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  • Caicedo 8’
  • Wright-Phillips 30’

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  1. Manchester City take advantage

    Manchester City take advantage

    First-half goals from Felipe Caicedo and Shaun Wright-Phillips gave Manchester City a 2-0 win over Aalborg in the UEFA Cup. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • AaB
    • 90+4 Kristensen sends it high into to the box Richards heads clear, the whistle goes and City take a two-goal lead into the second leg.
    • 90+3 Robinho is hobbling as Aalborg counter and Zabaleta gives away a free kick. A late rally from the Danes?
    • 90+2 Sparky Mark Hughes shows his touch with a great piece of control to return the ball after it goes out of play.
    • 90+1 Bit of late pressure from Aalborg results in a corner... headed clear though, and the second ball is straight at Given.
    • 90' Three minutes added time being played.
    • 88' Aalborg come forward, Caca on the right, inside to Shelton who plays the one-two and surely for Caca but he fires it wide!
    • 87' CITY SUB: Wright-Phillips comes off to a standing ovation, with a rare appearance for Kelvin Etuhu on in his place. That is the brother of Fulham's Dickson, by the way.
    • 86' AALBORG SUB: Jacobsen cannot continue, Lasse Nielsen is on in his place.
    • 85' The free-kick finally is ready to be taken... Caca and Risgaard are over it and the latter places it past Given but over the bar. Good placement but too much power.
    • 84' Jacobsen is carried off, bruising to his knee it seems.
    • 82' High from Zabaleta on Jacobsen on the edge of the box, and a free-kick is given on the edge of the D. Jacobsen is hurt and needs treatment as City arrange a wall...
    • 81' Free-kick given away by Bridge on the Aalborg right, swung over and Curth is totally unmarked but his header into the ground is hacked away!
    • 79' Robinho slides it through to Evans but a bit too much weight on it and Zaza flies out, Evans slides in and clips his ankle and what will happen here? Nothing, just a free kick as Zaza, to his credit, got straight up. It was an honest attempt to play the ball by young Evans but UEFA refs send you off for that these days.
    • 78' Elano bursts through but Beauchamp's desperate lunge gets just enough on the ball to take it away from Robinho and Zaza clears.
    • 77' The City fans HOWL for a penalty after Robinho goes down but even he waves it away, he slipped.
    • 76' AALBORG SUB: Risgaard on for Evenoldsen, probably for his own protection.
    • 74' Long by Bridge to find Elano who takes it down with a wonderful touch, totally flummoxing Jacobsen and he slides an even better reverse pass inside Beauchamp AND WRIGHT-PHILLIPS FOR THREE BUT HE HAMMERS IT WIDE! City want to win this cup, you know.
    • 73' Aalborg are losing their discipline as Evenoldsen almost lashes out at Evans, then Caca gets annoyed after being closed off by Bridge down the right.
    • 72' Elano is booked for preventing a free-kick from being taken by compatriot Caca. Foolish and pointless.
    • 71' Corner to Aalborg but a thumping header clear by Dunne. Wright-Phillips controls the loose ball with a great touch but Enevoldsen hacks him down and gets a yellow that rules him out of the return leg.
    • 69' Ireland wide to Evans on the right, he does really well to play it back to Ireland, who glides across the edge of the box to Robinho who can curl it in but spots Richards far post and finds him with a perfect lob, he heads it downwards and surely 3-0 but off the line by Kristensen! The ref blows just as the block is made, as Robinho was offside apparently. Bit of a delayed reaction...
    • 68' City are just stroking the ball around like a training-ground exercise now...
    • - UEFA CUP LAST-16 FIRST-LEG RESULT: Paris Saint-German 0-0 Braga
    • 66' AALBORG SUB: Curth on for Due.
    • 65' Ireland with a wonderful piece of skill to work it to Robinho at the byline, he cuts it back but not deep enough for Evans and Aalborg clear.
    • 64' Good combination play between Elano and Ireland draws a foul on the former and the applause of the home support.
    • 63' MANCHESTER CITY SUB: Evans on for Caicedo.
    • 61' Augustinussen is mad that the ref blew for a foul on Robinho, who went down rather easily after going down a blind alley. City do nothing with the free-kick though.
    • 60' Caicedo is too honest when Elano and Robinho set him free down the left - Beauchamp had a cynical tug at his shirt but the young Ecuadorean tried to carry on running and eventually lost the ball.
    • 59' Richards wide to Wright-Phillips, who skins Kristensen again but out comes Zaza to smother at his feet.
    • 57' Ireland with a wonderfully-weighted pass wide to Wright-Phillips, who wins a corner off Kristensen.
    • 55' Great play by Robinho sets Ireland free on the right, he's blocked off by Kristensen so puts it back to ROBINHO BUT TIPPED WIDE BY ZAZA! Super stuff from City.
    • 53' Robinho with a good piece of skill to set Ireland free down the left, he's confronted by Beauchamp, cuts it back to Robinho who lays it off to Zabaleta with a low drive but straight at Zaza.
    • 51' This one will be taken by Elano again although from the right... he sends it hanging towards the near post WHERE ONUOHA ARRIVES WITH THE HEADER but he powers it over!! Great chance for Onuoha.
    • 50' Elano sends the corner far post but tipped away for another corner by Zaza.
    • 49' Great play by Ireland after a super backheel from Robinho, the Irishman surges down the left but Bogelund should get there, Ireland hassles him into giving away a corner though.
    • 46' Second half underway!!
    • - Click on this link for a round-up for the last-16 matches played earlier today: Round-up: Hamburg held by 10-man Turks
    • - Half-time results from the other 19:45 kick-offs in tonight's UEFA Cup programme: Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Braga; Werder Bremen 1-0 Saint-Etienne; Udinese 0-0 Zenit St Petersburg; Marseille 2-1 Ajax
    • 45+1 Half-time, 2-0 to City and great entertainment at Eastlands!
    • 45' Corner to City then, it's half-cleared and drops to Robinho on the left. He's in the box but has Beauchamp in front of him, he does the step-over trick, once, twice, a third time and the Aussie defender just hacks him down and that's a penalty but no, the ref waves play on! How on earth could he not give that? Shocking refereeing, Beauchamp just hacked at him and Robinho flew up in the air and landed on his backside. If that wasn't a pen it was a quite spectacular dive. Bizarre refereeing, one could speculate that he thought Robinho was taking the Michael and thus deserved it.
    • 44' City break, Ireland comes forward, he runs at the Aalborg defence but goes into the left corner, there are men all around him, where's he going? Oh a superb backheel to Robinho who unleashes a shot but it's deflected and wide! What skill and vision by Ireland!
    • 42' Aalborg are not totally out of this, coming forward again but Zabaleta breaks it up and Ireland withn a beautiful piece of control and then he flicks it over the opposition midfielder before threading a super pass through to Caicedo but he can't turn and Aalborg clear.
    • 40' The corner is half cleared and Wright-Phillips drills it near post for ELANO but he pokes it over! Flag was up, Elano was offside.
    • 39' City swarm forward, delightful passing and Onuoha shoots but deflected wide by Johansson! Corner.
    • 38' Good spell of pressure by Aalborg but they can't get the killer ball to create a proper chance...
    • 37' Check out this link for photos from the game tonight: Man City v Aalborg photos!
    • 35' Poor defending by Aalborg forces Zaza out of his area, he plays it to Kristensen, slips and Kristensen plays a hospital ball back to him but Zaza manages to close Wright-Phillips down and win the throw.
    • 32' Bogelund comes forward, he plays it inside and it ricochets off Elano into the path of Augustinussen who's clean through but puts it wide! What a chance!
    • 30' Ireland in the middle, runs forward and slips it wide to Wright-Phillips, he cuts inside and leaves Kristensen for dead, the angle is tight BUT HE RELEASES A BRILLIANT SHOT THE CURLS OUT AND IN AND PAST THE DIVING ZAZA INTO THE TOP RIGHT! WHAT A STRIKE! 2-0 City!!
    • 29' Great play by City, Elano to Caicedo, back to Robinho who slides it wide to Richards, he's surely too acute but still gets there to force the save by Zaza! Corner.
    • 27' Elano to take, he swings a good delivery to the edge of the box, Dunne is flying in but Onuoha heads it unmarked but wide!
    • 26' Free-kick to City on the right after a dubious handball decision against Kristensen...
    • 24' Caca plays a one-two with Beauchamp but falls as the return arrives, claiming a foul but nothing given! City break although the final ball is poor from Elano... back with Robinho, who shoots but deflected and easy for Zaza.
    • 22' Robinho is dilly-dallying outside the City box and Johansson robs him, plays it wide right to Caca who is in and drives on goal but Given saves and it spins over the bar! Lucky escape for City, and Robinho, who really should stay up front lest he give it away like that. Much more use up the other end of the pitch.
    • 21' The crowd have a giggle and Richards's expense when he tries a step-over but almost trips on the ball, he gets it back though and initiates a move down the right but Aalborg clear.
    • 20' City clear the corner and Shelton fouls Zabaleta, free-kick to the hosts.
    • 19' Caca with a superb ball central to Bogelund in the middle and he knocks it wide for JOHANSSON but a great block by Richards! Corner. The Danes are right back in this now.
    • 16' Free-kick to the visitors on the left, which Due will take... good delivery and Johansson rises but heads over under pressure from Dunne!
    • 12' Good play by Aalborg as Caca knocks it back to Johansson who is in space, runs at Dunne and cuts it back for Enevoldsen who can score but he's off-balance as he hits it and the ball skews wide! Great chance Aalborg.
    • 9' City swarm forward again, this is good stuff from the Premier League side and Robinho cuts across to Bridge who has got in on the overlap and he's in but the low centre is intercepted by a diving Zaza!
    • 8' Robinho on the left slides it inside to Caicedo on the edge of the box, he has his back to goal with Jacobsen behind him but he shrugs him off like a small child and slips it past Zaza for 1-0! Great strength from Caicedo, who is a big lump of a man despite his tender years, City lead and they deserve it.
    • 6' City move forward, one-touch play, in from Elano and Wright-Phillips now for CAICEDO WITH THE DRIVE but over from the edge of the box! Great chance.
    • 4' Super interplay between Wright-Phillips and Richards after the wannabe England full-back bulldozed forward but SWP's cut-back to Caicedo is behind him and the flag is up.
    • 2' Good play by City as Ireland works it left to Robinho who plays a glorious through-ball to Wright-Phillips but Zaza flies out to gather a split-second before the England winger.
    • 1' Match underway at Eastlands!!
    • - AALBORG TEAM NEWS: The Danes have brought a mildly-deranged away support and a full-strength side - only former Wimbledon defender Kjetil Waehler is missing from the 3-0 spanking of Deportivo in the last 32, replaced by Patrick Kristensen at left-back.
    • - CITY TEAM NEWS: Robinho starts although Vincent Kompany is rested as a precaution. Craig Bellamy still has another week or two before he is fit, while Nigel de Jong is ineligible. Otherwise, full-strength for the Sky Blues!
    • - Three last-16 matches were played earlier today: CSKA Moscow 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk; Hamburg 1-1 Galatasaray; Dynamo Kiev 1-0 Metalist Kharkiv
    • - Click on the link for photos of tonight's UEFA Cup matches as they drop: Gallery: UEFA Cup last 16
  • Team Stats

    Manchester City Stats AaB
    45% Possession 54%
    13 Shots 10
    6 Shots on target 1
    1 Saves 3
    7 Corners 6
    15 Fouls 15
    4 Offsides 0
    1 Yellow cards 1
    0 Red cards 0
    33 Tackles 14
    295 Accurate passes 374
    44 Bad passes 35
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • Manchester City
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      37 Shay Given 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0
      4 Nedum Onuoha 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 26 1 1
      5 Pablo Zabaleta 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 44 6 10
      25 Wayne Bridge 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 27 12 2
      2 Micah Richards 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 19 0 2
      22 Richard Dunne 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 27 1 3
      8 Shaun Wright-Phillips 1 2 1 1 3 1 0 23 4 1
      7 Stephen Ireland 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 43 6 6
      11 Blumer Elano 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 26 3 6
      20 Felipe Caicedo 1 2 1 5 1 0 0 7 1 2
      10 Robson de Souza 0 4 2 0 4 2 1 39 9 0
      15 Javier Garrido 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      36 Leandro Gláuber 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      12 Darius Vassell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      29 Kelvin Etuhu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
      1 Joe Hart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      24 Ched Evans 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0
      19 Gelson Fernandes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • AaB
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 Karim Zaza 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 15 0 0
      4 Michael Beauchamp 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 37 1 1
      2 Michael Jakobsen 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 34 2 0
      16 Kasper Bögelund 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 34 0 0
      23 Thomas Enevoldsen 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 36 2 1
      7 Anders Due 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 17 6 1
      8 Andreas Johansson 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 55 6 2
      18 Lucas de Deus Santos 0 3 1 1 4 0 0 38 1 4
      27 Patrick Kristensen 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 35 7 3
      9 Thomas Augustinussen 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 39 5 1
      11 Luton Shelton 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 13 2 1
      19 Marcus Tracy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      36 Daniel Christensen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      15 Siyabonga Nomvete 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      31 Lasse Nielsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
      14 Jeppe Curth 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 0
      30 Kenneth Stenild 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      21 Kasper Risgård 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 1 0
  • Summary

    • 88' Aalborg come forward, Caca on the right, inside to Shelton who plays the one-two and surely for Caca but he fires it wide!
    • 74' Long by Bridge to find Elano who takes it down with a wonderful touch, totally flummoxing Jacobsen and he slides an even better reverse pass inside Beauchamp AND WRIGHT-PHILLIPS FOR THREE BUT HE HAMMERS IT WIDE! City want to win this cup, you know.
    • 55' Great play by Robinho sets Ireland free on the right, he's blocked off by Kristensen so puts it back to ROBINHO BUT TIPPED WIDE BY ZAZA! Super stuff from City.
    • 51' This one will be taken by Elano again although from the right... he sends it hanging towards the near post WHERE ONUOHA ARRIVES WITH THE HEADER but he powers it over!! Great chance for Onuoha.
    • - Click on this link for a round-up for the last-16 matches played earlier today: Round-up: Hamburg held by 10-man Turks
    • 45' Corner to City then, it's half-cleared and drops to Robinho on the left. He's in the box but has Beauchamp in front of him, he does the step-over trick, once, twice, a third time and the Aussie defender just hacks him down and that's a penalty but no, the ref waves play on! How on earth could he not give that? Shocking refereeing, Beauchamp just hacked at him and Robinho flew up in the air and landed on his backside. If that wasn't a pen it was a quite spectacular dive. Bizarre refereeing, one could speculate that he thought Robinho was taking the Michael and thus deserved it.
    • 44' City break, Ireland comes forward, he runs at the Aalborg defence but goes into the left corner, there are men all around him, where's he going? Oh a superb backheel to Robinho who unleashes a shot but it's deflected and wide! What skill and vision by Ireland!
    • 39' City swarm forward, delightful passing and Onuoha shoots but deflected wide by Johansson! Corner.
    • 32' Bogelund comes forward, he plays it inside and it ricochets off Elano into the path of Augustinussen who's clean through but puts it wide! What a chance!
    • 30' Ireland in the middle, runs forward and slips it wide to Wright-Phillips, he cuts inside and leaves Kristensen for dead, the angle is tight BUT HE RELEASES A BRILLIANT SHOT THE CURLS OUT AND IN AND PAST THE DIVING ZAZA INTO THE TOP RIGHT! WHAT A STRIKE! 2-0 City!!
    • 29' Great play by City, Elano to Caicedo, back to Robinho who slides it wide to Richards, he's surely too acute but still gets there to force the save by Zaza! Corner.
    • 22' Robinho is dilly-dallying outside the City box and Johansson robs him, plays it wide right to Caca who is in and drives on goal but Given saves and it spins over the bar! Lucky escape for City, and Robinho, who really should stay up front lest he give it away like that. Much more use up the other end of the pitch.
    • 19' Caca with a superb ball central to Bogelund in the middle and he knocks it wide for JOHANSSON but a great block by Richards! Corner. The Danes are right back in this now.
    • 12' Good play by Aalborg as Caca knocks it back to Johansson who is in space, runs at Dunne and cuts it back for Enevoldsen who can score but he's off-balance as he hits it and the ball skews wide! Great chance Aalborg.
    • 9' City swarm forward again, this is good stuff from the Premier League side and Robinho cuts across to Bridge who has got in on the overlap and he's in but the low centre is intercepted by a diving Zaza!
    • 8' Robinho on the left slides it inside to Caicedo on the edge of the box, he has his back to goal with Jacobsen behind him but he shrugs him off like a small child and slips it past Zaza for 1-0! Great strength from Caicedo, who is a big lump of a man despite his tender years, City lead and they deserve it.
    • 6' City move forward, one-touch play, in from Elano and Wright-Phillips now for CAICEDO WITH THE DRIVE but over from the edge of the box! Great chance.

Live Team Line-Up

  • Manchester City

    Captain: Richard Dunne

    Starting line-up

    • S. Given
    • M. Richards
    • N. Onuoha
    • R. Dunne
    • W. Bridge
    • P. Zabaleta
    • S. Ireland
    • S. Wright-Phillips Goal Substitution Out (87′)
    • Elano
    • Robinho
    • F. Caicedo

    Subs

    • D. Vassell
    • J. Garrido
    • J. Hart
    • G. Fernandes
    • Gláuber

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • AaB

    Captain: Thomas Augustinussen

    Starting line-up

    • K. Zaza
    • K. Bøgelund
    • M. Beauchamp
    • M. Jakobsen
    • P. Kristensen
    • Caca
    • T. Enevoldsen Yellow Card Substitution Out (76′)
    • T. Augustinussen
    • A. Johansson
    • A. Due
    • L. Shelton

    Subs

    • S. Nomvethe
    • K. Stenild
    • M. Tracy
    • D. Christensen

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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