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Džeko double seals City passage

Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 23.06CET
Manchester City FC 3-0 Aris Thessaloniki FC (agg: 3-0)
Two first-half goals from Edin Džeko set Roberto Mancini's side on their way to the last 16, Yaya Touré completing the scoring.
by Simon Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium

Match statistics

Man. CityAris

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners5
 
3
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 23.06CET

Džeko double seals City passage

Manchester City FC 3-0 Aris Thessaloniki FC (agg: 3-0)
Two first-half goals from Edin Džeko set Roberto Mancini's side on their way to the last 16, Yaya Touré completing the scoring.

Manchester City FC set up a last-16 meeting with FC Dynamo Kyiv after Edin Džeko's first-half double and Yaya Touré's late third secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over Aris Thessaloniki FC.

After last week's stalemate in Greece, Roberto Mancini's team took control of the tie with two goals inside 12 minutes from Džeko. Given Aris had scored only three in their preceding eight games – all by Neto – the last thing they wanted was to concede early. Yet after seven minutes defender Nikolaos Lazaridis slipped when controlling Aleksandar Kolarov's long ball, leaving Džeko clear to shoot across Michalis Sifakis and into the bottom corner for his first European goal for City.

Džeko found the same corner five minutes later when, after collecting Carlos Tévez's pass, he stepped inside Michel and, this time with his left foot, beat Sifakis with an angled drive. Aris were heading out of the UEFA Europa League yet their supporters did not stop singing. Some 3,500 fans had flown over to Manchester and, joined by another 1,000 or so Greek expats, they maintained their impressively noisy backing throughout.

Although City lost Vincent Kompany to injury before half-time – Jerome Boateng moving into central defence with substitute Pablo Zabaleta filling in at left-back – they were untroubled by a visiting attack which forced only one save out of Joe Hart. On the stroke of half-time Džeko missed a golden chance for his hat-trick, Sifakis getting a hand to the ball as the Bosnian international sought to round him.

Raúl Bobadilla was not far wide for Aris with a speculative effort that went over the angle of post and crossbar on the hour but Giannis Michalitsios's men were second best. Mario Balotelli struck a post before, in the 75th minute, Touré made it three, picking up a clearance from a corner and beating Sifakis with a 25-metre strike that deflected in off Kristi Vangjeli.

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

aris

Aris

25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
13
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK) (C)
4
KompanyVincent Kompany
Substitution35
2
NetoNeto
Yellow Card43
Substitution80
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Goal7
Goal12
5
Ronaldo GuiaroRonaldo Guiaro
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Yellow Card90+1
8
TojaJuan Carlos Toja
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
14
FatyRicardo Faty
18
BarryGareth Barry
16
MichelMichel
19
LescottJoleon Lescott
22
BobadillaRaúl Bobadilla
Substitution61
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution80
24
LazaridisNikos Lazaridis
32
TévezCarlos Tévez (C)
Substitution79
32
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
Yellow Card38
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
Goal75
55
PrittasSakis Prittas
Yellow Card72
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
88
SakataDaisuke Sakata
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
TaylorStuart Taylor (GK)
25
JuanmaJuanma (GK)
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution35
3
OriolOriol
8
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Substitution80
9
CesarecDanijel Cesarec
24
VieiraPatrick Vieira
Substitution79
10
KokeSergio Koke
Substitution61
27
Jô
17
KaznaferisKostas Kaznaferis
Substitution80
28
K. TouréKolo Touré
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
Substitution46
57
WabaraReece Wabara

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Matějek (CZE), Radek Příhoda (CZE)

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