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Cardiff stun Man City

Fraizer Campbell scores twice in the last 11 minutes; Tottenham sink Swansea

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Published: Mon 26 Aug 2013, 1:42 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:27 AM

Cardiff City pulled off a major shock in their first top-flight home game for 51 years by stunning Manchester City 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday. Back among the English elite after winning the Championship last season, the Welsh club roared back from behind to condemn the 2012 champions’ squad to a surprise defeat.

Fraizer Campbell of Cardiff has his shot on goal blocked by Joleon Lescott of manchester City. — Getty Images

Fraizer Campbell was the match-winner, scoring twice in the last 11 minutes to give Malky Mackay’s men victory after Aron Gunnarsson had cancelled out Edin Dzeko’s fine 52nd-minute opener for Manchester City.

It was Cardiff’s first home game in the English top flight since 1962 and a capacity crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium made for a raucous atmosphere on a sunny summer’s afternoon in south Wales.

Manchester City dominated possession in the first half but Cardiff worked tirelessly to keep them at bay and their only effort of note was a meek David Silva shot that goalkeeper David Marshall caught comfortably. An injury to captain Vincent Kompany meant the visitors fielded Javi Garcia at centre-back and the Spain midfielder almost gifted Cardiff a goal with a weak header that forced Joe Hart to save from Campbell.

City made the breakthrough seven minutes into the second half when Sergio Aguero found strike partner Dzeko with a deft flick and the Bosnian powered a fine strike past Marshall from outside the area. Cardiff’s fans refused to be silenced, however, and the home side drew level eight minutes later when Gunnarsson swept home from close range after Hart had denied Campbell.

Visiting manager Manuel Pellegrini introduced new signing Alvaro Negredo from the bench, but Campbell headed home from a Peter Whittingham corner in the 79th minute to put Cardiff ahead before repeating the trick three minutes from time.

Negredo registered his first goal in English football with an injury-time header, but Cardiff held on for a memorable win. In the day’s other game, Tottenham Hotspur avoided the fate that befell City by overcoming Cardiff’s Welsh counterparts Swansea City 1-0 at White Hart Lane.

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