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Man City   3 - 0   Liverpool

Gareth Barry (centre) beats Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina to put his side  ahead against Liverpool
Barry sidefoots in to beat Reina's despairing dive and put City ahead

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Eastlands

Manchester City celebrated owner Sheikh Mansour's first visit to Eastlands by delivering an impressive performance to cruise to victory against Liverpool.

Sheikh Mansour has changed the face of Manchester City since his takeover two years ago - and this latest expensively reconstructed version of Roberto Mancini's squad provided evidence that they may be able to meet the expectations that will accompany his huge financial outlay.

After a £130m summer spending spree, City needed to deliver a swift statement of intent and they duly obliged against a Liverpool team showing the extent of the work required by new boss Roy Hodgson.

James Milner marked his debut by setting up Gareth Barry for an early goal, and Carlos Tevez gave City breathing space from close range just after half-time, although Micah Richards may claim his colleague did not actually apply the crucial touch from his header.

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Liverpool's reaction was a shot from captain Steven Gerrard that struck the post, with City keeper Joe Hart saving superbly from David Ngog and Fernando Torres in the resulting scramble.

And City wrapped up a convincing win when Tevez scored from the penalty spot after Martin Skrtel hauled down the outstanding Adam Johnson.

Mancini will understandably keep the lid on expectations, but the way in which City mastered and out-muscled Liverpool in all areas, even with David Silva and Emmanuel Adebayor on the bench and Mario Balotelli out injured, will give him huge cause for optimism - and will have delighted the watching Abu Dhabi powerbrokers.

Sheikh Mansour received a predictably ecstatic reception from City's fans as they expressed their gratitude for his lavish refurbishment of the club's playing resources since his takeover.

And he was able to watch two of his most recent investments combine impressively as City took a well-merited lead through Barry after 13 minutes.

Yaya Toure made light of his giant frame with some fancy footwork to start a move that ended with Milner sliding a cross into the path of his former Aston Villa team-mate Barry, who passed the ball into the bottom corner out of the reach of Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

Johnson was a constant threat on City's right flank, giving Daniel Agger a torrid time under the watchful eye of England coach Fabio Capello's right-hand man Franco Baldini. He fired narrowly off target early on and pulled another effort just wide as the interval approached.

Liverpool, with Torres clearly working his way back towards full fitness, threatened only rarely, with Hart saving comfortably from Ngog and Gerrard demonstrating an uncharacteristic lack of accuracy when presented with two good shooting opportunities.

Boss Hodgson will no doubt have demanded greater urgency from his team after the break - but their hopes of a revival were effectively snuffed out as City doubled their advantage seven minutes after the restart.

Richards headed Johnson's header towards goal, and even though Tevez wheeled away in celebration after appearing to get the final touch past Reina, it looked as if he was more of a crucial distraction than the actual goalscorer.

Hart's elevation to City's number one keeper ahead of Shay Given has been a source of debate, but he demonstrated why he is rated so highly by Mancini as Liverpool attempted to mount a swift response.

Gerrard rattled the post from 20 yards, and as Liverpool tried to take advantage of confusion in the City penalty area Hart saved magnificently from Ngog and Torres in quick succession.

And the value of those saves was underlined as City swept forward to add a third from the spot after 67 minutes. Skrtel's rash challenge felled Johnson and Tevez completed the formalities from the spot.

Liverpool striker Torres, a summer target for City, was replaced to the ironic jeers of Eastlands with 15 minutes left - and City were able to see out time in comfort to record their first Premier League win of the season.

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Monday, 23 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 3-0 Liverpool FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Barry 13
  • Tevez 52
  • Tevez (pen) 68

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: DowdAtt: 47,087
    MAN CITY
    LIVERPOOL

    Possession

    • Man City 65%
    • Liverpool 35%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 3
    • Liverpool 7

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 5
    • Liverpool 6

    Corners

    • Man City 5
    • Liverpool 4

    Fouls

    • Man City 13
    • Liverpool 12
    • Final Result
    • 92:29 The referee starts the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:27 Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
    • 90:00+0:43 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Micah Richards.
    • 90:00+0:27 Joleon Lescott challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.
    • 90:00 The referee ends the match.
    • 89:43 Attacking throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 89:27 Attacking throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 88:38 Adam Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:21 Leiva Lucas challenges Joao Alves Jo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Milner.
    • 87:02 Attacking throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 86:58 Attacking throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 86:35 Defending throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 84:41 Substitution Daniel Pacheco replaces Milan Jovanovic.
    • 83:51 Substitution Carlos Tevez leaves the field to be replaced by Joao Alves Jo.
    • 83:51 Substitution Pablo Zabaleta replaces Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 81:35 Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
    • 79:58 Goal kick taken short by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
    • 78:10 Ryan Babel takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance. Shot by Glen Johnson from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 77:19 Substitution Ryan Babel on for Fernando Torres.
    • 76:21 Milan Jovanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:58 Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
    • 75:00 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 73:42 Foul by Milan Jovanovic on Adam Johnson, free kick awarded. Gnegneri Toure Yaya crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Jose Reina.
    • 73:23 Attacking throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 72:05 Effort from inside the area by Fernando Torres misses to the right of the target.
    • 69:54 Defending throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 69:10 Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Joleon Lescott results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 68:21 Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
    • 67:02 The assist for the goal came from Adam Johnson.
    • 67:02 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 3 - 0 Liverpool Placed penalty scored by Carlos Tevez. Man City 3-0 Liverpool.
    • 66:09 Martin Skrtel concedes a Penalty for a foul on Adam Johnson.
    • 64:10 Goal kick taken short by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
    • 63:02 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line, clearance made by Leiva Lucas.
    • 60:47 Dirk Kuyt challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
    • 59:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Joleon Lescott. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 57:47 Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard. The referee blows for offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
    • 57:47 Booking Micah Richards goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 57:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Micah Richards.
    • 56:42 Steven Gerrard produces a drilled right-footed shot from outside the box and hits the post. David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
    • 55:46 Micah Richards challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 53:49 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard.
    • 51:49 The assist for the goal came from Micah Richards.
    • 51:49 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 2 - 0 Liverpool Carlos Tevez fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man City 2-0 Liverpool.
    • 51:30 Outswinging corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line,
    • 50:14 The ball is swung over by Milan Jovanovic, Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 48:52 Milan Jovanovic fouled by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
    • 48:05 Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
    • 47:06 Milan Jovanovic fouled by Micah Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
    • 46:46 Attacking throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
    • 46:18 Attacking throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
    • 45:44 The referee blows for offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:48 Glen Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 45:00+0:27 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 45:00+0:11 Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Leiva Lucas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
    • 45:00 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 44:07 Shot from outside the penalty box by Steven Gerrard goes wide right of the goal.
    • 43:25 Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gerrard goes over the bar.
    • 42:43 Defending throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 39:36 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher. Corner taken by James Milner, Headed effort from inside the area by Micah Richards misses to the left of the goal.
    • 38:30 Attacking throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 37:53 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
    • 37:17 Adam Johnson has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 36:59 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Micah Richards.
    • 35:32 Defending throw-in by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
    • 35:01 Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
    • 34:35 Attacking throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
    • 33:25 Effort from 18 yards by David Ngog. Save made by Joe Hart.
    • 32:14 Attacking throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
    • 31:05 Daniel Agger has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 30:55 Attacking throw-in by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).
    • 30:04 Joleon Lescott produces a cross, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance. Short corner worked by James Milner. The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 28:42 Dirk Kuyt challenges Joleon Lescott unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:36 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
    • 25:56 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 25:03 Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
    • 22:19 Attacking throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
    • 20:53 Nigel De Jong challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:13 Effort from long distance by Gareth Barry goes wide right of the target.
    • 18:49 Attacking throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
    • 18:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on James Milner. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Joleon Lescott. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 15:31 Attacking throw-in by Joleon Lescott (Man City).
    • 14:35 Micah Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Micah Richards.
    • 13:38 Effort from deep inside the area by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the goal.
    • 12:08 The assist for the goal came from James Milner.
    • 12:08 GOAL - Gareth BarryMan City 1 - 0 Liverpool A goal is scored by Gareth Barry from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Liverpool.
    • 11:14 Attacking throw-in by Nigel De Jong (Man City).
    • 10:20 Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 9:40 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
    • 8:24 Long distance shot from Adam Johnson misses to the left of the net.
    • 6:26 Glen Johnson fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Dirk Kuyt takes the direct free kick.
    • 5:18 David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 4:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Milner by Daniel Agger. Adam Johnson takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:31 Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Johnson from right wing, David Ngog makes a clearance.
    • 3:31 Booking Martin Skrtel is cautioned.
    • 3:07 Unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick.
    • 0:58 Fernando Torres is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

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    17 Liverpool 2 -3 1
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    19 West Ham 2 -5 0
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