Half-Time Report: Manchester City trail Ajax at the Etihad Stadium

A brace from Siem de Jong helps Ajax to a half-time lead at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City trail Ajax by one goal as the teams head in for the half-time interval at the Etihad Stadium.

Siem de Jong© PA Photos

Siem de Jong silenced the home crowd in the 10th minute, firing into the roof of the net from a tight angle to give the visitors the lead.

He doubled his account for the evening seven minutes later, capitalising on some poor marking from a corner to ghost in and nod past Joe Hart.

City finally got going in the 22nd minute thanks to a wonderful individual effort from Yaya Toure, who chested down and volleyed past Kenneth Vermeer.

Pablo Zabaleta had a chance to level for the home side, but his header was directed straight at the keeper.

Roberto Mancini's men found it a struggle to break down Ajax, who have defended astutely.

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