Friday July 20, 2012 July Finished

Besiktas 0 - 2 Manchester City

  • Agüero 45’
  • Kompany 56’

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    • Besiktas
    • Manchester City
    • 90' FULL TIME. No additional time as City run out 2-0 winners in Innsbruck. A better performance than of late by City, who face Arsenal in Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium next week.
    • 87' Weiss goes close with a rasping drive from the edge of the box - but the ball flies just wide.
    • 86' Besiktas sub: Mertcan, Mehmet off
    • 85' Inevitably perhaps, the host of substitutions have taken the edge out of this contest. Five to play.
    • 82' Besiktas sub: Tanju on, Fernandes off.
    • 81' Besiktas sub: Erkan on, Roberto off.
    • 79' If that had been a league game Fernandes and perhaps Kolarov would have seen red there.
    • 78' And Fernandes is booked for his reaction, having shoved Evans in the face.
    • 77' Evans is booked for the tackle.
    • 76' Handbags here as Evans brings Fernandes down with a late tackle. Fernandes shoves Evans and then Kolarov gets involved. All very unsavoury as several players get involved.
    • 74' Besiktas sub: Burak on, Olcay off.
    • 72' City sub: Evans on, Yaya off.
    • 71' Weiss bursts forward on the counter-attack for City but is shoved over 25 yards from goal.
    • 70' Besiktas are managing to keep a lid on things at the moment, but are struggling to really open City up.
    • 68' City sub: Rekik on, Zabaleta off.
    • 67' Besiktas sub: Kadir on, Mustafa off.
    • 65' City sub: Jelavic on, Aguero off.
    • 63' City settling into their rhythm more and more as this game goes on. They could add a third before the night's out.
    • 61' The luck just seems to be against Besiktas tonight.
    • 60' Besiktas hit the post! Mustafa bends a shot past Pantilimon from 25 yards, but it strikes the base of Pantilimon's left-hand post.
    • 58' City sub: Savic on, Kompany off.
    • 57' The score is a little unfair on Besiktas, who have attacked with flair and purpose. Still time though...
    • 55' GOAL! Kompany scores for City with a fantastic run and chip! Johnson puts the City captain through on goal and he caps a powerful run forward from the back with a delightful chip over the keeper. The keeper got a hand to it, but it dropped just under the bar.
    • 53' Fernandes whips in the corner too, but Kompany gets it away with a thumping header out.
    • 52' Fernandes swings the free-kick into the box and Kompany is forced to flick it away for a Besiktas corner.
    • 50' Necip has gone down holding his head - he's receiving treatment now.
    • 48' City sub: Weiss on, Lopes off.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. We are underway again in Innsbruck.
    • HT Can City increase their lead or will Besiktas bite back? Let me know on Twitter
    • 45' HALF TIME. City take the lead at the perfect time, and lead Besiktas 1-0 at the break.
    • 43' GOAL! Aguero scores for City! In a classic counter-attack move, City finally have the lead. Yaya finds Tevez wide left and his ball is left superbly by Razak - and Aguero slots it into the bottom corner.
    • 41' No one can say this game has been played like a friendly. Both teams really going for it.
    • 39' Johnson goes down in the box and appears to have been fouled. Again, nothing is given.
    • 37' Olcay skips into a shooting position on the edge of the box and is hacked down by Kolo Toure - but no foul is given. Odd, that was a clear foul.
    • 36' The corner comes in but is well claimed by Gönen.
    • 35' Tevez goes for goal from the edge of the box, but his effort is blocked and loops into the air and out for a corner.
    • 33' Kompany stumbles as he clears and Besiktas come at City again. Zabaleta eventually carries the ball away.
    • 31' The deep corner finds Tevez, but Besiktas clear. The Turks are very well organised at the back, it must be said.
    • 30' Kolarov hits it, and it flicks off the wall for a corner.
    • 29' Tevez shovels the ball forward to Aguero, who is fouled on the edge of the box. City free-kick 25 yards from goal.
    • 27' Great double save by Pantilimon! City caught short at the back as a cross from the left finds Fernandes, whose shot is straight at Pantilimon. The keeper gets up to then deny the rebound by Olcay - and Besiktas should be ahead.
    • 25' Lovely ball finds Zabaleta racing forward, but the Argentine is flagged offside.
    • 23' But Kolarov deals with the cross into the box and City can breathe again.
    • 22' Lopes penalised for a foul inside his own half and Besiktas will send a few of the big men forward from the back.
    • 20' Fernandes a handful, almost releases Mustafa Pektemek - but Kolo Toure does just enough to hold him off.
    • 19' Delightful from Kompany - he wins the ball with a firm challenge, then backheels his way into space and drives forward. Was huge for City last year, and will be again.
    • 18' City playing the better football, Besiktas creating the better chances - but still very early in this friendly.
    • 17' Aguero with a deft flick out to his left with two players closing in on him... but there's nobody there. That pass costs his side possession.
    • 16' Johnson is back into the action and being used out on the left hand side.
    • 15' Takes a bit of time for Johnson to get to his feet. He's of receiving treatment on the sidelines after what was an uncompromising challenge.
    • 13' Adam Johnson has gone done in a fairly late challenge - looks quite hurt. Game being played at some pace.
    • 12' MEHMET SHOULD SCORE! Fernandes almost got there first time, but was ushered into a corner by Pantilimon - the striker flicked it back, and the driven shot went over the bar.
    • 11' Perhaps unsurprisingly, there's a fairly sparse crowd in for this clash. But they've been treated to a decent start.
    • 10' Besiktas starting to play their way into this game - lovely move with Fernandes on the end of it, and only a block at the death saved City.
    • 9' Yaya Toure raises the arm after competing for a tackle - well, he's lucky this is a friendly. Were this a full game you'd not be surprised to see him sent off for that. As it is, just a telling off.
    • 7' Besiktas come into the game on a bit of form - they eased past SK Austria Klagenfurt 4-2 in their first game in Austria.
    • 6' Lopez with a corner after an effort from Aguero is turned away - he gets another. City just beginning to put the pressure on.
    • 5' Even start so far, although Yaya Toure's muscular running has opened up the midfield on a couple of occasions already.
    • 4' If only City had a blue kit they could use to avoid this colour clash...
    • 3' Incredible scenes in Innsbruck. City unveiling a burgundy away kit - which would be fine, if Besiktas weren't playing in red.
    • 2' CITY TONIGHT: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Kompany, K Toure, Y Toure, Razak, A Johnson, Lopez, Aguero, Tevez - strong-looking side...
    • 1' Kick off in Innsbruck as Manchester City's final pre-season friendly (in Austria, at least) gets underway.
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