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Agüero caps late City comeback at Porto

Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 23.00CET
FC Porto 1-2 Manchester City FC
Sergio Agüero came off the bench to hit the winner for the Premier League leaders as the holders began their title defence with a damaging defeat.
by Chris Burke
from Estádio do Dragão

Match statistics

PortoMan. City

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
1
Corners5
 
2
Offsides0
10
Fouls committed20
 
22
Yellow cards2
 
6
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 23.00CET

Agüero caps late City comeback at Porto

FC Porto 1-2 Manchester City FC
Sergio Agüero came off the bench to hit the winner for the Premier League leaders as the holders began their title defence with a damaging defeat.

Manchester City FC will already be glimpsing themselves in the last 16 after Sergio Agüero's late goal capped a 2-1 comeback success to ruin FC Porto's return to the UEFA Europa League.

Winners of this competition last season, Porto went ahead through Silvestre Varela close to the half-hour as their slick passing made them a thorny proposition. Roberto Mancini's men were creating danger of their own, though, and Álvaro Pereira's own goal brought them level after the restart before substitute Agüero finished from close range with five minutes remaining.

The hosts made the first inroads of a tight opening period and went close after 15 minutes when Gaël Clichy was forced to head a Rolando header over the crossbar following a corner. That scare brought a rapid response from City, with Helton batting away a Samir Nasri free-kick so nearly diverted by Mario Balotelli, before the goalkeeper dived to his left to deny Micah Richards and Nasri.

Having finally made their presence felt, the visitors promptly fell behind, as Hulk broke free down the left and rifled in a low cross for Varela to stab in ahead of Clichy. Helton's save from a long-range Balotelli half-volley preserved the advantage, the Italy striker having had time and space to run at goal, and a wayward Hulk effort ensured it was not extended before the break.

Taking heart from their first-half openings, City turned up the tempo after the interval, with Richards blasting against a post before Álvaro Pereira turned a searching Yaya Touré ball into his own net under pressure from Balotelli.

It was then Joe Hart's turn to impress between the posts as he pawed away a swerving Hulk set piece, and it was Helton who conceded next as Touré fed Agüero from the left to leave the visitors on top ahead of next Thursday's reunion.

Last updated: 25/09/14 6.34CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

man. city

Man. City

1
HeltonHelton (GK)
25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
2
DaniloDanilo
Yellow Card20
Substitution22
2
RichardsMicah Richards
Yellow Card90+3
3
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
Yellow Card59
4
MaiconMaicon
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
5
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
Yellow Card55
Goal55
18
BarryGareth Barry
Yellow Card61
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
19
NasriSamir Nasri
Yellow Card75
Substitution88
12
HulkHulk (C)
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution83
14
RolandoRolando
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Goal27
Substitution77
34
N. De JongNigel de Jong
Yellow Card60
19
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
Yellow Card25
25
FernandoFernando
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Substitution78

Substitutes

31
Rafael BracaliRafael Bracali (GK)
30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
10
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution88
11
KléberKléber
Substitution77
8
PizarroDavid Pizarro
20
DjalmaDjalma
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Substitution22
Substitution89
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Substitution83
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
15
SavićStefan Savić
35
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution89
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution78
Goal85

Coach

Vítor Pereira (POR) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Fourth official

Süleyman Abay (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

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