FA Premier League
Saturday 17 November 2012, 15.00 KO
City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany (c), Nastasic, Clichy (Kolarov 73), Y Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva (Sinclair 77), Tevez, Aguero (Dzeko 69)
Unused: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Garcia
Goals: Silva (43), Aguero (pen 54, 67), Tevez (pen 65, 74)
Referee: Jon Moss
Man of the Match: Carlos Tevez
The home side started the game brightly, pushing Villa onto the back-foot from the off. Maicon smashed a ball across the penalty area, but neither Aguero nor Tevez could get the vital touch, before Aguero tried to flick a Tevez shot into the net from a corner, but it landed on the roof of the net.
Villa, though, were counter-attacking dangerously. They failed to take advantage of a three-on-two, before Joe Hart was forced to make a brilliant save as Kompany almost turned a low cross into his own net. It wouldn’t have counted due to an offside flag – with Benteke challenging his fellow countryman – but the City keeper wasn’t to know. The England keeper was in action again minutes later, saving brilliantly from a Benteke header.
Guzan wasn’t to be left out at the other end – he did well to push a Clichy shot behind for a corner, before he held on well to a Nasri volley after Aguero had missed the first ball from Maicon’s cross. But, as half time approached, City’s pressure paid off and Villa’s defence was breached. A goalmouth scramble finished with Silva poking the ball into the net, past the Villa keeper who wasn’t happy with the defending in front of him.
The second half began as the first ended, with more City pressure. Just under ten minutes into the half, the home side were given a rather generous penalty. The assistant flagged for a handball from a corner kick, but both the home and away fans were baffled. Aguero didn’t complain, stepping up to slot the spot-kick to Guzan’s left.
Ten minutes later, the same assistant was flagging for a penalty again, this time a handball against Bannan as he slid in to challenge Silva. This time the linesman was correct and, despite having already scored from the spot, Aguero handed the ball to Tevez. His fellow striker stepped up and rolled the ball into the same corner as the first and Villa weren’t getting back into the game.
An error from Guzan two minutes later let Aguero add his second goal of the game. City broke quickly and Tevez slid the ball to his countryman on the right hand side. Aguero took it into the box, around the covering defender and shot low and hard at the near post. Guzan should have done much better and it snook in.
Maicon had the chance to add City’s fifth, but his one-two with Dzeko finished with the right-back smashing his effort well over the bar from ten yards out. But, a minute later, the home side did have another goal, as some neat build-up finished with Nasri crossing low for Tevez to tap in at the back post. Both of City’s starting strikers had a brace.
With the visitors dead on their feet, City were well in control of the game. Sinclair could have made it six but for a brilliant save by Guzan, before Yaya Toure curled a shot straight into the American goalkeeper’s hands. Tevez was inches from his hat-trick, sliding in on a Kolarov cross, but he just couldn’t stretch enough.