Fraizer Campbell scored twice and Aron Gunnarsson got the other Cardiff goal yesterday after Edin Dzeko opened the scoring for Manchester City, which won the title two seasons ago. Alvaro Negredo got a late goal for the visiting team. It was Cardiff’s first home game in the top flight for 51 years.
“Fraizer Campbell gave their whole back four problems,” Cardiff manager Malky Mackay told Sky Sports. “He is someone I was delighted to get when we managed to get him in from Sunderland. I thought it was an incredible bit of business on our behalf and he hit the ground running.”
All five goals came in the second half. Dzeko struck in the 52nd minute as he slammed in a shot from outside the penalty area from Sergio Aguero’s flick.
Eight minutes later Gunnarsson tied the scores from close range after the visitor’s defense failed to clear. Campbell’s two goals, in the 79th and 87th minutes, both came from corners after he outwitted his marker, Pablo Zabaleta.
Negredo’s header made it 3-2 and the Spanish forward missed a chance to tie it in the seventh minute of added time as he flicked over from close range.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini lamented his team’s failure to defend from set-pieces after Campbell’s goals.
“It does not matter who is guilty with the two corners, conceding from two corners is too much,” he said. “It is too important an area.”
In London, Roberto Soldado scored Tottenham’s winner from the penalty spot for the second straight league game. Spurs were again without Gareth Bale, linked with a move to Real Madrid that may be announced as soon as tomorrow, the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph reported.
It was Soldado’s fourth goal in three games. He converted in the 58th minute at White Hart Lane after Jonjo Shelvey was ruled to have fouled Andros Townsend.
“He is really adding to our game because he brings that life and spark,” Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said of Soldado, who was signed for 26 million pounds ($40.5 million) from Valencia.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham lead the standings with six points after winning their first two match. Defending champion Manchester United hosts Chelsea tonight.
Two days ago, Liverpool won 1-0 at Aston Villa and Arsenal had a 3-1 victory at Fulham. Hull defeated Norwich 1-0, Southampton tied 1-1 with Sunderland and Stoke City beat Crystal Palace 2-1. The Everton-West Brom and Newcastle-West Ham matches were scoreless.
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