Carling Cup semi-final, first leg
19 January 2010, Eastlands
MANCHESTER CITY 2
Tevez 42 (pen), 65
MANCHESTER UNITED 1
City: Given; Richards, Kompany, Boyata (Onuoha 69), Garrido; Wright-Phillips (Sylvinho 84), Barry, Zabaleta, de Jong; Bellamy, Tevez (Benjani 79)
United: van der Sar; Rafael (Diouf 89), Brown, Evans, Evra; Valencia (Scholes 88), Carrick, Anderson (Owen 72), Fletcher, Giggs; Rooney
We're looking back on the three Manchester City clashes so far this season. Today we review the drama-filled first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final...
What's the story? Blues fans were dreaming of a first major cup final in 34 years ("Wembley, Wembley, it's a famous place in London that Man City never see", we sing) and this game, originally postponed due to heavy snow, was their big chance. But Sir Alex was determined to spoil the party. He generally uses the Carling Cup to blood youngsters, but opted for a full-strength side, admitting this was "a different breed" of game.
What happened on the pitch? You mean after City dimmed the lights, sung Blue Moon and paraded the 1976 League Cup-winning side? Well, United flew out of the traps and derby ever-present Ryan Giggs slotted home after 17 minutes. The Reds completely dominated the first half (and the last 15 minutes), over-running City's midfield to the point where it looked like the Blues had deployed seven in defence. Carlos Tevez equalised from the spot just before the break... and celebrated by taunting United substitute Gary Neville (who, it must be said, gave his own back). The former United hitman then headed the winner midway through the second half.