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7 November 2010
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 23013
West Bromwich Albion
M. Balotelli 20', 26'
Full time Roberto Mancini's city back on track after 3 sucessive defeats in all competitions. Balotelli double seals the points, West Brom did have their chances hitting the woodwork twice but its the blues that win the match. What a way to go into the big Manchester derby
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Pablo Ibáñez
90' + 2'
Man City going forward Yaya Toure surging forward and Ibanez cynically bodychecks him to the ground
90' + 1'
City are just happy to play out time here, the fans are chanting Mancini and he warmly accepts there singing
Four minutes to be added on for stoppage time, it looks like West Brom are not going to get anything from this match.
Yellow Card Chris Brunt
On comes Kolarov for Man City for his second league appearance a player Mancini paid £16 million for
You can hear the City fans singing away in the corner they are happy with their teams performance today!
Tamas whips in a dangerous ball but Hart confidently comes up to meet the it
Yellow/Red Y. Mulumbu
In the last ten minutes to go Mulumbu has just been sent off for a second booking! Rash challenge from behind
West Brom creating a few chances Brunt whips in the cross but it is just over Scharner's head after a needless foul from Zabaleta
Johnson drives down the right win for City a little early for time wasting perhaps
End to end action here great game. Chances at both ends Barry comes closest for City his shot is blocked.
Tevez shot blocked. West Brom go on the counter and win a free kick
West Brom have a man advantage and need to capitalise
Nicky Shorey curls a lovely free kick which Hart tips over the bar Scharner arrives late with a free header but it goes over
Yellow Card Pablo Zabaleta
The red card to Balotelli might give Baggies some encourgament! They force a corner through Odemwingie. Ohh! They hit the woodwork from the resulting corner Silva on the line deflects it onto the bar
Yellow Card Y. Mulumbu
Yellow/Red Mario Balotelli
RED CARD Balotelli sent off well hes a bit Jekyll and Hyde this boy, one minute hes sublime the next hes getting himself sent off for kicking a player - ludicrous
West Brom have little under half an hour to mount a comeback although it does not look likely just now
Yellow Card Mario Balotelli
Balotelli booked , but he nearly created another chance for City mesmirising skills as he did a couple of step overs before drilling a low ball into the box but the Baggies got it clear.
Balotelli caught offside after another super pass by Silva, if he had timed his run better that could have been a great opportunity to score
Barry plays a lovely ball over the top looking for Tevez but he is ushered out expertly by Ibanez
West Brom starting to get into the game. Cox thunders a drive which hits the post from twenty yards. Mulumbu goes down in the box but the referree is not interested
It is all bit too easy for Man City just now Tevez, Silva and Balotelli are the difference Silva slides in Boateng but a poor first touch enables Carson to gather
The second half is underway can the Baggies salvage anything from this match? Stay with the live commentary to find out!
Man City are two nil up and cruising Balotelli is backing up the cockiness and arrogance today with goals Certainly would not put it past him to get a hat-trick in this match. West Brom need to improve their performance if they are to get anything from this match. But they have came from behind before and there is no reason as to why they cant repeat this feat again.
Chris Brunt has easily been West Brom's best player but is struggling really to find any space in this match. Man City are not even having to play at their best but Ballotelli who has received much criticism is certainly having an impact in this game with a scoring a brace.
Yellow Card Gareth Barry
Free kick is given for a foul by Gareth Barry on Baggies Paul Scharner.It is taken by Youssouf Mulumbu and Barry goes into the referree's book for unsporting like behaviour
Simon Cox concedes a free kick for a needless foul on Gareth Barry. Free kick is swung in by Gareth Barry but the chance comes to nothing
An Unfair challenge on Nicky Shorey by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Chris Brunt sends in a dangerous cross, IIbanez takes a shot but it is Comfortably save by Joe Hart.
A Tevez free kick is only a whisker over the bar much to the relieved Carson in goal
Half an hour played here at the Hawthorns and it is all Man City Silva has been inspirational for his side setting up Balotelli for the goals
Assist David Silva
Goal Mario Balotelli
GOAL Balotelli scores again cooly dispatching it past Carson. Silva with the assist with a lovely ball over the top.
Silva hits a shot but this Carson is more than equal to the save. West Brom under a bit of pressure at the miunte
Assist Carlos Tévez
Goal Mario Balotelli
Balotelli opens the scoring here great finish in the bottom corner
Toure looks to make the breakthrough, and fires a cross into the West Brom box, but Tamas is on hand to clear.
A poor attempt at a flick by Balotelli falls to Tevez the Argentine forces a corner with a deflected shot. Citys first corner of the game
Tevez shot blocked. Zabaleta sends a rasping drive wide of Carson's goal.
West Brom seem quite happy to let Man City have possession without really doing anything with the ball. The home fans are not happy though as they seem to sit off
Good play by Man City Silva already looking like a potent threat. Tevez has his first shot but he is a foot wide with the shot- promising start by Mancini's side
Yellow Card Nigel De Jong
Yellow card for Nigel De Jong not that he is a stranger to them he is on thin ice for the rest of the match
Great start to the match by West Brom early pressure wins a corner for the Baggies exactly the start Di Matteo was looking for.
The Baggies get the match underway in their traditional black and white stripes. Man City in their light blue kit you can feel the excitement around the ground!
We are ready to kick off at the Hawthorns, a minute silence will be held before the match for Rememberance Sunday.
Peter Odemwingie is back but only makes the bench for Di Matteo's side. Marek Cech comes in for the suspended Jara.
West Brom have Pablo Ibanez available after his red card was rescinded however Gonzalo Jara is missing for the Baggies.
Big team news is Roberto Mancini has Tevez available who has been so prolific for City this season scoring seven goals. He will partner Balotelli who has yet to really make an impact but will be hoping to do so here, Adebayor drops to the bench.
West Brom v Man City line-ups West Brom: Carson, Shorey, Tamas, Pablo, Cech, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Cox, Thomas, Fortune. Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Barnes, Miller, Reid, Dorrans, Odemwingie. Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Boateng, De Jong, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva, Tevez, Balotelli. Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Kolarov, Vieira. Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Hello Folks! A warm welcome to live commentary for goal.com for this eagerly anticipated match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City. The Baggies are on fantastic form and have already shown that they can compete with the best and this will be another big game for Roberto Di Matteo's side. Manchester City are in a slight rut at the moment losing their last two games in the Premier League to Arsenal and Wolves and a defeat to Lech Poznan in Europe! A defeat here would be a big blow for their title aspirations. West Brom have already beaten Man City this season a win here would see them leapfrog their opponents and who would have thought that at the start of the season!
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