Half-Time Report: Still level between Cardiff, Manchester City

Cardiff City hold Manchester City to a goalless first half in their first ever Premier League home match.

Cardiff City have held Manchester City to a goalless first half in their first Premier League home game at the Cardiff City stadium.

Cardiff's Aron Gunnarsson and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero battle for the ball on August 25, 2013© Getty Images

Inside the first minute Cardiff appealed for a penalty when Fraizer Campbell went down under the challenge of Joleon Lescott. Referee Lee Probert shook his head as Campbell fell under little contact.

Soon after the hosts came within a whisker of a spectacular opener when Peter Whittingham's 30-yard free kick flew past the upright.

The number seven's left boot was Cardiff's most dangerous threat in the early stages and he tested Hart with a low drive after a quarter of an hour that was too central to really trouble the England number one.

City were controlling possession but didn't manage a shot on target until the 35th minute when David Silva was given space 20 yards out and curled a shot into the palms of David Marshall.

Moments later the visitors came close again when Jesus Navas's pullback was layed off by Edin Dzeko for Yaya Toure, whose snap-shot was well blocked by Ben Turner.

Campbell had two late chances to open the scoring but couldn't take either as first he was put off by Lescott's outstretched boot before failing to beat Hart from a tight angle.

Cardiff's Aron Gunnarsson and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero battle for the ball on August 25, 2013
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