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Nights That Shook The Etihad #4: City v United, January 2010

Our countdown of the top five night matches at the Etihad...

City face Everton on Wednesday for the third time this month with a place in the Capital One Cup final on the line.

It’s set to be a special atmosphere at the Etihad, will you be there to help create a special atmosphere? Tickets for the game are available here.

Yesterday we started our countdown of the five best nights at the Etihad with the Aston Villa win in 2014, but what is next on our list?

City 2-1 Manchester United, 19 January 2010

Manchester had been eagerly awaiting this Derby after the semi-final draw took place in December 2009.

The two sides had already met once that season with United coming out on top in seven-goal thriller after Michael Owen scored the winner in added time.

United took an early lead through Ryan Giggs in the 19th minute when the Welshman prodded home from close range after Shay Given saved from Wayne Rooney.

They remained in the lead until shortly before half time when referee Mike Dean awarded City a penalty after Craig Bellamy was fouled by Rafael in the box. Carlos Tevez stepped up to take the spot kick and smashed the ball down the middle to level the scores.

City’s number 32 notched his second of the game against his former team in the 65th minute as he headed past Edwin van der Sar from a few yards out to give the Blues the lead.

Substitute Owen had a chance to equalise late in the game but couldn’t find a way past Nedum Onuoha on the line and City took a narrow lead to Old Trafford.

Match highlights

Starting XIs

City: Given, Richards, Boyata (Onuoha 69), Kompany, Garrido, Wright-Phillips (Sylvinho 84), Barry, De Jong, Zabaleta, Bellamy, Tevez (Benjani 79)

Unused subs: Taylor, Ireland, Robinho, Petrov

United: Van der Sar, Evra, Brown, Anderson (Owen 72), Rooney, Giggs, Carrick, Rafael (Diouf 90), Evans, Fletcher, Valencia (Scholes 87)

Unused subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Park, Fabio

Key moments

16’ – GOAL! Ryan Giggs opens the scoring from close range after Shay Given saved from Wayne Rooney.

40’ – Penalty to City! Rafael pulls down Craig Bellamy in the area and City have a chance to level the scores…

42’ – GOAL! After a short delay, Carlos Tevez steps up to take the penalty and hammers it down the middle to level the scores.

59’ – Given saves from Giggs after the Welshman headed towards goal from Rooney’s cross.

65’ – GOAL! Tevez adds his second of the game against his former club when he heads past Edwin van der Sar from only a few yards out.

70’ – Shaun Wright-Phillips gets a shot away from the edge of the area and sees it parried away by van der Sar.

77’ – Big chance for United to level but Nedum Onuoha is aware to the danger and clears Michael Owen’s shot off the line.

90+2’ – Great save from Given to tip over Rooney’s shot from 20 yards out.

Man of the Match

Carlos Tevez


“Passion, intensity, vehemence, rapture, pick your adjective, this Manchester derby had the lot.

“City will go into the Old Trafford leg with the numerical and perhaps psychological advantage after a Carlos Tevez double inched their noses in front in the search for the winning post.

“Make no mistake the second meeting has every chance to be the same kind of thunderous, thoroughbred classic full of flair and flares that this game proved to be.” Chris Bailey, Manchester City

“The noisy neighbours just got a whole lot louder – and their chants will have been ringing in Sir Alex Ferguson’s ears long after United were silenced at the City of Manchester Stadium. 

“This Carling Cup semi-final is far from over – but on a night when Ferguson laid his cards on the table, it was pair of aces from Carlos Tevez that gave Roberto Mancini the bragging rights, at least until next week’s second leg.” Manchester Evening News

“The match, all the same, held other ­stories that the victors will rejoice in retelling. They had, after all, come back from a goal down to attain this joy. It is much too soon to tell whether City have been transformed but Tevez is certainly in the midst of an astonishing spell.” Kevin McCarra, Guardian

The noisy neighbours just got louder. With the Eastlands atmosphere crackling like an electrical storm, Carlos Tévez decided to pump up the volume, responding to the toxic taunts of those who once adored him with two nerveless, priceless goals. Some player. Some occasion.” Henry Winter, Telegraph

City face Everton in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday 27 January, in what's set to be a thrilling night of cup football at the Etihad.

Tickets are available to buy online at mcfc.co.uk/tickets by telephone on +44 (0)161 444 1894  (option 1, option 1, option 2)* and in person at the Ticket Office on the first floor of the City Store at the Etihad Stadium.

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