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July 30, 2012 2:45 PM BST
 

Malaysia XI 1-3 Manchester City: Aguero, Tevez & Adam Johnson on target in comfortable friendly win

The 24-year-old Argentine opened the scoring before turning provider as Roberto Mancini's men barely got out of first gear in a completely convincing display on Monday

By Alex Young

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Sergio Aguero scored one and set-up two as an utterly dominant Manchester City brushed a Malaysia XI team aside with ease to run out 3-1 winners.

Opening the scoring after 17 minutes with a glorious solo effort take saw him dart past four defenders before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper, the Argentine then turned provider in the second half as Carlos Tevez and Adam Johnson finished the rout before Adamuddin Akil added a consolation three minutes from time.

Roberto Mancini picked a strong starting line-up, with Yaya Toure as captain, to face the Malaysian league select team who narrowly lost to Arsenal last week.

The game could, and perhaps should, have started extremely badly for Costel Pantilimon in the City goal as with less than two minutes on the clock the tall shotstopper ran out of his area and handled a long through-ball. Normally an instant red card offence, the referee gave him the benefit of the doubt given the circumstances and the Romania international duly saved well from the resulting free kick.

And City should have kicked on from there as just three minutes later youngster Denis Suarez found Tevez with a smart disguised pass that Mohd Bunyamin Umar in the Malaysia defence could not control, before the Argentine striker rounded the opposition goalkeeper for his countryman Aguero to nick off his toe and hammer the shot from 12 yards out against the bar with the goal gaping.

The former Atletico Madrid striker did not have to wait long before registering on the scoresheet though, and he did so in some style. Coming in from the left, Aguero darted right and then back onto his left foot with a quick change of pace to skip past three defenders before dinking the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper with the outside of his right boot to break the deadlock on 18 minutes.

Aleksandar Kolarov had a big claim for a penalty turned down just before the half-hour mark when the left-back, storming forward onto a Aguero flicked through-ball, was tripped by Aidil Zafuan making no contact with the ball – only to see the referee wave play on.

The Premier League outfit dominated proceedings, as the make-shift side who impressed against Arsenal last week struggled with the speed and guile of the front two. However, Tevez and Aguero could be criticised for over-complicating matters by taking a touch or two more than needed against their inferior opposition, allowing their opponents the chance to regain their composure and clear any danger.

There were no changes made during the break, and Mancini was immediately vindicated as Tevez doubled City’s advantage within three minutes by running onto an Aguero through-ball and, without hesitation, immediately shot across the goalkeeper into the far corner.

And Aguero was not done there as just five minutes later he supplied a pin-point cross for Johnson to control with his chest inside the area and spin sharply to shoot low across the goalkeeper to make it 3-0 before the hour mark.

Following the frantic opening 15 minutes of the second period, the pace of the game slowed dramatically, with Mancini using the final 30 minutes to give youngsters a chance to impress.

George Evans and Luca Scapuzzi impressed in particular by after linking up well with Suarez and fellow substitute Marcos Lopes between midfield and attack.

Adamuddin Akil added a consolation three minutes from time after impressively holding off Derek Boyata and powering the ball low under Eirik Johansen in the City goal, but that would not have put a damper on an otherwise thoroughly convincing display.



Malaysia XI

25
Farizal Marlias
Goalkeeper
73′
 - 
-
Bunyamin Umar
Defender
60′
 - 
7
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
3
Azmi Muslim
Midfielder
44′
 - 
7
Baddrol Bakhtiar
Midfielder
64′
 - 
8
Safiq Rahim
Midfielder
 - 
16
 - 
8
Safee Sali
Striker
67′
 - 
9
 - 

Manchester City

 - 
30
 - 
5
 - 
15
 - 
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
77′
 - 
13
 - 
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
58′
 - 
44
Denis Suárez
Midfielder
 - 
62
Abdul Razak
Midfielder
64′
 - 
11
Adam Johnson
Midfielder
52′
 - 
10
 - 
16

Substitutes

1
 - 
19
 - 
18
 - 
16
Shakir Shaari
Midfielder
67′
 - 
12
Amar Rohidan
Midfielder
 - 
12
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
64
Eirik Johansen
Goalkeeper
76′
 - 
38
D. Boyata
Defender
77′
 - 
-
George Evans
Midfielder
64′
 - 
30
 - 
49
 - 
-
Marcos Lopes
Midfielder
70′

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