City leave it late to deny Tykes

Kolo Toure hobbled out of his Manchester City debut after an hour as Mark Hughes' side played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Barnsley.

Last Updated: 01/08/09 at 17:31 Post Comment

Toure: In action on his City debut

Toure: In action on his City debut

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

City enjoyed long periods of dominance but substitute Daniel Bogdanovic was allowed room chase down a long ball and fire past Shay Given with seven minutes remaining, before Martin Petrov grabbed an 88th minute equaliser.

Toure was withdrawn following a tangle defending a Barnsley corner, but didn't appear to be in great discomfort as he departed down the tunnel.

The visitors started brightly and Tykes full-back Bobby Hassell headed Emmanuel Adebayor's header off the line from Shaun Wright-Phillips' corner after 10 minutes.

In the 16th minute, Barnsley striker Jon Macken failed to punish his former club when he met Martin Devaney's cross, only to head over from six yards.

After 22 minutes Luke Steele completed a fantastic double save to keep the game level, first pawing away a Craig Bellamy effort from the left-hand side of the area, then responding to deny Adebayor's follow-up from close range.

City continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession but Barnsley midfielder Jacob Butterfield gave the visitors a couple of nervous moments before the break

The 19-year-old forced Given into save of the half after 39 minutes and rattled the Irishman's crossbar three minutes before the break. Jamal Campbell-Ryce was first to the loose ball and curled his shot narrowly wide.

A lively start to the second half saw Adebayor spur a golden opportunity, shooting tamely at Steele following a surging run from substitute Pablo Zabaleta.

Immediately Barnsley broke to the other end of the field and Macken failed to capitalise on an embarrassing slip from Toure.

After 52 minutes Robinho scooped immaculately over the Tykes back line and Adebayor lifted an effort onto Steele's crossbar, before somehow failing to convert the rebound with the goal at his mercy.

Two minutes later the home side's crossbar was again tested, this time by a rasping Robinho drive following Zabaleta's cut back.

In the 74th minute City broke from a Barnsley corner and Adebayor played Bellamy through on goal, only for his strike partner to waste a glorious chance and fire into the side netting.

Bellamy almost made amends three minutes later, arrowing a free-kick towards the top corner for Steele to scramble behind. Zabaleta then crossed a cleverly worked short corner for Micah Richards to fire over.

Bogdanovic sent Oakwell into raptures shortly after, but Simon Davey's men could not hang on when Stephen Ireland engineered space in the penalty area, crossing for Petrov to finish from close range.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
19:45
Chelsea 2-0 Sociedad Report
19:30
Man Utd 2-1 Valencia Report
Sunday, 10 August 2014
15:00
Stuttgart 1-2 Hull City Report
13:30
Newcastle 1-0 Sociedad  
12:15
Liverpool 4-0 B Dortmund Report
Saturday, 09 August 2014
17:30
Tottenham 2-1 Schalke Report
17:00
So'ton 0-1 Leverkusen Report
16:30
Freiburg 1-1 Stoke  
15:00
A Villa 0-0 Parma  
Leicester 1-0 W Bremen Report

Footer 365

Sky sources: Alan Irvine will be in charge for West Brom's trip to West Ham on New Year's Day

A senior West Brom source has told Sky Sports News HQ that Alan Irvine will be in charge for the game against West Ham.

Transfer news: Fernando Torres heads back to Atletico Madrid on loan until end of next season

Fernando Torres is returning to Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Simon Mignolet: I'll take positives from losing Liverpool spot and come back stronger

Simon Mignolet says a recent spell out of the Liverpool side could end up having a positive effect on his career.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property