Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City loses South African tour opener

New signing Fernandinho started in a subdued debut for City before Pellegrini made wholesale changes to the Premier League team's lineup in the second half.

updated: July 14, 2013 21:03 IST
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Johannesburg: Manuel Pellegrini's spell in charge of Manchester City started with a defeat to South African side Supersport in the first match of the Premier League side's pre-season campaign.

The Chilean, 59, left Malaga to take over as Roberto Mancini's successor at the Etihad Stadium last month.

But second-half goals from Mame Niang and Kermit Erasmus ensured that Pellegrini, who fielded a different team in each half in Pretoria, began with a defeat in the Nelson Mandela Invitational match at Loftus Versfeld.

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