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Friday, July 20, 2012
City notch first win of season

ESPN staff

Manchester City broke their pre-season duck when claiming a 2-0 win over Besiktas in Innsbruck.

After drawing blanks against Al Hilal and Dynamo Dresden, City were under pressure to perform and Roberto Mancini's men came good, albeit in workmanlike fashion.

Besiktas fashioned the better chances in the first half, but they failed to take them and were rocked on the stroke of half time as Sergio Aguero collected pass from Carlos Tevez, showed strength to hold off a challenge on the edge of box before coolly curling a shot into the corner.

City gave themselves a cushion in the second half when Vincent Kompany strode forward before exchanging passes with Adam Johnson and clipping the ball home.

QPR ran out impressive 5-0 winners over Malaysian league champions Kelantan. Having opened their Asian tour with victory, Mark Hughes' side followed it up with a 5-0 win - with Shaun Wright-Phillips, Michael Harriman, Jamie Mackie, Bobby Zamora and Heidar Helguson all on target.

The one disappointment was the sight of Djibril Cisse limping off mid-way through the second half with what appeared to be a hamstring strain that Hughes is concerned about.

"We'll have to wait for a couple of days before it settles down and then we can make a more definite decision," Hughes told the club's official website. "It's probably too early to make a guess on how long he'll be out for, but we don't really want him to be training at this time of the season.

"You have to be cautious and take precautions so that injuries don't occur. We're hopeful it won't be any longer than a week to ten days, but it's too early to say for definite."




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