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Grafting Groclin unsettle City

Published: Friday 7 November 2003, 0.13CET
Manchester City FC 1-1 Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski A splendid free-kick earns visitors a draw.

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Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 7 November 2003, 0.13CET

Grafting Groclin unsettle City

Manchester City FC 1-1 Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski A splendid free-kick earns visitors a draw.

A superbly taken free-kick from midfield player Sebastian Mila earned Polish side Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski a precious 1-1 away draw against Manchester City FC in their second round first-leg UEFA Cup encounter.

Price paid
City, however, were thoroughly dominant before the break and would have had the game wrapped up before the interval had their finishing been more effective. In the end they were made to pay a heavy price for spurning a succession of opportunities and now face a potentially problematic trip to Poland on 27 November.

Keegan frustrated
The draw left City manager Kevin Keegan frustrated. "We showed plenty of effort but not enough finishing ability," he said. "We had a good start and created some good chances but 1-1 is not a great result."

Sharp start
Keegan's men began sharply and could have had more than a one-goal advantage inside the first ten minutes, with Claudio Reyna blasting over the bar early on. But the miss seemed like it would be irrelevant when Nicolas Anelka - who had recovered from a thigh strain to take his place in the starting lineup - scored his fourth UEFA Cup goal this season, delicately chipping goalkeeper Mariusz Liberda on six minutes after a raking crossfield ball from Robbie Fowler.

Fowler miss
Groclin, in mid-table in the Polish First Division, first threatened in the 12th minute; David Seaman diving to his right to save a powerful header from Mariusz Pawlak. The home side should have doubled the advantage on the half-hour when Anelka and Steve McManaman combined smoothly on the left flank, culminating with the ex-Real Madrid CF midfield player dragging back to Fowler, who clipped his shot wide of the far post with the goal at his mercy.

Motivational huddle
At the beginning of the second half, the Groclin players sought inspiration by huddling together in the centre circle - and the motivational tactic appeared to work as they were considerably more purposeful going forward. Mila came within centimetres of chipping Seaman in the 51st minute. He was angry to waste the chance but his despair turned to joy soon after when he secured the vital leveller, bending the ball over the wall and into the top corner in the 65th minute.

No breakthrough
Keegan then rang the changes in search of the winner, bringing on Danny Tiatto and Paolo Wanchope in place of the former Liverpool FC pair McManaman and Fowler. The away defence, though, held firm to the last. Tarnat, with a ferocious free-kick, and Wanchope both went close in the final stages but the breakthrough was not forthcoming.

Kaczmarek content
"We were under pressure in the first quarter of an hour but we watched City against [KSC] Lokeren [OV] and thought we would be able to come into it," said Groclin coach Dusan Radolský. "That estimation proved correct. We created some beautiful chances and in the end we got a draw. But the return leg is going to be open."

Keegan's concerns
Keegan added: "Apart from the first 15 minutes we let them in the game too much. Groclin have achieved a deserved draw. We made life difficult for ourselves by thinking we would win it and it's going to be hard in Poland."

Last updated: 27/11/03 19.02CET

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Lineups

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Man. City

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Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski

1
SeamanDavid Seaman (GK)
1
LiberdaMariusz Liberda (GK)
5
DistinSylvain Distin
2
MynářRadek Mynář
8
FowlerRobbie Fowler
Substitution75
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
17
SunJihai Sun
5
ZającMarcin Zając
Substitution86
18
TarnatMichael Tarnat
Yellow Card64
9
RasiakGrzegorz Rasiak
20
McManamanSteve McManaman
Substitution64
11
WieszczyckiTomasz Wieszczycki
22
DunneRichard Dunne
15
KoziołIgor Kozioł
24
BartonJoey Barton
18
PawlakMariusz Pawlak
29
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
19
SedláčekLumír Sedláček
Yellow Card79
6
ReynaClaudio Reyna
Substitution26
22
MilaSebastian Mila
Goal65
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Goal5
23
NiedzielanAndrzej Niedzielan
Substitution70

Substitutes

32
EllegaardKevin Stuhr Ellegaard (GK)
20
MoskałaTomasz Moskała
26
BosveltPaul Bosvelt
Substitution26
12
PrzyrowskiSebastian Przyrowski (GK)
10
SibierskiAntoine Sibierski
10
RockiPiotr Rocki
2
SommeilDavid Sommeil
8
PrusekBogdan Prusek
19
TirttoDanny Tirtto
Substitution64
7
PiechniakPiotr Piechniak
Substitution70
9
WanchopePaulo Wanchope
Substitution75
14
GorszkowLukasz Gorszkow
11
MackenJohn Macken
16
KaczmarczykRafal Kaczmarczyk
Substitution86

Coach

Kevin Keegan (ENG) Dušan Radolský (SVK)

Referee

Georgios Kasnaferis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Georgios Taprantzis (GRE), Andreas Giakoumis (GRE)

Fourth official

Ioannis Kaminaris (GRE)

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