Pellegrini starts with defeat
Manuel Pellegrini’s first friendly match in charge of Manchester
City ended in a 2-0 defeat to Supersport United in Pretoria.
Mame Niang and Kermit Erasmus scored second-half goals as a City
side featuring new signing Fernandinho were beaten in the first of
two matches in South Africa.
And there was a moment of concern for Pellegrini when Yaya Toure
limped from the field before the end.
The Chilean fielded two sides in the Nelson Mandela Football
Invitational, including Fernandinho for the first half and starting
with Javi Garcia alongside Vincent Kompany at the back.
Captain Kompany twice rescued his side before half-time,
clearing from his own goal-line and later producing a
perfectly-timed tackle, and there were several other chances at
Aleksandr Kolarov and Edin Dzeko went close for City, the latter
denied when sent clean through by Samir Nasri.
Youngsters Emyr Huws and Shay Facey were among a new XI
introduced at the break, and the new-look line-up was behind when
Niang’s header beat Costel Pantilimon (56).
Erasmus doubled the lead (82) after a solo run, and Toure’s late
withdrawal added to City’s discomfort.