Unpredictable Prem #16

Cardiff City 3 – 2 Manchester City

Sunday 25th August 2013

Line-ups:

Cardiff City

Marshall

Connolly

Caulker

Turner

Taylor

Medel

Gunnarsson

Bellamy (Cowie 83)

Kim (Mutch 90)

Whittingham

Campbell (Cornelius 90)

Manchester City

Hart

Zabaleta

Garcia

Lescott

Clichy

Navas (Nasri 55)

Y. Toure

Fernandinho (Milner 77)

Silva

Aguero

Dzeko (Negredo 69)

Cardiff City’s brief stint in the Premier League was a rollercoaster ride for all those associated with the club. With their in-house pantomime villain, Vincent Tan, running the club with a complete disregard for the club’s traditions and values, it was a season of conflict and controversy off the pitch – for the fans of the Bluebirds, there were moments to savour on the pitch, namely this impressive victory over title-hunting Manchester City.

Cardiff took to the pitch wearing the infamous red and black home kit that had been implemented by Tan upon his arrival, which lead to it being an odd-looking encounter. With a large amount of protesting home fans still emblazoned in the classic royal blue, and the players on the turf in red, it looked as though Stamford Bridge had turned up to support Manchester United – not that this deterred City from inevitably taking the lead after 52 minutes.

The slick move was completed after Sergio Aguero laid the ball off to Edin Dzeko 25 yards from goal, before the Bosnian drilled in an unstoppable right-footed shot which took a slight deflection to send the ball flying past Marshall. It looked as though a terrier-like performance from Cardiff had finally been overpowered by the visitors, who then set about attempting to see out the victory.

However, against all the odds, a magical comeback then ensued. After just eight minutes, Aron Gunnarsson had smashed home the equaliser after a fine save by Joe Hart. This saw the Cardiff City Stadium erupt, thus creating an unbelievable atmosphere from which the home side drew the necessary encouragement to then go on and win the game.

The Cardiff goals that then followed both came from corner kicks: the first arriving from Peter Whittingham’s in-swinging effort, which was misjudged by Hart, leaving the ball free to be headed home by Frazier Campbell. The next came from the opposite side, but remarkably had the same result. A cross from substitute Don Cowie was again met by the head of Campbell, who sparked jubilant scenes inside the ground with his smart finish.

It was an incredible comeback, fit to be remembered fondly by Cardiff City fans everywhere, but it wasn’t over yet. Alvaro Negredo quickly replied with a well-placed header of his own with just minutes left to play, but the home side managed to hang on to claim a historic win.

Dan




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