Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City Give Spanish Lesson in Scoring; Toure Double Helps Give Blues Convincing Away Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City Give Spanish Lesson in Scoring; Toure Double Helps Give Blues Convincing Away Win

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Villarreal 0 Manchester City 3 YAYA Toure struck twice as Manchester City enhanced their hopes of Champions League progress with a convincing win at Villarreal last night. Mario Balotelli, making his first appearance in the competition this season, was also on target from the penalty spot as City recorded back-to-back wins over the Spaniards to move second in Group A. Villarreal were determined to give the visitors as little time in possession as possible and pressed City into an early mistake. Jonathan de Guzman seized the ball in midfield and fed Hernan Perez but his long-range shot was easily claimed by Joe Hart.

It was a positive start by the injuryravaged Spaniards, whose form in their own domestic competition has been poor. City did manage to get hold of possession for good spells but it soon became apparent they would have to be patient against the resilient hosts.

It was not until the 20th minute they seriously threatened when Samir Nasri fired wide.

The home supporters were incensed as City were allowed to build an attack while a Villarreal player was off the field and they whistled even louder as David Silva won a free-kick outside the box.

After some arguments and bookings for Wakaso Mubarak and Balotelli, Silva stepped up to take the set-piece and curled into the wall.

Yet Silva remained the dangerman and stole possession to set up the opening goal for Yaya Toure on the half-hour.

The dynamic Ivorian raced through as Silva slid a perfect pass into the box and opened his body to side-foot past Diego Lopez with cool precision.

Villarreal tried to respond but De Guzman horribly sliced a shot into the crowd from a promising position.

Nasri had a similar opportunity at the other end but failed to make a clean connection and Lopez was not troubled. …

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