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    • Manchester City
    • Sunderland
    • 15:19 Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 Winners: Manchester City
    • 90' FT: Manchester City 1-0 Sunderland
    • 89' So, Manchester City cruising here and this stage as we enter the final minutes. Sunderland haven't really pushed to come back.
    • 88' SUB: Sessengon OFF, Mandron ON
    • 87' Great pace from Jesus Navas down the right-side, breaking clear, but his cutback to Dzeko was cleared by Brown.
    • 83' SAVE! Seb Larsson with a free-kick, struck well and parried by Pantilimon.
    • 80' Ten minutes to go, little drive from either side. Perhaps, Sunderland should go for it?
    • 78' SUB (City): Negredo OFF, Barry ON
    • 77' Jesus Navas drives in behind the SAFC defence - but the ball is cleared off the line.
    • 75' SUB (Sunderland): Giaccherini off, McClean on.
    • 74' Nastasic carried off on a stretcher. Joleon Lescott comes on.
    • 72' Penalty claim at one end for Sunderland's Giaccherini and as the game moved to the other, Samir Nasri is hauled down by Ba.
    • 70' More attacking from Manchester City. Dzeko breaks clear down the left and fires across the face of goal. Too much weight on the ball.
    • 68' Corner kick to Sunderland. Kolarov intercepting well, as Johnson breaks clear.
    • 65' MISS! Oh, Dzeko makes an absolute meal of that. It was like a rugby shot from the Bosnian.
    • 64' PENALTY! Fernandinho is stopped in his tracks by a handball.
    • 62' Certainly not much happening on the field. The surface has almost ruled out any good football from midfield.
    • 60' SUB: ON: Fernandinho, Kolarov OFF: Toure, Clichy
    • 60' SUB: Johnson off, Karlsson on.
    • 57' Alvaro Negredo goes face-first into the mud after a heavy challenge from O'Shea.
    • 56' Foul by Kompany on Wickham. Quick free-kick and switch of play, but Gardner couldn't do much on the opposite side of the park.
    • 53' Jesus Navas showing the Manchester City fans already what sort of player they will have next season. Direct, pacey and eager to get to the byline.
    • 51' Man City forced to make heavy work of this game with Sunderland starting in the same vein as they did in the first.
    • 48' Serbian defender Nastasic showing good experience and assurance to shield the ball back to Pantilimon with Johnson pressurising.
    • 47' Samir Nasri getting a rough deal from the locals. Plenty of Spurs fans still around in the stadium.
    • 45' Sunderland kick-off.
    • 45' SUB (City): ON: Nasri, Navas OFF: Milner, Silva /// SAFC ON: Wickham, Ba, Westwood OFF: Altidore, Cabral, Mannone
    • 45' Sunderland's Craig Gardner heads against the post from Silva's free-kick, as the referee blows for half-time.
    • 44' Foul from Colback on Milner as the midfielder moved clear on goal. Still a few Sunderland players back.
    • 41' Sunderland concede possession after a fair period of build-up. Altidore struggling to hold-up play in these conditions.
    • 38' Chance falls to Giaccherini who steadies himself on the edge of the 18-yard-line and fires a dipping right-foot shot at Pantilimon who has an easy save.
    • 36' The 'brollies are still up and somehow this game is still going. Huge puddles in the centre circle and neither side really wanting to utilise the wide areas, like Spurs did earlier.
    • 35' Sunderland pushing on towards the end of the first-half. Craig Garnder, a midfielder-by-trade, is advancing forward from right full-back.
    • 33' Foul on the City keeper Pantilimon with Sessengon standing on his toes to block him from collecting in the air.
    • 30' Dzeko to Negredo: the Spanish striker blazes over the crossbar from the penalty box off-balance.
    • 29' Mannone saves comfortably from Dzeko. The ball is cut-back to the Bosnian at the edge of the box and he runs on to the pass with a drilled effort into the Sunderland keeper's arms.
    • 29' Negredo spins offside. He was picked out by Silva again. That looks like a strong partnership developing.
    • 26' Silva looks to find Negredo with a clipped pass, yet the former Sevilla man sees the ball skid away unfortunately from under his feet.
    • 25' Wes Brown offside after a one-two attempt with Adam Johnson.
    • 23' Milner coming inside on the counter-attack, but picks the wrong pass as Negredo runs inside rather than outside.
    • 21' Wes Brown has looked in good form this pre-season for Sunderland - and he collides with Garcia in a hefty collision.
    • 19' Pantilimon palming clear from the Sunderland set-piece. Jack Colback with the delivery this time, as the Black Cats continue to compete.
    • 17' Italian midfielder Giaccherini coming inside, shooting and winning a corner-kick, which is cleared by Man City.
    • 16' The consequences of the rain-soaked surface will be more direct football. We've already seen either side in the last 60 seconds go from back-to-front.
    • 15' The ball is sticking on the pitch. There's a feeling this one might not finish if the rain persists.
    • 14' It's raining, again.
    • 14' Negredo is adjudged to be offside.
    • 13' Fine combination from Dzeko, to David Silva, who looked to pick out to Negredo but John O'Shea with a vital intervention.
    • 10' Dzeko looking to find the net, firing a low effort into the hands of Mannone. The Bosnian is partnered by City's new recruit Alvaro Negredo - who misses a following chance, seconds later.
    • 8' Ouch. GOAL! Edin Dzeko with a delicious finish from the edge of the box. Balanced, great technique and smashes the net. Great goal. City 1-0 ahead.
    • 6' Johnson's cross from the free-kick this time which is eventually cleared by James Milner. The Black Cats have started brightly so far.
    • 5' Wes Brown looks for another goal! Seb Larsson with a terrific delivery, Brown coming across the box but couldn't direct the header towards goal.
    • 3' Adam Johnson reacts swiftly, saving a lost cause inside the box as Pantilimon came running out of his goal-area. Sessengon playing just behind Altidore like against Spurs.
    • 2' Sunderland's high-pressing football is noticeable already. They aren't allowing City the chance to settle.
    • 1' Not even a minute into the game and Clichy loses control of the ball on the poor surface. Johnson unable to take advantage.
    • 0' Manchester City kick-off.
    • 13:28 The Premier League anthems rings around the stadium. The pitch has survived, so far, and we're almost set to kick off this Barclays final.
    • 13:24 So, the first final of the season of either side, to say the least, as they are ready to enter another wave of torrential rain in Hong Kong.
    • 13:15 Looks like the weather has cleared up in Hong Kong. The pitch certainly needs a break, with Man City's game today and United on Monday.
    • 13:11 Sunderland look to be on a high under Paolo Di Canio. Thoughts on their signings so far?
    • 13:05 Teams: MAN CITY: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Nastasic, Clichy, Milner, Garcia, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Negredo… Subs: Wright, Lescott, Nasri, Kolarov, Navas, Rodwell, Barry, Fernandinho, Boyata /// SUNDERLAND: Mannone, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Brown, Cabral, Larsson, Johnson, Giaccherini, Sessegnon, Altidore… Subs: Pickford, Westwood, Wickham, Vaughan, Mandron, Ba, Karlsson
    • 12:58 Spurs have secured third-spot in the Barclays Asia Trophy, so who will take the cup home between Manchester City and Sunderland? More to come for 1.30pm kick off.
  • Summary

    • 15:19 Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 Winners: Manchester City
    • 8' Ouch. GOAL! Edin Dzeko with a delicious finish from the edge of the box. Balanced, great technique and smashes the net. Great goal. City 1-0 ahead.

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