Sergio Aguero’s first-half strike and Edin Dzeko’s late goal were enough to give Manchester City a 2-0 win over Reading and guarantee second place in the Premier League in the club's first game since manager Roberto Mancini was fired.
The Argentine striker scored his 17th of the season just before halftime following one of several breathtaking passing moves, and the Bosnian fired home after a great David Silva pass to account for the scoring. If not for a superb goalkeeping display from Alex McCarthy in the Reading goal, the hosts could have demolished their already-relegated opposition.
James Milner carved out a terrific chance after just three minutes, skipping past the midfield to lay a crisp pass to Aguero on the right hand side of the box, the Argentina drawing a solid double save from McCarthy. Seconds later McCarthy was called into action again, this time having to save from Silva.
The onslaught continued, and Carlos Tevez set up Milner inside the box, with the England international’s shot getting palmed away by McCarthy before Aguero’s strike on the rebound was blocked. The hosts were able to break into the City half after a while, and Hal Robson-Kanu had Joe Hart at full stretch with a great shot from long range.
Tevez should have put City in front after half an hour, but the Argentine mishit his shot from Yaya Toure’s dinked ball over the top. Aguero finally put City into a deserved lead after 40 minutes, though, poking home from 10 yards after a tremendous series of one-touch passing from a short corner by Milner and Silva.
It was almost two for City and Aguero a minute later, but once again, McCarthy pulled off a great save to deny the striker.
Reading should have been level after five minutes into the second half, but Pavel Pogrebnyak headed right at Hart from close range from a tasty right-wing cross.
City broke immediately and Tevez glided into the box, perhaps taking a touch too many before his eventual shot was sent over for a corner. McCarthy was the hero for Reading yet again soon after, tipping Yaya Toure’s rising strike over the bar before Micah Richards’ bicycle kick bounced wide of the post.
McCarthy had to make further saves from Gael Clichy and Toure in the final minutes, capping off a phenomenal display of shot-stopping before eventually being beaten for a second time, with substitute Dzeko firing past him after picking up a ball from Silva.
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