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Classy City win through in Gelsenkirchen

Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.48CET
FC Schalke 04 0-2 Manchester City FC
Benjani Mwaruwari and Stephen Ireland registered as a Robinho-free City clinched a Round of 32 berth with a committed performance in Germany.
Classy City win through in Gelsenkirchen
Benjani Mwaruwari (second left) celebrates after making it 1-0 in Gelsenkirchen ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SchalkeMan. City

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target0
3
Corners7
 
3
Offsides0
6
Fouls committed8
 
13
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.48CET

Classy City win through in Gelsenkirchen

FC Schalke 04 0-2 Manchester City FC
Benjani Mwaruwari and Stephen Ireland registered as a Robinho-free City clinched a Round of 32 berth with a committed performance in Germany.

Manchester City FC are through to the UEFA Cup Round of 32 with goals from Benjani Mwaruwari and Stephen Ireland capping a well-measured away display.

Robinho rested
With Brazilian star Robinho left back in Manchester nursing a minor injury, City put in a controlled performance in Gelsenkirchen. Benjani scored after a quick break in the first half before Ireland gained consolation for an effort ruled offside before the interval with the second goal for Mark Hughes's side, as Schalke were kept well shackled at home. The 2-2 draw between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Real Racing Club ensured City would at worst finish third in the group; Schalke will aim to join them in qualifying with a win at FC Twente next Wednesday.

Simple task
City set out their stall to keep Schalke at arm's length, and successfully limited their hosts' attacking ambitions. Joe Hart twice denied Jermaine Jones from distance, then Benjani broke the deadlock, putting the ball into an empty net at the far post after Daniel Sturridge's pass across the area cut out two defenders and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at one stroke.

Cheeky finish
Ireland thought he had got a second when he deflected a Benjani shot into the net, yet he was rightly judged to be offside. However, the Premier League team continued to sparkle on the counterattack after half-time, with Neuer parrying Shaun Wright-Phillips's strike before Ireland made it 2-0 on 66 minutes. The midfielder exchanged passes with Benjani before a kind deflection left him free to stroke the ball under Neuer as he raced off his line.

Instinctive block
With City seemingly distracted, Schalke then had their best spell of the match. Richard Dunne did well to force Christian Pander's attempt wide before Halil Altıntop produced a disappointing strike when well-placed. However, Fred Rutten's side received proof that this was not to be their night as Hart made a great reaction save to block Gerald Asamoah's header from a Pander free-kick.

Last updated: 28/11/08 9.44CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

man. city

Man. City

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
2
WestermannHeiko Westermann
2
RichardsMicah Richards
Yellow Card58
10
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution63
33
KompanyVincent Kompany
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon (C)
Substitution73
22
DunneRichard Dunne (C)
24
PanderChristian Pander
15
GarridoJavier Garrido
Substitution46
37
EngelaarOrlando Engelaar
8
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
13
JonesJermaine Jones
21
HamannDietmar Hamann
18
RafinhaRafinha
7
IrelandStephen Ireland
Yellow Card64
Goal66
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
12
VassellDarius Vassell
19
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
Substitution80
27
BenjaniMwaruwari Benjani
Goal32
Substitution84
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
28
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge

Substitutes

33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
16
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
3
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
3
BallMichael Ball
Substitution46
8
ErnstFabian Ernst
14
Jô
Substitution84
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
Substitution63
24
EvansChed Evans
23
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
Substitution73
26
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
25
ZambranoCarlos Zambrano
36
BertiGláuber Berti
27
Vicente SánchezVicente Sánchez
Substitution80
30
LoganShaleum Logan

Coach

Fred Rutten (NED) Mark Hughes (WAL)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Aurel Oniţă (ROU), Cristian Nica (ROU)

Fourth official

Sorin Corpodean (ROU)

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