CITY v. Aris: a night to remember

Manchester City v. Aris

Thursday 24th February 2011 8:05pm KO

My journey to the ground was a typical one, a few drinks on the train then to Mary D’s to meet up with mates for the now traditional pint before the game. I wasn’t sat in my usual seat for this game, had a better view of the game and fantastic view of the amazing Aris fans that just sang, chanted, danced & bounced all game. Made the atmosphere brilliant and I thought intimidated our loyal, loud supporters into not singing as often. I also felt the tension and nerves in the ground as with all this expectation and money and only a 0-0 away it would be shocking and embarrassing if money bags City were to falter against weaker opposition.

City started the game really well which hasn’t happened many times this season and really took the game to Aris in the early minutes, an early mistake from an Aris centre half gave Dzeko an early chance and boy did he take it well and watching his celebration it obviously meant a lot to the under-pressure striker! His second one followed shortly after his first which again was a great finish into the bottom corner. I hadn’t seen City start a match and take the game to the opposition in a few months now and this second goal eased the nerves of the City faithful. The 2nd goal as well as the 1st was celebrated with the ever so popular ‘Poznan’ celebration, I even got a girlfriend who id taken to the match to join in the fun! Good half by City who eased the early pressure off towards the end.

Second half was in my view more Aris than City and they really showed there class that they have in their team that obviously they displayed in there group matches especially against reining champs Athletico Madrid. However, City was good defensively and later seen Aris off with a deflected shot from Yaya Toure that went into the bottom corner. GAME OVER! Although in all credit to the Aris fans they still didn’t shut up and showed that European fans like them are so passionate about football and to be honest made me so jealous because I wish our fans could be like that sometimes! Overall another good experience at Eastlands that will live long in the memory. I just love European nights, something very different from the usual.

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