Newly-promoted Cardiff City secured their first win of the season as they stunned Manchester City by beating them 3-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Manchester City, who were Premier League champions just 15 months ago. are many people’s odds on favourite to win the Premier League this season, so most people expected them to easily see of the challenge of Cardiff City.
This however wasn’t the case, as Cardiff send out a statement showing that the Cardiff City Stadium will not be an easy place to come for anyone. The star of the show for Cardiff was ex Manchester United striker, Frazer Campbell, who scored two late in the match.
Campbell’s performance was excellent all throughout the match, holding up the ball well, producing good defensive work, and really looked a handful for the Manchester City defence.
Cardiff’s stubborn and stern defending was what really secured them the win, as the only time it looked shaky was at the start of the second half, and in added time at the end of the game.
The defence looked excellent all through the game, and were only broken for the first time by a great strike by Edin Dzeko early in the second half.
After this Cardiff mainly sat back, but went forward when they could. Eventually Cardiff equalised after some great wing play, the ball came across the box, and ultimately ended up in the net, after Aron Gunnarsson knocked in the rebounded ball – Cardiff’s first Premier League goal.
After their equaliser Cardiff sat back, and looked to defend the point they looked like getting. However later in the half they were awarded a corner kick after Craig Bellamy had a cross deflected out of play.
Peter Whittingham took the corner which sailed past Joe Hart who should have done much better and hit Campbell’s shoulder which took the ball into the net making it 2-1 to Cardiff.
Later Cardiff won another corner, from which the ball surprisingly also ended up in the City net off the head of Frazer Campbell.
Cardiff understandably sat back to defend their lead, and were doing so well. Worryingly for Cardiff fans six minutes was the verdict for added time, so Cardiff’s defenders had more work to do.
After two minutes of extra time Alvaro Negrado made the match 3-2 after placing a great header int he Cardiff net. However despite a nervy last few minutes, Cardiff hung on to obtain a famous victory against one of England’s biggest clubs.
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