• match commentary
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 1 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance: 47,192
Man CityMan CityvStokeStoke
  • Zabaleta, 43
  • Dzeko, 56
  • Agüero, pen 74

live commentary

92 mins:Full time in Manchester and goals from Zabaleta, Dzeko and Aguero hand City an easy three points against a Stoke side who struggled to have any real impact on the game

91 mins:Final change for City as Edin Dzeko is replaced by Abdul Razak

90 mins:Great work by Milner there as he dances past Wilkinson but he can't find anyone with his cross

88 mins:Sinclair almost got an immediate chance there, as the ball bounced around in the midfield and just as it looked as if it fall for him, the danger was well cleared

86 mins:Great save from Joe Hart who reacted brilliantly to a brilliant effort from Glenn Whelan

85 mins:City continue to come forward but appear to have settled for the win, playing the ball around superbly

83 mins:Another change for City as Scott Sinclair gets a rare chance to shine in place of David Silva

82 mins: Asmir Begovic has again impressed for Stoke today and has done everything asked of him to keep the score down

80 mins:City really enjoying themselves here as Gareth Barry tries his luck with a athletic volley

77 mins:First change for City as Carlos Tévez comes on for Sergio Agüero who looked to be feeling his hamstring

75 mins:Aguero gets a reward for his good work as his penalty goes just under Begovic to make it 3-0

75 mins:Penalty for City as David Silva is brought down by Steven N'Zonzi. Stoke will feel aggrieved at that as it did look outside the area

73 mins:Stoke have come into the game as City drop off but the Potters seem to be lacking inspiration

70 mins:Second chance for Stoke as Dean Whitehead comes on for Charlie Adam

68 mins:Another chance for City as Dzeko crosses in but the ball is well cleared by Huth

65 mins:The chance seems to have inspired Stoke with the likes of Steven N'Zonzi coming more and more into the game

62 mins:Stoke almost got back into the game as the ball fell to Walters in the six yard zone but the striker somehow misses the target

60 mins:City have dominated the hour and the second goal only seems to have sent Stoke even further back into their shell

58 mins: Joleon Lescott gets the first yellow card for City for a poor challenge on Cameron Jerome

56 mins:Dzeko doubles the lead by passing into the net after Begovic has spilled Aguero's effort

54 mins:Great work from Gnegneri Yaya Touré as he cuts the ball back into the area but Edin Dzeko sees his effort blocked

51 mins:First change of the game as Matthew Etherington comes on for Kenwyne Jones

49 mins: Edin Dzeko almost finds his way onto the scoresheet as he smashes a volley just over the Stoke bar

47 mins:First yellow card of the game as Robert Huth goes in the book for a rash challenge on Aguero

46 mins:Back underway in Manchester and its sure to be a good half with both teams still having plenty in the tank

45 mins:Half time at the Etihad and City certainly deserve their lead after a number of good chances and Stoke will certainly need to improve in the second half

42 mins: Pablo Zabaleta puts City ahead as despite good save from Asmir Begovic, Pablo Zabaleta is on hand to poke home

41 mins:Roberto Mancini must be getting extremely frustrated as after their bright start, City are struggling to produce any sort of final ball

39 mins:Stoke are again dropping deep and Tony Pulis will be looking to get his players in so he can tell them to move up

36 mins: Pablo Zabaleta has been one of Manchester City's brightest sparks today, regularly bombing down the right but he's been well marshalled by the Stoke rearguard

32 mins:City again go close as first Andy Wilkinson produces a great tackle as David Silva looks set to shoot before Aguero hits the post with a header

30 mins:Roberto Mancini maybe considering some changes here as Edin Dzeko seems to be really struggling today with a number of his touches not coming off

27 mins:City camped in the Stoke half again but the Potters don't seem to be too worried and look quite happy to be camped on the edge of the area

25 mins:Stoke come forward well and after some pinball in the area, Charlie Adam goes down to easily and the move breaks down

22 mins:City getting closer and closer here, as Aguero again finds space in the box but Begovic saves well

19 mins:Another chance for City as David Silva pops up with a header but he can't direct his effort on target

18 mins:Stoke have really come into the game in the last few minutes, especially in defence and City seem to be running out of ideas

15 mins:Stoke come forward with Walters flicking the ball on but there's no-one there for Stoke. Tony Pulis will probably be asking himself where Cameron Jerome and Kenwyne Jones were

14 mins:Good effort by Yaya Toure as he fires in from 25 yards but his effort sails just wide

12 mins:Jonathan Walters seems to be the only player putting any pressure on Manchester City and his legs could be vital if Stoke are to get anything from this one

10 mins:City are really on top here and you get the feeling that they really fancy it today

8 mins: Sergio Agüero looks to fancy it here as he again goes close with a left footed effort from a Gareth Barry cross but his shot sails over the bar

5 mins:City appear to be targeting the Stoke full-backs as Aguero again skips into the box and clearly has his shirt pulled but referee Michael Oliver doesn't seem interested

3 mins:Stoke coming into it now with Jonathan Walters chasing down the City defence

1 mins:Almost the perfect start for City as Asmir Begovic makes a great save from Sergio Agüero following good work from Pablo Zabaleta

Underway at the Etihad and its the home team who've made the stronger start

3 mins:City make two changes from Saturday's win at Norwich, with Joleon Lescott and James Milner coming in while defensive pair Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron are back in for the Potters

2 mins:Both sides come into the game in strong form and it will be interesting to see who can get the upper hand during what is certain to be a huge clash of styles

1 mins:Well welcome along to coverage of this Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke

team line-up

1Joe Hart
22Gaël Clichy
4Vincent Kompany
5Pablo Zabaleta
6Joleon Lescott
21David Silva82
18Gareth Barry
42Yaya Touré
7James Milner
16Sergio Agüero77
10Edin Dzeko92


14Javi García
11Scott Sinclair82
32Carlos Tévez77
30Costel Pantilimon
33Matija Nastasic
62Abdul Razak92
28Kolo Touré


Michael Oliver

team line-up

1Asmir Begovic
4Robert Huth
17Ryan Shawcross
28Andy Wilkinson
2Geoff Cameron
6Glenn Whelan
19Jonathan Walters
15Steven N'Zonzi
16Charlie Adam68
33Cameron Jerome
9Kenwyne Jones50


18Dean Whitehead68
20Matthew Upson
29Thomas Sørensen
26Matthew Etherington50
25Peter Crouch
30Ryan Shotton
21Michael Kightly


Michael Oliver

match stats

possession %6138
shots on target61
shots off target81
tackles won00