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Slick City end Porto's UEFA Europa League defence

Published: Wednesday 22 February 2012, 19.54CET
Manchester City FC 4-0 FC Porto (agg: 6-1)
Three late goals and Sergio Agüero's after just 19 seconds took the English side through to the round of 16 at the expense of holders Porto.
by Simon Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium

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Match statistics

Man. CityPorto

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
10
Corners4
 
8
Offsides6
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 22 February 2012, 19.54CET

Slick City end Porto's UEFA Europa League defence

Manchester City FC 4-0 FC Porto (agg: 6-1)
Three late goals and Sergio Agüero's after just 19 seconds took the English side through to the round of 16 at the expense of holders Porto.

The UEFA Europa League trophy slipped from holders FC Porto's grasp on a rainy evening in England as goals from Manchester City FC's Sergio Agüero, Edin Džeko, David Silva and David Pizarro consigned them to a crushing 6-1 aggregate defeat.

A goal inside 20 seconds from Agüero was the worst possible start for a Porto side already with an uphill task after last Thursday's 2-1 home loss. All their subsequent possession and pressure came to naught, and their fate was sealed by a late collapse which brought three goals in the final quarter-hour, and a red card for the visitors' Rolando.

Unbeaten now in 16 European home outings, City will look to their last-16 meeting with Sporting Clube de Portugal or Legia Warszawa with confidence, even if they will be shorn of Yaya Touré after his booking tonight. They tightened their grip on this tie after just 19 seconds when Agüero, scorer of the late first-leg winner, inflicted further punishment on Porto.

Collecting Nicolás Otamendi's loose ball out of defence, Yaya Touré threaded the ball back between Fernando and Otamendi, sending Agüero clear to angle a low finish into the far corner of Helton's goal. City could now afford to sit back and look to hit Porto on the counter, something they nearly did when Yaya Touré was foiled by Helton and Agüero by the crossbar.

The visitors had chances of their own, but Silvestre Varela, clear on the left, failed to beat Joe Hart, while Otamendi blasted wastefully over from a corner. Porto's pressure increased after the restart but Lucho González poked a shot wide. When James Rodríguez did find the net from a low Maicon cross, he was denied by an offside call.

Porto's fate was sealed with 14 minutes remaining, when Agüero set up substitute Džeko to beat Helton. Rolando was immediately shown a second yellow card and the visitors' heads dropped. Cue a Silva tap-in, supplied by Pizarro, and the latter's first City goal, capitalising after the ball was inadvertently touched into his path by Cristian Săpunaru.

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

porto

Porto

25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
2
RichardsMicah Richards
3
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Yellow Card14
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
4
MaiconMaicon
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Goal1
Substitution80
12
HulkHulk (C)
18
BarryGareth Barry
Substitution57
14
RolandoRolando
Yellow Card14
Red Card77
19
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution69
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution63
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Goal84
19
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
Substitution80
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
25
FernandoFernando
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
Yellow Card67
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
Yellow Card27
Substitution63

Substitutes

30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
31
Rafael BracaliRafael Bracali (GK)
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
10
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution63
7
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution57
11
KléberKléber
8
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Substitution80
Goal86
20
DjalmaDjalma
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution69
Goal76
21
SăpunaruCristian Săpunaru
Substitution63
15
SavićStefan Savić
35
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution80
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
42
PodstawskiTomás Podstawski

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Vítor Pereira (POR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Fritz (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Florian Meyer (GER), Deniz Aytekin (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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