Manchester City Vs. Blackburn Rovers, 2012 Premier League: City Annihilate Blackburn, Win 3-0

Blackburn Rovers were utterly demolished at the Etihad Stadium in what may well have been the most one-sided game of the season. If not for some unfortunate finishing on Manchester City's part, the final score could easily have been in the double digits, but the league leaders ended up fairly happy with their 3-0 win.

It was obvious how the game was going to go as soon as the first minute, when Paul Robinson was forced into a flying save from a Mario Balotelli strike. A series of dangerous-looking City attacks somehow failed to find the net despite the hosts generating at least one clear-cut chance every few minutes, but Balotelli finally managed to break the deadlock just before the half hour mark with a deft volley from Aleksandar Kolarov's cross.

If City were hoping goal number one would open the floodgates, they were to be disappointed. Blackburn's luck held and the hosts couldn't convert until a howler from Robinson - who had otherwise been excellent - gifted Sergio Aguero with an open net 52 minutes in. The striker, seeing the goalkeeper virtually drop a corner kick onto his foot, made no mistake from eight yards, making it 2-0, and Edin Dzeko would finish up the job with a thumping header.

As for Blackburn, their first shot of the night was from outside the box in injury time. I'd say that sums up their performance, but this statistic does a better job: 22% of possession for the visitors.

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