Man City 5-0 Aston Villa- Match Report
Report of match 17th November 2012
Man City 5-0 Aston Villa- Match Report.
Five-star City thump Villa
Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez each struck twice as Manchester City fired a warning to their critics with an emphatic 5-0 win over Aston Villa.
The Barclays Premier League champions went ahead through David Silva at the Etihad Stadium and then clicked into gear after being awarded a controversial penalty early in the second half.
Aguero struck from the spot and added another while Tevez, who celebrated by pretending to drive after his Porsche was impounded by police, added his own penalty and a close-range finish.
Villa may rue the decision which led to City's second, apparently given for handball against Andreas Weimann, but they were well beaten in the end.
The performance of City in the latter stages, particularly that of Aguero and Tevez, took the talk away from the absence of Mario Balotelli.
The Italian, who played in Italy's friendly against France on Wednesday, did not even make the bench for his club side for a second successive week, although the striker was reportedly injured.
City controlled the early stages but did not create a serious chance aside from a scuffed Aguero shot which bounced awkwardly and Tevez headed over.
Maicon, initially seeing plenty of the ball after being preferred to Pablo Zabaleta, also found space to shoot but his effort went well wide.
After seeing very little of the ball, Villa finally launched a significant attack in the 12th minute but Vincent Kompany blocked a shot from Christian Benteke.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart's form may have been under scrutiny of late but there was nothing wrong with his reflexes as Kompany almost sliced a Matt Lowton cross into his own net.
Hart reacted brilliantly to produce a one-handed save and Kompany recovered to block Weimann's follow-up attempt, although a flag had been raised.
Hart then showed all of his class to keep out a header from Benteke after the Belgian outjumped Matija Nastasic to reach an Enda Stevens cross.
City interrupted Villa's good spell as Yaya Toure drove forward and Samir Nasri teed up Gael Clichy but Brad Guzan was equal to the Frenchman's shot.
At the other end Maicon then got in the way of a Gabriel Agbonlahor shot but City then began to reassert themselves.
Ron Vlaar blocked from Toure, Tevez dragged an effort wide and Nasri shot straight at Guzan.
Toure missed the target with a header from a Nasri corner and Guzan kept out a low attempt from Tevez that appeared destined for the bottom corner.
There was little quality about City's opener when it arrived two minutes before the interval.
Villa failed to deal with a Nasri corner but Tevez could not connect properly with a shot. The ball bobbled dangerously inside the goal area and Silva reacted quickest to tuck home from close range.
Silva almost added a second before the break but Guzan saved with his feet.
City started the second half brightly, with Tevez shooting across goal and Silva playing in Aguero with a fine ball.
Aguero shaped to shoot but was perhaps punished for a split-second's hesitation as Vlaar denied him with a fine tackle.
Aguero was not to be denied for long but plenty of controversy surrounded his penalty as the assistant referee flagged for an offence as Silva swung in a corner.
What it was awarded for was not immediately apparent, not least to the majority of the Villa team who surrounded the officials.
Replays suggested Weimann may have handled the cross but the debate continued long after Aguero had dispatched the spot-kick.
Villa felt wronged and were unable to recover.
There was little debate over the second penalty they conceded for handball as Barry Bannan was penalised after 65 minutes.
Tevez sent Guzan the wrong way and ran off pretending to be at the wheel of a car.
Things got worse almost immediately for Villa as Hart launched a counter-attack and Aguero burst into the area and finished inside the near post from a tight angle.
It proved his last involvement as Edin Dzeko came off the bench and the Bosnian was soon in the action as City piled on the misery for the visitors.
Dzeko found Nasri and the Frenchman's ball across the area was tapped in from six yards by Tevez, who repeated his earlier car celebration.
Villa were well beaten but City continued to press for a sixth and substitute Scott Sinclair twice narrowly missed the target in a strong finish.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Eastlands Attendance: 47,072|
Aguero 54 (pen), 67
Tevez 65 (pen), 74
|5 - 0||Aston Villa
|90+3||Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line, Aleksandar Kolarov manages to make a clearance.|
|90+3||Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Brett Holman takes the direct free kick.|
|85||Scott Sinclair produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.|
|84||Effort on goal by Brett Holman from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|82||(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Jordan Bowery coming on for Christian Benteke.|
|81||Handball by Christian Benteke. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.|
|79||Christian Benteke fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan from right channel, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.|
|78||Effort on goal by Scott Sinclair from just inside the area clears the bar.|
|77||Free kick awarded for a foul by Sisenando Maicon on Christian Benteke. Ciaran Clark takes the direct free kick.|
|77||Yaya Toure takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.|
|75||Christian Benteke is caught offside. Scott Sinclair on for David Silva. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.|
|73||Carlos Tevez finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 5-0 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Samir Nasri.|
|72||Effort on goal by Sisenando Maicon from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. Aleksandar Kolarov on for Gael Clichy.|
|70||Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Gael Clichy gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line, Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Matija Nastasic.|
|68||Edin Dzeko comes on in place of Sergio Aguero.|
|66||Sergio Aguero scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 4-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Carlos Tevez.|
|65||Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Marc Albrighton, Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.|
|64||Barry Bannan is penalised for handball and concedes a . Carlos Tevez scores a placed penalty. Man City 3-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from David Silva.|
|63||Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar. Corner from right by-line taken by David Silva.|
|61||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton by Gareth Barry. Stephen Ireland goes off and Marc Albrighton comes on. (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Brett Holman coming on for Andreas Weimann. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|55||Barry Bannan goes into the book for dissent. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Andreas Weimann. Barry Bannan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save.|
|55||Foul by Andreas Weimann on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Matija Nastasic restarts play with the free kick.|
|55||Andreas Weimann produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.|
|51||David Silva takes the inswinging corner, The referee penalises Andreas Weimann for handball. Sergio Aguero scores a placed penalty. Man City 2-0 Aston Villa.David Silva provided the assist for the goal.|
|50||Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.|
|48||Stephen Ireland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yaya Toure. Yaya Toure restarts play with the free kick.|
|47||Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Enda Stevens. Enda Stevens restarts play with the free kick.|
|41||Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, clearance by Matthew Lowton. A goal is scored by David Silva from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal.|
|38||Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by Matija Nastasic.|
|39||Christian Benteke takes a shot. Matija Nastasic gets a block in.|
|38||The referee blows for offside. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.|
|36||Yaya Toure concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ireland. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Bannan from left channel. The assistant referee flags for offside against Christian Benteke. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.|
|33||Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, Close range header by Yaya Toure misses to the right of the target.|
|29||Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.|
|28||Shot from just outside the box by Yaya Toure goes over the bar.|
|26||Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|25||Sergio Aguero challenges Matthew Lowton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.|
|23||Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Yaya Toure gets a block in.|
|23||Sisenando Maicon concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.|
|20||Gael Clichy takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, Matija Nastasic produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.|
|19||Christian Benteke takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Bannan, save by Joe Hart.|
|17||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sisenando Maicon by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Direct free kick taken by Sisenando Maicon.|
|16||David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Bannan. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line, Bradley Guzan makes a save.|
|15||Christian Benteke is ruled offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.|
|13||Stephen Ireland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yaya Toure. Free kick taken by Yaya Toure.|
|12||Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Yaya Toure.|
|5||Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Carlos Tevez has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.|
|4||Short corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.|
|2||Shot from close range by Sisenando Maicon misses to the right of the target.|