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Micah Against Rangers

Thursday August 6, 2009Rangers 3 - 2 Manchester City

By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games

Manchester City continued their pre-season preparations at Ibrox against Rangers, Mark Hughes’ side eventually succumbing to a 3-2 defeat in a match that saw Micah complete the 90 minutes.

Hughes united Richard Dunne and new signing Kolo Toure in the heart of City’s defence, while Stephen Ireland and another summer arrival, Gareth Barry, held fort in the centre.

The Scottish Premier League champions asserted themselves early on, enjoying waves of possessions without carving any real openings.

And it was during such a pattern of play that City had the first half-chance of the game, Ireland collecting a loose ball following Barry’s corner and firing on goal, forcing Neil Alexander into a save.

A tame effort from Robinho minutes later with the outside of his boot was blocked before Emmanuel Adebayor launched a shot from 30-yards out which was comfortably saved by the Rangers stopper.
With both sides looking penetrable at the back, Nacho Novo almost capitalised on a mistake from Toure, collecting the ball and racing on goal before scuffing a shot wide.
However, he made amends a few minutes latter as he powered the ball past Shay Given, though Robinho had a goal disallowed seconds after the re-start for offside.
The Brazilian did, though, play a key role in the City equaliser, picking out Adebayor who in turn found Ireland, and last year’s Player of the Year worked a yard of space before blasting the ball home.
That was to be the last notable act of the first-half other than a wasted opportunity from Robinho when he could have laid the ball off to Ireland, but it was an engaging encounter nonetheless.
It was City who drew first blood when the players returned. Martin Petrov, a half-time substitute, latched on to a cross and blasted the ball passed Alexander before launching himself towards the club’s faithful and enjoying the effort.
The celebrations were, however, cut short when Kenny Miller collected a ball over the top and lobbed Given to restore the parity, though another addition to the game, Craig Bellamy, had several opportunities to threaten the scoreline.
With minutes remaining on the clock, Rangers sealed the win as, moments after John Fleck had missed his own chance, David Weir made a superb connection with a corner to beat a helpless Given.
Despite the defeat, there were plenty of positives in the game for Hughes to extract ahead of the club’s Premier League campaign, and Micah continued his own preparations ahead of a crucial season.