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Adebayor's City hat-trick leaves Lech reeling

Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 22.50CET
Manchester City FC 3-1 KKS Lech Poznań
Emmanuel Adebayor's hat-trick inflicted a first defeat on Lech as the home side moved three points clear at the Group A summit.
by Simon Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium

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Match statistics

Man. CityLech

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
8
Corners5
 
9
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
15
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 22.50CET

Adebayor's City hat-trick leaves Lech reeling

Manchester City FC 3-1 KKS Lech Poznań
Emmanuel Adebayor's hat-trick inflicted a first defeat on Lech as the home side moved three points clear at the Group A summit.

Emmanuel Adebayor's hat-trick moved Manchester City FC three points clear at the UEFA Europa League Group A summit and inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on KKS Lech Poznań.

With City captain Carlos Tévez on the bench ahead of Sunday's Premier League visit of Arsenal FC, Adebayor assumed the job of matchwinner. He scored twice before the interval and although Joël Tschibamba revived Lech's hopes soon after, Adebayor's 73rd-minute strike made sure.

Lech had the backing of 5,000 fans, more than half from Britain's Polish ex-pat community, ensuring a lively atmosphere. They almost had an early goal to cheer too when Slawomir Peszko flashed an effort wide after robbing Nigel de Jong. But after Adam Johnson had driven a cross-shot just past the far post, Adebayor broke the deadlock.

Receiving the ball from Patrick Vieira on the edge of the box he left Bartosz Bosacki for dead with a slick turn before slotting home his first goal of the season. His second came 12 minutes later as he headed David Silva's pinpoint cross into the far corner. Lech halved the deficit after 50 minutes. After Johnson had surrendered possession, Peszko wriggled into the box from the right and fell under Joleon Lescott's challenge; Pablo Zabaleta then failed to clear and Marcin Kikut fired the loose ball into the middle where Tshibamba found the bottom corner.

The Congolese forward was a surprise selection by Lech coach Jacek Kieliński in place of Artjoms Rudņevs and he could have equalised in the 70th minute only to shoot over. Instead Adebayor killed off Lech's hopes with a close-range finish from Silva's superb curled through ball. Johnson later bent a shot on to the goalframe while Tshibamba almost deflected Joe Hart's clearance back into the net but the points already belonged to City, who visit Poland on 4 November knowing a win will take them through.

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Lineups

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Man. City

lech

Lech

25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
30
BurićJasmin Burić (GK)
2
RichardsMicah Richards
5
ArboledaManuel Arboleda
Substitution70
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution85
7
WilkJakub Wilk
Substitution55
8
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Substitution78
10
KrivetsSergei Krivets
9
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Goal13
Goal25
Goal73
15
DrygasKamil Drygas
Substitution56
11
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
17
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
19
LescottJoleon Lescott
19
BosackiBartosz Bosacki (C)
Yellow Card33
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution75
20
TshibambaJoël Tshibamba
Goal50
24
VieiraPatrick Vieira
21
InjacDimitrije Injac
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong (C)
23
KikutMarcin Kikut
38
BoyataDedryck Boyata
25
HenriquezLuis Henriquez

Substitutes

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
27
KotorowskiKrzysztof Kotorowski (GK)
3
BridgeWayne Bridge
Substitution85
2
GancarczykSeweryn Gancarczyk
4
KompanyVincent Kompany
3
DjurdjevićIvan Djurdjević
Substitution70
7
MilnerJames Milner
13
ZápotokaJán Zápotoka
27
Jô
Substitution78
14
ŠtilićSemir Štilić
Substitution55
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
16
RudņevsArtjoms Rudņevs
Substitution56
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
Substitution75
18
WichniarekArtur Wichniarek

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Jacek Zieliński (POL)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Aurel Onita (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Petrescu (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Marius Avram (ROU), Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

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