Wednesday 22 November 2017

City maintain momentum while Given watches on

Manchester City 2
Timisoara 0
(Man City win 3-0 on aggregate)

Joe Hart was again preferred to Shay Given in goal as an impressive Manchester City strolled past Timisoara to book their place in group stages of the Europa League at Eastlands last night.

Holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg in Romania, City extended their advantage in the 42nd minute when Shaun Wright-Phillips finished well from close range. And then David Silva's corner from the right was nodded home by Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata after 59 minutes.

City started well, with Nigel de Jong racing forward before firing in a shot that brought the best out of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

Timisoara were again forced on the back foot in the 12th minute when Jo showed good footwork but dragged his effort wide.

Timisoara then threatened but Alexandru Curtean's inswinging effort was poor and Hart made a comfortable save.

City kept up the pressure and almost opened the scoring in the 37th minute when Silva delivered the ball from the left and Jo peeled away from his marker to get in a header that was kept out.

City eventually got their reward in the 42nd minute as De Jong picked out Patrick Vieira and he split the defence with a glorious through-ball to Wright-Phillips, who slotted home.

Timisoara continued to put City under some pressure and Mircea Axente got away down the right, but Boyata took no chances, putting the ball into touch.

Cosmin Contra sent his delivery into the area but Jo showed his defensive ability to head clear.

The Brazilian quickly returned to his attacking duties, only to see his shot smothered by the goalkeeper.

The home side then made it 2-0 to put the tie beyond all doubt with Boyata's first goal for the club. He climbed high at the back post to thump a header into the net following a free-kick from Silva.

And Emmanuel Adebayor should have scored following a dreadful back-pass by Ovidiu Burca, but somehow the former Arsenal striker clipped his shot wide, but it made little difference as City ran out comfortable winners.

Irish Independent

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