Ghali worked hard in the middle, but also displayed enough technique to promise much in the future, while his tough tackling may make him a favourite with the Legion after the departure of Bosvelt.
Lazovic continued to inspire in Denmark as he had in Austria with clever movement off the ball. But it was a goal that really made his name on 24 minutes. When Buffel’s tenacity won him the ball down near the goal line, the Belgian found the Serb in the middle and the new man found the net with panache.
City shook the equaliser from its sleeve within minutes however, as French striker Anelka shot across Zoetebier to find the far corner and the sides went in all square at the break.
The second half was less inspiring than the first as Feyenoord saw its ranks depleted through injury. First to go was Lazovic after an elbow from Joey Barron. And later Van Persie limped out of the contest as the English outfit took the initiative. The newcomers were Pardo and Lurling.
Elmander and Loovens also got some playing time, but it was Manchester City that grabbed the winning goal, as Paulo Wanchope turned the ball into the net right at the death.
Manchester City-Feyenoord 2-1 (1-1)
23’ 0-1 Lazovic
29 1-1 Anelka
89’ 2-1 Wanchope
Zoetebier; Song, Van den Berg (80’ Loovens), Paauwe; De Nooijer; Buffel (73’ Elmander), Acuña, Ghali, Van Persie (69’ Lurling); Kuyt, Lazovic (60’ Pardo).