City go down at Dundee
Published 13/07/2014 | 19:23
Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City suffered a 2-0 friendly defeat to Dundee at Dens Park in their opening pre-season match on Sunday afternoon.
Manuel Pellegrini named new signing Willy Caballero in goal in the friendly clash against the Scottish side, while new midfield signing Fernando started, but City were already two down before Pellegrini made nine changes at half-time.
The home side took the lead when Gary Harkins was awarded a spot-kick after he was brought down in the penalty box by Dedryck Boyata. The 29-year-old midfielder, who returned to Dundee for the third time this summer, saw his penalty saved by new Argentinian stopper Caballero before hitting home the rebound after 26 minutes.
Stevan Jovetic came close to bagging an equaliser for City shortly afterwards as he hit the side netting and j ust over 10 minutes later Dundee doubled their lead as one of three trialists for the home side, Luka Tankulic, sent the ball home via a hefty deflection from the unlucky Boyata.
Only Callabero and Wales midfielder Emyr Huws remained on the pitch for City after the break as Pellegrini made wholesale changes, but - apart from a half-chance from Alvaro Negredo and a Samir Nasri effort - the Premier League big guns struggled to create any real chances.