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Manchester City-Inter Milan 3-0, Balotelli's revenge

DUBLIN - First match for Mario against his ex hated team. This image could be from Manchester derby, as Sneijder could join United soon.
It could even be at least 5-0, as the referee didn't concede 2 other goals, one was clearly regular. But it ended as the last Milan derby eh eh.
City’s preparations for the new season continued in fine style when they beat Inter Milan in Dublin.
Goal just either side of half time from Balotelli and Dzeko put City ahead, and Adam Johnson added a third at the death, but David Silva pulled the strings with a superb display. The win also gave City the Dublin Super Cup.
Roberto Mancini’s team selection indicated a serious approach to the game, with more than one eye on being in the right place for next week’s Community Shield derby at Wembley. Not surprisingly it was a completely different starting eleven to the one that had walked out to face the Airtricity Irish XI just over 24 hours earlier.
There was a welcome return for Yaya Toure after the worrying ankle injury that had blighted his North American tour, but Gael Clichy missed out because of the after-effects of the blow to the head he took in LA and there was to be no role for Sergio Aguero.
In sharp contrast to Saturday’s lethargic fare, there was a lively start to proceedings when City had the ball in the net within seconds of the start. Silva rolled it past Soares but the lurking presence of Mario Balotelli ruled the ‘goal’ offside.
The enigmatic Italian continued to be in the thick of it in the early stages, going over with a flying header shortly after the offside decision, and then drawing a fine save out of Soares from point-blank range. Between these chances David Silva showed off his wonderful talent with a run in from the right that briefly threatened to match his superb goal at Bloomfield Road last autumn.
18 minutes in and it was Edin Dzeko’s turn to see a goal chalked off, harshly judged offside when Aleks Kolarov was crossing from the left. The Bosnian striker stung Soares’ palms on the half hour, the chance coming from yet more fine work from Silva.
Inter’s keeper was in action again just before the break, tipping a Balotelli effort over the bar, and getting a playful boot to the backside from his former team mate for his pains.
But it was Mario who had the last laugh seconds later when he put City into a deserved lead, nodding home the corner that Soares had conceded.
City extended their lead just after the resumption, Edin Dzeko latching onto a sublime pass from Silva and then clinically despatching the ball past the Inter keeper. After a quiet time of it his previous pre-season outings, it was a timely boost for the striker’s confidence.
Joe Hart had a quiet afternoon but was alert enough to pull off a brilliant reaction save when the ball deflected off Chivu at a free kick. He was clawing the air seconds later when Stankovic went just wide with a volley from long range.
There were few alarms at either end after that, with Adam Johnson tapping in a simple third in injury time after fine work from Shaun Wright-Phillips. David Silva was deservedly named man of the match.
Performances in pre-season games can occasionally look disjointed as teams get back to full match fitness and look to sterner tests ahead, but it was not the case at the Aviva Stadium for City. The Blues were confident and comfortable, and they look in great shape ahead of the challenge of United next Sunday.
Inter will play the derby the day before for the Italian SuperCup vs AC Milan.

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summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.


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3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



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