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October 20, 2012 3:00 PM BST
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 24891‎
 
67′ Shane Long
Edin Dzeko 80′
 
Edin Dzeko 90′
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Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City FC
Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City FC
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Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany
Manchester City FC
Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini

West Brom 1-2 Manchester City: Super-sub Dzeko saves champions with dramatic double

Roberto Mancini's team rescued victory from the jaws of defeat after Shane Long had given the home side a 67th minute lead and James Milner had been sent off in the first half

EPL - West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, Edin Dzeko
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By Wayne Veysey at the Hawthorns

On paper, this trip to fortress Hawthorns always looked a major test of Manchester City's title credentials.

So it proved, as Edin Dzeko came off the bench and rescued victory from the jaws of defeat for Roberto Mancini's 10-man team in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Shane Long's poacher's goal had given West Brom a 67th minute lead and looked like propelling the home side to their fifth consecutive home Premier League win of the season following James Milner's early sending-off.

But Dzeko had other ideas. A minute after coming on the pitch, he headed an 80th minute equaliser from Carlos Tevez's free-kick following an error from Ben Foster.

EDIN TO THE RESCUE

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Given 12 minutes to make an impact, he needed just two, directing Nasri's curling delivery over the floundering Foster. Then, in the dying moments, he calmly stroked home the winner. Maybe he should start next time?
Then, in added time he sent City's travelling fans wild with his second goal and fifth league strike of the season, calmly slotting home with his right foot.

Either side of Dzeko's last-minute winner, another substitute, Romelu Lukaku, had come close to scoring, but he was denied - first by Joe Hart and then by an Aleksandar Kolarov goal-line clearance.

Before kick-off this clash had 'upset' written all over it. West Brom have adapted smoothly following the change-over from Roy Hodgson to Steve Clarke, accumulating 14 points from their first seven matches.

Moreover, the Hawthorns has been quite a fortress for Clarke's team. Their opening four home league matches have yielded four victories - against Liverpool, Everton, Reading and QPR – and nine goals.

Mancini selected a team with a strong English core. Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and Milner all started despite the 20-hour delay to England's match against Poland in midweek and they were complemented by Gareth Barry and Micah Richards.

Sadly for City, Milner only lasted 23 minutes. A mistake by Vincent Kompany allowed Long a clear run on Hart's goal, which meant that the midfielder had to time his tackle perfectly. He did not.

Long was hacked to the ground and replays showed that Mark Clattenburg was correct to show Milner a straight red card for a professional foul.

Briefly, City lost their composure as feisty challenges rained in from the home side, backed by their vocal home support.

Mancini needed his 10 men to stand firm but Balotelli was having one of those days when he felt the whole world was against him. After being booked in the 19th minute for lashing out following a challenge, he began to tread a disciplinary tight-rope as the opening half finished, even if he was harshly penalised for a foul.

When the whistle blew and with the crowd increasingly getting on his back, Balotelli marched up to Clattenburg and his assistants to have his say, before being sensibly escorted away by Hart.

Few among the 24,891 spectators expected the temperamental Italian to come back out after the break, but Mancini re-shaped his team into a 4-3-1-1 formation, moved Tevez back and gave Balotelli the spearhead role in which he is far more comfortable.

It paid immediate dividends. City began to gain a foothold in the match, creating opportunities and quietening the home fans for the first time.

Tevez's long-range shot was heading for the top corner before it was athletically pawed away by Foster while Toure headed over the bar after Balotelli's mis-hit volley.

Against the run of play, West Brom took the lead after 67 minutes. Substitute Peter Odemwingie made an immediate impact, putting Long through on goal with a slide-rule pass and the No.9 tapped in his third league goal of the season and fifth in all. Replays showed he was narrowly on-side as City’s defenders moved forward.

Mancini hauled off Barry and sent on Dzeko to rescue a point. The Bosnian managed to do even better.


West Bromwich Albion

1
Ben Foster
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Jonas Olsson
Defender
3.00
6
Liam Ridgewell
Defender
2.50
23
Gareth McAuley
Defender
3.50
-
2.50
5
Claudio Yacob
Midfielder
35′
3.00
7
James Morrison
Midfielder
72′
2.50
17
Graham Dorrans
Midfielder
63′
2.50
21
Youssouf Mulumbu
Midfielder
2.50
21
Shane Long
Striker
27′ 67′ 80′
3.50
28
2.00

Manchester City FC

2.50
1
Joe Hart
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
1.50
4
3.00
6
2.50
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
2.00
7
James Milner
Midfielder
23′
2.50
8
Samir Nasri
Midfielder
3.00
18
Gareth Barry
Midfielder
78′
2.50
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
90′
3.00
10
2.50
45

Substitutes

19
Luke Daniels
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Goran Popov
Defender
 - 
36
 - 
22
Zoltán Gera
Midfielder
72′
2.50
9
 - 
17
2.50
9
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
30
 - 
5
2.50
13
 - 
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
4.50
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
78′ 80′ 90′ 91′
 - 
21
Scott Sinclair
Midfielder
3.00
16

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0