South China 0 - 1 Manchester City

Match info: Premier League Asia Trophy - Semi-Final at Hong Kong Stadium

Date: 24/07/2013 KO: 13:30 Ref: Att: 40,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

South China


Man City

Edin Dzeko 21

FT (ht: 0-1)

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  • Thanks for joining me on today's live commentary. We'll be covering the Asia Trophy 3/4 place play-off and final here on Saturday too.

  • That's it. Manchester City beat South China 1-0 to give Manuel Pellegrini his first win. City will face Sunderland in the Asia Trophy final on Saturday.

  • Into the final moments, and Dhiego Martins was again threatening to carve out an opening for South China, but City stand firm.

  • James Milner is co-commentator Niall Quinn's choice for man of the match, and it's hard to argue with that. Most of the City players haven't really caught the eye, while Milner has combined his usual energy and enthusiasm with some intelligent wing-play too.

  • A break in play as Richards, who's just comes on, needs treatment for a cut in his mouth. Accidental collision on a corner.

  • Richards and Sinclair ON, Zabaleta and Dzeko OFF for City.

  • South China are struggling to deal with Alvaro Negredo's power and as the Spain striker bustles into the box, he pulls a cross back and the ball is headed clear.

  • Nasri takes a pot-shot on goal from 20 yards but his effort is deflected out for a corner.

  • City are just about doing enough here. Joe Hart hasn't really had a save of note to make, but there's very little urgency from the visitors. They seem happy to coast to a 1-0 win.

  • Milner spots the South China goalkeeper off his line and tries to chip him from 35 yards but he can't get the shot on target.

  • Javi Garcia ON, Fernandinho OFF, for Manchester City.

  • Michael Luk ON, Jack Sealy OFF for South China.

  • Dzeko nearly has a second goal, but an excellent save from goalkeeper Zhang denies him. Negredo set up the chance with a clever pass into the box.

  • An acrobatic effort from Negredo, who attempts to connect with a scissors kick as the cross comes in from the left.

  • Milner manages to free himself from the shackles of two South China defenders near the touchline on the right, but his looping cross into the box is overhit.

  • Kolarov's cross from the left just eludes Negredo and City have to be careful as Martins looks to scamper away down the right again. Just over 20 minutes to go here in Hong Kong.

  • Rodwell and Negredo come ON for Manchester City, with Barry and Yaya Toure coming OFF.

  • It's the substitute Martins again causing problems on the right, and this time South China get very close to the City goal before Fernandinho has to clear.

  • Lee Wai Lin goes OFF for South China, his brother Lee Hong Lim comes ON.

  • Yaya Toure appeals for a penalty after going down under Joel's challenge in the area. However, Taylor waves play on. Nasri had set up Toure after good work on the left by Kolarov.


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