City grounded by late Latics winner
Manchester City's Euro 2012 stars were given a testing return to club action as Oldham beat the Barclays Premier League champions 2-1 at Boundary Park.
While the majority of their first-team colleagues concluded a tour of the Far East on Monday, England trio Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner enjoyed their first close-season outings alongside France pair Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri. Holland's Nigel de Jong took the armband and made his second appearance in four days having started Saturday's 2-1 reserve win at Stockport while the rest of City's line-up was comprised of academy products and Etihad Stadium outcast Roque Santa Cruz. City fell behind in the fourth minute when Clichy passed loosely for Oldham to break and Robbie Simpson clinically slotted his fourth goal of pre-season with a shot across Hart. Latics goalkeeper Alex Cisak thwarted Milner twice either side of the interval but could do nothing in the 53rd minute as Santa Cruz rounded him to score after a loose ball fell kindly. Having spent the majority of the contest firmly on the back foot, Paul Dickov's npower League One outfit snatched victory in stoppage time as summer recruit Jonathan Grounds rifled home from Connor Hughes' left-wing corner.