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Alvaro Negredo celebrates with team-mates after scoring his team's third goal

Alvaro Negredo celebrates with team-mates after scoring his team's third goal

Thursday November 28, 2013Manchester City 4 - 2 Plzen

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games

Manchester City secured a 4-2 win against a plucky Plzen side in the Champions League, with Manuel Pellegrini’s men overcoming an indifferent performance to seal the three points.

Micah started at right-back as City sought to stay in the hunt for top spot in Group D with Bayern Munich, but the hosts certainly weren’t at their best in the opening 45 minutes.

Edin Dzeko went close early on whilst Samir Nasri saw a 25-yard effort rebound off the crossbar, but Plzen, backed by a vocal travelling support of over 12,000, weren’t lying down, testing City’s backline at every opportunity.

As it was, City were handed a boost from the penalty spot, Frantisek Rajtoral judged to have handled in the box and Sergio Aguero stepping up to make it 1-0, his 16th goal in all competitions this season.

However, if the home fans thought City would find their tempo and pick their opponents off, it wasn’t to be. With a minute left of normal time in the first half, Tomas Horava collected the ball and fired beyond Joe Hart to make it 1-1, a deserved reward for their endeavor.

The goal seemed to kick Pellegrini’s men into life, and the addition of Yaya Toure brought an almost immediate goal. He picked out Jesus Navas, who in turn picked out Nasri to slot home and make it 2-1.

Daniel Kolar went close to equalizing again almost immediately only for Hart to pull off a superb save, though he was helpless to stop Stanislav Tecl’s drive a minute later which drew the visitors level again at 2-2.

Pellegrini brought on Alvero Negredo and the Spaniard grabbed a goal just moments later, Navas picking him out and the Beast not missing the opportunity to tap home to make it 3-2.

The result was wrapped up when Dzeko finally got on the scoresheet with a fine header from James Milner’s cross, City’s 41st goal of the season so far, but Plzen could certainly count themselves unlucky not to take home a reward for their efforts.

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Lescott, Demichelis, Kolarov, Milner, Nasri, Garcia, Fernandinho, Dzeko, Aguero

Plzen: Kozacik, Limbersky, Prochazka, Rajtoral, Cisovsky, Horvath, Petrzela, Kolar, Tecl, Duris