By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City and Juventus shared the spoils in the Europa League as they played out a compelling 1-1 draw at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Micah was rested having just overcome the hamstring injury which has ruled him out in recent weeks, and Jerome Boateng stepped in to fill the void on the right flank.
The visitors started brightly as Vincent Iaquinta forced Joe Hart into a fine save from his powerful, edge of the penalty area shot.
However, with City reeling from an early period of Juve pressure, Iaquinta broke the deadlock. Cutting in from the left, the forward’s well-struck shot deflected off Kolo Toure and beat Hart to make it 1-0 to the Italians.
The hosts almost hit back immediately as Patrick Vieira’s header was cleared off the line, whilst Gareth Barry’s own headed effort rebounded off the far post with Alex Manninger beaten.
And the Eastlander’s pressure finally paid off, though, as a fine ball by Yaya Toure picked out Adam Johnson and the midfielder tricked Manninger before slotting home.
It was much of the same after the break and although Juventus’ attacks were less penetrative than in the first 45 minutes, they still had City pinned back for large periods.
Johnson went closest, during the opening 20 minutes of the second half, to nudging the home side in front, though a 20-yard strike was comfortably collected by Manninger.
The Old Lady could have snatched the three points when Alessandro Del Piero – forever the master of the free-kick – saw a set piece rebound off the underside of City’s post, with Dedryck Boyota able to clear.
That was to be the last of the notable action as both teams were forced to settle for a point, and whilst Roberto Mancini may be slightly frustrated that his side didn’t secure the win, he will be more content by the way in which they fought their way back into the game.
Man City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Boateng, Barry, Vieira, Toure, Tevez, Toure Yaya Subs: Given, Milner, Lescott, Silva, Jo, De Jong, Boyata
Juventus: Manninger, Chiellini, Sissoko, Marchisio, Iaquinta, Del Piero, Bonucci, Grygera, Martinez, Krasic, De Ceglie Subs: Storari, Motta, Felipe Melo, Lanzafame, Pepe, Legrottaglie, Giannetti