City spot-on in Thailand
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Man City ended a troubled few days on a high by beating Everton on penalties.Manchester City ended a troubled few days on a high by beating Everton on penalties in Thailand in the Asia Trophy third-fourth placed play-off.
All of the three FA Premier League Asia Trophy matches have now gone to penalties, and this one came about after a 1-1 draw.
Andy Cole marked his City debut with a typical poacher's goal after 25 minutes, but James Beattie's second half penalty saw the game decided on spot kicks.
Cole nearly marked his debut in dream fashion when he broke though the Everton defence after just three minutes, but goalkeeper Iain Turner managed to divert his effort behind for a corner.
The former Manchester United man only had to wait until 25 minutes though to open his account for the blue half of the city.
Trevor Sinclair drove down the right inside the box and his cross-shot was diverted into the net in trademark poaching style by Cole.
Everton hit back as the half progressed and Tim Cahill hit the post with one of his trademark headers from Mikael Arteta's cross.
The duo combined again in first half stoppage time and this time Cahill nodded the ball into the back of the net from the Spaniard's free kick, only to be ruled offside.
The Toffees started the second half in a similar vein and Simon Davies was unlucky when he flicked his near post header onto the far upright from Cahill's cross.
Everton drew level after 50 minutes when Sylvain Distin raised his hands and blocked Beattie's header inside the box for a penalty.
Former Southampton marksman Beattie stepped up himself to fire past David James for 1-1.
David Weir had a goal disallowed late on but the game again went to a penalty shoot-out, for the third time in three games in the tournament.
James then proved to be the difference as he saved from the spot from both David Weir and Marcus Bent.
Willo Flood stepped up to hand City third place in the Asia Trophy as he made it 4-2 on penalties.