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Man City qualifies for Champions League ;).

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MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester City qualified for the Champions League for the first time, beating Tottenham 1-0 on Tuesday to deny the London club a second successive season in Europe’s elite club competition.

The victory came through a 30th-minute own goal by Peter Crouch, who had scored the lone goal at Eastlands last May that took Tottenham into this season’s Champions League at the expense of Man City.

Securing one of England’s four Champions League places was a key target for City’s Abu Dhabi owners when they bought the club in 2008.

“We are employed to give performances and get results,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. “Regardless of the money spent by the club, we are a team and we have shown that.

“If you watched the Champions League this season, Spurs have done brilliantly (reaching the quarterfinals) and it’s a shame for them that they can’t be there again as they brought something to it. But trips to Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan, what more can you ask for?”

An investment of more than $1 billion in players by Sheikh Mansour has also put City within one match of ending its 35-year title drought.

Stoke is up next in the FA Cup final on Saturday, and City striker Carlos Tevez is set to be fit for the match at Wembley Stadium after making a late substitute appearance having recovered from a hamstring injury.

“We now need a trophy and that is this Saturday,” Hart said. “We got this tonight and we now need to give these fans a trophy.”

Crouch’s own goal came at the same end where he scored a year ago. City winger James Milner raced on to Adam Johnson’s short pass and crossed low into a crowded penalty area, from which Crouch stuck out a foot and turned the ball into his own net.

The goal ensured City will play in the European Cup for the first time since 1968 – 24 years before the tournament was revamped into the Champions League.

If City finish fourth in the Premier League, the team will have to contest a playoff in August to reach the group stage.

With two rounds remaining, City is two points behind Arsenal and five adrift of Chelsea. Manchester United needs only one point to win the title.

“It doesn’t mean we are in the Champions League. We would have to qualify, so why not get Arsenal?” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “We feel they may drop points and we think we can get six points.”

Who said? AP said ;).

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May 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Man City pamer aksi hebat depan pemilik belasah Liverpool ;).

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REAKSI Tevez selepas menewaskan penjaga gol Liverpool, Pepe Reina dalam saingan EPL di Stadium  Manchester, kelmarin. Tuan rumah menang 3-0.

REAKSI Tevez selepas menewaskan penjaga gol Liverpool, Pepe Reina dalam saingan EPL di Stadium Manchester, kelmarin. Tuan rumah menang 3-0.

MANCHESTER: Sheikh Mansour (gambar kecil) menyaksikan satu persembahan ibarat seorang raja dan pengurus Manchester City, Roberto Mancini tampil membuat rayuan: Boleh anda hadir menyokong kami setiap minggu.

Pemilik kelab kaya raya itu jelas membawa tuah kepada pasukan tuan rumah apabila mereka menewaskan Liverpool 3-0 dalam saingan Liga Perdana Inggeris (EPL) di gelanggang sendiri, awal pagi semalam.

Mancini berkata: Ia satu persembahan terpuji oleh anak buah saya depan Sheikh Mansour dan adalah hebat jika dia dapat datang menyokong pasukan ini setiap minggu.

Saya berbual dengannya selepas perlawanan dan dia amat gembira. Ia adalah kunjungan pertama olehnya ke sini dan dia sudah menyaksikan kami menewaskan Liverpool. Dia juga berbual dengan Carlos Tevez dan mengucapkan tahniah.

Dalam perlawanan itu, Mancini menggunakan sumbangan enam pemain Inggeris termasuk pembelian baru, James Milner bernilai 26 juta (RM130 juta) yang muncul pemain terbaik perlawanan.

Saya turun ke gelanggang untuk melaksanakan tugasan. Ia satu permulaan baik di gelanggang sendiri musim ini, kata Milner. Agensi

Who said? Berita Harian said ;).

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August 27, 2010 at 11:12 AM

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