Tuesday May 7, 2013 Day 33 Finished Etihad Stadium

  1. Premier League - Dzeko volley gives City win over West Brom

    Premier League - Dzeko volley gives City win over West Brom

    Edin Dzeko's volley saw Manchester City beat West Brom 1-0 at home to confirm a minimum of third place in the Premier League. More

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    • Manchester City
    • West Bromwich Albion
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    • 90+3 That's the whistle! City hold on for a win that confirms at least third place and an automatic Champions League spot.
    • 90+2 CITY SUB: Tevez is replaced to a standing ovation as young Abdul Razak comes on.
    • 90+1 Long with a flick on and Lukaku is clean through but Hart manages to beat him to it. Belated flag is up - the Belgian was offside.
    • 90+1 Milner sends Dzeko away but the Bosnian can't find Tevez with the low cross. Three minutes added on.
    • 90' Dorrans will take this then... terrible effort, straight into the wall. West Brom come again as Lescott clears from Dawson. Now Odemwingie beats Milner to cross but hacked away as City have their backs to the wall!
    • 89' Maicon trips Odemwingie just on the left edge of the box, free-kick West Brom...
    • 88' Now Barry fires straight at Myhill after an excellent cut-back from Maicon. Suddenly City picking West Brom apart on the break.
    • 87' Should have been 2-0 but for a Dawson block, sending Dzeko's finish into Myhill arms. Super play Milner in the build-up.
    • 86' West Brom break and Odemwingie cuts in from the left only to fire over. Jeers again.
    • 85' Olsson with a superb challenge on Tevez, who was running all the way through.
    • 84' Terrible shot from Maicon on the right wing after Milner sent him away. He has scored from there before, but not tonight.
    • 83' Kolarov almost beats Dawson with a cross but the Baggies defender manages to clear his lines.
    • 82' Odemwingie with a mis-hit that the few hundred Baggies fans take delight in jeering. You'd think they wanted their team to lose...
    • 81' Long's first touch is to slice his finish just wide after Lukaku's flick-on sent him scuttling clear! Should have scored!
    • 81' WEST BROM SUB: Long comes on for the visitors, not sure who came off but Lukaku and Odemwingie are still on!
    • 80' Ridgewell with a comically bad cross from the left. Jeers from all and sundry.
    • 79' HOW DID WEST BROM NOT SCORE? Mulumbu on the right could have shot but with the angle tight he picked out Jones - who fired straight at a defender!
    • 78' West Brom have a corner on the left. Dorrans with this one but Lescott clears.
    • 77' WEST BROM SUB: Odemwingie comes on for Rosenberg; CITY SUB: Rodwell replaced by Maicon.
    • 76' Tamas pops up on the right, Jones is up front weirdly but he leaves it for Rosenberg with a half-volley but Hart gets down to save!
    • 75' Peter Odemwingie is warming up - not enough West Brom fans at Eastlands to boo Clarke into changing his mind. Maicon is warming up for City too.
    • 74' Tevez on the left wing now, he drifts inside before picking out Milner wide right but he's challenged by Ridgewell.
    • 73' CITY SUB: Scrapper Nasri is taken off for Barry.
    • 72' City escape their own half as Nasri picks out Milner, good first touch but his low shot is too close to Myhill.
    • 71' WEST BROM SUB: Dorrans on for Yacob.
    • 70' Morrison's corner causes problems and the loose ball squeezes out to Dawson, but he loses control of the ball and Morrison can do something but now his touch lets him down. He hauls down Tevez and is warned.
    • 69' Great run and low cross by Mulumbu but scrambled clear! Lukaku can't get the shot away but Rosenberg can, although his low drive is blocked by Rodwell. Corner.
    • 68' Dawson finds Lukaku, now Ridgewell on the run, good passing move this but Rodwell challenges Lukaku and Mulumbu's pass forward is poor.
    • 67' Finally Kolarov can take the free-kick, but he pings it into the wall.
    • 66' Phil Dowd books both of them for the handbags that ensued. Silly scrap between two slips of men.
    • 65' Nasri gets shirty after a minor foul by Yacob. Give over, poulette, no-one's scared of you.
    • 64' Tevez is guilty of a comically bad corner.
    • 63' From nowhere City somehow fail to score as Nasri's superb cross is met by Rodwell, his finish blocked by Tamas but the loose ball landing to Rodwell again, whose drive from an angle is batted behind by Myhill!
    • 62' Morrison swings it in but Lescott powers a header clear. Ridgewell has it and spins over a lovely crossfield pass back to Morrison as West Brom take the game to City! It all ends as Mulumbu mis-kicks his shot after a chest down from Dawson.
    • 61' Another corner to West Brom as a high ball into the box is almost met by Olsson, Lescott getting the final touch.
    • 60' Good ball in from Morrison, Lukaku gets his head on it but deflected and Hart can't keep it in. Corner.
    • 59' Lescott is held off by Lukaku, who draws a foul and earns West Brom a free-kick 30 yards out, centre-right...
    • 58' Morrison with the corner, Yacob flicks it on but City scramble the ball clear!
    • 57' Morrison tries to send Lukaku through but Toure reads the danger and gets there first. Throw to West Brom on the right.
    • 56' Poor corner from Morrison but City's clearance lands for West Brom again. Kolarov with a bizarre giveaway to Rosenberg but he gets it back and hacks the ball clear.
    • 55' GREAT SAVE HART! Morrison with a low, fizzing drive that Hart flies across to tip around the post. Corner.
    • 54' Almost a great ball from Tevez to Dzeko but just beyond the Bosnian.
    • 52' City's first real spell of possession this half comes to a close and West Brom can build an attack. Rosenberg's ball aimed for Morrison is poor though, rolling back to Hart.
    • 50' West Brom have a corner but City clear and they can ease some of this excellent West Brom pressure.
    • 49' Rosenberg and Lukaku are over this free-kick as Hart arranges a wall. Rosenberg hits it AND IT COMES OFF THE BAR! Now a header by Jones but Hart does really well to claw it away!
    • 48' Hart takes far too long over a goal kick this early in the half. Rosenberg comes forward and is hacked down by Garcia on the edge of the D and it's a West Brom free-kick.
    • 47' Lukaku gets his through-ball wrong when Rosenberg was in - could have gone for goal himself too.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+4 Half-time, City lead 1-0 and it's been an entertaining 45 minutes, plenty of chances!
    • 45+3 RODWELL BLASTS OVER! Should have scored after Tevez found him around the penalty spot!
    • 45+2 Good keeping from Hart as Lukaku left a backwards-running Toure for dead. Hart rushed out at the Belgian's feet.
    • 45+1 Only three minutes stoppage time, despite that lengthy delay to treat Tamas's head injury.
    • 45' Morrison catches the ball with a superb strike but it's straight at Hart.
    • 44' MILNER HITS THE POST! Fabulous effort from 20 yards, swinging wickedly away from Myhill and striking the outside of the right-hand post!
    • 43' Kolarov on the left, inside to RODWELL WHO SHOOTS LOW but deflected just wide for a corner!
    • 42' Rodwell with a flashing volley but this one is blocked! City all over West Brom here!
    • 41' Bit of headers and volleys in the middle of the park.
    • 40' Nasri with another super cross but Dzeko can't make contact this time and the ball bounces into Myhill's arms.
    • 39' West Brom clear the corner but City have it again - a Milner cross is cleared though.
    • 38' Dzeko takes the ball on his chest before volleying, but it's deflected over for a corner.
    • 36' Really good finish from Dzeko, Tevez having done really well to say onside before picking him out. Props to Nasri though for his unlikely outmuscling of Mulumbu.
    • 35' GOAL CITY! Dzeko with a superb volley into the ground and past Myhill, great cross by Tevez from the right. That move came about from a great tackle on Mulumbu by Samir Nasri, famed hardman.
    • 34' The corner lands for Rodwell but he hesitates about the header and West Brom survive. City still have it, Tevez around 20 yards out AND HE FIRES A SCREAMER OFF THE BAR! Fabulous swerving effort!
    • 33' Kolarov with a run down the left and his cross is scrambled behind for a corner by Jones.
    • 32' Nasri leaves Jones for dead again and spins over a deep cross that Dzeko flicks on FOR MILNER FAR POST but he thrashes it wide! Should have been 1-0!
    • 31' Tevez again releases Milner down the right, and the England man shoots this time, Myhill spilling it but no City player gambling on the rebound! As a result the Baggies defence scramble it clear!
    • 30' Lukaku slides a good ball to Rosenberg, who could be in here but his finish is tame and easy for Hart!
    • 29' City with a long spell of possession but eventually Tevez is tackled by Rosenberg of all people and West Brom clear.
    • 27' Tamas is back on the pitch with a nice headband. Richards concedes a corner as Rosenberg got in down the left.
    • 26' Tevez on the edge of the box, he looks wide right to Milner, who returns the ball to the Argentine, who has bought a few yards off Dawson and fires a curling effort inches wide of the top left!
    • 25' Belatedly Kolarov is shown a yellow card for the high boot.
    • 24' How has Kolarov escaped a card for that? If the ref saw it properly surely that was a red card?
    • 23' Very high boot from Kolarov takes the head off Tamas. Claret everywhere but the big defender is up - and furious.
    • 22' Fantastic cross by Nasri on the left but the slight deflection off Jones takes it just above Dzeko's head and behind! No corner though - should have been!
    • 21' Kolarov to swing this in left-footed... Bit of a delay as the ref instructs the wall... Curled towards the keeper, Myhill flapping terribly and the loose ball drops to Rodwell, but he's off balance and skies the finish!
    • 19' Milner is clobbered by Ridgewell and City have a free-kick on the right wing. Nice first touch and quick turn by the England midfielder.
    • 18' Tevez with a curler from the right, it takes a touch off a defender and goes behind for a corner.
    • 17' Groans from the home fans as another stray pass finds touch.
    • 16' Great challenge from Morrison on Dzeko in midfield. Old-school and fair as he cleanly took the ball.
    • 15' Dzeko rather clumsily messes up a Zidane-type turn and West Brom have it back - Toure clears to touch though.
    • 14' Another possible City move breaks down, but this is more promising for the hosts as at least they're in charge of possession now.
    • 13' Rodwell is lucky that Mulumbu is a tough one as he went in late on the West Brom midfielder, who just shrugged him off and continued.
    • 12' Tevez on the City left after a decent passing move. City work it back inside but then Dzeko loses control of in the box and WBA clear.
    • 11' After a bright first two minutes City have retreated somewhat and West Brom are asking all the questions!
    • 10' Rosenberg next to hit a dipping effort just wide of the near post after more bustling forward play by Lukaku.
    • 9' Now City break and Tevez picks it up on he left, curring inside and playing a one-two with Nasri before dragging the shot well wide.
    • 8' Lukaku and Morrison almost combine in the box but Lescott intercepts.
    • 7' Nasri gets into space around Tamas but the ball drifts away from the Frenchman and out for a goal kick.
    • 6' Another chance West Brom as Lukaku rises unmarked to power a header on goal, but Hart is well placed to pluck it from under the top right corner!!
    • 5' Lots of empty seats today, one assumes the trip (and inevitable hotel) in London has set non-season ticket holders back a touch too much.
    • 4' INCHES WIDE FROM LUKAKU! Loads of space and time as he picks it up 35 yards out, the Belgian drifting forward before hammering a low left-foot drive past a diving Hart but also past the far post!
    • 4' Morrison's corner is poor and easily cleared by Dzeko. City counter but the Baggies have it back with Mulumbu. He releases Lukaku but the Belgian's cross is poor.
    • 3' Another City attack breaks down and Rosenberg leads a West Brom counter, winning a corner off Kolarov.
    • 2' Early pressure for City as they take the game to the visitors...
    • 1' The first half is underway! If City win this they are guaranteed a top-3 finish and thus automatic Champions League entry.
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    • 19:43 Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
    • 19:42 MATCH ODDS: Man City 2/5, West Brom 7/1, Draw 7/2
    • 19:41 RANDOM TIKI-TAKA FACT: City have played the highest proportion of short passes in the Premier League this season - 92%. (Thanks to OPTA for all those lovely stats!)
    • 19:40 WBA FACTS: The Baggies have managed to keep three clean sheets in their last five Premier League games away from the Hawthorns. But they have lost five of their last eight league matches on the road (W2 D1).
    • 19:35 CITY FACTS: Manchester City have scored in their last 48 Premier League home games, the longest current run in the division. City have won seven and lost none of their last eight Premier League matches at home. Roberto Mancini’s side have kept six clean sheets in their last eight at home, conceding just three goals in that time. Only Arsenal (14) have picked up more points in the Premier League over the past six games than City (13).
    • 19:30 H2H: West Brom have lost five and won none of their last six Premier League meetings with Manchester City. In four of the last five meetings between the two teams, a Manchester City striker has scored at least two goals (Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero, Carlo Tevez (hat-trick) and Mario Balotelli). Shane Long’s strike in the reverse fixture in October is the only goal WBA have managed against City in their last five meetings.
    • 19:25 Steve Clarke: "They've got a squad of players that is packed full of internationals. Whether Roberto chooses to play his full team in preparation for the final or whether he chooses to make some changes, they will be a strong team. They're the champions of last season and they will want to finish well. We look forward to a difficult game, but it's a good game for us. Outside of our camp everybody expects us not to get a good result, but we're determined."
    • 19:25 Roberto Mancini: "For Mario (Balotelli) it was better to go back to Italy and even with Mario I think the season would have been the same. It is difficult when you consider why you don't score enough goals. Last year we scored 20 goals more than this season and we are missing them, it's too many. If we had scored another 10-20 goals we could have been fighting for the league. We can't know which player can score 25 goals next year. If we knew that we would be magicians.”
    • 19:20 Great little stat from our pals at Infostrada - "Man City haven’t lost a home PL match on a Tuesday in 20 years, since a 2-0 defeat by Blackburn Rovers on 24 August 1993"
    • 19:15 Chris Brunt (knee) and Marc-Antoine Fortune (ban) miss out, but Goran Popov returns to bench duty after a calf injury. Steve Clarke could name an unchanged squad. and Goran Popov (calf) are unlikely to be back in time for the clash, while Marc-Antoine Fortune is once again suspended. James Morrison moves up from the bench to the starting XI after recovering from a groin strain and unpopular forward Peter Odemwingie is still waiting for his first action since March 30.
    • 19:10 Great news for City fans - Micah Richards starts for the first time since October, when he suffered a terrible knee injury. A number of changes since the goalless draw with Swansea, with the FA Cup final in mind, as Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko all start after missing out on the first XI last weekend. Scott Sinclair and Yaya Toure miss out altogether, the former after suffering a blood clot in his shoulder.
    • 19:05 TEAMS - CITY: Hart, Richards, Kolo Toure, Lescott, Kolarov, Garcia, Rodwell, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko; Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Nastasic, Barry, Silva, Razak, Aguero /// WBA: Myhill, Tamas, Dawson, Olsson, Jones, Mulumbu, Morrison, Yacob, Ridgewell, Rosenberg, Lukaku; Subs: Foster, McAuley, Popov, Dorrans, Reid, Odemwingie, Long
    • 19:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and West Brom, kicking off at 7.45pm.
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