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July 18, 2013 11:30 PM IST
 
 
Next up for City is a trip to Hong Kong, and they will be looking for their first victory in their pre-season campaign.
 
 
City are beaten by a late penalty. Fitness was the main thing for the Premier League club, but for the South African side, on their former president's birthday, victory was everything.
 
 
Full-time: AmaZulu 2-1 Manchester City.
 
90′ +1
Amazulu are finishing the game the stronger of the two, and are looking for a third.
 
88′
Penalty Goal Carlington Nyadombo
GOAL!!! Carlinton Nyadombo converts the spot kick and the South Africans go crazy on Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday.
 
87′
PENALTY to Amazulu.
 
85′
Sinclair gets a shot away from a short corner, but the ball drifts wide.
 
83′
AmaZulu's only tactic now is to boot the ball over the top of defence, but time and again they have been caught offside.
 
79′
Best move of the match. City spray the ball around with ease, Nimely and Sinclair link up together brilliantly, but the latter drags his shot wide.
 
76′
Scott Sinclair remains City's only starter on the pitch.
 
75′
Substitution Aleksandar Kolarov Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely
 
75′
Substitution James Milner Abdul Razak
 
74′
More substitutes are preparing to come on, as City look to completely overhaul their starting XI.
 
70′
Pantilimon makes his first claim of the game since coming on seven minutes ago.
 
69′
Substitution Fernandinho Gareth Barry
 
69′
Substitution Matija Nastasic Joleon Lescott
 
69′
Substitution Samir Nasri Denis Suárez
 
69′
Plenty of changes coming up for City. The stop-start play in the second half has completely ruined any flow the game may have had.
 
65′
Nothing really has happened in the last few minutes. Both sides losing their battles in midfield. Substitute City goalkeeper Pantilimon has not had a touch yet.
 
64′
Substitution Njabulo Manqana Nkosinathi Mthiyane
 
64′
Substitution Lunga Zondi Sthembiso Ngcobo
 
63′
Substitution Joe Hart Costel Pantilimon
 
62′
Kolarov tries to feed the ball into the box, but overhits his pass and Mathibe gathers with ease.
 
60′
CHANCE! Edin Dzeko comes close to putting City in the lead. Kolarov has time to pick out the striker who sidefoots the ball towards the top corner. Substitute goalkeeper Mathibe does well to palm the ball away from goal.
 
58′
Both sets of defenders are doing a great job of stifling what little chances there are, as both sides revert back to long balls over the top.
 
55′
Both sides can not keep a hold of the ball long enough to start a move.
 
52′
CHANCE! Great hold-up play by Dzeko in the box brings in Jack Rodwell. The midfielder runs onto his pass and tries to steer the ball past Mathibe in goal, but he saves well.
 
51′
Nasri goes down under a challenge, and looks hurt. The midfielder rolls around in agony, but is back on his feet.
 
49′
Changes for both sides, and it shows, as the pair take their time to get going in the second half.
 
46′
Substitution Sfiso Sandile Hlanti Mark Van Heerden
 
46′
Substitution Goodman Sthembiso Dlamini Mohammed-Awal Issah
 
46′
Substitution Tapuwa Kapini Aubrey Mathibe
 
46′
Substitution Vincent Kompany Javi García
 
46′
Substitution Micah Richards Pablo Zabaleta
 
46′
Substitution Yaya Touré Jack Rodwell
 
46′
We're underway in the second half.
 
 
Expect changes in the second half as both sides give run-outs to players to boost their fitness for the start of the season.
 
 
City gift-wrapped the South African's goal after 19 minutes after Kolarov's awful back pass found its way to Ndulula, who nipped past Hart and rolled the ball into an empty net. The Blues equalised six minutes later through Milner's close range finish.
 
 
Half-time: AmaZulu 1-1 Manchester City
 
43′
Substitution Bonginkosi Macala Carlington Nyadombo
 
43′
AmaZulu make a double substitution, with Dlamini and Nyadombo replacing Ndulula and Macala.
 
42′
Substitution Bongani Ndulula Ntuthuko Dlamini
 
40′
The Blues are just about shaded the last few minutes, but both teams look like they are playing the rest of the half out.
 
37′
The game has gone a bit flat following that corner. Both teams are resorting to long balls.
 
34′
AmaZulu earn their first corner of the game, but it comes to nothing and City get the ball clear.
 
32′
City, who are without manager Manuel Pellegrini who has returned to Chile due to personal reasons, are playing with more freedom and fluidity since the equaliser.
 
29′
Nasri is found in space in the box and the French international takes a touch before trying to place the ball past Kapini, but that touch allowed the goalkeeper to come out and produce a fine stop.
 
27′
Fernandinho tries one from distance which just clears the bar. Kapini was that confident it was going over he started remonstrating with his defenders before the ball had gone over the bar!
 
25′
Goal James Milner
GOAL!!! James Milner levels proceedings with a close range finish. Scott Sinclair crossed the ball from the left-hand side. Toure jumped highest and headed goalward, but the ball skimmed off his head and fell at Milner's feet who powered home the leveller.
 
22′
The atmosphere has gone tenfold since that goal. It was already on volume 11, but that goal has but the decibels through the roof.
 
19′
Goal Bongani Ndulula
[object Object] GOAL!!! Famous last words. Bongani Ndulula meets Kolarov's awful back pass, nips the ball past Hart and rolls the ball into an empty net.
 
18′
Amazulu are starting to get beyond the City defence, but are not doing too much with it.
 
17′
A good spell of possession for the South African side ended up with a City throw in. The ball made its way back into the City half, and Joe Hart finally gets his first touch of the ball.
 
13′
James Milner tries to feed in Dzeko, but Kapini rushes out at the striker's feet and claims the ball.
 
12′
Aleksandar Kolarov fancies his chances from range, but the ball does not clear the first man.
 
9′
Fernandinho has given away a free kick and the ball in the space of 30 seconds. Nervy start from the Brazilian.
 
6′
Yaya Toure takes a quick free kick which catches the AmaZulu defence out. Dzeko runs clear but is then fouled himself. Samir Nasri steps up to take the set piece from 25 yards out, but the ball is tipped around the post.
 
5′
Edin Dzeko tries to close the goalkeeper down on the edge of the box, but he boots the ball to safety before the Bosnian can get there.
 
2′
City are slowly working their way from the back, as they look to get a stranglehold on the game early on.
 
1′
We're underway in Durban.
 
 
Manchester City team news: Hart, Richards, Nastasic, Kompany, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Milner, Sinclair, Fernandinho, Dzeko
 
 
Good evening and welcome to AmaZulu v Manchester City. The Blues' players have 'Mandela 95' on the back of their shirts.
 
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