In by far the most entertaining and exciting game of the season so far, Cardiff City pulled the shocking upset and defeated Manchester City by 3 goals to 2 behind a Fraizer Campbell double at an absolutely rocking Cardiff City Stadium. In what was always going to be a special occasion for the Bluebirds as they were returning home to play in the top flight for the first time in 51 years, their last match at home at that level being against a West Ham side that featured the late, great Bobby Moore and contested at old Ninian Park. My goodness, times have changed since then, and to think that Cardiff were relegated that season along with CHELSEA!!!! Anyways, onto today where the first half featured plenty of raucous singing from the Cardiff support along with chances from the opponents.
City, Manchester that is, had the better of the first half possession with 66% of it, but Cardiff got off twice the number of shots that City did. None of them found their way into goal for either side though with the best chance falling to Fraizer Campbell of Cardiff in the dying moments as his breakaway chip was parried away by an on-rushing Joe Hart.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay was surely pleased by his team’s first half performance, but soon pleasure turned to dismay as Edin Dzeko struck home with a thumping shot only 7 minutes after the restart to give Man City a bit of an undeserved lead. The shot was top class though, as the Bosnian grabbed his first of the season from 25 yards out, beating Cardiff keeper David Marshall in the process. The Bluebirds found an equalizer though thanks to the work of midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung, whose wonderful wing play set up Campbell with a golden chance right in front of Hart, who did well to save the initial effort but was powerless against the rebound of Aron Gunnarsson, with the Icelandic midfielder smashing home to level the score at 1 apiece. That goal seemed to lift the Bluebirds as they now defended with a greater sense of purpose and were rewarded with a dream goal from Campbell in the 79th minute, when the former Manchester United forward shook his marker on a corner and directed the ball in with his shoulder after Joe hart was caught flailing in the 6-yard box. Chants of Hymns and Arias were ringing throughout the Cardiff City ground by the time Cardiff got a dream (and eventually necessary) 3rd goal from Campbell again, who this time cleanly headed in off another corner in the 87th minute after it was taken somewhat curiously by Peter Whittingham. Against the advice of just about everyone in the stadium, Whittingham did NOT play the corner short and instead blasted it into the box where it found Campbell again who headed across goal to score his second of the day. City had a bit more fight left in them and Cardiff fans feared the worst when Alvaro Negredo headed home in the 90th to give the Citizens a glimmer of hope. But the Bluebirds held on through 6 agonizing minutes of stoppage time to preserve their famous win and put Manuel Pellegrini on the hot seat after only 2 weeks at the Etihad.
Next Matches: Cardiff City vs. Everton Manchester City vs. Hull CityStat of Match: Shots On Goal Cardiff City: 6 Manchester City: 5