Carlos Tevez and Joe Hart make Carlos Hart

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Halloween has come come early at Manchester City where players faces have been merged with frightening results.

Hart hailed for saves that helped Manchester City earn 1-1 champions league draw with Borussia Dortmund

Hart keeps City alive as Balotelli seizes on late lucky break

No one thought Manchester City would conquer Europe in a year or two but it has been a very brutal learning curve and last night, just when it seemed that the whole adventure had collapsed before it had started once again, came the moment when Mario Balotelli made all his baggage worth carrying.

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<b>CHELSEA v Juventus, 2012</b><br/>
21-year-old Oscar marked his Champions League debut and first start for Chelsea with two goals, the second of which was an exquisit curled effort around the outstretched Juventus goalkeeper Gianlucca Buffon, to announce his arrival at the European Champions.

Oscar arrives at Chelsea: Football's most memorable debuts

Brazilian playmaker Oscar made his first start for Chelsea last night and marked his Champions League debut with a goal of the highest order.

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Damien Duff deflated by Republic of Ireland defeat to Spain

Damien Duff was today reflecting on the end of a dream after the Republic of Ireland's bruising defeat by Spain.

David Silva (left) outfoxes
the Ireland defence to score
Spain's second last night

Spain's 'orchestra' play Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 exit march

Spain 4 Republic of Ireland 0

Manchester City: Man-for-man marking

Joe Hart

Carlos Tevez has to rebuild trust after his five-month absence

Mancini offers hand to Tevez but compatriot steals show

Welcome (back) to Manchester, Carlos; the Etihad Stadium on its feet, singing the name of an Argentine who had propelled their football club into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Mancini's short notice when it comes to training is his way of preventing his players from drifting off into a fog of complacency

Mancini mind games keep City top

Manager uses psychological tricks, from 11pm texts to surprise tactics in training, to keep his players on their toes

Roberto Martinez saw his team claim a draw against Chelsea

Roberto Martinez targeting Wigan victory over Liverpool

Wigan cannot afford to approach tomorrow's clash with Liverpool looking for anything other than a victory, according to manager Roberto Martinez.

City's stars, particularly Sergio Aguero (centre) and Silva, threatened to run wild

Wenger: We are out of title race

Arsène Wenger last night conceded that his Arsenal team were out of the Premier League title race after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City left them 12 points behind the leaders.

David Silva celebrates with Sergio Aguero (far
left) after scoring Manchester City's winner

We are out of title race, says Wenger

City top the table after 1-0 win – and 12-point gap over Gunners is 'too much'

Mancini was happy to see Chelsea so delighted

James Lawton: Mancini is still the envy of all his rivals

A strange old memory came into the head at Stamford Bridge. It was of the misguided rush to dash off obituaries of Ernest Hemingway, the great analyst of grace under pressure, when his aircraft crashed and burned in the African bush.

Mario Balotelli continues to provide moments of stunning redemption

James Lawton: Mancini still the envy of all his rivals

City remain the best, most talented team in England and one that is likely to remain so

Victory on the night for Mancini but the Italians Napoli go through

James Lawton: Blue half of city learn how far they still have to travel

City came into this competition with huge hope but last night there was hard reality

Roberto Soldado (left) and Juan Mata during the latter’s Valencia days

Mr Valencia sad it's him or his old mate Mata going out

David Albelda tells Pete Jenson he warned the Chelsea midfielder not to let it get to this – but now it's do-or-die he aims to use all his experience to help his team into the next round

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