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August 25, 2013 4:00 PM BST
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 27068‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cardiff 3-2 Manchester City

Fraizer Campbell turned the game on its head after Edin Dzeko's brilliant opener, having a hand in the equaliser before meeting two successive corners to grab a deserved double

By Jay Jaffa

  • David Marshall
    25
    4
    3.50

    David Marshall

    Rarely troubled in the first half and could do nothing about Dzeko's opener or Negredo's well-placed header. Otherwise showed good hands and was commanding in his box.

  • Matthew Connolly
    15
    5
    3.00

    Matthew Connolly

    Another part of a solid back four. Timed his tackles well and didn't venture too far forward so as to leave his defensive partners exposed.

  • Andrew Taylor
    17
    6
    3.00

    Andrew Taylor

    Had a tough ask up against Navas but stuck to his job admirably - giving the Spaniard much less joy than he had against Newcastle.

  • Steven Caulker
    37
    7
    3.50

    Steven Caulker

    Malky Mackay described him as a bargain and he could well be right on this form. Had Dzeko in his pocket for the first 45 and distributed accurately.

  • Ben Turner
    17
    4
    3.00

    Ben Turner

    Worked well with Caulker and made a couple of telling blocks. Won much of what was tossed into the box too and held a good line throughout. Could have done better for Negredo's goal.

  • Gary Medel
    50
    4
    4.00

    Gary Medel

    A monstrous defensive performance from the Chilean as he hared about in front of his defence disrupting anything City tried to do through the middle. Set the foundations for a fine defensive display.

  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    91
    3
    3.50

    Bo-Kyung Kim

    Looked to support Campbell when he could and showed some nice touches around the City box. His finest moment arrived in the second half as he twisted and turned his way past Clichy to cross accurately for the first goal.

  • Aron Einar Gunnarsson
    28
    3
    3.00

    Aron Einar Gunnarsson

    Got stuck into the game from the off and although he isn't the finest technician, did enough to keep Cardiff compact and competitive. Arrived right on cue to slam home the rebound to bring Cardiff level.

  • Peter Whittingham
    20
    6
    3.50

    Peter Whittingham

    Had Cardiff's first chance, whipping a free kick just past the near post and tried to keep Zabaleta at bay from the left wing. Delivered a wonderful corner for Cardiff's second goal - has a fine left foot.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    91
    7
    4.50

    Fraizer Campbell Top of the Match

    Was a constant thorn in the side of Lescott and Garcia, nipping in behind on a number of occasions but was denied by Hart. Still, stuck to his game, despite a number of knocks and bruises, and arrived at the back post twice in the late stages to head and shoulder the ball past Hart. A really impressive performance.

  • Craig Bellamy
    39
    5
    3.00

    Craig Bellamy

    As direct as ever and offered a reliable outlet from the right flank. Kept the ball really well and did a diligent job for his team.

Substitutions

  • Jordon Mutch
    8
    3

    Jordon Mutch

    Had little time to make an impact.

  • Don Cowie
    10
    4
    2.50

    Don Cowie

    Late sub for Bellamy and swung over the corner for Campbell's second goal.

  • Andreas Cornelius
    14
    2

    Andreas Cornelius

    Came on late.

  • Joe Hart
    15
    79
    2.00

    Joe Hart Flop of the Match

    Had such a good game up until Cardiff's second. Denied Campbell twice with fantastic point-blank saves but let himself down flapping at a deep corner that Campbell converted.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    11
    58
    2.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Couldn't get forward as much as he usually does and was caught ball-watching for the equaliser as Campbell ghosted past him, before losing the striker again for the third. Bad day at the office.

  • Joleon Lescott
    10
    46
    2.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Looks fine when the ball is in front of him but is losing his pace and only just recovered to prevent Campbell getting a clean shot off in the first 45. Was a toe away from preventing the Cardiff goal but couldn't get there.

  • Gael Clichy
    15
    36
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Wasn't overly troubled by Bellamy and moved forward down his flank regularly. Given a horrid time by Kim in the build-up to the equaliser, as he was twisted inside out.

  • Javi García
    6
    48
    2.50

    Javi García

    Not a centre-back and it showed as he was too easily caught out of position for Campbell's main chance before struggling for the equaliser. Needed to take command in the air from set pieces but went missing.

  • Jesús Navas González
    22
    32
    3.00

    Jesús Navas González

    Struggled initially up against Taylor before finding a bit more joy as the game went on. His crossing wasn't as accurate as it has been, while his link-up play with Zabaleta was less incisive and he was subbed on the 55th minute.

  • David Silva
    44
    21
    3.50

    David Silva

    Started off the left but had licence to roam and he was often the source of City's best moments. Delivered a brilliant cross to Dzeko that was just cut out by Caulker but linked well with Aguero. Provided a fine cross for Negredo's goal.

  • Fernandinho
    18
    45
    3.00

    Fernandinho

    Dovetails nicely with Toure but had a much tougher game with Medel and Gunnarsson buzzing around him. Kept it simple for the most part but didn't keep possession as well as might be expected. Subbed for Milner.

  • Yaya Touré
    19
    34
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Bit of a mixed bag from the giant Ivorian. He moved from one great ball over the defence to a succession of misplaced passes. Still, his physicality often helped get his team out of sticky situations and he won his fair share of tackles.

  • Edin Dzeko
    71
    19
    3.50

    Edin Dzeko

    Didn't have things go his way in the first period and was often well marshaled by Caulker and Turner but took his chance brilliantly right after half time, rifling a 25-yarder into the top corner. Replaced by Negredo with 23 minutes to play.

  • Sergio Agüero
    31
    41
    3.50

    Sergio Agüero

    Showed some delightful touches all game and really looks back to the sort of form that saw City win the title in 2011-12. His link-up play with Silva is wonderful to watch and his flick to Dzeko for the opener sublime, but he seemed a little reluctant to shoot when in the box.

Substitutions

  • James Milner
    17
    22
    3.00

    James Milner

    Came on for Fernandinho with 11 minutes to play and held his shape well. Couldn't help his team get back into the game.

  • Samir Nasri
    14
    40
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    Introduced for Navas on the 55th minute and had a notable chance with 15 minutes to go but saw his low drive blocked. For the length of time he was on, didn't have a great impact on proceedings.

  • Negredo
    38
    22
    3.00

    Negredo

    Came on in the 67th minute for Dzeko and grabbed himself a goal with a marvellous header into the top corner. Service was in short supply though.

Results
 
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
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30 0
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20 0
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18 6
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16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
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15 2