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Touré-inspired City oust Villarreal

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.46CET
Villarreal CF 0-3 Manchester City FC
Two Yaya Touré goals either side of a Mario Balotelli penalty moved City up to second in Group A and ended Villarreal's hopes.
by Graham Hunter
from Estadio El Madrigal
Touré-inspired City oust Villarreal
Yaya Touré celebrates his opener with Mario Balotelli (left) ©Getty Images

Match statistics

VillarrealMan. City

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners2
 
2
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
7
Yellow cards5
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)39
 
61

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.46CET

Touré-inspired City oust Villarreal

Villarreal CF 0-3 Manchester City FC
Two Yaya Touré goals either side of a Mario Balotelli penalty moved City up to second in Group A and ended Villarreal's hopes.

Manchester City FC laid on a sumptuous display of power and skill to defeat Villarreal CF and ease into second place in UEFA Champions League Group A behind FC Bayern München.

Two goals from Yaya Touré and Mario Balotelli's penalty on the stroke of half-time sealed the victory and took City two points ahead of SSC Napoli, meaning they will qualify with a win in Italy on 22 November. But despite the result leaving Villarreal eliminated without a point thus far the home side showed pride and spirit to limit the damage given their debilitating circumstances.

Initially it was hard to gauge that the Yellow Submarine has been shipping in water. Their seven injured absentees were added to, a couple of hours before kick-off, when Bruno Soriano reported sick. However Juan Carlos Garrido's side went about their business with vim and vigour.

Hernàn Peréz thumped in an early shot which Joe Hart dealt with ably. Then a searching 60-metre pass from Jonathan de Guzmàn gave competition debutant Joselu the flicker of a chance to threaten Hart's goal but the 20-year-old was found wanting.

Sadly, the troubled build-up caught up with them as Villarreal fell behind in the 30th minute. David Silva's pass was perfectly timed to expose the fact that Gonzalo had lost Touré on the edge of the area. The midfielder feinted one way then bent a right-footed shot comfortably beyond Diego López.

The goal reflected the elegance of City's play – they held over 60% of possession at the time – but Garrido will have noted both how hard his patched-up team worked and the degree to which that was appreciated by the El Madrigal faithful.

Effort brought scant reward, however. A half-time rest was beckoning but Balotelli, lively all night, slipped the ball between the legs of José Catalá, sprinted into the box and was tripped, inadvertently, by Mateo Musacchi. Balotelli, growing by the game under Roberto Mancini's tutelage, easily tricked López with the spot kick.

Set against a raucous backdrop of vociferous travelling support and determined replies from the Villarreal faithful it was a night for Silva to show all his skills. He ceaselessly darted into dangerous positions until a leg injury forced his 65th-minute replacement by Adam Johnson.

But if Villarreal felt that the threat was diminished they were wrong. A smart move involving Samir Nasri, Balotelli and Touré five minutes later ended with the Ivorian midfielder dancing past Catalá and burying his second goal. On to Naples for impressive City.

Last updated: 04/11/11 0.33CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000263/match=2007626/postmatch/report/index.html#city+surge+ousts+villarreal

Quotes

  • Juan Carlos Garrido

    Read more"More important than getting players back is that I can see the team still has a good attitude; we worked together. We are rising above the knocks we have been taking"

  • Roberto Mancini

    Read more"We know that anything can happen although we are going very well. I still believe we need to improve"

Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

man. city

Man. City

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez (C)
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
Yellow Card45+2
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Yellow Card45+3
7
MilnerJames Milner
8
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
Substitution76
15
SavićStefan Savić
11
PerézHernán Peréz
Yellow Card68
Substitution84
19
NasriSamir Nasri
14
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution65
15
CataláJosé Catalá
Yellow Card39
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
18
WakasoMubarak Wakaso
Yellow Card27
Substitution77
34
N. De JongNigel de Jong
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
Goal30
Goal71
Substitution74
41
JoseluJoselu
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Yellow Card27
Goal45+3
Substitution82

Substitutes

1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
3
OriolJoan Oriol
Substitution84
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
6
Ángel LópezÁngel López
Substitution76
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
23
BordásGerard Bordás
Substitution77
11
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution65
26
GullónMarcos Gullón
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Substitution82
30
TomásCarlos Tomás
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution74
50
FofoFofo
18
BarryGareth Barry

Coach

Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Hugo Miguel (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Capela (POR), João Ferreira (POR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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