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1860 Munich 1 - Man City 1 (Friendly) 11/07/09

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Manchester City came from 1-0 down to secure a draw against 1860 Munich at Rottach-Ergen. See the goals from the game below and link to extended highlights on TSV 1860 site at end of this post.

Stuart Taylor made his debut (as did a new white kit). Taylor could do nothing on 39 minutes when Alexander Ludwig scored an excellent free kick. Bojinov who showed great pace during the game smashed the ball home on 60 minutes after a fast paced move from the away team.

The promising Vlad Weiss gained an assist in a match that the Munich 1860 website claimed should have been theirs. However City fielded an inexperienced team and the official Man City website claim that the draw was a deserved result:

From www.mcfc.co.uk:

It was the young men nurtured in Jim Cassell's famed school of science at Platt Lane who repeatedly took the eye and gave the German second division outfit a hard time in tonight's friendly at Rottach-Ergen.

The Blues will not play at a more picturesque ground this or any other season, surrounded by forested mountains in the heart of Bavaria. Only Julie Andrews and the Von Trapps were missing, but Hughes' kids were on song.

Seven of the starting line-up were Academy-bred, with a youthful back four of Kieran Trippier, Clayton McDonald, Ben Mee and Ryan McGovern looking good enough to force their way into many a senior side as a unit.

Trippier's understanding down the right flank with Vlad Weiss, already handed his Premier League debut by City boss Hughes, was one of the highlights of a team performance that carried so much promise for the future.

The introduction of Donal McDermott, Javan Vidal and Paul Marshall after the break only served to lower the average age, and Sholeum Logan later replaced Mee after the intelligent defender was hurt in a clash of heads.

Pablo Zabaleta was the able older hand in midfield while Bulgaria pair Boji and Martin Petrov, who performed World Cup duties during the summer, nevertheless worked hard to keep the German defence on their toes.

Munich, who had the smattering of City fans in nostalgic mood by fielding a player called Rosler, took the lead with a 39th-minute free kick after the lively Pappas went down under a challenge from Adam Clayton.

But Bojinov made sure City did not have to start their campaign with an undeserved defeat by showing a true striker's knack by turning and firing beyond the Munich keeper after receiving a fine pass from Weiss.

City's starting line-up: Taylor; Trippier, McDonald, Mee, McGovern; Weiss, Zabaleta, Clayton, Petrov; Ireland; Bojinov.

Click here to see a stream of the match highlights – the video is in two parts the second is the top video on the right.


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