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City in ruthless mood

Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.04CET
Manchester City FC 5-0 Total Network Solutions FC Welsh minnows are overwhelmed by second-half spree.

Match statistics

Man. CityTNS

Goals scored5
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.04CET

City in ruthless mood

Manchester City FC 5-0 Total Network Solutions FC Welsh minnows are overwhelmed by second-half spree.

English Premiership side Manchester City achieved an ultimately emphatic 5-0 victory over Welsh visitors Total Network Solutions FC in their first competitive game at their new City of Manchester Stadium.

All-British meeting
Although City, playing in their first European tie in 24 years, were in front from the 14th minute it was not until the second half that the floodgates really opened in this eagerly awaited all-British meeting in the UEFA Cup qualifying round.

Sinclair on target
City could have been more than one goal ahead at half-time despite TNS's industrious efforts to keep them at bay. Shaun Wright-Phillips shot wide with only goalkeeper Gerard Doherty to beat before the home side went in front when TNS failed to clear a 14th-minute corner, and England midfield player Trevor Sinclair chipped the ball into the net.

Doherty saves
Doherty excelled in saving a Wright-Phillips shot after 27 minutes, and the only TNS effort on goal in the first half saw John Leah blast a long-range effort wide.

Sun shines
TNS launched several attacks at the start of the second half, but their sudden confidence was short-lived, because Wright-Phillips soon increased City's lead with a 25-metre strike. On the hour, Robbie Fowler fired in a cross and Jihai Sun made no mistake with a header for the third.

Five in the bag
The Welsh part-timers were now beginning to tire, and David Sommeil struck the fourth goal after Doherty was caught napping from a corner. The fifth goal came with three minutes left on the clock, French international Nicolas Anelka scoring.

Last updated: 15/08/03 1.07CET

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

tns

TNS

1
SeamanDavid Seaman (GK)
1
DohertyGerard Doherty (GK)
2
SommeilDavid Sommeil
Goal73
2
NaylorMartin Naylor
5
DistinSylvain Distin (C)
3
KingChris King
8
FowlerRobbie Fowler
Substitution72
4
BrabinGary Brabin (C)
Yellow Card90+2
14
BerkovicEyal Berkovic
5
AggreyJimmy Aggrey
17
SunJihai Sun
Goal60
6
TaylorChris Taylor
18
TarnatMichael Tarnat
Substitution80
7
RuscoeScott Ruscoe
26
BosveltPaul Bosvelt
Substitution65
8
BridgewaterDavid Bridgewater
Substitution80
28
SinclairTrevor Sinclair
Goal14
9
WardNicholas Ward
Substitution55
29
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Goal51
10
DaviesSimon Davies
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Goal87
11
LeahJohn Leah

Substitutes

12
WeaverNick Weaver (GK)
23
WilliamsDean Williams (GK)
4
WiekensGerrit Wiekens
12
WoodJamie Wood
Substitution80
7
HuckerbyDarren Carl Huckerby
14
TonerJohn Toner
Substitution55
9
WanchopePaulo Wanchope
Substitution72
15
WildeMichael Wilde
19
TirttoDanny Tirtto
Substitution80
16
PerryJustin Perry
22
DunneRichard Dunne
17
BeckSteven Beck
24
BartonJoey Barton
Substitution65
18
EvansSteve Evans

Coach

Kevin Keegan (ENG) Kenneth Michael Mckenna (WAL)

Referee

Alexey Tiumin (RUS)

Assistant referees

Lev Antonov (RUS), Vassiliy Pravilo (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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