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Man City 2-0 EB Streymur

Man City win 4-0 on aggregate

Martin Petrov broke the deadlock at Oakwell
Petrov scored in both legs of the tie against EB Streymur

Manchester City won their Uefa Cup first qualifying-round tie after a comfortable second-leg victory over EB Streymur of the Faroe Islands.

City dominated from the off, with Streymur's Rene Torgard making a string of saves while Vedran Corluka and Martin Petrov hit the woodwork.

Petrov volleyed into an empty net from Darius Vassell's cross for the first goal as City won 4-0 on aggregate.

Vassell scored late on from a tight angle after rounding the keeper.

The game was played at Oakwell, the home of Championship side Barnsley, as the pitch at Eastlands is not yet ready after being relaid in the close season.

But unusual surroundings or not, City created a glut of chances from the very start and the scoreline does not reflect the totally one-sided nature of the game.

City go into Friday's draw for the next round of the qualifying competition.

606: DEBATE

EB Streymur's extraordinarily busy keeper Torgard smothered a shot from Vassell after the striker connected with a cross from Corluka and saved again from the same player in the fourth minute.

Torgard denied Vassell once more and saved twice from the lively Daniel Sturridge while Elano shot over - all inside the opening 10 minutes.

Streymur played with almost everybody behind the ball and had a real desperation to their defending that gradually frustrated City as the half wore on.

Sturridge created space with an adroit turn but again could find no way past Torgard, who also denied Elano and Gelson Fernandes, while the woodwork came to his rescue when he was beaten by Corluka's header and Petrov's volley.

Streymur were also aided by a timely deflection from a Michael Johnson strike while Micah Richards headed over from a set piece and Bardur Olsen cleared off the line.

City manager Mark Hughes looked less than thrilled as he watched from the Oakwell touchline, while Anghel enjoyed the away team's only decent chance of the half, cutting in from the byeline before shooting narrowly wide from a tight angle.

The home team got the goal they were looking for soon after the restart when Petrov added to his strike in the first leg.

And Elano should have scored after Torgard diverted a cross in his direction but the outstanding keeper made yet another excellent save.

Torgard rushed from his goal to try to clear a long punt forward but was beaten to the ball by Petrov, whose shot missed by inches, while the keeper made yet another save after a strike from Elano took a deflection.

It looked as though City would have to settle for a 1-0 win before Vassell latched on to substitute Ched Evans's flick and skipped round the keeper before slotting home.


Manchester City boss Mark Hughes:
"They defended extremely well. It was damage limitation from them really, but you have to give them praise for their efforts.

"Their goalkeeper had a wonderful night, they threw bodies in the way of everything and made life very difficult for us.

"I was pleased with my lads. They kept at them and if their goalkeeper had not had such a great night, we would have won it at a canter."


Man City: Hart, Corluka, Dunne, Richards, Ball, Gelson (Hamann 62), Johnson, Elano, Petrov (Etuhu 69), Vassell, Sturridge (Evans 70).
Subs Not Used: Schmeichel, Onuoha, Ireland, Bianchi.

Booked: Gelson.

Goals: Petrov 48, Vassell 90.

EB Streymur: Torgard, Bardur Olsen, Bo, Djurhuus, Niclassen, Arnbjorn Hansen (Balog 61), Clementsen, Jacobsen (Thomassen 77), Hans Pauli Samuelsen, Anghel, Foldgast (Brian Olsen 55).
Subs Not Used: Steig, Eliasen, Davidsen, Hanssen.

Booked: Niclassen.

Att: 7,334

Ref: Augustus Constantin (Romania).


see also
EB Streymur 0-2 Man City
17 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


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