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  • Hearts 1

    Sow (56)

  • Manchester City

    City 2

    Sinclair (25), Kolarov (p) (80)

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  • 18 July 2014 21:47
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City won the final game of their Scotland tour with a solid 2-1 win over Hearts.

The Edinburgh side gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side the perfect work-out and the Blues had to earn their first victory of pre-season in front of a capacity 12,188 Tynecastle crowd.

As was the case at Dundee, City played virtually two different sides in each half to give the whole squad much-needed game time and each team performed well in an entertaining game.

Hearts, who begin their season against Annan this weekend, were compact and sharp, but the Blues were more than a match with the triple training sessions starting to pay off.

The hosts held firm until the 25th-minute when Alvaro Negredo’s clever reverse pass put Scott Sinclair clear and the City forward tucked the ball home calmly past Neil Alexander to the delight of more than a 1,000 travelling Blues.

Ten changes were made at the break by City with only Sinclair retaining his place, but Hearts were level on 56 minutes when the impressive Dale Carrick put Osman Sow through on goal and the former Crystal Palace striker planted the ball past Willy Caballero with a well-placed shot.

As the half wore on, however, the Blues looked increasingly more dangerous with John Guidetti and Stevan Jovetic a handful up front and Emyr Huws and Sinclair a constant threat.

And it was Huws who won what would prove to be a decisive penalty after 80 minutes when a slick move involving Jovetic and Gael Clichy saw the French full-back whip in a cross that Guidetti failed to connect with – but the ball fell to Huws who controlled the ball and was brought down by Callum Paterson to give the referee an easy decision.

Aleks Kolarov planted the ball home from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 and earn City a satisfying victory against a Hearts side who are sure to be challenging for promotion this season.

Match details

Friday 18 July 2014, 7:30PM

Tynecastle Att:12,188




Alexander (Hamilton 70), Paterson, McHattie, Wilson (McGhee 75), Ozturk (McKay 70), Gomis (Oliver 75), Walker (Holt 56), Bauben (Robinson 59), Sow (D Smith 56), Carrick (Keatings 56), Nicholson (King 16)

Manchester City:

Wright (Caballero 45), Richards (Bossaerts 45 (Clichy 72), Leigh (Kolarov 45), Nastasic (Denayer 45), Rekik (Boyata 45), Garcia (Rodwell 45), Zuculini (Fernando 45), Sinclair, Nasri (Huws 45), Navas (Jovetic 45), Negredo (Guidetti 45)

All times are taken from a live feed and are approximate at time of publishing.
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