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EB Streymur 0-2 Man City

Dietmar Hamann
Hamann celebrates his first goal in more than three years

Mark Hughes' reign as Manchester City manager began with a comfortable win against EB Streymur in the first leg of the Uefa Cup first qualifying round.

The part-time Faroe Islanders never looked like causing a shock, although they did improve in the second half.

Martin Petrov's howitzer of a shot gave City an early lead, which they doubled before the break thanks to a spectacular Dietmar Hamann volley.

Record signing Jo made his City debut but the striker was outshone by Petrov.

The Brazilian's only chance at the Torsvollur Stadium came before the break when he headed a Petrov cross inches wide and the 21-year-old was replaced by Ched Evans in the 73rd minute.

The evening belonged to Bulgarian Petrov, often City's most influential player last season, who, in the first half especially, profited from some lapse marking.

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He punished the home side in the ninth minute from 12 yards; Darius Vassell's pass across the box finding the midfielder after Michael Johnson had intelligently let the ball run through his legs.

City doubled their lead in the 28th minute when Hamann spectacularly connected with Petrov's corner for his first goal in 95 matches.

Joe Hart, largely unemployed in the City goal during the first half, was called into action after the break as a more adventurous Streymur tried to push forward.

But they could not work their way through a City side which had started with nine internationals.

Hughes will be disappointed City were not more prolific in front of goal, but the return leg at Oakwell on 31 July should be a formality.

The Welshman will also be pleased that defenders Micah Richards and Nedum Onuoha came through the match unscathed.

The duo were making their comebacks from injuries, with Richards absent from the City line-up since February because of a knee injury and Onuoha missing since April with a shoulder problem.


Manchester City manager Mark Hughes: "I was pleased with the performance, particularly in the first half when we kept possession well.

"It could have been more comprehensive but two goals away from home in Europe and a clean sheet is a good result."

Of summer signing Jo, Hughes added: "He showed great awareness. Once he gets to know the players and the way we want to play he will be a big asset to us."


EB Streymur: Torgard, Bo, Clementsen, Djurhuus, Foldgast (Davidsen 85), Bardur Olsen, Jacobsen (Brian Olsen 76), Hans Pauli Samuelsen (Eliasen 77), Hanssen, Arnbjorn Hansen, Niclassen.
Subs Not Used: Magnus Poulsen, Balog, Kruse, Thomassen.

Man City: Hart, Onuoha, Dunne, Richards, Ball, Ireland, Hamann (Gelson 74), Johnson, Petrov, Vassell, Jo (Evans 74).
Subs Not Used: Schmeichel, Corluka, Elano, Mwaruwari, Castillo.

Booked: Johnson.

Goals: Petrov 9, Hamann 28.

Att: 3,000.

Ref: Nicole Petignat (Switzerland).




see also
Man City tipped to beat minnows
16 Jul 08 |  Man City
Man City given Faroes Uefa task
01 Jul 08 |  Europe
Oakwell to host Man City Uefa tie
20 Jun 08 |  Man City
Man City claim last Uefa Cup slot
16 May 08 |  Man City
Football on the BBC
29 Jun 08 |  Football


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