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Balotelli scores brace then sees red as Man City triumph at West Brom

Two first half goals by Mario Balotelli proved sufficient for Manchester City to claim the three points at West Brom as both teams ended with ten men. West Bromwich Albion have made a habit of collecting points this season even when conceding first, but not this time as two goals in six first half minutes from Balotelli made sure of the win for visitor's Manchester City.

City were coasting at the break as David Silva was involved with both of Balotelli's strikes.

The first after 20 minutes was slid into goal and the second in the 26th minute was a low shot past Scott Carson.

But in the 63rd minute the Italian saw red for kicking at Youssuf Mulumbu minutes after being booked and put his team-mates under pressure but West Bromwich Albion were unable to take advantage and eventually restored parity of numbers when Mulumbu was then sent off for sliding through the back of Tevez.

For City it brought a mini-crisis of results to an end and got their season back on track.

Referee: Lee Probert

Venue: The Hawthorns Attendance: 23,013

West Brom scorers: Man City scorers: Balotelli 20, 26

WEST BROM 01 Carson 04 Cech (Barnes 60) 06 Pablo (yellow card) 20 Shorey 30 Tamas 11 Brunt (yellow card) 14 Thomas 21 Mulumbu (two yellow cards, red card) 33 Scharner (Miller 80) 28 Fortune (Odemwingie 60) 31 Cox

Substitutes 13 Myhill, 05 Tchoyi, 08 Barnes, 12 Reid, 17 Dorrans, 10 Miller, 24 Odemwingie

MAN CITY 25 Hart 04 Kompany 05 Zabaleta (yellow card) (Kolarov 88) 17 Boateng 28 Kolo Toure 18 Barry (yellow card) 21 Silva (A Johnson 68) 34 De Jong (yellow card) 42 Yaya Toure 32 Tevez 45 Balotelli (red card)

Substitutes 01 Given, 02 Richards, 13 Kolarov, 07 Milner, 11 A Johnson, 24 Vieira, 09 Adebayor

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