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De Jong double leaves City on the brink

Published: Tuesday 6 November 2012, 22.55CET
Manchester City FC 2-2 AFC Ajax
Roberto Mancini's charges came from two down to earn a point but are nevertheless on the brink of their second successive group stage exit.
by Simon Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium

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Match statistics

Man. CityAjax

Goals scored2
 
2
on target6
 
5
off target7
 
8
Corners7
 
6
Offsides8
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
11
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)52
 
48

Standings

Last updated: 15/11/2012 22:25 CET

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Published: Tuesday 6 November 2012, 22.55CET

De Jong double leaves City on the brink

Manchester City FC 2-2 AFC Ajax
Roberto Mancini's charges came from two down to earn a point but are nevertheless on the brink of their second successive group stage exit.

Manchester City FC fought back from two goals down to earn a draw with AFC Ajax yet they still stand on the brink of an early UEFA Champions League exit for the second year running.

Ajax took control with two Siem de Jong goals inside the first 17 minutes but City gained a lifeline through Yaya Touré's 22nd-minute strike and Sergio Agüero secured them a point with 16 minutes remaining.

It was an outcome that did neither team too much good, with Ajax still three points behind second-placed Real Madrid CF and City a further two points adrift with two draws and two defeats.

Although Pablo Zabaleta had an early chance which he fired over the crossbar, it was Ajax who made the breakthrough from their first corner. It was one that Matija Nastasić conceded needlessly and a goal that City's defence will not enjoy reviewing. When Niklas Moisander got a scruffy touch to Christian Eriksen's set piece, the ball ran beyond the near post and, as nobody in a light blue shirt reacted, De Jong squeezed it over Joe Hart from a tight angle.

Another Eriksen corner seven minutes later brought De Jong's second goal and again City did not help themselves as Touré left the Ajax captain free to arrow in a header at the near post.

However, City soon had hope as Touré halved the deficit with an acrobatic volley. Samir Nasri played over a cross which bounced off an Ajax head towards the back post, where Touré collected it on his chest and in a flash sent the ball flying past Kenneth Vermeer. Yet Frank de Boer's visitors kept their composure, looking accomplished as they played their neat one-twos and denied City possession.

The home side stepped up a gear in the second half with Mario Balotelli replacing Javi García to join Agüero and Carlos Tévez up front. Agüero soon had the ball in the net but was offside. The Argentinian then seemed poised to round Vermeer only to lose his footing.

City's pressure appeared to be subsiding as Hart twice kept out shots from De Jong. However, Roberto Mancini's team got their equaliser as Balotelli flicked on a forward ball and Agüero got there ahead of Toby Alderweireld and drove low into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Cue a frantic finish in which Agüero saw a volley ruled offside yet once again for City in this competition, it was just not to be.

Last updated: 08/11/12 0.47CET

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

ajax

Ajax

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
4
N. MoisanderNiklas Moisander
8
NasriSamir Nasri
5
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Yellow Card85
Substitution87
14
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Substitution46
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Goal74
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong (C)
Goal10
Goal17
18
BarryGareth Barry
Substitution85
17
BlindDaley Blind
Yellow Card46
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
20
SchöneLasse Schöne
Substitution78
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Substitution66
21
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
Substitution90+3
33
NastasićMatija Nastasić
24
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
Goal22
49
BabelRyan Babel

Substitutes

30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
3
MaiconMaicon
6
EnohEyong Enoh
Substitution78
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution66
19
SanaTobias Sana
Substitution90+3
11
SinclairScott Sinclair
33
VeltmanJoël Veltman
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Substitution85
34
DenswilStefano Denswil
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Substitution46
35
DijksMitchell Dijks
56
Meppen WaltersCourtney Meppen Walters
39
FischerViktor Fischer
Substitution87

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Frank de Boer (NED)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Niels Hoeg (DEN)

Fourth official

Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Kenn Hansen (DEN), Jakob Kehlet (DEN)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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