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  • January 3, 2012
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 47131
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  • That's it! The 3-0 scoreline could be a bit harsh on Liverpool, which was good for stretches tonight, but the home team defended well and took advantage of its chances.
  • 90' + 1'
    Stadium announces Kompany as the man of the match. Hard to argue with that
  • 90'
    Bellamy's shot from the top of the box is only parried by Hart, but he gets out to deny Maxi on the rebound.
  • 85'
    Yaya Toure doesn't get tired, does he? He flies up the pitch with the ball on a 60-70 yard run. Impressive stuff
  • 82'
    Gerrard with a great strike that flies just flies wide of the far post.
  • 80'
    Adam Johnson strikes the far post with a fierce side-footed effort from distance. Great strike
  • 76'
    Substitution David Silva Joleon Lescott
  • 76'
    Substitution Jay Spearing Maxi Rodríguez
  • 76'
    Dzeko sprung Yaya into the box and Skrtel came over, but the contact was very minimal. Harsh on Liverpool, I'd say
  • 75'
    Assist Yaya Touré
  • 75'
    Penalty Goal James Milner
  • 75'
    Milner buries the PK in the upper right corner! 3-0 to City and that will be that.
  • 74'
    Penalty for City! Skrtel takes down Yaya Toure in the box
  • 73'
    Yellow/Red Gareth Barry
  • 72'
    Substitution Sergio Agüero Adam Johnson
  • 72'
    Well then, Barry steps in from of Agger on a run with the ball and earns a yellow, his second of the night. City will have to hold on to this two-goal advantage with 10 men now
  • 68'
    Milner seems to be ok again, as his cross from the left flank goes out for a goal kick
  • 67'
    Johnson and Milner had a coming together and Milner is down, looking to be in some discomfort
  • 65'
    Bellamy cuts in from the left and lets fly, but the shot skims wide of the near post
  • 64'
    The away side controlling the last few minutes, but City's defense still holding up. Two goals seems like a big ask with less than a half hour to play
  • 62'
    Bellamy already with some good work down the left flank, getting a couple crosses in
  • 59'
    Now Dzeko and Skrtel are having a bit of a disagreement as they square up to each other, but the argument fizzles out. Skrtel thought Dzeko was wasting a bit too much time I think
  • 57'
    Substitution Dirk Kuyt Craig Bellamy
  • 57'
    Substitution Charlie Adam Steven Gerrard
  • 57'
    Here comes Gerrard as expected. Bellamy on as well. Adam and Kuyt off. Over 30 minutes for them to make their mark.
  • 56'
    Yellow Card Glen Johnson
  • 50'
    More great defense from Kompany as he rises to head away from Carroll from a long cross
  • 48'
    Rain is really starting to come down at the Etihad Stadium
  • 46'
    The second half is underway!
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Gareth Barry
  • 45'
    Halftime. A really frenetic first half, but City has a solid advantage thanks to Aguero and Yaya Toure.
  • 43'
    Great block Kompany! Carroll wins a header in the box and Kuyt's close-range volley was surely going in were in not for the Belgian center half.
  • 39'
    Liverpool looking to strike back, but still hasn't had a better chance than the early Downing breakaway. I'd expect to see Gerrard on pretty early in the second half.
  • 34'
    Two corners defended very poorly by Liverpool and Reina couldn't save them twice in a row
  • 33'
    Assist David Silva
  • 33'
    Goal Yaya Touré
  • 33'
    But then off the ensuing corner, City scores! Yaya Toure rises up over Glen Johnson at the near post and it's 2-0!
  • 32'
    Fantastic save Reina! Kompany wins a header off a corner at the near post and it was a great reaction save
  • 31'
    City with a penalty shout as Skrtel cuts Aguero off in the box and the ball pops up into his outstretched arm. Borderline call, that, but we play on.
  • 30'
    Henderson into the wall. Tame effort
  • 29'
    Good knock-down header by Carroll leads Kolo Toure to foul the onrushing Adam. Dangerous free kick coming
  • 28'
    Good spell of possession from Liverpool over the last few minutes, but the home side has defended well enough
  • 24'
    Adam has a free-kick effort saved well by Hart, who's been excellent in the first half so far
  • 22'
    So close for City! Dzeko lets fly with a long effort, but it deflects off Johnson and trickles just wide of the far post. Reina was stranded
  • 19'
    Really breakneck pace to this one in the first 20 minutes, and you'd have to say that would favor City
  • 17'
    Kuyt crosses to Carroll, but his header goes over the bar. It was a difficult chance as the ball was a bit behind him.
  • 15'
    City looking hungry for a second. They win another corner, but it comes to nothing
  • 11'
    Aguero teed off from about 20 yards out and it somehow slipped under the diving Reina. That's a save he makes 99 out of 100 times.
  • 10'
    Assist David Silva
  • 10'
    Goal Sergio Agüero
  • 10'
    GOAL CITY! Aguero scores from distance off a Liverpool giveaway and Reina won't be happy about that!
  • 9'
    Then at the other end, Silva crosses to Dzeko who forces a save by Reina at the near post. Blinding start to this one
  • 8'
    What a chance! Downing clear through on Hart after a fantastic through ball by Henderson, but the England keeper saves!
  • 7'
    Great link up play between Richards and Aguero sets up Dzeko, but his touch lets him down. He's been in a bit of a slump of late
  • 4'
    Kuyt and Johnson try to link up, but it's out of bounds. Thought we'd see Gerrard starting today after his great substitute appearance against Newcastle Friday, but he's on the bench
  • 3'
    Liverpool is set up in a defensive formation, with Carroll isolated up top. The Reds will be tough for City to break down
  • 1'
    We are underway!
  • Luis Suarez will start his eight-match ban today, and is unavailable. The teams are coming out of the tunnel and we're almost ready to go
  • Hello all, Seth Vertelney with you for today's big clash as Liverpool visits Manchester City