Abu Dhabi friendly: Man City 2-0 Hamburg

Published January 21st, 2015 - 05:40 GMT

Goals from Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko sealed a comfortable win for Manchester City over Hamburg in Abu Dhabi.

After struggling to break down their German opponents in the first half, City took the lead five minutes after the break as Jovetic found the net from close range.

And Dzeko sealed the win late on with a neat finish after a deep cross from James Milner.

City handed a start to teenager Brandon Barker on the left-hand side while only Milner and Fernando kept their places from the team at lost to Arsenal on Sunday.

And Manuel Pellegrini's side almost broke the deadlock inside two minutes as Jovetic shot straight at Jaroslav Drobny after good work by Aleksandar Kolarov on the left-hand side.

The Premier League champions maintained control of the game for much of the opening 20 minutes, though Willy Caballero twice had to show good hands to hold Rafael van der Vaart efforts from distance.

Frank Lampard - who had received treatment in the warm-up - was forced off midway through the first period, though Scott Sinclair's introduction could not spark City into producing any meaningful shots on goal.

The game to life shortly before half-time, with Bacary Sagna seeing a shot deflected narrowly off-target before Jovetic curled an effort just wide of the upright from the resulting corner.

Hamburg went straight down the other end, and after having a goal ruled out for offside, Caballero had to be at full stretch to tip Innocent Emeghara's shot behind.

City introduced youngsters Thierry Ambrose and George Evans at the break, and the latter had an almost immediate impact as his diagonal ball over the top was chested down and finished by Jovetic.

The goal seemed to settle the Blues, and they remained fairly comfortable for the remainder of the half, though Sergio Aguero was still thrown on for the final 25 minutes.

Pellegrini's side finally made the game safe when Dzeko brought Milner's low cross down in the box before cutting onto his left foot and firing into the bottom corner.

Artjoms Rudnev hit the crossbar late on for the Bundesliga outfit, but they could not find a way past Caballero.


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