Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Man City showed class against Barcelona

Manchester City staged a thrilling comeback to run Barcelona
ragged and secure a fully deserved Champions League victory
at Etihad Stadium.

Lionel Messi's 90th Champions League goal, a counter-
attacking masterpiece complete with cool finish from
Neymar's pass, put Barcelona in control as half-time

The whole emphasis of the game changed, however, six
minutes before the interval when Sergi Roberto's mistake
allowed Raheem Sterling to set up Ilkay Gundogan's simple

City, seeking their first win over Barcelona at the sixth
attempt, were irresistible from then on as Kevin de Bruyne's
free-kick curved past Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the 51st

Andre Gomes crashed a shot against the bar as Barcelona
pressed for an equaliser, but City wrapped up a landmark win
against manager Pep Guardiola's former team with 16
minutes left when De Bruyne played in Jesus Navas and, when
his cross fell loose from Sergio Aguero, Gundogan was once
more on the spot to score.

City will reach the knockout phase of the competition if they
win on 23 November at Borussia Monchengladbach, who drew
with Celtic on matchday four.

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