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  • LA Galaxy 1-1 Manchester City: Balotelli penalty, Magee superb-strike

    Controversial striker Mario Balotelli was a taken off in disgrace just past the half-hour mark of Manchester City's pre-season friendly against the LA Galaxy, on Sunday 24/07/2011.
    The Italian striker was put clear through on goal in the 28th minute after a lovely City team move but instead of just blasting the ball into the net he inexplicably tried to score with a spinning backheel which went wide of the target.

    The crowd inside the Home Depot Centre booed the disrespectful action, and City boss Roberto Mancini immediately called for James Milner to warm up.

    At the next nearest opportunity, Mancini took off Balotelli and then remonstrated with the player on the sideline only for Balotelli to try and protest his innocence before storming off to the end of the bench in a huff.

    Moments later he was caught on camera slamming a water bottle to the ground in disgust.

    Balotelli had given City the lead against David Beckham's side from the penalty spot in the 20th minute after Micah Richards had been taken down in the box.

    City led the ongoing match 1-0 at half-time.

    Balotelli did not emerge from the dressing room in the second-half.

    From nowhere Galaxy found leveller – A superb half-volley from Mike Magee. A header found him 30-yards and he was allowed the time to watch the ball bounce a couple of times before smashing a superb looping half-volley over Hart and into the net.
    Manchester City finally win 7-6 on penalties as Joe Hart, of all people, scores the deciding penalty after two of his team-mates had missed.

    Team Line-up:

    LA Galaxy:
    Saunders; Franklin, Davies, Berhalter, Jordan; Jimenez, Beckham, Stephens, Kirovski; Cristman, Lopez
    Manchester City:
    Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, De Jong, Barry, A Johnson, Silva, Dzeko, Baloetti


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