Premier League

April 17, 2010

Full-time

Man City

0 - 1

Man Utd

Premier League

11:45 +00:00, April 17, 2010

Etihad Stadium

Referee: Martin Atkinson

  • 93'

    United probably deserved it in a game of little quality, but they showed again that they fight to the final whistle. Scholes piled on the misery and City will have to fight again for 4th place.

  • 93'

    And that's it! Game over. More misery for City against their rivals.

  • 93'

    It was the last attack of the game! No-one bothered to mark Evra on the left and Scholes just arrived late to head home, knocking it down low.

  • 92'

    GOAL!!!! And it's another late on! Scholes appears in the box to head home!

  • 92'

    Good hold up play from Berbatov, but Vieira is back. Bellamy has run out of legs to counter...

  • 91'

    City try to push out, but United are holding on to the ball. City break it up and attack with Bridge, who finds space and hits a shot right at VDS.

  • 90'

    City defending in numbers. Good aerial defending from SWP of all people!

  • 90'

    Three mins left...

  • 89'

    SWP pops up on the left and cuts inside Fletcher. He hammers a shot, but it curls well wide of the target.

  • 88'

    A tiny touch may have saved City there.

  • 88'

    Berbatov breaks and passes wide to Nani. Great floated ball in and Giggs was so close to getting onto the end of it.

  • 87'

    The finishing touch has been missing from both sides.

  • 86'

    Shout for a handball against Neville and he tussles with Bellamy on the left. Bridge gets clear and swings the ball in, but it's overhit.

  • 85'

    Neville gievn his last warning for persistent fouling.

  • 84'

    Van der Sar madness causes a scrap in the box. He missed the corner and Vieira stabbed it towards home. Five United defenders on the line scramble it clear.

  • 84'

    Vieira and Onouha go in and both just miss it. That was close, and slides just past the far post.

  • 84'

    Four City men in the box. They're not too fussed about winning.

  • 83'

    Barry beats Scholes to the ball and Obertan brings down SWP. Good chance to cause some danger...

  • 83'

    The crowd are getting into the game a bit now. City chants can be heard across the ground, but their side needs to listen.

  • 82'

    Dare I say it? Rooney might have scored there...

  • 81'

    Berbatov gets in between defenders. Totally free, he heads Nani's cross past Given... and past the post.

  • 80'

    City closing down United in their own half, but they aren't committing too much to the cause as they'd be quite happy with a draw.

  • 79'

    Now Obertan comes on for Valencia and Nani will swap wings.

  • 79'

    Nani gets himself caught offside after interplay with Evra. That was really poor as well.

  • 78'

    Ireland on for De Jong. Vieira will sit and hold.

  • 77'

    Bit of head-tennis in the City box. Nani wasted two good chances though. First with the cross, then with a really poor shot.

  • 76'

    SWP gets away from man and Evra hauls him down. Good change of pace does the Frenchman and he goes in the book.

  • 75'

    Game is livening up now. De Jong hits it from a way out, and it's easy for VDS.

  • 74'

    Rooney makes way for Berbatov now. He's not been effective.

  • 74'

    Adebayor off. Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on.

  • 73'

    Then up the other end, Giggs gets clear. Given comes out quickly to snuff out the danger.

  • 73'

    He went down, but there was no appeal for a pen.

  • 73'

    Really good chance for City. Barry finds himself through, but opts to cut inside instead of shoot. poor decision.

  • 71'

    Tevez gets a chance to run at the defence, but stumbles over the ball and can't get through. Then at the other end, Rooney is one-on-one with Kompany, but the defender gets a boot in.

  • 71'

    Fletcher tries to pull the strings and sends the ball out wide to Giggs. Vieira tracking back as Giggs hits it in low and Nani puts his shot wide.

  • 70'

    Something really needs to change! For both sides.

  • 69'

    Onuoha goes over the ball and brings down Nani. Looked a little nasty, but nothing given.

  • 68'

    City trying to break down United, but they can't find the cutting ball.

  • 67'

    Barry swings a corner in for City and Onuoha gets his head on it. He was falling backwards though and couldn't direct it on target.

  • 66'

    Good ball in for a change, but United head clear. Both sides are tracking back well and there's not much space to open things up.

  • 65'

    Neville holding the shirt of Adebayor. He looks bemused, but he was.

  • 64'

    Johnson is coming off, and Vieira on. Looks like City will try and match United man for man.

  • 63'

    Given holds his hands up as he smashes a clearance out of play. After a good opening, it's one-way traffic at the moment. All United.

  • 62'

    Pstrick Vieira warming up...

  • 61'

    Adebayor with a good defensive header. And Bridge does really well to give himself some space and clear the ball. It just keeps coming right back though.

  • 61'

    He was up to the task there though, as he blocks Nani's cross.

  • 60'

    Nani is already causing problems. Onuoha looks a little troubled by his pace.

  • 59'

    Giggs does very well down the left to get his cross in and Toure just sneaks in ahead of Rooney as he was shaping to head it home.

  • 58'

    Nani coming on for United. Gibson off. So Giggs will play central then.

  • 57'

    That was a good chance. A cooler head, or a better player might have made more of it.

  • 57'

    Great chance for City. Tevez finds Neville way out of position and slides in Bellamy.. who smashes his shot well wide.

  • 56'

    Yellow fever now as Johnson goes in the book for stopping Valencia's run.

  • 55'

    Great trickery from Tevez sends Adebayor away, but his cross is blocked by Neville. It may have hit a hand, but he was sliding in, so nothing given.

  • 55'

    Berbatov is warming up on the sidelines, could he be set to come on?

  • 55'

    Scholes, of all people, arrives late to get his head on a cross. Flies over the bar and Given didn't look too worried.

  • 53'

    Yellow card comes out now. Rooney gets up very quickly after Kompany brings him down. The striker was rolling around for a bit, so the crowd are giving him stick.

  • 52'

    Giggs bashes it in, but the ball never gets past the first man again.

  • 51'

    United are being pressed across the pitch. Bellamy brings down Neville outside the box on the right.

  • 50'

    Evans climbing all over Adebayor gives away the free-kick. Inexperience shows itself there.

  • 49'

    Good touch from Adebayor sees Johnson and Bellamy link up down the left, but Fletcher is there to come across and cover.

  • 48'

    Really poor corner from Bellamy. All that heading ability and it's dribbled across on the floor.

  • 48'

    Tevez forces a corner and City have started a lot better this half. A few decent efforts already.

  • 47'

    Johnson shows he needs a right-foot as he finds space, but then fails to clear the first defender with his cross.

  • 46'

    Giggs swings a great cross in and Fletcher was an inch away from heading it goalwards before Kompany got a touch.

  • 46'

    A one-two between Adebayor and Tevez almost lets the Argentine in. Great defending from vidic though who gets his body in the way

  • 45'

    No changes at the half, which is a tad surprising, especially from City's point of view.

  • 45'

    Second half kicks-off.

  • 45'

    Doesn't last long though. That's the half. Tevez's free-kick was City's best effort, but United have been on top and should really be ahead. More in 15...

  • 45'

    One minute left.

  • 45'

    Adebayor now tracking all the way back to break up Rooney's dribble in the box.

  • 44'

    Valencia steps clear of Bridge down the right. He fires a low cross at the box and Giggs is there at the near post. His sidefoot finds Given's hands and it lacked power. Good chance though.

  • 43'

    United drop back and City are looking for a gap. Keeping possession well, but lacking any real incision.

  • 42'

    Johnson's delivery is poor and headed clear at the near post.

  • 41'

    Adebayor brings the ball down well out of the air, but Vidic brings him down. No yellows yet this half either.

  • 41'

    Vidic easily stops the cross to Adebayor and heads back to VDS. United haven't been overly troubled so far this half.

  • 40'

    Best chance of the half by a distance. You would have put your mortgage on Rooney scoring there!

  • 40'

    Oh what a chance! Valencia gets the better of Bridge on a bouncing ball, heads it across to Rooney who fakes past Toure an unleashes a shot! Wide of the near post.

  • 39'

    City regroup and look to attack again. They've lacked a cutting edge without Tevez finding any space and a change should happen soon.

  • 38'

    Tevez now has a penalty shout as he gets away from Vidic. The defender is on the wrong side, but gets his leg around it to pop it out for a corner as Tevez goes down. No pen!

  • 37'

    Final ball again is broken up, this time for United.

  • 36'

    Bellamy uses his pace to get away from Neville, but he smashes his cross behind for a goal kick. Poor, given that he had found some space.

  • 35'

    Fergie and Evans having another chat on the sidelines. Let's hope it's not like the last time!

  • 34'

    Evans getting the better of Adebayor again. He's down injured, but it's probably more pride than anything else.

  • 33'

    De Jong doing the Tevez role and chasing everything down. He blocks it out for a goal kick after some impressive pressing. VDS has not been too worried yet though.

  • 32'

    But a good spell is broken up by Adebayor lazily getting caught offside.

  • 32'

    Adebayor lays the ball off to Barry, who has his shot blocked. City now pressing forward.

  • 31'

    Valencia almost gets away from Bridge, but the defender does well to shepherd the ball back to Given.

  • 30'

    Rooney sold short and shows his frustration. He's had a limited impact as well!

  • 29'

    Tevez isn't having much impact. He breaks up the possession game but City break slowly and the impetus is lost.

  • 28'

    United now looking to take control of the ball. City haven't had a touch for a minute or so.

  • 27'

    Bellamy gets the ball away from Neville and fizzes the ball across the box. No-one was there though.

  • 26'

    Adebayor gives the ball away again. He's been poor.

  • 26'

    Good delivery from Giggs, but it flies over the heads and finds Given's hands.

  • 25'

    Barry penalised for an aerial foul on Gibson. Evidently Gibson has been hanging around Fletcher too much, he's on at the ref every time there's a break in play.

  • 24'

    Same result though, not given.

  • 24'

    Bridge close to a handball there! The ball moved in the air and there was a feeling of the John Terrys about that.

  • 23'

    Adebayor finding a lot of space, but his header from a throw in goes straight out. He's looked a step off the pace.

  • 22'

    Good trickery from Johnson. He looks a decent young player and perhaps he should be switched to test out Gary Neville?

  • 22'

    City have scored more from corners than anyone else this season. But Vidic made sure they didn't get another one.

  • 20'

    United on the attack as Rooney drops deep. But it's broken up, Bellamy and Adebayor looking dangerous on the counter. United getting men back quickly though.

  • 19'

    Adebayor showing strength and power and nearly gets in behind Vidic. VDS out quickly though to claim the ball.

  • 18'

    Scholes smashes in on Johnson. For a change, he got the ball.

  • 17'

    Neither side can get hold of the ball at the moment. Waiting for someone to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

  • 16'

    That was a yellow in anyone's book. Lucky boy.

  • 16'

    Rooney has a kick out at De Jong. Cynical and shocking. I can't see a card though! Why on earth not?

  • 15'

    Gibson now does well defensively as a long ball tries to find Bellamy spriting clear. Neville was nowhere!

  • 14'

    That was an opening for United. Very poor from Kompany and he's lucky that Toure had his back.

  • 14'

    Poor from Kompany! A sliced clearance sends Rooney clear. Rooney has options, but that's brilliant from Toure, who blocks his pass.

  • 13'

    Toure shows strength to block out Rooney and Giggs from a chipped ball and City can break. Bridge fails to beat Valencia though.

  • 12'

    Giggs sprays it to Rooney, who crosses wide to Fletcher. A square ball and Scholes has time.. but his shot is dragged wide. He should be disappointed given how he can hit them!

  • 11'

    De Jong crunches Evra, but it's legal. Evra back on his feet now, and doesn't complain too much.

  • 10'

    Bellamy goes sprawling under Evra's presence. Actually Bellamy kicked the ball away from himself and was made to look a little foolish. Perhaps that's why he's so angry?

  • 9'

    Adebayor streaks clear down the right - his pace is proving to be a worry with balls over the top. United get men back though.

  • 8'

    The Argentine tries his luck. And it arrows towards the top corner. Good save from VDS, who holds onto it as well. A little more power and that was in.

  • 7'

    Gibson hauls Tevez over. 35 yards out and spits venom at the ref. Tevez probably went over a little easily.

  • 7'

    Not seen a lot of Rooney and a sharp turn has him done. Was that a hobble?

  • 6'

    City now putting some passing together and Adebayor breaks to slip a through-ball to Tevez. Good covering from Evans snuffs out the danger.

  • 5'

    Calm defending from Scholes, Vidic and Van der Sar. Tevez was chasing air there.

  • 4'

    Johnson, up the other end, swings the ball in, but Adebayor was behind the play and couldn't get near it.

  • 4'

    First real chance for United. Nobody picked the Scot up just outside the box and that wasn't far off.

  • 3'

    Fletcher has a crack! No pressure and that probably had the beating of Given. The keeper is irate!

  • 3'

    Tevez helps the ball on to Adebayor, but he miscontrols badly and it trickles out of play.

  • 2'

    United finding Valencia on the right with regularity. Bridge is in for a tough day.

  • 2'

    Rooney heads back across goal, but Johnson is there to take the ball out when Fletcher was lurking.

  • 2'

    United controlling the ball in the opening exchanges.

  • 2'

    Tevez charging around and there's some good pressure on the ball. Valencia hammers a cross in and Toure is there to clear at the near post.

  • 1'

    Of course the ref today is Martin Atkinson. He's the man who added on 6 mins of extra-time in the first derby... Not popular at City.

  • 1'

    Tevez uses his strength early on to hold of Scholes and De Jong blasts in with a crunching tackle.

  •  

    Here we go...

  •  

    Ticker-tape is everywhere. No balloons though, so there shouldn't be a repeat of the Sheff Utd fun from a few years back.

  •  

    Derby games rarely follow a script. This one could be explosive.. two mins to kick-off.

  •  

    Oh, and keep an eye on Neville's first tackle on Tevez. Remember their little disagreement last time?

  •  

    United have an extra man in their midfield, but Tevez will drop back with his usual stamina. Neville, Giggs and Scholes all have a lot to do.

  •  

    City will line up 4-4-2 with Johnson and Bellamy testing the width of United. De Jong and Barry the destroyers in the middle.

  •  

    United fans will think that their title challenge is gone already, but City would enjoy putting the final nail in the coffin.

  •  

    Fergie is a patronising man isn't he? Going on about how much City haven't achieved in the past and how it's ''good for them'' for be fighting for something..

  •  

    But of course City did the double over their rivals last season and were so close to upsetting them again before Michael Owen popped up last time.

  •  

    United have the results in the past, with 15 wins out of the 25 league meetings.

  •  

    All the focus is, of course, on Tevez. Playing against his old club, there are a few scores to settle.

  •  

    For City: Bellamy, Tevez and Adebayor start up front. Wayne Bridge plays and so does Adam Johnson.

  •  

    Rio Ferdinand doesn't make it though. Evans comes in for him. Berbatov benched and Scholes and Gibson make up the central midfield.

  •  

    And it's the news that all United fans wanted to hear. Wayne Rooney starts...

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    Join us at 12.45 BST for what promises to be a classic at Eastlands. Will Carlos Tevez finish off his old friends' title hopes?