Manchester City 3 Bayern Munich 2

For over an hour, ten-man Bayern Munich gave Manchester City a master class in “keep-ball” and “hitting-on-the-break” football, comfortable in their 2-1 lead.

After weathering quite some Bayern pressure, City took the lead with a Sergio Aguerro penalty after he was tripped by Benati, who was sent off for his desperate challenge. Goalkeeper Neuer almost got a hand to the powerfully struck penalty.
City were then cruising toward a victory that would have lifted them from the bottom of their group to 2nd place, on goal-difference, until the 40th minute, when a low Xabi Alonso free-kick curled around the wall, inside Joe Hart’s left post. Ah, the agony.
Never mind; City would go into half-time level and come out fighting.
Well, no, they wouldn’t as, five minutes later, the conceded another goal, a header by Lewandowski, which bounced off his shoulder, over Hart’s grasping hands.
Cruel luck, yes, but Bayern had enjoyed 63% of possession of the half.

The second half was a truly frustrating sight for the home supporters, as attacks fizzled-out to nothing due to the stoic defending of their opposition, and the half was becoming a niggly stalemate. Fullbacks Clichy and Zabaleta earned themselves daft bookings.
Home fans began rolling out of the ground, shaking their heads in dismay, while their opposite numbers danced and sang towards their inevitable victory.

But City are renowned for their late comebacks and tonight was no different!
In the 85th minute, Alonso’s pass went stray and substitute Stevan Jovetic tapped the ball into the path of the on-rushing Aguero, who passed the ball into the goal, off Neuer’s left-hand post. Two-each, and City were rallying.
Into injury, a ball was sent forward for Aguerro to chase again, Jerome Boateng intercepted but only played it into the Argentinian striker’s path and he went on to beat Neuer again to complete his triple.
3-2 to City? You better believe it! A special mention must be for both Frank Lampard and James Milner, who linked-up very well together, and had a couple of chances each, but there’s no doubt who’s night this finally belonged to.
Now, bring on Roma!

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