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City celebrate Agüero's Villarreal winner

Published: Tuesday 18 October 2011, 22.52CET
Manchester City FC 2-1 Villarreal CF
Sergio Agüero's added-time winner gave City their first UEFA Champions League victory and leaves the impressive visitors adrift in Group A.
by Simon Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium

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Match statistics

Man. CityVillarreal

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
8
Corners5
 
3
Offsides9
 
1
Fouls committed8
 
13
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)58
 
42

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 18 October 2011, 22.52CET

City celebrate Agüero's Villarreal winner

Manchester City FC 2-1 Villarreal CF
Sergio Agüero's added-time winner gave City their first UEFA Champions League victory and leaves the impressive visitors adrift in Group A.

Manchester City FC's UEFA Champions League bandwagon is finally rolling after Sergio Agüero's added-time winner left unlucky Villarreal CF empty-handed.

Substitute Agüero turned in Pablo Zabaleta's low cross to earn a first UEFA Champions League victory for a City side who had previously endured a frustrating evening. The visitors belied their poor early-season Liga form, taking the lead through Cani after four minutes and keeping City at bay after Carlos Marchena's own goal had restored parity just before the break. City's victory takes them on to four points, one behind second-placed SSC Napoli in Group A, while after a third defeat Villarreal need a miracle when the teams reconvene at El Madrigal on 2 November.

Villarreal had scored one goal in nine away games prior to arriving in Manchester yet they made a dream start. Jonathan De Guzmán intercepted a David Silva pass some 35 metres from goal and supplied Giuseppe Rossi for a shot from inside the D of the penalty area that Joe Hart could only parry, allowing Cani to slot home.

After a subdued start, the home supporters sought to rouse their favourites but with limited success. Samir Nasri volleyed over a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov after 13 minutes before Kolarov himself tested Diego López with a free-kick.

That pair were two of five changes from City's Saturday defeat of Aston Villa FC but Roberto Mancini made another change with half-time approaching. Shortly after seeing Yaya Touré rob Cristián Zapata but screw his shot out for a throw-in, Mancini withdrew Adam Johnson and sent on Gareth Barry, allowing Touré to push higher upfield.

As it was City had a helping hand with their equaliser soon after. Silva and Nasri combined to send Kolarov on an overlapping run and his low centre was turned into his own net by Marchena, the defender making a vain attempt to deny Džeko, who might have scored a second either side of half-time but on both occasions failed to get the ball past López.

Kolarov did find the net but was offside yet Villarreal were not just sitting back. Rossi's speed and ability to find space guarantees a threat and he tested Hart with a low strike after 52 minutes. The introduction of Agüero gave Villarreal something else to worry about although it looked like a defence marshalled impressively by Gonzalo Rodríguez would hold firm after Džeko and Zabaleta spurned late chances. Instead, deep into added time, Agüero finally sank the Yellow Submarine.

Last updated: 27/11/12 6.26CET

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Quotes

  • Roberto Mancini

    Read more"When you play in the Champions League for the first time you need to improve game after game, and after this one we can do even better"

  • Juan Carlos Garrido

    Read more"It is a blow, but we're ready to recover. The team has to keep the high level shown, both defending and attacking"

Lineups

man. city

Man. City

villarreal

Villarreal

25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
Yellow Card90+4
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez (C)
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Goal43
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
8
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
Substitution89
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
10
CaniCani
Goal4
Substitution82
11
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution40
11
PerézHernán Peréz
Substitution80
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
12
ZapataCristián Zapata
19
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution80
15
CataláJosé Catalá
Yellow Card32
21
SilvaDavid Silva
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong
Substitution62
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Yellow Card68

Substitutes

30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
2
RichardsMicah Richards
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
7
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution80
14
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
Substitution82
Yellow Card90+2
15
SavićStefan Savić
18
WakasoMubarak Wakaso
Substitution80
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution62
Goal90+3
23
BordásGerard Bordás
18
BarryGareth Barry
Substitution40
26
GullónMarcos Gullón
Substitution89
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
41
JoseluJoselu

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Martin Wilczek (CZE), Miroslav Zlamal (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Příhoda (CZE), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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