Half-Time Report: Carlos Tevez gives Manchester City lead

Carlos Tevez scores in stoppage time of the first half to give Man City a 1-0 lead over Aston Villa at the halfway stage of their match.

Carlos Tevez struck in stoppage time of the first half to give Manchester City a 1-0 lead over Aston Villa going into the break.

Man City striker Carlos Tevez opens the scoring against Aston Villa on March 4, 2013© PA Photos

The hosts almost took the lead in the 21st minute when Christian Benteke met a corner with a powerful, downward header, only to see Tevez clear it off the line.

City came within inches of breaking the deadlock less than 10 minutes before the break when Pablo Zabaleta picked up David Silva's pass before cutting inside and firing an effort goalwards. Brad Guzan just got fingertips to it, however, to push it onto the post.

Guzan was called into action again four minutes later as Tevez worked space to shoot on the edge of the area, but the Villa keeper did well to beat away the Argentine's curling effort.

City took the lead in stoppage time when Ciaran Clark was caught in possession by Edin Dzeko, who raced through on goal before squaring to Tevez, who calmly slotted the ball home.

City's Carlos Tevez celebrates his goal against Aston Villa on March 4, 2013
Read Next:
Live Commentary: Villa 0-1 City - as it happened
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool24138354292547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account