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May 17, 2011
• Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 45103
C. Tévez 14', 65'
J. Lescott 53'
Shots on Target
Full-time at Eastlands and it's a deserved 3-0 victory for the home side who leapfrog Arsenal into the automatic qualifying places. Two special goals from Carlos Tevez, in between a Joleon Lescott header, were enough for a deserved victory. A disappointing performance from Stoke who never threatened Joe Hart's goal
90' + 1'
Roberto Mancini waves to the fans as they sing his name. Almost full-time
The home side will have to play injury time with 10 men after Zabaleta gets an accidental kick in the face from Delap as they challenge for the ball
From Jonathan Birchall: ;Roberto Mancini has just brought off two-goal hero Carlos Tevez and he waves to the fans as he receives a rapturous reception from the City fans. A repeat of his goodbye to Manchester United fans two seasons ago?'
A standing ovation for Tevez as he comes off and richly deserved. If the rumours are correct this could have been his last match at the City of Manchester stadium and if so it was a great way to end
From Jonathan Birchall: 'The City fans are chanting "you're getting sacked in the morning!" Lord knows who to however, on the week that Tony Pulis was described as the club's greatest ever manager by his Chairman. Unless they meant Mancini?'
An outswinging Milner corner from the right is met by Dzeko as he powers over Delap, but he heads it over the bar. Tevez is announced as man of the match.
From Jonathan Birchall: 'A nice moment of solidarity here at Eastlands as the Stoke fans, knowing their team have been soundly beaten, offer up their own version of the Poznan much to the amusement of the hosts. Those in sky blue then offered to show them how it's done and off they went, bouncing around with their backs to the game. You can hardly blame them.'
Yellow CardSalif Diao
Controversy as Wright-Phillips slips Milner in down the middle who is clearly fouled by Diao as he runs in on goal. Initially referee Lee Probert appears to point to the penalty spot, then he changes his mind and gives a free-kick, which is the correct decision. Diao gets away with a booking when it could have been worse, before Tevez dinks the free-kick over the ball in his search for a hat-trick
Kompany gets away with a horrible two footed challenge on Pugh and as City break Wilkinson does well to turn a fizzing cross over the bar with Tevez lurking. At the other end, Hart comes racing out of his goal to make a clearance and Wilkinson ambitiously tries to lob him from just inside the City half. Unfortunately for him it goes wide
Milner chips a ball for Zabaleta to run on to but his path to his goal is blocked by a number of Stoke players who block the shot
John Alieu Carew
City still threatening and Dzeko is tackled by last man Shawcross when trying to cut on to his right foot in the box. This came after a crunching tackle from De Jong
Dzeko picks the ball up outside the Stoke penalty area. He runs at Shawcross and after finding a yard of space he hits a shot into the side netting from the left of the area
A big ovation for Shaun Wright-Phillips as he replaces Johnson
Goal! If his first goal was good, then Tevez's second is special. City win a free-kick fully 30 yards from goal when De Jong nicks in ahead of Whelan who brings the Dutchman down. Tevez then smashes the free-kick up and around the wall and into the top corner
From Jonathan Birchall: 'There's half an hour to go at Eastlands but neither side look too interested in making too much out of the final stages. A small section of City fans are trying to provide some spice to the game but this one was over a while ago.'
Dzeko has an immediate chance to make an impression, but when through on goal after going past Collins on the left, he shoots straight at Sorensen
Unbelievably that was only City's 3rd headed goal all season. Johnson is seeing a lot of the ball having switched flanks but his crosses are cleared
A standing ovation for Silva as he is replaced Edin Dzeko. The hosts are just over half an hour away from taking third place
From Jonathan Birchall: 'A sense of knowing inevitability has met City's second from Lescott, with the home fans cheering as if they knew it had been in the offing. The noise levels have raised a little but Blues' supporters already look content with their side having all but wrapped this one up.'
Goal! After Collins is booked for a sliding tackle on Richards (who looks to have jumped over the outstretched leg), Joleon Lescott is able to head home Johnson's inswinging free-kick which Sorensen came for but was unable to get
Yellow CardAndy Wilkinson
Stoke have started much better this half and they get into the final third a couple of times but can't create an opening
From Jonathan Birchall: 'The players are back on the field for the second half and the Stoke fans are in fine voice on their return, willing their side to give a little more in the way of an attacking threat this half. The game certainly needs it.'
The players are back out and it's the home side who get us underway
It's half-time at Eastlands and City deservedly lead. A quiet start was transformed by some magic from Tevez and since then the home side have dominated proceedings
From Jonathan Birchall at the City of Manchester Stadium: 'The game has entered somewhat of a lull with half time approaching as Mancini remonstrates with his side from the technical area. City's bright start has dulled a little and the fans will be hoping for a little more magic in the second 45 minutes.'
Toure tries a delicate chipped pass for Tevez to run on to, but it is just over-hit and runs out of play for a goal-kick. A bit less pace on the ball and Tevez is in on goal
Johnson cuts in from the wing and after making his way into the area his shot which is drifting wide is deflected by Diao for a corner which in the end comes to nothing
The half is ending like it begun, although both sides are playing at a quicker tempo
Stoke enjoying more possession, but they aren't threatening the City goal
Yellow CardRyan Shawcross
Jon Walters on the right gets a yard past Zabaleta and he crosses invitingly across goal but Danny Pugh doesn't gamble
Stoke finally test Hart with a curling Glenn Whelan shot from 25 yards but it's straight at the keeper. At the other end Toure hits a half-volley from slightly closer in which whistles over the bar
The home side are dominant now. From a corner Milner has a fierce shot blocked by Salif Diao, then moments later Toure and Milner tee-up Tevez on the edge of the penalty but his first-time shot with the outside of his right foot his straight at Sorensen
Silva has just one man left to beat, but attempting to cut back on to his left foot he is tackled by Shawcross
Richards does exactly the same as Milner a few minutes earlier and again his ball across the penalty spot is not met by any player from either side
Joe Hart flaps at a Wilkinson cross under no pressure and the ball comes out to Carew to smash it at goal, but Micah Richards gets in the way
Milner runs down the right-wing but there is nobody running on to his ball which runs across the penalty spot
It was a brilliant goal by Tevez in a match which had shown no spark of life before-hand. Stoke respond by sending some crosses over but they are easily dealt with by the home side
From Jonathan Birchall at the City of Manchester Stadium: 'That Tevez goal has liftened the spirits of those in Eastlands and I currently have a few hundred home fans facing me as they bounce up and down doing the Poznan. Quite an imposing sight for an onlooking press box rest assured.'
Goal! That's why Tevez is starting. He plays a one-two with Milner on the edge of the box, before sending Shawcross and Wilkinson one way then the other. The finish was clinical, giving Sorenson no chance
James Milner passes it into the feet of Tevez on the edge of the box and the Argentinian flicks the ball up and lobs it over his marker for Milner to volley, but he slices it wide from the right-hand side
There is no tempo and no atmosphere yet, with the visitors getting many players behind the ball
Tevez takes a high ball down well in the Stoke box, but his shot on the spin is over the bar
A very quiet start to the game with neither side threatening. The tannoy system blazed out Delilah for the Stoke fans who braved disappointment to come to the match
Here's Jonathan Birchall: 'The fans that are here are belting out 'Blue Moon' and we're just about ready for kick off in a nowhere near capacity stadium. Disappointing for the FA Cup winners.'
An early shot for David Silva from distance which goes harmless high and wide.
Stoke get us underway
Despite the obvious possibility of a cup hangover, City are two wins away from third place an automatic qualification, whilst the visitors are eyeing up a top 10 finish
Not long until kick-off. Here is our man at the match Jonathan Birchall: 'There can be little doubting that this is a ground perfect for hosting Champions League football. The floodlights are beaming down on a pitch that looks wonderful considering the stage of the season. All we need now is some more fans, as it’s a sea of blue seats, as opposed to Blues fans, that is covering the stands with kick-off fast approaching.'
There are plenty of changes from Saturday's encounter. City keep Carlos Tevez in their line-up despite his recent return from injury, but man of the match Mario Balotelli misses out through a knee injury. Stoke leave out top scorer Kenwyne Jones and Rory Delap who both drop to the bench
Our man at the City of Manchester Stadium is Jonathan Birchall, who has this to say: 'Anybody expecting a dead rubber here at Eastlands should think again with the hosts looking to ensure that they take 3rd spot in the Premier League. Failure to do so would mean that they are unseeded in the qualifying rounds for the Champions League, leaving some of Europe’s elite, including Bayern Munich, between them and the lucrative group stage. This is not just a celebration of their FA Cup final win on Saturday. Stoke, of course, will be looking for revenge for Wembley as they look to end the season on a high.'
Stoke: Sorensen; Wilkinson, Collins, Shawcross, Wilson; Pugh, Diao, Whelan, Whitehead, Walters, Carew Subs: Soares, Jones, Tonge, Delap, Faye, Nash, Shotton
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zaba, de Jong, Toure, Milner, A Johnson, D Silva, Tevez Suns: Given, Kolarov, Boyata, Vieira, Wright-Phillips, Barry, Dzeko
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