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

either end.

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.