Manchester City: Man-for-man marking
Thursday 23 February 2012
Busier than he might have hoped, but made required saves without fuss, including a great low one in added time. 7/10
Not as cavalier as City fans are used to: he was largely pinned back. Hurt in the second half but stayed on. 5
Harassed by Porto's lively attacking players, but generally stayed in command of his penalty area and beyond. 7
A harder evening than most of his at the Etihad Stadium: sometimes dragged out of position by Hulk. 6
Tried to provide attacking width but found it difficult. Did not always get tight enough to Porto's wingers, but soon learnt his lesson. 5
Drifting in from the right, he was tidy and combative when involved. Sacrificed for Edin Dzeko on 70 minutes: City scored three more. 6
Nigel de Jong
Still not looking fully sharp. Lucho Gonzalez was too sharp for him as Porto moved the ball freely 5
At times overwhelmed by Porto's attacks in numbers. Limped off early in the second half. 5
Played some characteristically perfect passes, and dipped past his full-back at will. A simple finish for City's third goal of the night. 8
City had missed that physical midfield presence. He made the first goal before moving back. 7
Brilliant front-running; making Carlos Tevez's apology look redundant. His goal, within 20 seconds, was brilliant, as were his chip, his assist and much more. 9
Best off the bench
Edin Dzeko (for Nasri, 69): Scored the second goal, and was involved in the last two as well. 8
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