London, England, United States (4E Sports) – Fraizer Campbell scored twice in the second half to carry Cardiff City to a 3-2 upset win over Manchester City Sunday at Cardiff City Stadium.
The victory was Cardiff’s first ever in the Premier League while Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City suffered an early blow to its title ambitions with its first loss in two games.
Malky Mackay’s charges came from behind to secure the win before 27,068 supporters after Edin Dzeko fired Manchester City into the lead in the 52nd minute with an outstanding strike from distance.
However, Manchester City held the lead by just eight minutes as Iceland international Aron Gunnarsson netted a close-range finish after Campbell saw his effort saved by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Eleven minutes later, Campbell nodded in a corner at the far post to put Cardiff in front. In the 87th minute, Campbell eluded midfielder Javi Garcia and headed home another corner in the 87th minute to cap a terrific performance.
Manchester City substitute Alvaro Negredo set up an exciting finish with a header in injury time but Cardiff hung on for a sensational victory.
“I think Campbell gave Garcia a very tough time during the game. We’ve worked hard on our set-pieces. We had good movement and fantastic crosses coming in and that is something that is difficult to defend for anyone,” Mackay said after the game.
“We had a fantastic crowd here. We knew it was going to be tough but I thought there was a lot of belief in their ability from my players today,” he added.
With the victory, Cardiff is now tied for third place with eight other teams, including Manchester City, with three points.
“Nobody believes they can score two goals against us in a set-piece. You must be concentrating on those sort of plays. We scored two goals but the game was decided by two corners,” Pellegrini said.
In the other Premier League match, Roberto Soldado’s penalty kick in the 58th minute lifted Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-0 win over Swansea City.