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Aris and City draw blank in Salonika

Published: Tuesday 15 February 2011, 20.45CET
Aris Thessaloniki FC 0-0 Manchester City FC
The last-32 tie failed to produce a breakthrough, leaving all to play for in next week's second leg in north-west England.
Aris and City draw blank in Salonika
City's David Silva (left) tries to escape the attentions of Ronaldo Guiaro ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArisMan. City

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target1
 
5
Corners4
 
8
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
19
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Tuesday 15 February 2011, 20.45CET

Aris and City draw blank in Salonika

Aris Thessaloniki FC 0-0 Manchester City FC
The last-32 tie failed to produce a breakthrough, leaving all to play for in next week's second leg in north-west England.

Neither Aris Thessaloniki FC and Manchester City FC were able to take a significant stride towards the UEFA Europa League round of 16 as the first leg of their last-32 tie finished 0-0.

Both teams had their chances in an even game in Greece, but neither was able to make the decisive breakthrough and they will reconvene at the City of Manchester Stadium with the tie goalless. Roberto Mancini's side – bidding to repeat or better their 2008/09 feat, when they reached the quarter-finals – will seek to finish the job on 24 February.

Aris were unbeaten in five previous home games in this season's competition, and boasted an unbeaten European home record stretching back 40 years. Yet goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis was called upon to make two solid stops early on to prevent the Greek team falling behind.

He dived to his left to parry David Silva's well-struck shot in the ninth minute before Aleksandr Kolarov's low left-wing cross found its way to the feet of City's January signing Edin Džeko; his shot did not carry enough power to unduly trouble the goalkeeper.

Giannis Michalitsos's charges showed little as an attacking force in the opening period, although five minutes before the break Neto did threaten a breakthrough, curling a free-kick just wide of Joe Hart's right-hand post.

While the home team continued to press as the second half unfolded, they were unable to cause too many problems and evidence of City's continued threat arrived just past the hour, Sifakis producing a fine stop to turn over Džeko's powerful header with his right hand.

Hart was then properly extended for the first time, diving to his right and pushing Neto's swerving effort behind. Džeko responded almost immediately, narrowly failing to find the target from range, but both sides must hope their attacking radars function more accurately in next week's second leg.

Last updated: 17/02/11 0.03CET

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Lineups

aris

Aris

man. city

Man. City

13
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK) (C)
25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
2
NetoNeto
Substitution88
2
RichardsMicah Richards
5
Ronaldo GuiaroRonaldo Guiaro
8
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Substitution77
8
TojaJuan Carlos Toja
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Yellow Card77
Substitution84
14
FatyRicardo Faty
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
16
MichelMichel
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
22
BobadillaRaúl Bobadilla
Substitution72
18
BarryGareth Barry
24
LazaridisNikos Lazaridis
21
SilvaDavid Silva
32
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
28
K. TouréKolo Touré
55
PrittasSakis Prittas
32
TévezCarlos Tévez (C)
88
SakataDaisuke Sakata
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré

Substitutes

1
VellidisMarkos Vellidis (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
3
OriolOriol
4
KompanyVincent Kompany
9
CesarecDanijel Cesarec
Substitution72
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution84
17
KaznaferisKostas Kaznaferis
19
LescottJoleon Lescott
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
24
VieiraPatrick Vieira
33
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
27
Jô
77
CastilloNery Castillo
Substitution88
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Substitution77

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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