corridor of uncertainty' between Hart and the last line of defenders. No one can capitalise though.
    • 33' Here come City again, but again Silva's pass looking for Tevez is cut out.
    • 32' Toure unleashes a well-hit shot, but it's always rising over Sorensen's bar!
    • 31' Whelan cuts inside and lets fly from a central position... it's on target but Hart is well behind it.
    • 30' Kolarov, who is warming up on the sidelines, spots someone he knows in the crowd and he goes over to say hello.
    • 29' Richards gets a little treatment for a slight knock, allowing the rest of the players to take a drink.
    • 28' Tevez! Oh he should have done better there... Toure wins possession before feeding Milner. He plays it to Tevez first time, but Tevez's attempted curler with the outside of his boot goes straight into Sorensen's arms!
    • 27' City win a corner off Diao.... it initially cleared but only as far as Milner, who fires into a crowded penalty area! Blocked! And cleared.
    • 26' Silva tries to play a reverse ball looking for Tevez now, but it's telegraphed and the good position is wasted.
    • 25' Silva now looks to play in Johnson round the back... Sorensen is off his line quickly to claim at the limit of his box.
    • 24' Toure plays in Richards down the right flank and the full-back delivers a great cross but it's just beyong the sliding Silva!
    • 23' City have conceded only 12 goals at home this season, Manchester United are the only club to have let in fewer (10).
    • 22' Whelan delivers the resulting corner to the back stick but Shawcross can't get his head to it.
    • 21' Hart flaps on a cross... it falls to Carew, who fires on target! Richards makes a great block!
    • 20' Richards allows Milner's pass to go through his legs, but no one's on the same wavelength and it runs all the way to Sorensen.
    • 19' That goal for Tevez means the Argentine is only one behind Premier League top scorer Dimitar Berbatov... still time to topple the United man.
    • 18' Stoke have it all to do now and they'll perhaps have to show a little more invention if they are to get back into this one.
    • 17' As things stand, City are moving up into third. An FA Cup, a famous win over United and a third-placed finish doesn't sound too bad for a season's work...
    • 16' Since the start of last season, Carlos Tevez has scored 43 Premier League goals, more than any other player.
    • 15' What a goal that was! City fans will be hoping that's not the last goal they see Tevez score at Eastlands, but of course those rumours that he will leave will persist all summer long....
    • 14' GOAL! TEVEZ OPENS THE SCORING! And what a goal it is! He plays a one-two with Milner before jinking past Shawcross and Wilkinson and finding the top corner with a vicious strike past Sorensen!
    • 13' Replays show Whelan to have caught Milner as he wound up that shot... more that he kicked Whelan really and that's why there was no penalty.
    • 12' Tevez does brilliantly to return back to Milner who has continued his run into the box... but he totally miscues his attempted first-time effort and the ball bounces behind for a goal kick!
    • 11' Now it's Stoke's turn to play it around the back and try to build... Whitehead ends up delivering a deep cross that Hart is able to claim uncontested.
    • 10' Stoke are playing with five across the middle, with just Carew up front, and that's what's frustrating City so far.
    • 9' City are enjoying far more of the possession so far. Stoke are happy sitting back and allowing the hosts to come on to them.
    • 8' Tevez takes a long ball down on his chest before swivelling and shooting... he can't keep it down though the ball sails over the bar.
    • 7' Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is sighted in the stands, checking out his side's opponents at the weekend.
    • 6' Stoke have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League away games.
    • 5' Richards reacts slightly to a challenge from Wilkinson... everyone's up for this one tonight!
    • 4' Pugh is caught offside, ending a promising looking move by Stoke.
    • 3' David Silva lets off an early shot... way off target from the Spaniard though.
    • 2' Both teams are in their traditional kits - City in sky blue and white, Stoke in red and white.
    • 1' Here we go! Stoke get us under way at Eastlands!
    • 19:42 '00 Years. The City is ours' - that's a banner being proudly displayed by City fans at Eastlands tonight. United fans take down City banner
    • 19:40 City enter this one on a high, naturally, and the home side are definitely the form team of the two: they've won eight of their last nine league games at Eastlands, while Stoke have taken just two points from their last nine Premier League away games.
    • 19:35 Tonight's referee is Lee Probert (Wiltshire).
    • 19:30 Stoke boss Tony Pulis also makes changes - five of them. In comes John Carew up front, with Matthew Etherington, Jermaine Pennant and Robert Huth all missing out as expected. Ricardo Fuller, Danny Higginbotham and Mamady Sidibe remain sidelined.
    • 19:25 Bobby Manc makes three changes to his starting line-up, Adam Johnson, James Milner and Pablo Zabaleta coming in for Gareth Barry, Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov. Kolo Toure and Jerome Boateng are again ruled out.
    • 19:20 The teams are in... MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta, Milner, De Jong, Silva, Y Toure, Johnson, Tevez. Subs: Vieira, Barry, Wright-Phillips, Given, Kolarov, Dzeko, Boyata /// STOKE: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Collins, Shawcross, Wilson, Pugh, Diao, Whelan, Whitehead, Walters, Carew. Subs: Nash, Soares, Jones, Tonge, Delap, Faye, Shotton
    • 19:15 Stoke head into the game in ninth, but can displace Fulham in eighth if they can emerge from the City of Manchester Stadium with a win.
    • 19:10 Roberto Mancini will certainly be hoping that is the case, with the prize for a third-placed finish a ticket directly to the group stage of the Champions League. City finish off the season at the weekend with a trip up the M61 to Bolton.
    • 19:05 There's still plenty riding on this one with City able to rise into third place with victory tonight.
    • 19:00 FA Cup winners Manchester City welcome beaten finalists Stoke City to Eastlands for a Premier League re-run of Saturday's clash at Wembley.
  • Summary

    • 85' Dzeko rises to meet a corner with a towering header! Over the bar from the big Bosnian though!
    • 69' Dzeko! Oooh! Off the outside of the post! Great effort from the Bosnian from a tight angle!
    • 65' GOAL! TEVEZ! What a screamer! That seals it! He steps up to the free-kick and lashes into the top right hand corner! Even better than his first!
    • 58' Dzeko nearly makes an instant impact! He finds himself one-on-one with Sorensen after Collins lets him through but he can't beat the keeper!
    • 53' GOAL! LESCOTT! And City go two up! The defender rises to meet Silva's lofted delivery into the box... he beats Sorensen to it and the ball flies into the back of the net!
    • 28' Tevez! Oh he should have done better there... Toure wins possession before feeding Milner. He plays it to Tevez first time, but Tevez's attempted curler with the outside of his boot goes straight into Sorensen's arms!
    • 21' Hart flaps on a cross... it falls to Carew, who fires on target! Richards makes a great block!
    • 14' GOAL! TEVEZ OPENS THE SCORING! And what a goal it is! He plays a one-two with Milner before jinking past Shawcross and Wilkinson and finding the top corner with a vicious strike past Sorensen!
    • 19:20 The teams are in... MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta, Milner, De Jong, Silva, Y Toure, Johnson, Tevez. Subs: Vieira, Barry, Wright-Phillips, Given, Kolarov, Dzeko, Boyata /// STOKE: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Collins, Shawcross, Wilson, Pugh, Diao, Whelan, Whitehead, Walters, Carew. Subs: Nash, Soares, Jones, Tonge, Delap, Faye, Shotton

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • M. Richards
      • V. Kompany
      • J. Lescott Goal
      • P. Zabaleta
      • J. Milner
      • N. de Jong
      • A. Johnson Substitution Out (67′)
      • Y. Touré
      • D. Silva Substitution Out (57′)
      • C. Tévez Goals×2 Substitution Out (88′)

      Subs

      • P. Vieira
      • G. Barry
      • S. Wright-Phillips Substitution In67′
      • S. Given
      • A. Kolarov
      • E. Dzeko Substitution In57′
      • D. Boyata Substitution In88′
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Sørensen
      • M. Wilson
      • R. Shawcross Yellow Card
      • D. Collins
      • A. Wilkinson Yellow Card
      • G. Whelan Substitution Out (74′)
      • S. Diao Yellow Card
      • D. Whitehead
      • D. Pugh
      • J. Walters
      • J. Carew Substitution Out (73′)

      Subs

      • R. Delap Substitution In73′
      • C. Nash
      • M. Tonge
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • T. Soares
      • K. Jones
      • R. Shotton Substitution In74′
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