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City comeback in vain as Sporting progress

Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 23.05CET
Manchester City FC 3-2 Sporting Clube de Portugal (agg: 3-3, Sporting win on away goals)
Roberto Mancini's side came from two down to win on the night but it was still not enough to reach the last eight.
by Simon Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium

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Match statistics

Man. CitySporting

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners11
 
6
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
11
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 23.05CET

City comeback in vain as Sporting progress

Manchester City FC 3-2 Sporting Clube de Portugal (agg: 3-3, Sporting win on away goals)
Roberto Mancini's side came from two down to win on the night but it was still not enough to reach the last eight.

An evening that began with a big cheer to greet the news of Manchester United FC's UEFA Europa League elimination ended with dismay for Manchester City FC as they joined their neighbours in exiting the competition, beaten on away goals by Sporting Clube de Portugal. City produced an impressive comeback on the evening, fighting from two goals down to win 3-2, but it was not enough.

Ultimately City paid the price for a sluggish first-half display as Sporting added to their 1-0 first-leg advantage with goals from Matías Fernández and Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Although Sergio Agüero's double and Mario Balotelli's penalty set up a grandstand finish, Sporting held on to progress to a first European quarter-final since 2008.

City had entered the match on the back of two 1-0 defeats, following up their loss in Lisbon with a reverse at Swansea City AFC. They started without any real fluency, getting no closer to an early goal than an Adam Johnson volley past the far post.

A looping Xandão header was an early warning from Sporting and after containing City comfortably for the first half-hour, they struck. After Balotelli fouled Emiliano Insúa, Fernández lined up the free-kick to the left of the area and, with his right foot, bent the ball around the wall and past Joe Hart. Sporting extended their lead when Marat Izmailov broke into the box on the right and crossed low for Van Wolfswinkel to turn in at the far post.

Sporting, despite a recent upturn in form and confidence, would not have expected such a dream first half against opponents unbeaten in 16 European home outings. They will have braced themselves for City's response, which began on the hour as Yaya Touré threaded a pass to Agüero, who lifted the ball past Rui Patrício.

When Balotelli converted from the spot with 15 minutes left, the home fans sensed the comeback might be on. So it was as substitute Edin Džeko flicked on Aleksandar Kolarov's corner for the unmarked Agüero to steer the ball in at the far post. Sporting were hanging on now and it took Rui Patrício's fingertip save to foil City counterpart Joe Hart at the death.

Last updated: 27/11/12 10.18CET

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Lineups

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Man. City

sporting

Sporting

25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
2
RichardsMicah Richards
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
Yellow Card62
8
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Substitution55
4
PolgaAnderson Polga (C)
Yellow Card90+1
11
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution46
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Yellow Card22
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
Goal40
Substitution68
15
SavićStefan Savić
Yellow Card73
10
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Goal60
Goal82
11
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution64
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution66
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Yellow Card26
Goal33
Substitution64
28
K. TouréKolo Touré (C)
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
Yellow Card13
48
InsuaEmiliano Insua
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Goal75
Yellow Card90+1
93
XandãoXandão

Substitutes

30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
12
MarceloMarcelo (GK)
7
MilnerJames Milner
6
EvaldoEvaldo
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution55
17
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez
Substitution64
19
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution66
18
CarrilloAndre Carrillo
Substitution68
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
26
André SantosAndré Santos
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong
Substitution46
31
Renato NetoRenato Neto
Substitution64
64
RomanJoan Angel Roman
33
Diego RubioDiego Rubio

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Ricardo Sá Pinto (POR)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Tommy Skjerven (NOR), Espen Berntsen (NOR)

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