Manchester City v Blackpool RECAP: Updates as Seasiders take on Pep Guardiola's men in final pre-season friendly

Blackpool end their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Pep Guardiola's Premier League champions Manchester City tonight.

Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, 3:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, 7:52 pm
Today's game takes place at Man City's Academy Stadium

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Man City v Blackpool - live updates

Last updated: Tuesday, 03 August, 2021, 19:47

  • LIVE: Man City 4-1 Blackpool
  • Seasiders face Premier League champions in final pre-season friendly
  • Game kicks off at 6pm at Man City’s Academy Stadium

Seasiders competed well, but City proved too strong. Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez in particular a step above.

Now the attention switches to the league opener at Bristol City.

Jerry Yates pulls it back to strike partner Tyreece John-Jules inside the six-yard box. The Arsenal man swivels to create space, but can only shoot wide. Close.

Daniel Grimshaw gets a touch to Riyad Mahrez’s rising strike. Pool are holding on a bit here.

Morgan Rogers should make it five, but he blazes over Daniel Grimshaw’s goal. James Husband was the man to give the ball away, gifting City possession in a dangerous area of the pitch.

74 - Goal Man City (4-1)

Ilkay Gundogan again, tapping home. Looked to be a blatant foul on Callum Connolly, but the referee allows it. Little harsh.

ON: Richard Keogh, Callum Connolly, Keshi Anderson, CJ Hamilton and Jerry Yates

OFF: Sky Sinclair, Marvin Ekpiteta, Josh Bowler, Sonny Carey and Shayne Lavery

Shayne Lavery, Pool’s standout performer on the night, flashes a dangerous ball across the face of the Man City goal. No teammate is there to take advantage though.

Blackpool break through Josh Bowler down the right. He pulls the ball back to Tyreece John-Jules whose effort takes a deflection which directs it straight to keeper Zack Steffen. Unlucky.

Sam Edozie pulls the ball back into the path of Fernandinho, whose first-time effort takes a wicked deflection. Daniel Grimshaw shows good footwork though to make the save.

It doesn’t get much easier for the Seasiders. Pep Guardiola has just introduced Bernardo Silva from the bench.

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