- Fri 16 Mar 2012, 8:44AM
- Posted by David Clayton
As you’d expect, Friday’s media coverage concentrates almost exclusively on City’s valiant attempt to complete the comeback of comebacks against Sporting Lisbon – and rightly so.
Though the Blues were largely off-colour for the first leg and for half of the second with the last half-hour of the game with Sporting last night almost salvaging the tie – but not quite.
Joe Hart’s brilliant last-gasp header was manna from heaven for the journalists at the game and the fact it went agonisingly wide didn’t stop them using the headlines they would have used if it had gone in.
The Sun’s Martin Blackburn goes with ‘It’s Hart-breaking’, David Anderson from the Daily Mirror writes ‘City out in Hart-Stopper’ and John Edwards in the Daily Mail’s headline is ‘Hartbreaker’
...MCFC media round-up
Mark Ogden in The Daily Telegraph, however, sums it perfectly in his headline ‘City fall just short after staging stunning revival.’
He writes: “Welcome to Madchester. Facing Europa League humiliation, only a 95th-minute save from a Joe hart header denied Manchester City an amazing passage to the quarter-finals.
“Just like Manchester United, City will not take their place in today’s draw for the last eight, but Roberto Mancini’s team almost pulled off a stunning fight-back to overcome Sporting Lisbon.
“Trailing 3-0 on aggregate at half-time after Matias Fernandez and Ricky van Wolfswinkel added to Xandao’s first leg lead, it looked all over for City. But two Sergio Aguero goals and a Mario Balotelli penalty prior to Hart’s valiant late effort, almost won it for City.”
Imagine if Joe had actually scored – it would have made him – for a day or so – one of the most famous men on the planet!
It wasn’t to be last night, but the Press pack can see the positives from such a stirring late show with the Blues now left to concentrate on winning the pole position in the Premier League back from United.
Fasten your seat-belts!