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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 August, 2003, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
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Manchester City 2-1 Barcelona

Manchester City began life in their new 120m City of Manchester Stadium with a morale-boosting victory over Barcelona.

Nicolas Anelka made it seven goals in as many pre-season games in the 38th minute as he slipped home the opener between the legs of Turkey international goalkeeper Rustu Recber.

Young Argentine international Javier Saviola cancelled out City's lead 13 minutes after the break as he clipped a fine left-foot shot beyond England goalkeeper David Seaman

But Trevor Sinclair, another of Keegan's five summer buys at a cost of 2.5million from West Ham, ensured the party ended on a high as the new ground was christened with a victory.

Barcelona defender Michael Reiziger
Keegan tried to sign Reiziger last season

Sun Jihai's 67th-minute cross was met with a perfect downward header from Sinclair which bounced off the inside of Rustu's left-hand post.

Soon after Paulo Wanchope hit the post, while Andres Iniesta's shot was cleared off the line by Richard Dunne.

On a day of high emotion there were grateful cheers for Ali Benarbia and Shaun Goater and an immaculately-observed minute's silence for Marc-Vivien Foe.

City were expected to open talks with Barcelona defender Michael Reiziger, who played for the Catalan club, after the game.

Man City boss Kevin Keegan
"When you wak out there it makes you proud to be part of Manchester City FC"


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