Slick City cruise into EL group stage

Manchester City cruised into the Europa League group stage on Thursday night following a 2-0 win over FC Timisoara 0 (3-0 on aggregate).

Last Updated: 26/08/10 at 22:33 Post Comment

Vieira and Magera: Challenge for a header

Vieira and Magera: Challenge for a header

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg of the play-off in Romania the hosts coasted through in front of their own fans at Eastlands.

Shaun-Wright Phillips made the breakthrough and Dedryk Boyata extended their lead with his first goal for the club.

Manager Roberto Mancini rang the changes and kept only four of the side that started in the 3-0 victory against Liverpool on Monday.

Vincent Kompany was named captain while goalkeeper Joe Hart, Micah Richards and Nigel De Jong were also retained.

Despite switching things around Mancini was still able to call on two World Cup winners in Spain's David Silva and France's Patrick Vieira.

City got off to a flying start with De Jong racing forward before firing in a shot that brought the best out of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

That set the tone and Timisoara were again forced on the back foot in the 12th minute when Jo showed good footwork but dragged his effort wide of the post.

Jo, who appears to have won favour with Mancini after loan spells with Everton and Galatasaray, was partnered up front by Emmanuel Adebayor.

City kept up the pressure and almost opened the scoring in the 37th minute. Silva delivered the ball from the left and Jo peeled away from his marker to get in a header.

However Pantilimon reacted brilliantly to push the Spanish forward's effort over the bar and prevent his side going further behind on aggregate.

Then Adebayor squandered a good chance when he evaded a couple of challenges and skipped into the penalty area, only to send his effort the wrong side of the post.

City eventually got their reward in the 42nd minute and made it 2-0 on aggregate with a fine move.

De Jong picked out Vieira and he split the defence with a glorious through-ball to Wright-Phillips.

The England winger, who started on the bench against Liverpool, had little hesitation in rattling a shot beyond the goalkeeper.

Timisoara, however, had not given up and won a corner in the 55th minute. Mircea Axente got away down the right and Boyata took no chances, putting the ball into touch.

Cosmin Contra sent his delivery into the area but Jo showed his defensive side to head clear.

No sooner had he done that than the Brazilian returned to his attacking duties only to see his shot smothered by the goalkeeper.

City made it 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate in the 59th minute thanks to Boyata.

The 20-year-old defender climbed high at the back post to thump a header into the net following a free-kick from Silva and savoured the moment after a fine finish.

That goal sparked a fierce spell of pressure from City in the space of a few minutes.

Adebayor should have scored following a dreadful backpass by Ovidiu Burca but somehow the former Arsenal striker clipped his shot wide.

Then Silva saw his effort blocked before Jo sent a header off target as the visitors began to wilt.

It was becoming little more than a training exercise with City spraying the ball about and keen to build on their 3-0 advantage.

Silva cut inside and fired in a shot that Pantilimon did well to push high into the night air.

Timisoara held out in the final few minutes while City will look forward to the draw and the next stage of their European adventure.

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, 22 July 2014
20:00
Zeljeznicar 2-2 Metalurg  
Thursday, 17 July 2014
20:05
Cukaricki 0-4 SV Grodig  
20:00
Sarajevo 0-1 Haugesund  
19:45
Aberdeen 0-0 Groningen  
Derry City 0-1 Shakhter  
Dundalk 0-2 Hajduk Split  
Linfield 1-0 AIK  
Motherwell 2-2 Stjarnan  
19:30
Bursaspor 0-0 Chikhura Sachkhere  
Kalev Sillamae 0-4 Krasnodar  

Footer 365

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are eyeing a six-trophy campaign this season

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are targeting an even bigger trophy haul this season.

Friendly: Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 as Louis van Gaal era opens in style

Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young all scored twice as Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in Pasadena.

Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson delighted with move to Swansea from Tottenham

Gylfi Sigurdsson has told Sky Sports he is delighted to have joined former club Swansea from Tottenham.

Mail Box

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

Defending Woodward With Perspective

One Mailer is telling us to hold fire on our Woodward criticism, whilst we also have some wonderful PFA Team of The year geekery, a well done to Vieira and much more...

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