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Macron Stadium (ATT 22,735) 12th December 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Clattenburg

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Manchester City Man City

Bolton 3

I Klasnic (11, 53)
G Cahill (43)

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Man City 3

C Tevez (28, 77)
M Richards (45+2)
C Bellamy (S/O 65)

Honours even in Reebok thriller

Trotters and City produce a six-goal classic

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 12/12/09 5:45pm

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Tevez: Bagged a brace

Tevez: Bagged a brace

Manchester City had to come from behind on three occasions before snatching a 3-3 draw at Bolton.

Man of the match: Lee Chung-yong. The South Korean was a constant thorn in City's side and looks to be a real find for Gary Megson. Goal of the match: Gary Cahill's 20-yard curler moments before half-time was right out of the top drawer. Miss of the match: Joleon Lescott had a couple of nightmare moments, but a skied header from six yards when left completely unmarked will hurt the most. Moment of the match: Craig Bellamy's sending off seemed to inspire City as they came out all guns blazing when reduced to 10 men. Talking point: Can City claim to be top-four contenders when they continue to drop points in games they are expected to win?

Ivan Klasnic bagged a brace for the Trotters, and Gary Cahill also got on the scoresheet for the hosts, but a Carlos Tevez double and a rare goal from Micah Richards rescued a point for Mark Hughes' men.

Bolton started much the brighter and deservedly took the lead inside 11 minutes when Klasnic bundled home Lee Chung-yong's cross-shot from the right.

City, though, came back into the game as the half wore on and pulled themselves level on 28 minutes when a deflected effort from Tevez found the top corner.

The Trotters then appeared set to head into the interval with a narrow lead when they struck again two minutes before half-time.

Cahill latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the box and despatched a sublime curling effort past the despairing dive of Shay Given.

The Blues hit back again, though, and were level moments before the whistle when a flowing move was clinically finished off by a buccaneering burst from Richards.

Making a mockery of their lowly standing in the table it was Bolton who then edged ahead for a third time on 53 minutes when Klasnic fired home an acrobatic volley.

City then found themselves reduced to 10 men as Craig Bellamy saw red for two yellow cards, but Tevez ensured they would leave the Reebok Stadium with a share of the spoils when he drilled home 13 minutes from time.

Spectacular

Lee headed over the bar as early as the second minute, as Bolton burst out of the blocks, before having a hand in the opening goal for the home side in the 11th minute after Matt Taylor's cross had been deflected into his path.

Lee drove the ball across the face of the area and Klasnic was on hand to score at the back post.

Tamir Cohen almost added a second shortly afterwards. The Israeli's spectacular overhead kick from inside the six-yard area went narrowly over the bar.

Bolton then made an unsuccessful claim for a penalty in the 20th minute when the ball struck Richards' arm.

City were forced to make a change a minute later with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming off and replaced by Stephen Ireland.

Bolton were growing in confidence and Gretar Steinsson rattled a shot wide of the post in the 27th minute after being set up by Lee.

However, City drew level a minute later when the home side paid for some sloppy defending.

Zat Knight and Fabrice Muamba were slow to clear the ball and his hesitation was punished by Tevez.

The City striker won possession and then sent a shot from the edge of the area over Jussi Jaaskelainen with the aid of a deflection.

The visitors stepped up the pace and Gareth Barry saw his effort go wide of the post in the 35th minute after Ireland had flicked on a corner from Bellamy.

Bolton went back in front in the 43rd minute with a superb goal out of nothing.

Cahill got on the end of Steinsson's throw-in, turned quickly then fired a shot beyond goalkeeper Given.

Hooked

Back came City and they drew level in stoppage-time through Richards, who made the most of a pinpoint through ball played into his path.

Bolton went back in front for the third time with Klasnic's second goal of the game in the 53rd minute.

The Croatian striker hooked the ball home at the back post after Matt Taylor had flicked on a cross from Paul Robinson.

City were stunned and Tevez tried to break free seven minutes later only to be tripped by Cohen, a challenge that earned the midfielder a booking.

Muamba then squandered a great chance of extending Bolton's lead in the 60th minute.

He latched on to a loose ball after Lee had been blocked by Sylvinho and the home side launched a swift counter attack.

Muamba scuffed his effort wide of the post, though, from a good position to let City off the hook.

However, City were reduced to ten men in the 64th minute when Bellamy was sent off for simulation.

The match took another dramatic turn in the 77th minute when ten-man City again pegged back Bolton's lead.

Ireland won the ball 20 yards out and released Tevez, who fired a shot into the corner for his second goal of the game.

Substitute Robinho then went close for City in the 88th minute, his effort going the wrong side of Jaaskelainen's post as a thrilling match finished all square.

Bolton WanderersTeam StatisticsManchester City
3Goals3
21st Half Goals2
3Shots on Target6
6Shots off Target9
4Blocked Shots1
5Corners9
13Fouls11
2Offsides2
3Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards1
57.7Passing Success75.6
28Tackles12
60.7Tackles Success83.3
34.7Possession65.3
43.4Territorial Advantage56.6

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