City starting to click
Man City saw off a Malaysia XI 3-1 on the final leg of their Far East tour to head home in confident mood ahead of the new Premier League season.
Last Updated: 30/07/12 5:17pm
Manchester City saw off a Malaysia XI 3-1 on the final leg of their Far East tour to head home in confident mood ahead of the new Premier League season.
Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Adam Johnson got the goals for Roberto Mancini's side, with a thoroughly professional performance offering plenty of positives.
City have still to welcome back those involved in Euro 2012 and will feel that they are in good shape as they look to defend the top-flight crown they claimed so spectacularly in 2011/12.
They were always in control against a Malaysian select XI and it came as no surprise when Aguero glided past a couple of tackles before deftly flicking them into a 17th-minute lead.
Tevez made it two three minutes into the second half with a low drive across the keeper and Johnson added a third on 52 minutes as he squeezed the ball into the bottom corner.
Mohd Akil pulled one back for the hosts, but City were full value for a comfortable victory which allowed Mancini to take a look at a few of the youngsters hoping to make a big noise at the Etihad Stadium in the near future.
It took Aguero just 17 minutes to make his mark at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur when, having earlier hit the crossbar and forced a save from goalkeeper Farizal Marlias, he opened the scoring.
The former Atletico Madrid frontman surged past three defenders before chipping a past Marlias to put the visitors ahead.
Johnson and Tevez both went close before half-time and although Norshahrul Talaha headed wide for the Malaysians in injury time, City went in at the break 1-0 to the good.
However, the game was effectively over within seven minutes of the restart when Aguero fed Tevez to make it 2-0 from a tight angle and then obliged once again to allow Johnson to add a third from 12 yards.
Mancini made a series of changes as time ran down and the home side claimed an 87th-minute consolation when substitute Azammuddin bin Mohd Akil reduced the deficit.