In August 2013 City, with their new manager Manuel Pellegrini, visited newly promoted Cardiff for the second game of the season. The blues had strolled to a 4-0 opening day win at home to Newcastle, and were expected to beat the Bluebirds as the welsh side made their home Premier League debut.
The two teams hadn’t met in league competition since September 1984, when the blues won 3-0 at Ninian Park, although they had met in the FA Cup in 1994, when Cardiff pulled of a shock 1-0 win over the Premier League blues.
After a goalless first half, the blues took the lead seven minutes into the second half. Sergio Aguero’s back-heel fell nicely to Edin Dzeko, who hammered home from 30 yards. The lead didn’t last long and the home side levelled eight minutes later. Aron Gunnarsson hitting the rebound home after Joe Hart saved Frazier Campbell’s shot. It was Cardiff’s first top flight goal since 1962, and unfortunately for the blues, there was more to come.
Former blue Craig Bellamy won a corner and as the ball came in, Campbell beat a static City defence to score with his shoulder and give Cardiff the lead. But the home side were not finished. With three minutes remaining, Campbell got his second of the match, heading home as the City defence just stood and watched.
3-1 down, the former champions were staring down the barrel at a first defeat of the season to the new boys, when six minutes of injury time were announced. It was enough to give Alvaro Negredo an opportunity to grab his first goal for the club, which he took with a quality header, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss.
Full Time: Cardiff 3-2 Manchester City