City hit back to beat Whitecaps

Manchester City suffered a pre-season injury scare as Yaya Toure limped out of Monday evening's 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps.

Last Updated: 19/07/11 at 08:52 Post Comment

Wright-Phillips: Mobbed after 25-yard winner

Wright-Phillips: Mobbed after 25-yard winner

Free £50 bet

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

Toure landed heavily after challenging for a first-half header and immediately crumpled to the ground.

It was instantly obvious the Ivorian would not be able to continue, leaving manager Roberto Mancini to hope the damage is not too extensive.

Toure's departure marked the low point of a generally disappointing night for the Blues, which was salvaged by late goals from John Guidetti and Shaun Wright-Phillips, who lashed home the winner six minutes from time.

With the Carlos Tevez affair rumbling on, the picture seemingly getting more confused rather than less, City could have done with a convincing performance, just to reassure their fans everything else was proceeding as planned.

They were not helped by an awful pitch, which needed to pass an afternoon pitch inspection for the game to go ahead, such has been the rain that has lashed the Pacific coast over recent days.

Unfortunately, City were unable to produce the performance Mancini would have wished.

Adam Johnson was lively but City's best player was Joe Hart, which just about summed it up.

Hart denied Eric Hassli and Camilo Sanvezzo with excellent saves before he was eventually beaten in rather fortuitous circumstances for Vancouver as Alexandre Morfaw's shot deflected in off Stefan Savic.

Sanvezzo then had another goalbound shot saved by Hart before curling a free-kick into the side-netting which the City keeper appeared to have given up as a goal.

A pre-season friendly is never a time to panic. It is four weeks' tonight before City open a Premier League campaign that promises so much against Swansea after all.

The concern will be Toure's injury.

Goalscoring hero of the FA Cup final and semi-final, the giant Ivorian is a big part of Mancini's side in more ways than one.

To see how much pain he was in after landing awkwardly following a routine aerial challenge did not bode well and he had to be assisted in making his way very slowly to the visitors' dressing room.

Mario Balotelli was amongst those introduced at the break, although it was the hosts who should have added a second when Long Tan stabbed wide after being left on his own at the near post, barely three yards out.

Guidetti eventually restored parity with a far-post header midway though the second-half, although by then Balotelli was committing some niggly and unnecessary fouls, and it was left to Wright-Phillips to score the winner late on.

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

Thursday, 24 July 2014
04:00
Man Utd 7-0 LA Galaxy  
02:00
FC Dallas 0-2 A Villa  
Sporting KC 1-4 Man City  
00:30
Columbus 2-2 C Palace  
Liverpool 0-1 Roma  
00:00
Toronto FC 2-3 Tottenham  
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
23:30
Tupi 1-2 Exeter  
19:45
Accrington 2-2 Blackburn Report
Concord Rangers 0-0 Southend  
Crawley 1-1 Brighton  

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech doesn't want to be on the bench

Petr Cech has warned Jose Mourinho he does not want to be second-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea next season.

Transfer News: Sunderland striker Danny Graham expected to move on

Gus Poyet has confirmed that it is going to be 'very difficult' for Danny Graham to be part of his Sunderland squad.

Premier League: Ryan Giggs compares Louis van Gaal to Sir Alex Ferguson

Ryan Giggs has hailed Louis van Gaal's early impact and has acknowledged the similarities with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mail Box

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

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