Manchester City 3 – Red Bull Salzburg 0


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Red Bull Salzburg’s Uruguayan striker JOAQUIN BOGHOSSIAN, who has scored just one goal in nine Austrian Bundesliga games this term after scoring 17 times in 34 matches last season with Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, hurdles the sliding tackle Manchester City’s Germany World Cup defender JEROME BOATENG as the snow — caused by Global Warming — falls at the City of Manchester Stadium in the north of England. (Tim Hales/AP)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
12/2/2010

3 – Manchester City (ENG) ———— Balotelli 18′, 65′, A. Johnson 78′
0 – Red Bull Salzburg (AUT)

A skillful side volley less than twenty minutes in started Premier League club MANCHESTER CITY on the way to a comfortable 3-0 win over defending Austrian Bundesliga champion RED BULL SALZBURG in Group A of the UEFA Europa League.

20-year-old MARIO BALOTELLI spearheaded the effort for Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI’s side with a pair of strikes, including an impressive side volley to start the scoring. Signed from defending Italian Serie A and UEFA Champions League titleists Inter Milan this summer for a transfer free believed to be around 24.0 million English pounds, the Italy international forward seemingly non-chalantly stuck out his left foot to meet the cross of PABLO ZABALETA in the eighteenth minute. It was, of course, Balotelli who inaugurated Manchester City’s 2010-11 UEFA Europa League campaign with the only goal of the match against CS FS Timosoara in Romania back on August 19.

Balotelli, who has scored two goals in four Premier League games (three starts) since embarking for England, doubled Manchester City’s advantage in the second half after 34-year-old veteran France international midfielder PATRICK VIEIRA’s attempted shot produced what turned out to be the perfect pass.

England international ADAM JOHNSON, who has scored one goal for Manchester City in 14 Premier League games thus far being deployed mostly as a substitute, added a third for the home side; starting on the left wing, the 23-year-old midfielder cut inside and beat three defenders before calmly curling the ball around Red Bull Salzburg’s German goalkeeper GERHARD TREMMEL for a second goal in the UEFA Europa League this season.

With the victory, Manchester City secured their place in the knockout round of 32 this spring and rendered the final Group A match two weeks from now with Italian Serie A side FC Juventus of Turin, who cannot advance in the UEFA Europa League after a draw with KKS Lech Poznan in Poland, meaningless.

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England World Cup winger SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS, who has started just two of Manchester City’s first 15 Premier League games with just one substitute appearance this season, attempts to round Holland international midfielder DAVID MENDES DA SILVA (right), a summer acquisition of Red Bull Salzburg costing roughly 2.5 million Euros from Dutch club AZ 67 Alkmaar, in the snow at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Tim Hales/AP)
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MANCHESTER CITY : Givens – Boateng, K. Toure (Richards 81′), Lescott, Zabaleta – Wright Phillips, Vieira, Milner, A. Johnson – Jo, Balotelli (Adebayor 70′)

RED BULL SALZBURG : Tremmel – Schiemer, Sekagya, Afolabi, Hinteregger (Svento 46′) – Mendes da Silva – Hierlaender, Leitgeb, Jantscher – Cziommer (Alan 55′), Boghossian

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(Tim Hales/AP)
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(Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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(Jon Super/AP)
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(Jon Super/AP)
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England international midfielder ADAM JOHNSON, who now totals three goals in all club competitions this season, receives a hug from England World Cup midfielder JAMES MILNER (7) after a noteworthy solo effort netted Manchester City’s third goal against Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg in the second half at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Tim Hales/AP)
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