Updated: 18/01/2014 21:22 | By pa.press.net

City surpass 100 goals in Cardiff win



Edin Dzeko, left, scored Manchester City's 100th goal of the season in the victory over Cardiff

Edin Dzeko, left, scored Manchester City's 100th goal of the season in the victory over Cardiff

Manchester City smashed through the 100-goal barrier for the season as they overcame Cardiff 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

Late goals from Yaya Toure and fit-again Sergio Aguero ensured another victory for the Barclays Premier League title favourites.

Edin Dzeko had brought up their century in the first half but Cardiff gave them a battle and equalised through Craig Noone before Jesus Navas grabbed City's second. Fraizer Campbell claimed a Cardiff consolation in injury-time.

City were in control for most of the game but it was not until Toure's 76th-minute strike that the result was certain.

Cardiff had been threatening an equaliser in the early part of the second half and that fighting quality will at least have pleased manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his side slipped to the bottom.

What Cardiff could have done without was the disturbance among the visiting fans during the first half, which stewards were required to quell. The situation did appear to become problematic at one point but it eventually settled down.

The hosts made a bright start and Dzeko wanted a penalty in the second minute as he went down under a challenge from Kevin McNaughton, but referee Neil Swarbrick gave nothing and Navas shot wide.

Dzeko went close again as he turned to shoot from a David Silva pass but David Marshall produced a fine save.

Marshall was called into action again soon after, but to deny his own team-mate Ben Turner after the defender diverted a dangerous Navas cross towards the Cardiff goal.

It was no surprise that City's 100th goal of the campaign was not much longer in coming, although Dzeko had technology to thank for it being awarded. Swarbrick signalled goal after Dzeko's scuffed shot from Silva's pull-back crossed the line before McNaughton could clear.

Cardiff players surrounded Swarbrick to complain. They could have had little argument over whether the ball had gone in but they may have been complaining about a possible handball by Silva in the build-up.

There may also have been debate over whether City should have had a throw-in prior to Silva receiving the ball, but it all fell on deaf ears.

Alvaro Negredo was booked for a heavy tackle on Aron Gunnarsson and moments later might have doubled City's lead when he raced onto a Pablo Zabaleta ball but sliced wide.

Cardiff did not have a shot until just before the half-hour when Jordon Mutch aimed weakly at Joe Hart.

But it should have served as a warning for City as a minute later Gunnarsson fed Noone down the right and the winger cut inside, wrong-footed Vincent Kompany in the box and lashed in a fine equaliser.

This time City did respond as Toure shrugged off the attention of Gunnarsson in his own half and powered forward to find Dzeko.

The hard-working forward was robbed of the ball by Steven Caulker as he lined up a shot but it rolled on to Navas and the Spaniard snaffled the chance.

City continued to dominate but could not find a way through as Cardiff and particularly Caulker, who headed away another tricky Navas cross, held firm.

That may have given Cardiff encouragement at half-time that they could fight their way back into the contest again.

They returned strongly after the break and Hart saved from Mutch before diving on a loose ball at a corner.

Noone then brought the best out of Hart after a good run but City upped the tempo to put the game beyond Cardiff in the final 15 minutes.

Silva went close when he shot inches wide after a neat lay-off by Dzeko and Aguero, fresh off the bench, shot over.

The decisive goal came from Toure after the Ivorian set off on a rampaging run from deep inside his own half.

Toure had regained possession after one of his own passes had gone astray and he charged upfield to fire past Marshall after playing a one-two with Aguero on the edge of the box.

Cardiff were still reeling from that when Aguero stung them again after 79 minutes, twisting one way then the other to outfox Caulker and clip home the fourth.

With the job done, City eased off in the latter stages and were caught out at a corner as Campbell knocked in a loose ball from close range.

58Comments
18/01/2014 20:18
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100 goals at this stage of the season is a tremendous fete, well done
18/01/2014 20:29
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City behaved as though it was an exhibition match, so did Cardiff, Manchester City were very very wasteful of their massive possession advantage and total dominance of play and Cardiff fans should be very very worried if Solskajar allows other sides to carry the football to beyond the halfway line unopposed as this is what happened here.
If City were full on they could have scored double figures but such was their dominance they were actually complacent and very very wasteful of great opportunities..
Cardiff should be very very worried if they stick with this gameplan of today, which is ride your luck I notice they have already developed the tactic of almost playing football with two hands in the air, claiming everything even when it is clearly the oppositions ball. I suppose this is ingrained in all ex United players...... its  a shame as Ole was a good player but he is going to fail badly at Cardiff based on this showing today and his belief in Craig Bellamy.

19/01/2014 00:00
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Aguero great striker and knows how to  conduct himself 
on a football pitch. RESPECT
18/01/2014 20:02
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for all the trophies man utd have won they have never been as good as this city team king632 it may not be a thrashing in your eyes but city played poor compared to recent games and they still score 4 goals you sound bitter
18/01/2014 19:56
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Was surprised City conceded 2 goals at home to Cardiff, so they deserve credit for not giving in. It also highlights City's main weakness, they need a solid partner for Kompany in the centre of defence. Not that it really matters when your free-scoring but when you get into the latter stages of CL, the likes of Barcelona, Madrid, Munich etc will exploit it. 
19/01/2014 01:15
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And it was achieved without playing well, City were never going to drop a point against Cardiff even though Cardiff played some really good football. Great to see Bellamy welcomed back at the Etihad by City fans. However, Cardiff will be back in the 2nd. Div. next season minus two or three of there best prospects. Alas with the Dum Dum manager they have I can only see them struggle next season to stay out of Div.3
18/01/2014 20:01
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City WALLOP Cardiff was the headline. Expected to see a score of  10-0 and what was it 4-2..   That does not constitute the use of the word WALLOP...
18/01/2014 20:29
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Ok so Man city win again. 100 goals is remarkable at this stage in the season.  But it was a near thing as Cardiff did score 2 goals. Noon was tremendous I am sure that a top flight club will want him, but will he keep it up, that's the question. Blackburn played very well also against Man city.

I am a Man city fan and have been for many years. What City need is a better defence, that's where the money should be spent now.

18/01/2014 19:20
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Stop overreacting, 4-2 is not a wallop you people love acting as if city destroy alllllll teams, 4-2 is basically 2-1 
18/01/2014 21:03
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Score as many goals you like against City. They will however, score more.  The title is heading to Manchester if this continues.
18/01/2014 22:24
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As any team ever had such a squad as City...reckon they have enough top players to get 2 sides in top 6...... but 2 sides in top 6 might be easier than winning it ???
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Great report. City hand ball, City should not have had a throw in, City struggled to find a way through. A couple of match stats for the writer of the article ( Rooney's granny). City 24 shots on goal 62% possession  if they want to win the title they had better improve their shooting accuracy, 4 goals from 24 attempts is not good enough.  
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