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Man City vs Fenerbahce

Juventus did well to move three points clear of City after an eventful game in Manchester.

The home side started positively creating chances and moving the ball around the park qucikly. This led to the first chance of the game after only eight minutes when Jose Angel Pozo angled a well-taken shot just yards wide.

Six minutes later he made no mistake.

Ntchame was played through by Meppen Walters and unleashed a dipping, swerving shot from the edge of the area that Branescu did well to even parry. Pozo tapped home the rebound with ease.

As the half drew on it seemed as though the two teams were in danger of cancelling each other out. This all changed on the half hour mark when Juventus’s captain placed a well-measured free kick into the back of City’s net, and the teams went in level at half time.

The second half was a competitive affair as both sides showed the drive and determination to win. This led to another free-kick for Juventus on the 62nd minute. Magnusson stepped up this time and delivered an unstoppable strike to put the Italian side ahead.

As City pressed for an equaliser they were caught on the break ten minutes later, as substitute Bonatini made it three.

The home side continued to fight, but could do little more than earn a consolation goal after a deflected strike from Pozo.

The result leaves Juventus in second position, three points ahead of Manchester City. The English side face Paris St. Germain on 28th November needing a win to maintain any hopes of reaching the Finals. Just a point from Juventus’s final two matches, however would guarantee them qualification ahead of City. (Click here to the view their remaining fixtures.)

Manchester City FCvs
Manchester CityJuventus
2-3

Pozo 15'

Lopes 81'

Schiavone 28'

Magnusson 61'

Bonatini 71'

Venue: Hyde Date: 08 Nov 2012, 19.00 LOCAL time

Manchester City:

Line up: Lawlor, Bossaert (73), Meppen-Walter (75), Evans (73), Plummer, Rekik, Drury, Ntcham, Cole, Pozo, Lopes

Subs: Swift-Brown, Alvinson, Lee (75), Hutton, Brendon (73), Burn, Makale (73)

Coach: Attilio Lombardo

Cards: Lopes 45', Rekik 61', Pozo 87, Makale 90'

Juventus:

Line up: Branescu, Rugani, Garcia Tena, Schiavone, Magnusson, Tavanti (76), Mattiellio, Slivka (90), Padovan (68), Beltrame, Kabashi

Subs: Gagliardini, Penna (90), Gerbaudo (76), Braccini, Ceria, Bonatini (68), Lanini

Coach: Marco Baroni

Cards: