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Record signing class apart for City.


Manchester City 3

FC Twente Enschede 2

ROBINHO lit up the night sky as Manchester City got off to a winning start in Group A of the Uefa Cup, writes KEN GAUNT.

The club's record buy proved he is a class act by curling a shot from just inside the penalty area over goalkeeper Sander Boschker in the 56th minute.

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Benjani Mwaruwari were also on target but Twente responded with goals from Eljero Elia and Robbie Wielaert.

City got off to a flying start with Wright- Phillips making the breakthrough in the second minute. He fired a right-foot shot into the corner after a neat one-two with Jo.

The Dutch side drew level in the 17th minute when Elia won the ball, almost booting Pablo Zabaleta in the face in the process.

Referee Nikolay Ivanov allowed play to continue, which caught City cold as they were clearly anticipating a free-kick. Elia took advantage and rifled a shot beyond Joe Hart. City regained the lead in the 56th minute with that spectacular strike from Robinho.

Manager Mark Hughes made a switch in attack in the 59th minute when Benjani replaced the ineffective Jo. The move paid dividends as two minutes later City went 3-1 ahead with Benjani's effort taking a deflection off Brazilian defender Douglas.

Twente, however, refused to lie down and pulled a goal back in the 64th minute thanks to a header from Wielaert.

MANCHESTER CITY: Hart; Zabaleta, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Fernandes, Vassell (Elano 66), Robinho, Jo (Mwaruwari 59). Subs (not used): Schmeichel, Onuoha, Ben-Haim, Hamann, Evans.

Booked: Zabaleta.

Goals: Wright-Phillips 2, Robinho 57, Mwaruwari 62.

FC TWENTE: Boschker; Stam, Wielaert, Franco, Braafheid, Tiote (Janssen 79), Brama (Wellenberg 64), Hersi, Arnautovic (Huysegems 32), Nkufo, Elia. Subs (not used): Paauwe, Perez, Heubach, Gerritsen.

Booked: Elia.

Goals: Elia 17, Wielaert 65.

Attendance: 21,247 Refere e: Nikolai Ivanov (Russia).


SCORER'S DELIGHT Robinho celebrates after his goal.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 7, 2008
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