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August 25, 2013
• Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 27068
A. Gunnarsson 60'
F. Campbell 79', 87'
E. Džeko 52'
Well, that's your lot from me today, folks. It's been an absolute pleasure to bring you the action from that fascinating match. Be sure to stick with Goal.com for all the reaction from today's games as it comes in. From me, though, it's goodbye for now!
Phew. What a match! Manuel Pellegrini will no doubt have some corner practice on the agenda during the week. They were undone by two set pieces and it's ultimately cost them.
It's FULL-TIME!! Cardiff have won!! What an absolutely incredible result for the newly-promoted side. Fraizer Campbell's double has grabbed the headlines but it was a stunning all-round performance from Malky Mackay's men.
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Chance! Nasri chips it into the box and James Milner heads it on, but Negredo can't direct it towards goal and it goes behind for a goal kick.
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Man City are desperate here. Cardiff are clearing every ball. They've only got a few seconds left to hold on...
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Andreas Cornelius is almost through after Lescott slips but the defender recovers well and it's worked forward to Aguero, who cuts on to his left foot and hammers a low shot just wide of the post.
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Real heart-in-mouth time for the hosts as Silva flicks a header on and Aguero is clean through on goal, only to see the flag go up for offside.
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NEGREDO SCORES!! 3-2!! Comeback on? Silva chips it superbly into the middle and Negredo guides a perfect header back across goal and into the top corner. We're in for quite the finale here!
Campbell shows some neat footwork to keep the ball as we move into SIX minutes of stoppage time.
Gunnarsson is down on the ground feeling his leg. Many of the Cardiff players look exhausted; they've worked ever so hard today.
CAMPBELL SCORES AGAIN!! IT'S 3-1 TO CARDIFF!!! It's another corner, and another goal. Campbell peels away from Zabaleta and meets Cowie's superb cross to nod it low past Hart and the man on the line. Cardiff have a two-goal lead and surely all three points now!
Not long to go in Cardiff. Can the hosts hold on for a famous win? Taylor and Whittingham are doing their best to waste time, keeping it in the corner before winning a set piece.
Substitute Don Cowie is straight into the action, putting Clichy under pressure, forcing the defender to go back to Hart who shanks his clearance and it goes out for a throw.
Bellamy marches off to rapturous applause from the home fans. The Bluebirds skipper has put in a fantastic shift this afternoon.
The home fans are doing the Poznan. The stadium is rocking. Can Man City find a way back? Garcia tries to do just that with a header from Silva's corner, but it's straight at Marshall.
CAMPBELL SCORES!!! CARDIFF ARE IN FRONT!!! Incredible scenes in Wales! Whittingham's corner is perfect and Hart misses the ball, allowing Campbell to dash in at the far post and use his shoulder to force it in. Unbelievable!
Kim wins the ball in midfield and spreads it wide to Bellamy, whose cross is blocked by Clichy and goes behind for a corner.
Real danger for Cardiff as Aguero darts into the box but no-one can get a shot away. The hosts clear but it comes straight back, before Silva curls a shot from the edge of the box which flies harmlessly over.
There's a bit of confusion at the other end, now, as Turner heads it away from Marshall and Man City win a corner, but the referee blows for some pushing in the box and Marshall launches it forward.
Hart has a slight moment of panic when his poor clearance goes straight to Gunnarsson, but Campbell fouls Garcia as he tries to reach the midfielder's pass.
Fernandinho gives the ball away on the halfway line and Kim bursts forward again. The midfielder is felled but the referee waves play on, much to the annoyance of Craig Bellamy, and the visitors gain possession once more.
Joe Hart is the only man in the Man City half right now. Cardiff will have a job to stay level if it's like this for the final 20 minutes.
After that quickfire spell of goals, things have slowed right down. Cardiff look content to sit back and allow the visitors to play in front of them. Meanwhile, Alvaro Negredo looks set to come on for Man City.
Man City are passing around with ease again. The gameplan clearly hasn't changed. Can they find another goal?
This is a real test of steel for Pellegrini's men, now. The momentum has suddenly swung back in the hosts' favour.
GoalAron Einar Gunnarsson
GUNNARSSON SCORES!! CARDIFF ARE LEVEL!! Kim shows some fine skills to break free on the right-hand edge of the box, before drilling it across the area. Campbell's initial effort is blocked by Hart but Gunnarsson is first to the rebound and drives it home to send the fans into delirium.
Silva lofts a well-placed ball into the path of Aguero, who can't shake off two Cardiff defenders but shows real determination to keep hold of the ball and win a throw for the visitors.
Taylor is hobbling and Man City press forward into the gap left by the defender, and Zabaleta whips in a cross but Marshall claims comfortably.
Jesús Navas González
The visiting fans are now much louder after that howitzer from Dzeko. A truly breathtaking goal. Cardiff need to stay positive here; they've created plenty of chances already.
GOAL!! DZEKO SCORES!! What an absolutely stunning strike! Aguero flicks the ball superbly into the path of Dzeko, who unleashes an absolute rocket of a shot from 25 yards and it whistles past Marshall and into the top corner. That was almost a net-breaker!
Campbell catches out Fernandinho and wins the ball before earning a free kick deep inside the Man City half. Whittingham fires it in low and hard but it evades everyone and goes behind for a goal kick.
Fernandinho gets into an advanced position on the right and drives the ball across the box, but Aguero can't get a shot away before it's fired back into the area for Lescott to spoon an effort way over the bar.
The visitors get straight back into their passing stride, forcing Cardiff to chase the ball. It's a more subdued start to this half compared to the first period.
We're underway once more as Man City get the ball rolling in the second half.
The teams are back out. More of the same entertainment, please.
STAT ATTACK: Man City completed a whopping 255 passes in that half, compared to Cardiff's 114. But as we know, that doesn't tell the whole story. (Thanks to FourFourTwo for that info).
The other Premier League fixture this afternoon is also goalless, with Swansea holding Tottenham at White Hart Lane. In Cardiff, meanwhile, the sprinklers are on and we're a few minutes away from resuming proceedings.
Jay Jaffa's in Cardiff this afternoon, and he spotted a rather amusing incident during one of the drinks breaks: "This is why you need a Craig Bellamy in the Premier League. Everyone's favourite Welshman (...) used a break in play to spray referee Lee Probert with water. Initially the man in the middle seemed amused by the incident, until he called Bellamy over for a dressing down - presumably because of worries over the electrical equipment strapped to his face..."
And that's HALF-TIME in Wales, and we're still goalless after a thoroughly entertaining opening 45 minutes. Man City had more possession but the hosts had the best of the chances. It's perfectly poised for the second half.
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Whittingham swings the corner in and it flies right into the six-yard box, where Hart does brilliantly to palm the ball away amid a mass of red shirts.
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Gunnarsson sets Kim away on the right and the midfielder darts into the box. He has Campbell as a target but Clichy blocks his cross and the hosts win a corner.
There will be two minutes' added time at the end of the half. Cardiff - and Campbell - could rue those missed opportunities.
Another chance for Campbell! Garcia struggles to deal with a high ball and the Cardiff man is through on goal, but Hart does superbly to block the shot and keep things level.
Great chance! Gunnarsson lofts a delightful ball over the Man City defence and Campbell is on to it like a flash, but Lescott makes a vital challenge to put the striker off and he prods the ball wide.
Navas, arguably City's best player so far today, slots it through for Fernandinho, whose touch is way too strong and it rolls behind.
Magnificent ball from Gael Clichy as he picks out Silva - completely unmarked - in the box, but the Spaniard fluffs the header and the chance goes begging.
And we're up and running again as Cardiff sportingly give it back to the visitors. Five minutes left in the half; time for an opener?
Campbell is down in discomfort after being clattered in that block by Turner, but he should be fine to carry on. More drinks are taken as Malky Mackay dishes out the instructions.
The home fans may be winning the vocal battle but the visitors are well on top on the pitch. Toure belts a left-footed strike from the edge of the box but Ben Turner blocks superbly and Cardiff clear their lines.
A long ball forward is chased by Campbell, who isn't caught offside this time, but Lescott stands firm and takes the ball, and Man City move steadily forward before Silva curls a 20-yard left-footed effort straight at Marshall.
Campbell has looked very impressive today, and he shows his defensive skills by dispossessing Silva with a robust challenge before Cardiff win a free kick in the centre circle.
Chance at the other end as Cardiff move forward quickly through Kim, who spreads it wide to Connolly but the defender's cross is comfortably gathered by Hart. Man City then get it back up the other end but Connolly gets to a cross ahead of Dzeko to nod it safely back to Marshall.
Medel loses out to Toure in midfield and the visitors burst forward quickly. Dzeko makes a dangerous run between the centre backs but Toure overhits the pass and it rolls behind for a goal kick to the hosts.
Fantastic play from Connolly as he swings an early cross in for Campbell, but the flag goes up. Replays show the striker may have been level, so the visitors get lucky with that one.
Toure looks OK to continue and play gets going once more as Campbell knocks the drop-ball through to Hart.
Dzeko isn't happy after an old-fashioned shoulder charge from Gunnarsson dispossesses him. Meanwhile, Toure is down receiving treatment, giving the Cardiff players a chance to take a drink.
Cardiff's early energy has petered out somewhat. The visitors are playing a very high line, passing it across the back with the defence camped in the Cardiff half.
Lovely stuff from Aguero and Silva sees the latter dart into the box and drill a low ball across goal, but Taylor reads it well and clears from in front of Marshall.
Bellamy is upended in midfield and the hosts have a chance to keep some possession. The Wales man has been running for everything so far today.
Man City are doing a good job of stifling the hosts, now, just keeping the ball and moving it around patiently. David Silva makes a run around the back and wins a corner for the visitors, which the hosts clear before it's fired back in towards Dzeko, who heads well wide of the target.
Whittingham fires a low shot from distance straight at Hart, while Gary Medel and Gunnarsson both feel the force of tackles in midfield, but both look happy to continue.
Pellegrini's men are just starting to take control of things here. Navas thinks about a shot from distance but checks and spreads the play wide, before it comes back in towards Yaya Toure who wastes all that good possession and puts it out of play for a goal kick.
Jesus Navas has had a couple of forays down the right-hand side already today, and the winger forces a corner for the visitors, which Caulker does well to head clear.
Chance! Aron Gunnarsson picks the ball up in the Man City half, and promptly ends up on the floor after a challenge from Yaya Toure. Whittingham's free kick causes some real trouble as Steven Caulker diverts the ball towards goal, forcing a superb low save from Hart before the flag goes up for offside in the aftermath.
It's an absolutely pulsating atmosphere inside the stadium, but on the pitch things have just slowed down a touch after that frenetic start. David Marshall has to rush out to clear a short backpass with Aguero bearing down on him.
Matthew Connolly gives it straight to Sergio Aguero, but immediately there are four red shirts around the striker and Cardiff win the ball back.
So close! Peter Whittingham swings a beautiful curling free kick around the wall and it whistles past Joe Hart's near post. A narrow escape for the visitors, there.
Joleon Lescott gives it away and Cardiff push forward through Bellamy. Bo-Kyung Kim holds off the defender with a good show of strength, winning the hosts a free kick for his troubles.
Campbell - who's looking very lively today - tries to break through the middle, but Javi Garcia stops the striker in his tracks.
Real early drama as Craig Bellamy bursts down the right flank and hammers a dangerous cross in. The ball comes towards Fraizer Campbell who appeals for a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Fernandinho, but the referee isn't interested. A breathless start.
We're underway in Wales as Cardiff get the game going.
The Bluebirds - in red - get together for a huddle. We're moments away from kick-off in Cardiff.
The players march out of the tunnel to be confronted by an absolute wall of noise. The crowd are really up for this one. Could the hosts spring a surprise this afternoon?
An obligatory hat-tip for Yaya Toure, who is captaining Man City today on his 100th Premier League start for the club.
Edin Dzeko has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the match, hinting that he's happy with the start he and City have made to the season: "I have a lot of confidence especially with the new manager and the way the team is playing this year. We showed in the first game against Newcastle how we want to play this season, we just have to keep going. He [boss Manuel Pellegrini] called me before pre-season and told me he counts on me and wants me to stay here and he wants me to do my best. I'm trying to do my best on the pitch."
So, no Vincent Kompany for the visitors, as Manuel Pellegrini drafts Javi Garcia into the City defence after the Belgium defender picked up an injury in Monday's win over Newcastle. Meanwhile, Andrew Taylor comes back into the Cardiff back line at the expense of Declan John, and new signing Andreas Cornelius could make his Bluebirds debut from the bench.
MAN CITY: Hart; Zabaleta, Garcia, Lescott, Clichy; Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva; Dzeko, Aguero. // Subs: Pantilimon, Nastasic, Kolarov, Rodwell, Milner, Nasri, Negredo
CARDIFF: Marshall; Connolly, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Medel, Kim, Gunnarsson; Whittingham, Campbell, Bellamy. // Subs: Lewis, Hudson, Cornelius, Noone, Mutch, Cowie, Maynard.
The teams are in, so let's take a look, starting with the hosts...
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE play-by-play coverage of the clash between Cardiff and Manchester City. I'm Tom McKeown and I'll be bringing you all the action from the Welsh side's first-ever home Premier League fixture.
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