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Dynamo Dresden 0-0 Manchester City: Mancini's men labour to goalless stalemate

The Premier League champions are still without a goal in pre-season after a fairly tame performance in their outing against the German second-tier side in Innsbruck

By Husmukh Kerai

Preseason Friendly, Florian Jungwirth; Carlo Tevez
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Manchester City laboured to a goalless draw against German second-tier side Dynamo Dresden in Innsbruck.

Vladimir Weiss had the only clear sight of goal in an uneventful 90 minutes, with the only incident of note being Vincent Kompany limping off in the second half.

Roberto Mancini opted for a strong starting line-up, including the likes of Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, who all featured in City’s 1-0 defeat to Al Hilal in their opening pre-season fixture, with starts also handed to trialists Nir Biton and Marcos Lopes.

The Premier League champions showed more energy in the opening minutes than they did against the Saudi Arabian side but failed to carve open the opposition.

That continued for 15 minutes, after which Toure slid through a fine pass for Tevez, who held the ball up and then laid it off for the arriving Lopes, but the Portuguese youngster’s shot was well blocked by Sebastian Schuppan.

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Tevez was immediately involved again - this time the Argentine’s shot sending Kirsten sprawling across his goal, though it sailed wide of the target.

Dresden’s best moment of the half came when Solga found Trojan from a route-one free kick but the forward was foiled by expertly by City captain Kompany.

The Germans nearly took a surprise lead, however, through a mistake by Costel Pantilimon. The 25-year-old backup to Joe Hart saved Trojan’s free kick comfortably but then proceeded to spill a tame effort from distance moments later and was then forced into a point-blank save from Solga.

City continued to dominate possession for the remainder of the first half but a glancing header wide by Solga from Schuppan’s cross is the best either side managed.

Mancini introduced trialist Mario Jelavic for the start of the second half, followed shortly by Weiss, hoping that the youngsters' energy could provide the incision that his side were lacking.

However, the second period continued just how the first had ended, with neither side increasing the tempo in their passing.

Weiss almost broke the deadlock just before the hour, the Slovakian bringing down a long ball with an excellent first touch and trying an audacious lob on the half volley, but Fromlowitz managed to claw the ball away at full stretch.

Moments later Kompany fell to the ground clutching his hamstring and was immediately substituted off as a precaution. Karim Rekik replaced the skipper among a number of changes made by both managers with just under 20 minutes left.

Both teams looked weary in the closing stages and the chance of a goal looked increasingly unlikely with Weiss the only player really threatening to penetrate the Dresden defence.



Dynamo Dresden

13
Benjamin Kirsten
Goalkeeper
45′
2.50
4
2.50
15
Vujadin Savic
Defender
45′
2.50
5
Romain Bregerie
Defender
2.50
27
3.00
-
Cüneyt Köz
Midfielder
45′
2.00
30
David Solga
Midfielder
45′
2.50
19
2.50
8
Filip Trojan
Midfielder
3.00
11
2.00
9
Mickael Poté
Striker
3.00

Manchester City

2.00
30
2.00
15
2.50
4
2.50
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
87′
2.00
13
2.50
5
Pablo Zabaleta
Midfielder
75′
2.00
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
70′
2.50
-
Nir Biton
Midfielder
87′
2.00
16
Sergio Agüero
Midfielder
45′
3.00
10
2.00
2
Pará
Striker
63′

Substitutes

-
2.50
40
Cristian Fiél
Midfielder
45′
2.50
13
2.50
25
2.00
-
2.50
35
2.50
15
2.50
37
2.50

Substitutes

2.50
64
Eirik Johansen
Goalkeeper
75′
 - 
38
D. Boyata
Defender
87′
 - 
44
Karim Rekik
Defender
68′
2.50
61
Jeremy Helan
Midfielder
75′
2.50
14
2.50
62
Abdul Razak
Midfielder
70′
2.50
40
Vladimir Weiss
Midfielder
63′
2.50
49
2.00
-
 - 
-
George Evans
Midfielder
87′
 - 
30
 - 
47
Harry Bunn
Striker
87′

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