Ivory Coast World Cup midfielder YAYA TOURE of Manchester City, a buy of 27.0 million English pounds from Spanish side FC Barcelona this summer, is tackled by Red Bull Salzburg defender CHRISTIAN SCHWEGLER (6) at the Red Bull Arena in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
UEFA Europa League
0 – Red Bull Salzburg (AUT)
2 – Manchester City (ENG) ——— Silva 8′, Jo 63′
Two of the higher-priced players for English Premier League side MANCHESTER CITY were on target as corporate-backed RED BULL SALZBURG fell 2-0 at home to start Group A play in the UEFA Europa League.
Spain World Cup midfielder DAVID SILVA, whom Manchester City paid Spanish side CF Valencia a staggering 25.875 million English pounds to sign earlier this summer, sent the visitors to the early lead with a casual finish in the eighth minute after Brazilian striker JO made a play the lay the ball off in the box.
The 23-year-old Jo, a 17.0 million English pound purchase from Russian club CSKA Moscow in the summer of 2008 whom many thought would be sent out on loan again this season, earned his place in the team in part as a result of injuries to Togo international EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR and Italy international MARIO BALOTELLI.
Jo certainly justified his selction over Paraguay World Cup striker ROQUE SANTA CRUZ in the second half; Argentina World Cup attacker CARLOS TEVEZ hit a shot from outside the box that Red Bull Salzburg’s German goalkeeper GERHARD TREMMEL could only parry and the Brazilian was on hand to bury the rebound for Manchester City.
RED BULL SALZBURG : Tremmel ; Svento, Sekagya, Afolabi, Schwegler ; Pokrivac (Jantscher 55′), Leitgeb, Schiemer, Mendes da Silva (Augustinussen 73′) ; Zarate, Boghossian (Wallner 55′)
MANCHESTER CITY : Hart ; Bridge (Boyata 68′), K. Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta ; Silva (Wright-Phillips 83′), de Jong, Y.Toure, Barry ; Tevez (Vieira 78′), Jo