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May 15, 2013 12:30 AM IST
Madejski Stadium — Reading, Berkshire
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 22859‎
 
 
 
Edin Dzeko 88′
Top of the Match
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy
Reading
Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City
Flop of the Match
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Pavel Pogrebnyak
Reading
Carlos Tévez
Carlos Tévez
Manchester City

Reading 0-2 Manchester City: Aguero & Dzeko get life without Mancini off to winning start

The visitors, with Brian Kidd in charge after the sacking of their manager the night before, see of Nigel Adkins's already-relegated side, doubling their lead late on

By Scott Binnie

EPL - Manchester City v Reading, Sergio Aguero
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Sergio Aguero's first-half strike and Edin Dzeko's late goal were enough to give Manchester City a 2-0 win over Reading and guarantee second place in the Premier League.

The Argentine scored his 17th of the season just before half-time following one of several breathtaking passing moves, with the Bosnian firing home after a great David Silva pass, while the hosts could have been demolished if not for Alex McCarthy's superb display in goal.

Nigel Adkins retained the starting XI from Reading's 4-2 win over Fulham while City caretaker boss Brian Kidd made four changes from the side beaten by Wigan in the FA Cup final, with Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure and James Milner replacing Pablo Zabaleta, Matija Nastasic, Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri.

Milner carved out a terrific chance after just three minutes, skipping past the midfield to lay a crisp pass to  Aguero on the right-hand side of the box, the Argentine drawing a fine double save from McCarthy.

McCarthy was called into action again and again, saving from Silva before the onslaught continued and Carlos Tevez set up Milner inside the box, the England international's shot palmed away before Aguero's strike on the rebound was blocked.

The hosts eventually broke into the City half and Hal Robson-Kanu had Joe Hart at full stretch with a great shot from long range.

The Royals were forcing themselves into the contest after a poor start and Garath McCleary drew Hart into another big save, the goalkeeper diving to his left to palm away a right-footed curler.

Tevez should have put City in front after half an hour but the Argentine mishit his shot from Yaya Toure's dinked ball over the top.

Reading posed a large threat on the break and Robson-Kanu again tested Hart, this time with a placed effort from the edge of the box after Jobi McAnuff's lay-off as the action swept from end to end.

Aguero finally put City into a deserved lead after 40 minutes, poking home from 10 yards after a tremendous passage of one-touch passing from a short corner by Milner and Silva. It was almost two for the striker a minute later but, once again, McCarthy pulled off a great save to deny him.

Reading should have been level after five minutes of the second half, Pavel Pogrebnyak heading right at Hart from close range from a tasty right-wing cross. City broke immediately and Tevez glided into the box, perhaps taking a touch too many before his eventual shot was sent over for a corner.

The away side were playing some truly sublime stuff in attack and another slick move saw the ball fall to Yaya Toure, the Ivorian forcing McCarthy into yet another great save.

City were inviting pressure and Reading almost made them pay for their missed chances, Adrian Mariappa with a good header from a cross that Hart picked out.

At the other end, McCarthy's heroism continued, tipping Yaya Toure's rising strike over the bar before Richards's bicycle kick bounced wide of the post.

Mariappa was a bother in the air all evening and he very nearly got an equaliser for his side, heading Danny Guthrie's delivery to the top corner only for Tevez to clear it off the line.

McCarthy had to make further saves from Gael Clichy and Yaya Toure in the final minutes, capping off a phenomenal display, but the goalkeeper was eventually beaten for a second time, substitute Dzeko firing home from Silva's pass.


Reading

21
Alex McCarthy
Goalkeeper
4.00
2
Chris Gunter
Defender
2.00
3
Adrian Mariappa
Defender
3.00
15
Sean Morrison
Defender
2.50
2
Stephen Kelly
Defender
2.50
20
Jem Karacan
Midfielder
2.50
11
Jobi McAnuff
Midfielder
69′
2.50
12
Garath McCleary
Midfielder
3.00
19
3.00
35
Danny Guthrie
Midfielder
2.00
29
2.00

Manchester City

3.00
1
Joe Hart
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.00
6
2.50
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
 - 
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
15′
4.00
7
James Milner
Midfielder
40′
3.00
18
Gareth Barry
Midfielder
37′ 58′
3.00
21
David Silva
Midfielder
88′
3.00
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
3.50
16
3.50
10

Substitutes

12
Stuart Taylor
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
Alex Pearce
Defender
 - 
23
Ian Harte
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
39
Hope Akpan
Midfielder
 - 
9
2.50
22
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
30
2.50
13
Maicon
Defender
15′
 - 
13
 - 
8
Samir Nasri
Midfielder
3.00
14
Javi García
Midfielder
58′
 - 
17
Jack Rodwell
Midfielder
3.00
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
63′ 88′

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2