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October 1, 2011
• Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 24760
A. Johnson 57'
M. Balotelli 59'
S. Nasri 73'
S. Savić 87'
The final whistle goes and Man City have won 4-0. They had to be patient but this result will send out a strong message that they have been unaffected by the disappointing defeat in Munich.
Two minutes added on here - two minutes that will not be watched by the Blackburn fans who have all long gone.
Edin Dzeko is introduced to the field of play, replacing Mario Balotelli. Mancini appears to be getting the best out of his players despite recent controversy.
Assist Samir Nasri
Goal Stefan Savic
Goal for Man City as Stefan Savic scores his first goal for the club just minutes after coming on. Samir Nasri's corner was good but the Blackburn marking was awful.
Yakubu has a go from distance but his effort goes wide, all a little to late here from Blackburn.
Bit of a scramble in the City area as Pederson tries to bundle the ball past Hart though the England man prevails with his clean-sheet still in tact.
Blackburn finally give Joe Hart something to do as Formica tries his luck. Was a dipping effort from distance which Hart tipped over, just to make sure.
Blackburn fans now with banners saying 'Kean Out', today's showing would have done him no favours.
Goal from Samir Nasri as they appear to be completely out of sight. A spot of good fortune for Nasri as his shots deflects in off Lowe for his first goal for Man City.
Assist David Silva
Goal Samir Nasri
Not only are Steve Kean's men losing, they are playing very poorly. They have mustered one shot on goal thus far while the visitors have had 73% of the possession.
Yellow Card Pablo Zabaleta
Embarrassing viewing as Pablo Zabaleta is handed a yellow card for a dive, trying to buy himself a penalty.
Blackburn look shell-shocked after those quick-fire goals. The long throws from Pederson have been their only really weapon though City have dealt with Samba and co. very comfortably.
Blackburn rode their luck for large periods of the first-half and it always felt like it was a matter of time before Man City found the back of the net.
Assist Samir Nasri
Yellow Card G. Givet
Goal Mario Balotelli
Goal from Balotelli as Man City finally find the goal-scoring touch! Balotelli swept the ball in at the near post after a cross from Nasri. The Italian has now scored 3 in 3.
Goal Adam Johnson
Goal from Adam Johnson puts the visitors in front at Ewood. Fine finish from the winger to score his first goal in 18 games.
Balotelli hits the post leaving Robinson well and truly routed to the spot! A fine strike from the striker had the Blackburn keeper well beaten - would have been a great goal.
Morten Gamst Pederson is pilling the pressure on the Man City defence with his long throws though Samba has been well marshaled by Lescott and Toure.
Man City show their intent early as they go close through David Silva. Nice play from Nasri set up the Spaniard though his shot was deflected agonizingly wide off Samba.
The players are now coming out for the second half. Man City have played well without being clinical, maybe Dzeko will be introduced soon.
Two minutes of time added on here at Ewood Park. Man City have had an incredible 70% of possession but have been unable to break the deadlock.
Big chance for Man City just before the break, spurned by Balotelli! Zabaleta squared the ball to the Italian though he lacked the composure from just 5 yards out.
Man City are starting to look dangerous now as Balotelli attempts an over-head kick. Nasri delivered a cross into the area which was nodded back into danger by Lescott, though Balotelli was unable to divert his effort on target.
Good defending from Chris Samba as he blocks Balotelli's attempts to catch up with a pass from Yaya Toure.
Good chance for Blackburn as Yakubu fires straight into the hands of Joe Hart. The Nigerian latched onto a ball into the box and despite hitting his shot well he should have tested Hart much more than he did.
Kolarov is the next to try his luck as he fires a powerful effort just wide of the Blackburn goal. Mancini will be far from happy from this first half performance.
David Hoilett receiving treatment after being caught on the head by Zabaleta. The home fans will hope it is not too serious as Hoilett is pivotal to all their attacks.
Worrying moment for Blackburn as Samir Nasri fires goalwards though Scott Dann manages to deflect it for a corner. The shot came from the outside of the area, Blackburn will be unable to allow a player of Nasri's quality that kind of space.
Blackburn continuing to lump balls into the Man City area, this time from Pederson and force a corner.
Bad news for Mn City here as Sergio Aguero limps off with what looks like a groin injury. Samir Nasri replaces the striker leaving Dzeko to continue to watch from the bench.
Not any chances to report of but both teams are trying to be positive. Aguero is a constant threat to the Blackburn defenders.
This game is just starting to get going now. Balotelli, starting today in the place of Dzeko is looking very lively.
Fantastic last-ditch tackle from James Milner to stop Yakubu latching onto a fine through ball from Hoilett.
Man City certainly have the better of the possession at the moment though it will not be straight-forward to break down this Blackburn side.
Blackburn testing the physical strength of the Man City defence here as they try to find Chris Samba though Lescott deals with the pressure.
Big chance for Man City spurned by Balotelli! David Silva danced his way into the Blackburn area before firing goalwards - which was saved well by Robinson though Balotelli wasted the chance from the rebound.
Good work from David Goodwillie almost creates the first chance of the game. The youngster got to the by-line and fizzed a cross into the Man City area though no Blackburn player was in sight!
Beautiful day in Blackburn but the opening exchanges have been very scrappy.
Starting line-ups. Blackburn: Robinson; Lowe, Samba, Dann, Givet; Petrovic, N’zonzi, Pedersen; Goodwillie, Yakubu, Hoilett. Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Toure, Milner, Johnson, Silva; Balotelli, Agüero
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary for Blackburn vs Manchester City. Steve Kean will be hoping his side can replicate their performance from the last time they played at home - beating Arsenal 4 - 3.
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