Moments after Delph had been replaced by Jesus Navas, Real added insult to injury as an incisive move resulted in Karim Benzema volleying the opening goal past City goalkeeper Joe Hart. Cristiano Ronaldo added the second shortly after before Pepe made it three from a header. Yaya Toure pulled one back for City in first-half stoppage time from the penalty spot but Real winger Denis Cheryshev added Real’s fourth with 15 minutes to go and Manuel Pellegrini’s side never looked like launching a comeback. After an evenly-matched start, City were dealt a double blow after Delph went down following a challenge with Modric and Gareth Bale then set up Benzema from the right wing, the French striker firing past Hart from the middle of the box in the 21st minute. Ronaldo quickly doubled Real’s advantage when Toni Kroos launched a perfectly-weighted ball to his feet before the Portuguese wriggled clear of Aleksandar Kolarov to chip into the net. Hart parried the ball but it went backwards and over the line, with his scrambled efforts to scoop it clear in vain. The Spanish giants moved 3-0 up just before the break from the set-piece when Isco sent in a corner and found Pepe, who climbed the highest in the box from 10 yards out to power a header past the motionless Hart. Toure pulled one back for City in first-half stoppage time from the penalty spot after Sergio Ramos handled the ball following a flick-on from Raheem Sterling. After the break, Real went close twice in quick succession around the hour mark when Ronaldo almost played in Isco with a one-two before the Portuguese playmaker burst into the box and fancy footwork almost undid the City defence with a shot that crept wide. Real did add a fourth in the 73rd minute through Cheryshev, who bundled in the ball as it fell at his feet from close range following a surge into the box by Isco, with City unable to gain further traction. Fabian Delph’s Manchester City debut ended with a suspected hamstring injury as Real Madrid claimed a 4-1 victory in the International Champions Cup game in Melbourne. Press Association The 25-year-old midfielder, who signed from Aston Villa after making a U-turn over his switch to City last week, lasted less than 20 minutes after a tussle with Luka Modric resulted in him being carried from the pitch on a stretcher. City will now face an anxious wait to determine the severity of Delph’s injury, with their opening Barclays Premier League match against West Brom just over two weeks away.
For the first time, Ghanaians based in the United Kingdom will get closer to the ”behind the scenes” action at the ongoing AFCON 2013 tournament.In a landmark agreement, two UK based TV stations Voxafrica and Klear tv have agreed to air 10 episodes of the Fans Diaries produced by Oxigen.Fans Diaries, (inspired by Black Stars Diaries from Afcon 2006 in Egypt), is sponsored by energy giants Ghana National Petroleum Corportion (GNPC) and will also be aired on Multi TV.The exciting semi-reality show captures the captivating drama, passion, and raw energy of football fans before, during and after Afcon 2013 matches.In addition to following fans, the programme will also contain unedited scenes from the camp of arguably Ghana’s biggest international brand, the Black Stars.Beyond sponsoring the national team which shares the same core values of team work, excellence and a rich history of successes, GNPC is also keen to extend their partnership with the people and communities by providing the access to the team through television. According to the Executive Producer of Fans Diaries Yaw Ampofo Ankrah, GNPC’s role at this critical stage in the team’s quest for glory is not just timely, it is absolutely priceless.”What is the point of having a national team if only a selected few are allowed to experience the feeling of belonging, joy and unity their own team is supposed to bring to them?Ampofo Ankrah added ”This is why GNPC is fuelling the passion of the nation by supporting the national team with sponsorship and beyond that, making sure as many ordinary Ghanaians as possible share in this special passion”.With support from Ghanaian waste management firm Zoomlion and exclusive decor company Vaniado, the show is set to wow audiences beyond Ghana.The Fans Diaries will also be aired on prime Ghanaian media networks including eTV, Multi TV, TV3 and GTV which means that a potential audience of over 50 million viewers could have access to Fans Diaries in Ghana and globally. A five member Ghanaian production crew has been in South Africa capturing exclusive footage on behalf of GNPC for the programme which is set to be a big hit.With this new partnership between Oxigen World, Voxafrica and Klear tv, Ghanaians and African football lovers in the UK, parts of the middle east and North Africa will get a feel of the Ghanaian and the African way of supporting their football teams.Viewers in Europe can access Voxafrica on channel 218 of the Sky digital platform with Klear tv on Sky channel 232.The Oxigen Fans Diaries is sponsored by Ghana National Petroleum Corporation – GNPC