Manchester City was stunned by a spirited Cardiff side who recorded their first win against a top flight side in 51 years. The big spending Manchester giants were reduced to mere spectators as Cardiff staged a stunning onslaught to come from a goal down to seal the game in the 87 minute. However, Manchester City had only them to blame. Absence on Vincent Kompany was evident throughout the 90 minutes, his replacement Javi Garcia failed to maintain the pressure synonymous with Manchester City. City who has had the best defensive record for past 2 years looked a shadow of themselves under the new manager Manuel Pellegrini, marking was often week and all 3 goals were largely due to the fault of City’s defensive line rather than Cardiff’s brilliance.
Cardiff started the match with a first minute appeal for penalty from Campbell and kept City in check from the word go. City showed glimpses of brilliance with the trio of Silva, Toure and Aguero but they were limited to only half chances. City broke the shackles in 52 minute with Toure and Aguero orchestrating a brilliant pass to Dzeko who nailed it in from 25 yards. Jesus Nevas was average at best and did not live up to his price tag; Pellegrini replaced him with Nasri right after the goal. Cardiff kept firing at and finally South Korean Kim Bo-Kyung caught striker Campbell in the box whose shot was deflected by Joe Hart only to be placed back into the net by Aron Gunnarsson. With 11 minutes to play, Cardiff won a corner which was converted thanks to the lapse of Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart tangled with Gunnarsson while Campbell foxed Zabaleta to head in the cross. The home crowd sensing the kill got right behind their team and cheered every pass. Cardiff continued with their attacking style and converted another corner. Campbell again snuck past Zabelata to and headed in the winner. City were able to peg one back in the stoppage time with a nervy finish from Nagredo but by that time Titanic had already sank. Although in a 38 match league, one lose can’t be accounted for much but this has dented City psychologically.
While on Saturday, Arsenal won its match against Fulham convincingly. Arsenal maintained the upper hand throughout the match and took the lead in the 14 minute. Lukas Podolski, who was not selected for the opening match against Aston Villa made a comeback and scored 2 goals and showcased his class. Darren Bent was able to pull one back for Fulham late in the match. Arsenal’s north London neighbors also registered a win against S thanks to the new signing Roberto Soldado who converted another penalty in successive matches.
The result of other Primere League matches is below:
Everton 0 – 0
Hull 1 – 0 Norwich
Newcastle 0 – 0 West Ham
Southampton 0 – 0 Sunderland
Stoke 2 – 1 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 0 – 1 Liverpool