No problems for City as they ease past Salzburg

Manchester City have reached the last 32 of the Europa League with a game to spare after a comfortable 3-0 win over Red Bull Salzburg at Eastlands.
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Manchester City have reached the last 32 of the Europa League with a game to spare after a comfortable 3-0 win over Red Bull Salzburg at Eastlands.

City made it ten games unbeaten at home in Europe with a competent performance as the snow came down in Manchester.

The Austrian’s were neat in possession but rarely threatened whilst the host’s barely got out of second gear but always looked capable of scoring.

Mario Balotelli scored a brace and Adam Johnson scored a fine sole effort as City looked good in possession if at times their final ball was disappointing.

Balotelli opened the scoring after 18 minutes with a fine volley from Pablo Zabaleta cross.

Fortune favoured the Italian for his second when Patrick Vieira’s mishit shot presented him with an open goal.

Johnson, who had the City fans purring throughout, gave them the goal they wanted when he weaved past three defender’s and slotted past Gerhard Tremmel.

Salzburg went close on a couple of occasions and Shay Given saved from Stefan Hierlander, but the Austrian outfit were second best for most of the match.

Referee: Libor Kovarik (Czech Republic)

Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 37,552

Man City scorers: Balotelli 18, 65, A Johnson 78
Salzburg scorers:

MAN CITY
01 Given
05 Zabaleta
17 Boateng
19 Lescott
28 Kolo Toure (Richards 81)
07 Milner
08 Wright-Phillips
11 A Johnson
24 Vieira
27 Jo
45 Balotelli (Adebayor 71)

Substitutes
25 Hart,
02 Richards,
13 Kolarov,
18 Barry,
21 Silva,
34 De Jong,
09 Adebayor

SALZBURG
28 Tremmel
05 Afolabi (yellow card)
15 Schiemer
23 Sekagya (yellow card)
36 Hinteregger (Svento 46)
04 Mendes Da Silva (Augustinussen 67)
19 Cziommer (Alan 57)
22 Hierlander
24 Leitgeb
14 Jakob Jantscher
43 Joaquin Boghossian (yellow card)

Substitutes
33 Walke,
18 Svento,
35 Offenbacher,
08 Augustinussen,
11 Zarate,
27 Alan,
29 Ngwat-Mahop

 
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