Full-time: City 4-2 Plzen

That was fun. Plzen played their parta, showing lots of enterprise and spunk, but City, despite some unhinged defending, were ultimately too good for them. No word yet on the extent of Aguero's injury but he spent the second half sitting snugly on the bench, in no visible discomfort.

90+2 min: Yaya Touré booked for a wild tackle. Oh dear, he'll miss the next match. But not the more important one after that.

City 4-2 Plzen (Dzeko 89)

Excellent cross by Milner, followed by a fine downward header by Dzeko. He hasn't played well tonight but that was a neat finish. Game over.

87 min: Clever cross by Touré intercepted by Kozacik. Plzen pour forward anew in search of a third equaliser ...

85 min: Plzen change: Bakos on, Kolar off.

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83 min: Valiant Plzen keep coming. Tecl dares to test England's Joe Hart from 30 yards but shoots wide, the cad.

80 min: City are still making things difficult for themslves. Absurd rashness from Dimechelis let Rajtoral in, but the midfielder's low shot from the edge of the area was heroically saved by England's Joe Hart.

GOAL! City 3-2 Plzen (Negredo 78)

That should seal it for City. Dzeko fed Navas wide on the right and the Spaniard rolled an inviting ball to his compatriot at the back post and Negredo didn't mess up, tapping in from close range.

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77 min: Negredo's first intervention is to tip the ball off the foot of Prochazka at City's back post to concede another corner. City suffering a bit here ...

75 min: City substitution: Nasri off, Negredo on. It would be interesting to know the contents of that consultation a moment ago.

74 min: Horvath curls the freekick two yards over the bar. That's no way to best England's Joe Hart.

74 min: Demichelis booked for tripping Rajtoral right on the edge of the area. As they line up the wall, Nasri hurries across for a consutlation with Pellegrini on the sidelines: City are a shambles and order needs to be restored. But first they need to repel this freekick ...

72 min: Milner smashes wildly into Rajtoral - an impardonable misdeed when on a yellow card. But he gets away with it.

71 min: A city attack fizzles out on the foot of Dzezko. Again. He has been feeble tonight.

GOAL! City 2-2 Plzen (Tecl 69)

Shoddy City. The hosts stood off Plzen as they played they way into the box, then Kolar teed up Tecl to guide a smart low shot past England's Joe Hart from a eight yards.

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66 min: An excellent 30-yard striker by Kolar brings a fine one-handed save from England's Joe Hart. Are you watching, Pantilimon, eh?

GOAL! City 2-1 Plzen (Nasri 65)

The two subs combine - Touré rolling the ball to Navas to clip into the middle - and Nasri finishes with aplomb. He deserves that, Nasri, as he has played well.

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64 min: City substitution: Fernandino off, Touré on. The Ivorian is one yellow card from a suspension - wouldn't it be awful if he picked up another here and was thereby suspended for a relatively meaningless game in Munich rather than the first-leg of a knock-out match?

62 min: Wonderful save by Kozacik to tip over a Fernandinho header after a measured cross from Nasri.

59 min: Navas is a growing threat down the right and City are looking for him with increasing regularity. Plzen posing less of a threat.

56 min: Dzeko is starting to elicit groans from the sparse crowd: he was well found just now by Milner but his chest control was poor and he was then shouldered off the ball easily by a defender. Chance gone.

54 min: After Dzeko weakly coughs up possession, Plzen career forward ... and then run out of ideas, so Kolar has a ping from 30 yards. No problem for England's Joe Hart.

52 min: City have been more authoritative so far this half and Plzen haven't been able to mount an attack. They tried to do so just now but Fernandinho showed his power and diligence to quickly subdue it.

50 min: After the referee devoted an inordinate amount of time to ensuring the wall was the requisite distance away, Kolarov bogs the ball over the bar. Ref, do us a favour: instead of pleading with the players to obey you, just flash some cards if they don't: that way we don't have to spend two minutes watching grown men squabble.

48 min: Twinkle-toed dribbling by Nasri to dance past three defenders before Cisovsky chops him down. Booking to the Czech, freekick to the Frenchman, just outside the box.

46 min: Blues for City: Aguero has had to be taken off due to injury. No indication yet as to how serious it is (there was no visible sign of anything wrong with him in the firest half) but it's obviously not good tidings for Pellegrini. It is an opportunity for Jesus Navas to strut his stuff, though.

Half-time: City 1-1 Plzen

City are lucky to be level. Aguero scored from a penalty that should not have been awarded, and the visitors have been the more enterprising and coherent side and equalised with a delightful striker. If City don't pull their fingers out, they're going to lose this.

44 min: Kolarov, who is captaining City tonight, over-hits a freekick to the consternation of all the team-mates who had clustered in the box in anticipation of a usable delivery.

GOAL! City 1-1 Plzen (Horava 43)

That's is fully deserved. Plzen have been full of vim and verve and, after launching yet another many-manned attack, they worked the ball wide to Horava, who let fly with a perfectly-struck shot from 20 yards to beat England's Joe Hart, no less. No blame attached to the keeper, though, because he is being exposed by a defence that is being overwhelemed with worrying ease.

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40 min: Milner booked for clattering into Kolar.

38 min: Bright play again from the visitors despite being down to 10 men. Yet again they get in behind City and pull across back to the edge of the area, where Rajtoral arrives to sidefoot towards goal. Kolarvo deflects it out for a corner. 

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36 min: Hubnik - a last-minute replacement for Limbersky, who injured himself in the warm-up - goes down with a shiner after being inadvertently clobbered in the eye by his team-mate, Horava.

GOAL! City 1-0 Plzen (Aguero pen 33)

The Argentine expertly sends the keeper the wrong way to give the home side a lead that they have done little to earn.

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31 min: Penalty to City for unintentional handball. Aguero to take ...

30 min: Plzen should be in front by now. Lescott made a fool of himself over on the left, diving in on Rajtoral to allow the midfielder to hurtle past him. This time Rajtoral kep his cool and picked out Duris, who tried to slot into the net from 12 yards ... but got his calculations wrong and prodded it just wide.

27 min: What a let-off for City! Rajtoral skedaddled towards the box and Kolarov and Fernandinho made like Sir Walter Raleigh and gallantly allowed him avert danger and saunter into the box. But faced with the formidable England's Joe Hart, Rajtoral lost his confidence and forget whether he wanted to shoot or pull the ball back to one of his team-mates waiting to tap home, with the result that he hit the ball straight out of play.

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25 min: England's Joe Hart clasps a corner to his chest and then bogs the ball downfield to Aguero, who slots it into the net! But it won't count because the Argentine tugged a defender's shirt before taking possession of the ball. Freekick to Plzen and, curelly, no assist for England's Joe Hart. "Just listened to that Indy anthem to punch the air to & get pissed to; I don't like it," snorts Mark Maitland. "It's an ersatz version of the 90s & shouldn't really be talked up too much. Think Pulp, Oasis, Blue et el and then listen to it. That's my lot." I never think Pulp. Never.

23 min: Aguero sends a trundler wide from 20 yards.

21 min: Prochazka escapes the attention of Demichelis and Lescott to latch on to a lofted pass. But rather than take it down and size up a shot, he tries to stab it past England's Joe Hart first-time ... and scueeds only in donking it over the bar.

19 min: Spirghtly by Plzen, who attack with speed and incision ... and might even have won a penalty a moment agao if Tecl had gone down in the box after a shunt from Lescott rather than staying on his feet and carry on chasing the ball, the honest foreigner.

16 min: Lovely stuff from City. At least, the big where Fernandino carried the ball forward and nudged it through to Aguero, who shimmied and then darted past the defender before corssing to Nasri - all that was lovely. But then Nasri went and uglified the move by bashing the ball badly wide from 10 yards. 'Uglified' is the only appropriate word in this instance.

13 min: The ball shoots across the sky like a comet, courtesy of a wonderful 25-yard shot by Nasri. It then bounces out off the crossbar, which a comet wouldn't do so that's where the metaphor falls down. Sorry about that.

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10 min: They're game, these Czechs. As soon as they get the ball they tear forward in numbers. Petrzela might even have got a shot away just now but after dodging Lescott he was closed down by Demichelis.

8 min: Aguero gets that Romario-esque scurry going, leading a counter-attack into the Plzen half. It concludes with Dzeko sending a wimpy shot towards goal from 25 yards. Easy pickings for keeper Kozacik. That's nothing England's Joe Hart couldn't do. 

6 min: Nasri curls a freekick in from the left. Javi Garcia gets the jump on his marker to dab it just wide from 15 yards.

4 min: The Czecha are making the early running, with City sportingly content to let themsevles get it out of their system before the hosts take over.

2 min: An enterprising start by the visitors is rewarded when Horvath wins a freekick by the right-hand corner of the box. He curls it in towards the near post but it poses little trouble to England's Joe Hart.

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1 min: It's on! Plzen fans making lots of noise as the players get things going at a sedate pace.

The teams are on the pitch. Best place for 'em, if you ask me. Niall Quinn is in the gantry. Not the best place for 'im, if you ask me.

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Preamble:

City are already through to the knock-out stages but if they want to have any chance of going through as group winners, then they must win tonight. But they don't have any chance of going through as group winners – because their final game is at Bayern Munich – so Manuel Pellegrini has decided to send out a slew of second-teamers, including that Joe Hart, owner of the safest pair of hands since Freddie Krueger. Bayern, by the way, beat CSKA Moscow earlier today, which means that Plzen still have hope of finishing third in this group so will be determined to punish any City slackness. So perhaps there'll be merriment afoot here. Speaking of which …

“A band from Wakefield called the Piskie Sits have written a song called, aptly enough, Viktoria Plzen," warbles the popular journalist and raconteur Gregg Bakowski before adding: "According to sleepinmusic.com it's 'an indie anthem in the making thanks to a chorus that you can get pissed and shout along to when feeling loutish in your favourite indie club. It’s an air puncher alright.' I heard it on the radio a few months back and didn't feel like getting pissed and acting loutish at all. I did do the dishes a bit faster than normal, mind. But maybe I'm too old to recognise indie bangers any more. The MBM readers can listen to it here and get as loutish as they like." Gregg Does Dishes. Was that the PG sequel to Debbie Does Dallas?

Teams:

City: Hart; Richards, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov; Milner, Fernandinho, Javi Garcia, Nasri; Aguero, Dzeko

Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Negredo, Navas, Boyata, Touré, Huws

Plzen: Kozacik; Rajtoral, Cisovsky, Prochazka, Hubnik; Petrzela, Horava, Horvatah, Duris; Kolar; Tecl

Subs: Bolek, Hejda, Hubnik, Reznik, Wagner, Kovarik, Bakos

Ref: F Aydinus (Turkey)

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