Saturday January 19, 2013 Day 23 Finished Etihad Stadium

  1. Premier League - Silva double helps City close gap on United

    Premier League - Silva double helps City close gap on United

    David Silva scored twice as Manchester City beat Fulham 2-0 to close the gap at the top of the table to four points. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Fulham
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • FT That's full-time, and City close to within four points of Manchester United at the top of the table.
    • 90+3 WHAT A MISS FROM DZEKO – Clichy plays across a ball to the free Dzeko who is all alone near the penalty spot – the ball bounces a bit in front of him to be fair and he fires over the bar over the bar.
    • 90+3 Dzeko complains after being charged with a foul - but this game is now won.
    • 90' We will have four extra minutes.
    • 89' Aguero gets beyond Briggs and drags a shot just wide - he has looked great since coming on - City in complete control now.
    • 88' Standing ovation for Silva as he goes off and Joleon Lescott comes on.
    • 86' NEARLY FROM AGUERO - Great pass from Dzeko puts him clear, he manages to get around Schwarzer but just loses his balance as he looks to fire home and the retreating Hangeland gets back to clear.
    • 85' Ruiz with a poor attempt at a through ball and City counter.
    • 83' Aguro runs into the box – picks out Silva who in turns plays it Dzeko on the edge of the box but the Bosnian curls a right-footed shot just over.
    • 81' Here comes Aguero - on for Tevez
    • 80' Berbatov controls well inside the box but his ball to Petric has too much on it and the Croat was offside in any event.
    • 79' Looks like Sergio Aguero is going to be coming on.
    • 78' Kompany sets up an attack with a defensive header – City burst forward and it ends with Dzeko firing a left foot shot into the side netting after Hughes did well to close the angle.
    • 77' Milner fires a low cross towards the near post - no City player there though and Schwarzer gathers.
    • 75' Tevez loses his footing just as he shoots from 35 yards out and it all results in an easy save for Schwarzer.
    • 73' Petric on for Dejagah as City defend the corner.
    • 72' Clichy does very well to push Duff inside and then also block a Riether cross out for a corner as Fulham attacked.
    • 70' OH SILVA SHOULD HAVE HIS HAT-TRICK – He is slipped clean through by Javi Garcia but drags his effort wide with his left foot with only Schwarzer to beat.
    • 69' GOAL FOR CITY!!! David Silva has his second with a wonderful little chipped finish for a tricky angle. It was a superb run into the box and set up an excellent little flick from Tevez. Should be game over now.
    • 68' Nastasic does well to cut out a Riether pass aimed for Berbatov.
    • 67' Richardson is coming off and Matthew Briggs comes on.
    • 65' Kieran Richardson seems to have injured his left calf and his afternoon could be over.
    • 64' Javi Garcia booked for bringing down Ruiz.
    • 63' Zabaleta did come back on but he is going off for good now – looks like Hangeland caught his ankle on the follow through. Nasri is coming on and Milner will move to right back.
    • 61' Javi Garcia completely free on the right – he has three men in the box – but his delivery is poor and Riether controls and clears.
    • 60' Great reception for Pablo Zabaleta as he comes back on after receiving treatment – a real crowd favourite.
    • 59' Corner is whipped by Silva – Kompany gets his head on it and then Tevez and Karagounis both go for the ball right in front of Schwarzer but the Aussie keeper manages to gather.
    • 58' Hangeland dives inside the box to just get to the ball ahead of Zabaleta. The Argentine hurt from the fall and will need some treatment.
    • 57' Fans are delighted with way Zabaleta dives in a wins possession for his team – not seen too much of that aggression from either side today.
    • 56' Richardson booked for a foul on Milner down the right.
    • 55' Great control from Berbatov on the touchline inside his own half. He then wins a free-kick to relieve the danger.
    • 53' Tevez tries a shot from outside the box but he fires it well over the bar.
    • 52' City have upped the tempo in the last few minutes – still not creating chances but looking more intent and hungry.
    • 51' Richardson makes a mess of clearance in the box but Hangeland is on hand to clear.
    • 50' City fans are trying to encourage the team at bit more now. They have great options on the bench of course.
    • 49' Terrible control from Sidwell allows Tevez to storm forward but then Sidwell himself roars back and nicks possession back.
    • 48' Very promising start to the half for Fulham – a poor City clearance give Sidwell a chance to shot on the edge of the area but he makes a mess of it and screws it well wide.
    • 47' Nice crisp passing from Fulham to start the half.
    • 46' City get us back underway - no changes.
    • HT And there is the half-time whistle. Superb start for City but very poor since then. They lead 1-0 but enough signs for Fulham to suggest this one is far from over.
    • 45+1 Decent effort from Dzeko flashes over the bar after a low ball from Tevez. It was from a very tough angle though.
    • 45' Sidwell bundles in to clean up play on the edge of the area as City looked to feed their forwards.
    • 44' Milner cuts into space but then produces a poor pass. Really average from City in this half.
    • 43' Berbatov is free on the edge of the area and unhappy that Ruiz tries a more conventional cross that can't find a black shirt.
    • 42' Excellent work from Nastasic who steps in to get to the ball before Berbatov after Dejagah had tried to find him.
    • 41' Good midfield work by Sidwell who breaks up play and then gives to Berbatov.
    • 40' Just had a shot of Roberto Mancini shaking his head – he is not happy with this performance so far.
    • 39' Little to report during a dead spell – you feel Fulham will be content enough if they keep down to one and stay alive in this match.
    • 37' Very, very quiet in the Etihad – it has been since the goal to be honest.
    • 36' Javi Garcia with a great tackle on Sidwell but the ball hits his hand on the follow through ending City's spell of pressure.
    • 35' Tevez get the ball forward for City with a driving run past Hangeland – wins a throw in an attacking position.
    • 34' Better ball from Riether but awkward for Ruiz to control in the box and he can't.
    • 33' Riether overhits a ball to Duff after more good work from Ruiz. Fulham will be encouraged by the last 10 minutes or so. Better team at the moment.
    • 31' CHANCE FULHAM! Super cross from Duff to the backpost and it looks like Sidwell is going to nod it in - however Zabaleta does just enough to disturb the execution of the close range header and it clips the outside of the post at goes wide.
    • 30' City look at their most dangerous once Fulham lose possession – this time Sidwell is guilty – Silva slips a ball across to Tevez but his shot is blocked.
    • 29' A cross from Karagounis is whipped in at pace – but it is just a little beyond the Fulham forwards. Still though another encouraging sign. City have to be careful here.
    • 28' Lovely diagonal cross from Milner into the box but Tevez just can't quite get his head on it. He might have been flagged for offside in any event had he made contact.
    • 27' Great tackle from Barry on Dejagah nearly sets up a City attack but nothing develops.
    • 26' Ruiz sets up a Fulham attack with a nice cross-field ball. Fulham's eventual cross though is a bit overhit for Dejagah.
    • 25' Zabaleta overlaps down the right well – Tevez ball is overhit though and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 24' The resulting free-kick is to the left – about 35 yards out. Tevez tries a shot when a cross may have been better – it is straight into the wall.
    • 23' Booking for Karagounis for just nudging into Silva after the Spaniard got the wrong side of him.
    • 22' Little signs that with a bit more belief and purpose Fulham could find a way back into this match. City still in second gear.
    • 21' The corner flashes past the head of Sidwell - Fulham still in the City half though.
    • 21' Duff's cross is deflected by Clichy out for a corner. Up comes Hangeland.
    • 20' Tevez tries a shot from 35 yards out but does not really catch it right and it trickles safely and straight into the arms of Schwarzer.
    • 19' Karagounis goes low with the head and gets Silva's boot in the face. All accidently and the Greek is okay.
    • 18' Riether gets forward again but the delivery disappoints – a low cross that is easy for City to clear.
    • 17' Silva peels off to the left and delivers a superb cross – Dzeko gets a clean header on target but it is straight at Schwarzer. Silva the best player on the pitch so far.
    • 16' City's early goal means there is a real lack of tension here. City have had 70 per cent of the possession in the match.
    • 14' Web users who want to see what is going on in the other games - there have already been goals at Wigan and West Ham - can do so by following the link. Live Premier League Scores
    • 12' City seem happy enough to pass with patience – no real sense, or need, for urgency.
    • 11' Martin Jol had a good record against City as Tottenham manager and Fulham have won here three times in the recent past – but comfortable for City so far.
    • 10' Clichy with a good cross from down the left – a little flick on from Tevez sees the ball fly towards Zabaleta but he just can't control it with his chest.
    • 9' Rather flat atmosphere here – some boos for Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 8' Better from Fulham now as they enjoy another spell of possession in the City half – again the ball into the box is not good enough though – this time from Sidwell.
    • 7' Fulham enjoy their first attack of the day but Sascha Reither's cross is disappointing.
    • 5' Fulham need to be economical with their possession if they are to have any chance today but they are given it away cheaply.
    • 4' That goal from David Silva was his first goal since November and as Infostrada inform us City have won the last nine PL matches in which he has found the net.
    • 3' Fulham came with a defensive looking midfield but they are already in trouble here. City dominating possession already.
    • 2' GOAL CITY!!! There goes the Fulham gameplan already. David Silva fires into the corner of the next after Mark Schwarzer could only parry away a shot from Edin Dzeko – it all came after Karagounis had given the ball away cheaply.
    • 2' Fulham will be looking to keep it tight in these opening stages as they have conceded five goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season – equal-most with Everton.
    • 1' And we are underway - City attacking left to right for those familar with the camera positions at the Etihad. Fulham get us underway.
    • 14:59 Very cold in Manchester - a lot of players wearing gloves but the pitch looks to be in good nick.
    • 14:58 The teams are just in the tunnel now – Fulham are wearing their black away shirts with the white and gold 'Peruvian style' stripe across the chest.
    • 14:55 When these side met in September Edin Dzeko scored with his first touch off the bench as Manchester City came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage Dzeko gives Manchester City win at Fulham
    • 14:50 Roberto Mancini has said that he is unlikely to try to boost their chances of retaining the title by adding any big-name signings in this month's transfer window. "In January it is difficult to take good players. There is no one club that can sell good players in January.Maybe we can find young players. If we have this chance in the next 10-12 days, probably we can do something but I am not sure."
    • 14:45 Fulham boss Martin Jol does not feel his side are suffering a dip in form despite having won just one Premier League game since Christmas. Jol: We're doing okay
    • 14:40 Mario Balotelli is on the bench today despite reports that he has begun moving his possessions back to Italy ahead of a move from Manchester City to AC Milan Paper Round: Balotelli 'moving stuff back to Italy'
    • 14:35 Interesting options on the bench for City today. Sergio Aguero and Jack Rodwell are both fit again while Samir Nasri return from his three-match ban. None start though.
    • 14:30 TEAMS: Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Garcia, Barry, Milner; Tevez, Silva, Dzeko Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Rodwell, Kolarov, Nasri, Balotelli, Aguero. Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Richardson; Duff, Sidwell, Karagounis, Dejagah, Ruiz; Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Senderos, Baird, Petric, Briggs, Rodallega, Kacaniklic
    • 14:25 Fulham make two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Wigan last weekend. Sidwell and Dejagah come in with Kacaniklic and Petric dropping to the bench.
    • 14:20 Manchester City are unchanged from the side that won at Arsenal last weekend and Vincent Kompany starts after having his red card for a challenge on Jack Wilshere overturned on appeal.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our live commentary on the Premier League game between Manchester City and Fulham, with the home side looking to move to within four points of leaders Manchester United.
  • Summary

    • 90+3 WHAT A MISS FROM DZEKO – Clichy plays across a ball to the free Dzeko who is all alone near the penalty spot – the ball bounces a bit in front of him to be fair and he fires over the bar over the bar.
    • 86' NEARLY FROM AGUERO - Great pass from Dzeko puts him clear, he manages to get around Schwarzer but just loses his balance as he looks to fire home and the retreating Hangeland gets back to clear.
    • 83' Aguro runs into the box – picks out Silva who in turns plays it Dzeko on the edge of the box but the Bosnian curls a right-footed shot just over.
    • 70' OH SILVA SHOULD HAVE HIS HAT-TRICK – He is slipped clean through by Javi Garcia but drags his effort wide with his left foot with only Schwarzer to beat.
    • 69' GOAL FOR CITY!!! David Silva has his second with a wonderful little chipped finish for a tricky angle. It was a superb run into the box and set up an excellent little flick from Tevez. Should be game over now.
    • 59' Corner is whipped by Silva – Kompany gets his head on it and then Tevez and Karagounis both go for the ball right in front of Schwarzer but the Aussie keeper manages to gather.
    • 31' CHANCE FULHAM! Super cross from Duff to the backpost and it looks like Sidwell is going to nod it in - however Zabaleta does just enough to disturb the execution of the close range header and it clips the outside of the post at goes wide.
    • 2' GOAL CITY!!! There goes the Fulham gameplan already. David Silva fires into the corner of the next after Mark Schwarzer could only parry away a shot from Edin Dzeko – it all came after Karagounis had given the ball away cheaply.
    • 14:30 TEAMS: Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Garcia, Barry, Milner; Tevez, Silva, Dzeko Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Rodwell, Kolarov, Nasri, Balotelli, Aguero. Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Richardson; Duff, Sidwell, Karagounis, Dejagah, Ruiz; Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Senderos, Baird, Petric, Briggs, Rodallega, Kacaniklic
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      Goalkeeper
      6.7 6
      Defenders
      Substitution Out63′ 7.1 7
      7.1 7
      6.1 8
      6.7 7
      Midfielders
      5.9 7
      Yellow Card 5.7 6
      6.5 6
      Substitution Out81′ 6.3 7
      Goals ×2 Substitution Out89′ 7.6 9
      Strikers
      6.8 6
      Subs
      Substitution In89′ 6.7 6
      Substitution In63′ 4.7 6
      Substitution In81′ 7.9 7
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      Defenders
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      3.1 6
      3.3 6
      Yellow Card Substitution Out67′ 3 5
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 3.7 5
      2.7 6
      2.9 6
      Substitution Out73′ 4.7 6
      Strikers
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      5.2 6
      Subs
      Substitution In73′ 5.1 6
      Substitution In67′ 1.7 6

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  1. Only Dejagah !

    From Ali, on Sun 20 Jan 4:46
  2. We don't need manure fans stinking up our pages get­ back on your own saddos.

    From Stephen, on Sat 19 Jan 23:06
  3. orr for all the man u fans hopeing city would slip up­ today haa dream on???without v p you would be atleast­ 10points adrift. hold your breath when he falls over­ lol lol.

    From Alan, on Sat 19 Jan 17:04
  4. Good result and clean sheet for Mighty City ! March on­ ...

    From Muzo, on Sat 19 Jan 16:59
  5. That is not enough. Fulham should have defended better.

    From Eoghan, on Sat 19 Jan 16:58
  6. well done City ,come on spurs.

    From JACQUELINE PROCTER, on Sat 19 Jan 16:56
  7. City fans silent because the linesman not told them­ what to do yet

    From clan, on Sat 19 Jan 16:46
  8. come on blue army lets have a 4nil im sure you agree?

    From Alan, on Sat 19 Jan 16:44
  9. How bloody sloooow are the updates on here­ zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    From foreverblue, on Sat 19 Jan 16:30
  10. hope city win..

    From George, on Sat 19 Jan 16:14
  11. COME ON CITY SCORE MORE !!!!!!

    From Dex, on Sat 19 Jan 16:08
  12. come on city .keep the steamroller rolling

    From Alan, on Sat 19 Jan 15:49
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    Being a Man U supporter, I wish Man City LOSE the game.­ That's all!!!! Let's wait and see how it'll­ work finally!

    From stanley, on Sat 19 Jan 15:35
  14. sort your webpage yahoo, you have derby live which has­ finished and nothing else on!!

    From D ATTENBOROUGH, on Sat 19 Jan 15:18
  15. Come on fulham, beat the mercenaries.

    From VT5060, on Sat 19 Jan 15:15
  16. COME ON CITY COME­ CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!­ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From , on Sat 19 Jan 15:06
  17. Come on Fulham...Stick it to #$%$!

    From Ned, on Sat 19 Jan 14:55
  18. Hope Fulham can take something from the game but i­ doubt it

    From TheVenusProject, on Sat 19 Jan 14:44
  19. Why is Nasri in the team line up when he is starting on­ the bench?

    From rory, on Sat 19 Jan 14:42
  20. City to win 3-1 today, Aguero is fit as well so expect­ City to field a strong attacking team and expect City­ to go for the kill.....I think we shall see Fulham­ pinned back in their own half for most of the game.

    From Mark, on Sat 19 Jan 12:39
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