Saturday 22 March 2014, 3:00pm at Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Barclays Premier League
Manchester City
Manchester City
Yaya Touré (pen) 26', (pen) 54', 65'; Fernandinho 84'; Demichelis 88'
Fulham FC

26' Penalty

Yaya Touré

54' Penalty

Yaya Touré

65' Goal

Yaya Touré
Assist by Samir Nasri

84' Goal


88' Goal

Martín Demichelis

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jesús Navas
Off:David Silva

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Rodwell
Off:Yaya Touré

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stevan Jovetic
Off:Samir Nasri

26' Yellow Card

Fernando Amorebieta Card was given for a foul

53' Red Card

Fernando Amorebieta

64' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

65' Yellow Card

Patrick Roberts Card was given for a foul

90'+2 Yellow Card

Lewis Holtby Card was given for diving

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lewis Holtby
Off:Kieran Richardson

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Cauley Woodrow

Goals from Yaya Toure (3), Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis condemned Fulham to a 5-0 defeat by Manchester City.

A Yaya Toure hat-trick, of which two goals were penalties, a Fernandinho effort and a late Martin Demichelis tap-in condemned 10-man Fulham to a 5-0 defeat by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The Whites were well in the contest in the first half but fell behind after 26 minutes when Fernando Amorebieta was perhaps slightly harshly ruled to have impeded Alvaro Negredo in the area, with Toure opening the scoring from the spot.

It was 2-0 early in the second half when Amorebieta felled David Silva. The centre-back was given his marching orders after denying a goalscoring opportunity, and Toure again made no mistake with the spot-kick.

And the giant midfielder secured the match ball in the 65th minute with an absolute peach of a strike from long range. Fernandinho then added some gloss to the scoreline with a sweet finish of his own, before Demichelis notched from a couple of yards out late on.

Felix Magath made two changes to the side that defeated Newcastle United a week ago, with John Arne Riise and Sascha Riether coming in for Pajtim Kasami and Lewis Holtby. Riether made up a third of a central midfield three, alongside Steve Sidwell and William Kvist.

Fulham began the match in positive fashion, hassling and hurrying the City players when not in possession, and looking to move forward whenever they had the ball. It made for a high tempo to the opening five minutes, although that was disrupted when Silva crumpled in a heap after Riether had won the ball from him strongly but fairly.

The first half chance arrived two minutes later when a neat James Milner flick sent Pablo Zabaleta into space in the penalty area, but his low cross was well dealt with by David Stockdale who smothered the danger.

The home fans were screaming for a penalty in the 13th minute when Milner went down as Sidwell attempted to rob him of the ball, but referee Jonathan Moss was disinterested.

In front of an expectant home crowd, the Blues began to up the pace and Milner drew a good firm save from Stockdale in the 17th minute when he rifled in a powerful first time strike from a fairly acute angle.

The Whites were awarded a free-kick in a decent position after 22 minutes when Kieran Richardson was chopped down by Demichelis, but the left winger’s set-piece crashed into the wall. The home side were unable to clear the danger though, with Cauley Woodrow then seeing his shot blocked by Joleon Lescott, before Richardson made a sweet connection with the follow-up, only to watch it fly an inch wide of Joe Hart’s post.

With 25 minutes on the clock, City were awarded a penalty when the linesman adjudged that Amorebieta fouled Negredo, although replays showed that the initial contact may have been outside the box. Toure stepped up to coolly send Stockdale the wrong way from 12 yards.

Fulham had an opportunity to equalise shortly after the half hour mark when great work by Richardson saw him leave Demichelis for dead. He then stood up an inviting cross that Riether did well to beat Aleksander Kolarov to, but he couldn’t direct his header on target.

A blistering counter attack from the home side five minutes later culminated in Fernandinho playing in Silva. The Spaniard beat Stockdale with a clipped shot but Amorebieta was perfectly positioned to head away from under the bar.

The Venezuelan was involved in the thick of the action and Fulham’s next chance fell his way when he found space at a corner, only to send his header some way over Hart’s crossbar.

It was imperative that Fulham didn’t concede another before half-time but they almost did just that when Kolarov found space in the area. Thankfully, though, his cross-shot rattled the woodwork and sailed out for a throw. Stockdale may have in fact got fingertips to the effort and, if he did, it was truly an outstanding save.

Within eight minutes of the second period, City were awarded a second spot-kick in an incident that saw Amorebieta dismissed. Silva skipped beyond the defender who mistimed his tackle and he knew the red card was coming as soon as Moss blew for a penalty. Toure was on hand once again to dispatch the kick with minimal fuss.

Magath made his first changes shortly after, with Holtby coming on for Richardson, while Patrick Roberts was handed his First Team debut as he took the place of fellow Academy graduate Alexander Kačaniklić.

City tried to make their man advantage count immediately, but efforts from Milner and Kolarov from range both missed the target, although the third goal did arrive soon after from the mercurial right foot of Toure. A clever free-kick was squared to the Ivorian who showed incredible technique to bend a sumptuous strike inside the far post from 25 yards out to secure his hat-trick.

A Milner effort from just inside the box deflected off John Heitinga and behind for a corner as City looked to increase the misery on Fulham, with the subsequent set-piece resulting in Kolarov firing in a shot that Stockdale had to beat away.

Demichelis was next to try his luck when he connected well with a Kolarov corner, but Riether was on the line to punt the ball away.

As would be expected with 10 men, Fulham’s forays into the opposition box were few and far between, but Sidwell made a good run to latch onto Holtby’s lofted pass with 10 minutes remaining, but was unable to get the ball under control as he advanced on Hart’s goal.

The visitors’ final substitution was then made, with the hard working Woodrow replaced by Kasami.

City then grabbed a fourth seconds later, as Fernandinho brushed past the challenge of Kvist before rifling a wicked strike into the postage stamp of the goal.

It was almost five in the 88th minute when Negredo and Milner exchanged passes before the latter poked an effort inside the post that Stockdale did well to tip behind.

Unfortunately, the fifth goal did arrive moments later when substitute Stevan Jovetic’s low effort was blocked by Stockdale but fell kindly for Demichelis who deflected the ball into the back of the net.

It should have been six in the 90th minute when Sidwell lost his footing in the area, but Negredo put his effort wide when it seemed easier to score.

To rub salt into the wounds in stoppage time, Holtby was booked for diving, despite replays showing that Fernandinho wiped him out.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 22 March 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Attendance: 47,262

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Manchester City

Line-up: Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Yaya Touré (Rodwell 77'); Milner, Nasri (Jovetic 82'), Silva (Navas 68'); Negredo

Unused substitutes: Pantilimon, Clichy, Boyata, Javi García

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini


Line-up: Stockdale; Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta, John Arne Riise; Kvist, Riether, Sidwell; Kacaniklic (Roberts 55'), Woodrow (Kasami 84'), Richardson (Holtby 55')

Unused substitutes: Stekelenburg, Zverotic, Karagounis, Bent

Manager: Felix Magath

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 31 69
2 Liverpool 30 65
3 Manchester City 28 63
4 Arsenal 30 62
5 Everton 29 54
6 Tottenham Hotspur 30 53
7 Manchester United 29 48
8 Newcastle United 30 46
9 Southampton 30 45
10 Aston Villa 29 34
11 Stoke City 30 34
12 Hull City 30 33
13 Norwich City 31 32
14 West Ham United 29 31
15 Swansea City 30 29
16 West Bromwich Albion 30 28
17 Crystal Palace 30 28
18 Sunderland 28 25
19 Cardiff City 31 25
20 Fulham 31 24
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Manchester City (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Joe Hart
  • 5Pablo Zabaleta
  • 26Martín Demichelis
  • 6Joleon Lescott
  • 13Aleksandar Kolarov
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 42Yaya Touré
  • 7James Milner
  • 8Samir Nasri
  • 21David Silva
  • 9Álvaro Negredo
  • 30Costel Pantilimon
  • 22Gaël Clichy
  • 38Dedryck Boyata
  • 14Javi García
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 17Jack Rodwell
  • 35Stevan Jovetic
  • Manuel Pellegrini
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 4Johnny Heitinga
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 6William Kvist
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 25Cauley Woodrow
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 10Lewis Holtby
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 26Patrick Roberts
  • 39Darren Bent
  • Felix Magath
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross
  • 92' Full-time at the Etihad, disappointing afternoon for the Whites.
  • 92' Card for Holtby.
  • 90' Sidwell gives the ball away in a dangerous position and Negredo should score.
  • 87' Jovetic shoots, Stockdale saves but Demichelis rolls in the rebound.
  • 86' Stunning stop from Stockdale who gets down well to keep out Milner.
  • 84' Fernandinho evades Kvist before driving the ball in from the right of the box.
  • 84' Felix Magath makes his last change with Pajtim Kasami on for Woodrow.
  • 83' Brilliant tackle from Roberts who slides in to stop Negredo from crossing.
  • 82' Hangeland makes an important tackle on Rodwell as City threaten.
  • 80' City make their final change of the game with Samir Nasri making way for Stevan Jovetic.
  • 79' Holtby clips a fine pass over the City defence, Sidwell just can't take the ball in his stride.
  • 77' Riether does well to clear a header from Demichelis off the line, with the Argentine defender meeting Kolarov's corner from the right.
  • 75' Having claimed a hat-trick Yaya Toure makes way for Jack Rodwell. Even the Fulham fans clapped the powerful midfielder off.
  • 73' Sidwell rolls a good pass through to Riise, Zabaleta blocks.
  • 71' Milner cuts in from the left, his low strike takes a deflection off Heitinga and out for a corner.
  • 69' Holtby attempts to lift the ball into the path of Woodrow, but Demichelis clears with the header.
  • 67' David Silva off, Jesus Navas on for City.
  • 64' Nasri squares for Toure who curls in an unstoppable strike from the edge of the Fulham box.
  • 64' Roberts is next to be shown a yellow card for a foul on Kolarov.
  • 63' Sidwell goes into the book for a late tackle on Milner.
  • 59' Chance for City, thankfully Milner fires over from the edge of the box.
  • 54' Double substitution as Lewis Holtby and Patrick Roberts come on for Kieran Richardson and Alexander Kačaniklić.
  • 52' Toure adds his and City's second with another confident penalty.
  • 52' Amorebieta brings down Silva in the box, and referee Moss is left with no choice but to point to the spot. A second yellow is shown.
  • 50' Riise centres a deep free-kick, Lescott is first to the ball as City clear the threat.
  • 47' Toure, Milner and Silva link well. The latter breaks but Riise is on hand with a fine sliding tackle.
  • 46' Play resumes at the Etihad, where Fulham are by no means out of this contest. COYW!
  • 45' Half-time at the Etihad, where Yaya Toure's penalty separates the two teams.
  • 45' Woodrow finds Richardson who lofts in a pass from the left. Joe Hart claims well.
  • 43' Kolarov rattles the bar with a thundering angled strike.
  • 42' Nasri then chips in a delivery from the right before Riether out jumps Toure.
  • 42' Milner goes to cross from the right, John Arne Riise blocks.
  • 40' Kolarov looks to pick out Milner in the centre, Kvist makes an important challenge. Great play from the Dane!
  • 39' Amorebieta heads over from Kačaniklić's corner.
  • 36' Silva drifts into the Fulham box before clipping a shot over Stockdale. Amorebieta makes a fine headed clearance on the line.
  • 35' Riise tries to pick Richardson out, Demichelis nips in to head the ball to safety.
  • 33' Milner cuts the ball back, Nasri crosses and thankfully Hangeland clears.
  • 31' Positive reply from Fulham as Richardson clips in a cross from the left, Riether rises to head the ball wide. Good move.
  • 28' City break again and Samir Nasri tries to slip a pass through Fulham's backline. Hangeland intervenes with a clever block.
  • 25' Yaya Toure keeps his cool to send David Stockdale the wrong way. Confident penalty.
  • 24' Fernando Amorebieta fouls Alvaro Negredo in the box, referee Jonathan Moss points to the spot.
  • 22' Chance for Fulham as Woodrow's shot was blocked before rolling into the path of Richardson who strikes narrowly wide.
  • 21' Martin Demichelis brings Richardson down on the edge of the City box. The no.15 then sees his free-kick strike the wall.
  • 19' Heitinga plays a long pass forward, Riether knocks it on into the path of Woodrow. Joleon Lescott makes a vital intervention just as the young striker was about to shoot. Good move though.
  • 16' David Stockdale makes the first save of the game, denying Milner's first-time strike from the edge of the box. Good stop.
  • 14' Zabaleta drives at goal from deep, the right-back lashes at goal but William Kvist makes the block.
  • 12' City appeal for a penalty as James Milner goes down as Steve Sidwell makes a tackle. Looked like the England international lost his footing.
  • 10' Intelligent play from Silva who controls before cutting in from the right. The Spain international curls a ball out to the other flank for Kolarov.
  • 8' John Heitinga tries to pick out Kačaniklić with the overlap but Toure reads the pass. City then break.
  • 6' Yaya Toure moves the ball out to the right for James Milner. City create space with Pablo Zabaleta driving forward and delivering a low cross which David Stockdale takes with ease.
  • 4' David Silva picks up the ball near the centre circle, Sascha Riether wins the ball with a powerful tackle.
  • 3' Alexander Kačaniklić runs at Aleksandar Kolarov, the City left=back backs a decent challenge.
  • 1' And we're underway at the Etihad, with Woodrow and Richardson getting us started.
  • 0' We're moments away from kick-off at the Etihad, looking forward to this one! COME ON YOU WHITES!
  • 0' Cauley Woodrow makes his third appearance, and again leads the Whites' front line. Seventeen-year-old Patrick Roberts is handed a place on the bench.
  • 0' The hosts enter the game in fourth place, and on the back of two consecutive victories. City saw off Stoke City 1-0 and Hull City 2-0.
  • 0' Fulham take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium today, Felix Magath's side will be looking to build on last weekend's victory over Newcastle United.