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James Milner: Opened the scoring

James Milner: Opened the scoring

First-half goals from James Milner and Edin Dzeko were enough to give Manchester City the win in an incident-packed clash on Sunday.

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After what was a scrappy start to the match, the game came alive in the ninth minute when Laurent Koscielny almost rugby tackled Dzeko in the area and was shown a straight red for the challenge, referee Mike Dean also awarding City a penalty.

However Dzeko was denied from the penalty spot, as Wojciech Szczesny pulled off a decent save which sent the ball bouncing off the upright and back into the arms of the Polish goalkeeper.

Following the sending off City made their one-man advantage count and having kept the ball for large spells they took the lead on the 21st minute when David Silva took a quick free-kick, played it off to Carlos Tevez who in turn played a through pass to James Milner, who lashed the ball into the back of the net from the angle.

The visitors continued to dominate and on the 32nd minute it was 2-0 as Tevez latched on the end of a cross to force a great save from Szczesny before the ball rebounded to Dzeko, who tapped home from five yards out.

There was plenty of incident in the second-half too when City should have extended their lead on 70 minutes, after Tevez was through on goal but Szczesny got down well to push the ball away from the Argentine.

Both teams were down to 10 men just five minutes later when Vincent Kompay was shown a straight red for what was deemed a two-footed tackle on Jack Wilshere.

Arsenal had some late chances, including Theo Walcott seeing his shot cleared off the line by Joleon Lescott but the Gunners could not break the deadlock and City claimed all the three points at the Emirates.

Posted: 13/01/13 20:02

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