Fraizer Campbell scored from two second-half corners Sunday as newly promoted Cardiff stunned Manchester City 3-2 for its first top-flight victory in more than 50 years.
Campbell put Cardiff up 2-1 against the run of play when he nodded home from two yards out in the 79th minute and then added a second from another corner eight minutes later to secure a massive upset in the team’s first Premier League home game. Alvaro Negredo pulled a goal back in injury time but City couldn’t find an equalizer despite a full six minutes added on.
As Cardiff was winning at home,Swansea lost 1-0 at Tottenham. The blow of Gareth Bale’s impending departure to Real Madrid has been softened for Tottenham by opening the season with back-to-back wins. Roberto Soldado scored the winner from the penalty spot,just as he did in Tottenham’s league opener at Crystal Palace last Sunday.
“We’ll be the underdogs for a lot of the games this season but,as we showed,we’ve got great determination and hopefully that’ll see us through,” Campbell said. “The most special thing was getting the three points. When you’re a promoted side,you don’t want to wait too long to get any points on the board so today was a massive bonus for us.”
Cardiff is playing top-flight football for the first time in 51 years after being promoted last season,and even a draw against the heavily favored City would probably have caused widespread jubilation at Cardiff City Stadium.
A single point was what most fans were hoping for against a City team that beat Newcastle 4-0 last Monday to start its campaign especially after Edin Dzeko put the visitors ahead with a fierce strike in the 52nd minute.
But Aron Gunnarsson leveled for Cardiff by slotting in a rebound in the 60th and Campbell then did the rest to secure the biggest upset yet of the young Premier League season.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart seemed to misjudge Peter Whittingham’s inswinging corner and Campbell was on hand near the far corner to push it into the net from close range following a 10-minute spell where City had dominated possession completely. Campbell’s second goal was similar,although the corner came from the left this time as he escaped Pablo Zabaleta to head home what proved to be a historic winning goal.
”We played against a very difficult team. They were with 10 players in their own box and it was very difficult for us to try to score,” Manuel Pellegrini said.