By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City suffered their third defeat in a row as Lech Poznan saw off Roberto Mancini’s side 3-1 in the Europa League.
Micah lined up on the right of City’s defence while Shay Given was handed a rare start as a noisy atmosphere greeted both sets of players.
A mazy run from Adam Johnson drew a good early save from Jasmin Buric, and the stopper had to be alert minutes later after Micah dummied and Shaun Wright-Phillips picked out Emmanuel Adebayor only for the striker’s goal-bound shot to be tipped over.
The Premier League side had started the brighter of the two sides and Patrick Vieira went close to edging them in front from a tight angle, and from the follow up Adebayor saw another header cleared off the line.
Dedryck Boyota could then have headed home himself only for his effort to drift into the welcome hands of Buric, and at the other end Given had a let off as Slawomir Peszko’s free-kick flew an inch wide.
And City were left to rue their near misses as the hosts grabbed the lead. Vieira headed a free-kick only so far as Dimitrije Injac who subsequently controlled and smashed beyond Given to make it 1-0.
Mancini will have been readying himself for the half-time team-talk well in advance, and it appeared to do the trick as City drew level six minutes after the restart.
Adebayor connected powerfully with Milner’s cross only for Buric to make a tremendous save, but the forward was on hand to volley into the roof of the net to equalise.
Many of City’s attacks were cut out before the final third, and Peszko believed he should have had a penalty at the other end after a clash with Wayne Bridge, though the referee waved play on.
Silva went close with a drive following good work by Adebayor, but any good will was only going to last for so long as Lech Poznan seized back the lead with a freak goal.
A free kick was floated in from the right and as Boyota headed to clear, the ball struck Manuel Arbeloda and rebounded into the goal to make it 2-1.
With time ticking the visitors did have a chance to grab another equaliser as Johnson cut the ball back for Silva, but the Spain international’s effort flew over the bar from a few yards out.
City’s hopes were finally ended as Mateusz Mozdzen collected a loose ball and powered home from 20-yards, and serious questions will be asked of Mancini’s men following another disappointing showing.
Lech Poznan: Buric, Kikut, Bosacki, Arboleda, Henriquez, Peszko, Injac, Djurdjevic, Krivets, Stilic, Rudnevs. Subs: Kotorowski, Gancarczyk, Bandrowski, Wilk, Kielb, Zapotoka, Mozdzen.
Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Boyata, Lescott, Adam Johnson, Vieira, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Milner, Adebayor. Subs: Hart, Kompany, Kolarov, Barry, Silva, Jo, Balotelli.