Jo grabs brace in City win

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Manchester City took a giant step towards the group stages of the UEFA Cup thanks to Jo's first goals for the club in a 2-1 win over AC Omonia.

The £19million summer signing from CSKA Moscow scored in the 59th and 72nd minutes in this first round first leg match after missing a string of good chances.

City are now favourites to go through to the group stages, after a scare when Klodian Duro made the breakthrough just after half-time.

City almost made the breakthrough in the second minute when Robinho found space in the penalty area. The £32.5million buy from Real Madrid rattled in a shot that goalkeeper Antonis Giorgallides did well to parry to safety.

City kept up the pressure and Stephen Ireland saw his effort go over the crossbar after Robinho and Pablo Zabaleta had linked up. They squandered a glorious chance of taking the lead in the 27th minute when Ireland squared the ball across the face of the area and into the path of Jo, but with the goal gaping, the Brazilian appeared to take his eye off the ball and he sliced his effort wide.

And City were stunned in the 49th minute when Omonia opened the scoring. Albania midfielder Klodian Duro sent the home fans into a frenzy with a stunning free-kick from 18 yards that whistled past Joe Hart.

City roared back and Ireland's goal-bound shot was booted clear by Giorgallides. Then Jo was again wasteful in the 55th minute after a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, his shot coming back off the crossbar.

But they drew level four minutes later after cutting the Omonia defence apart with a swift counter-attack. Shaun Wright-Phillips raced to the byline and released Jo, who made no mistake with his first goal for the club following his £19million move from CSKA Moscow.

That stunned the crowd and it was no more than City deserved given the amount of possession they had enjoyed with no reward.

City went ahead in the 72nd minute thanks to Jo's second goal to put them firmly in the driving seat. The big striker made no mistake from close range after getting on the end of a cross from Zabaleta.

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