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City comeback halts Bayern's record run

Published: Tuesday 10 December 2013, 22.45CET
FC Bayern München 2-3 Manchester City FC
City came from two goals down to end the holders' ten-game run of UEFA Champions League wins, although Bayern still finished first in Group D.
by Andy James
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernMan. City

Goals scored2
 
3
Possession (%)58
 
42
Total attempts11
 
9
on target9
 
7
off target2
 
2
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners14
 
0
Offsides4
 
4
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
11
Passes658
 
483
completed525
 
342

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 10 December 2013, 22.45CET

City comeback halts Bayern's record run

FC Bayern München 2-3 Manchester City FC
City came from two goals down to end the holders' ten-game run of UEFA Champions League wins, although Bayern still finished first in Group D.

Manchester City FC came from two goals behind to bring FC Bayern München's ten-match winning run in the UEFA Champions League to an end.

Early goals from Thomas Müller and Mario Götze looked to have set the holders on course for an impressive six victories from as many Group D matches. Instead David Silva's first-half response, an Aleksandar Kolarov penalty and James Milner's third turned the tables on the hosts in the second period, though ultimately it was not enough to topple the Bundesliga giants from the top of the section.

If Manuel Pellegrini's City had come to prove a point, they hardly made the most intimidating first impression. Early on, a wayward Joleon Lescott pass gave away a needless corner and their uncertainty soon told. Within five minutes Bayern were ahead as Müller hurtled through the centre to collect Dante's diagonal pass on his chest and fire clinically into the bottom corner.

It set the tone for a dominant initial phase from the German champions, who had created further chances for Franck Ribéry and Dante by the time Götze slotted in their second on 12 minutes after City had failed to deal with a corner.

Still, if Josep Guardiola's side were dreaming of another landslide similar to their 7-0 dismantling of SV Werder Bremen at the weekend, they were soon reminded of their opponents' calibre. Milner had already stung the palms of Manuel Neuer with a beautifully struck volley when he nodded Jesús Navas's cross back for Silva to reduce the arrears two minutes before the half-hour mark. Suddenly City were on the front foot.

Joe Hart had to rush out to deny Götze after an ingenious through ball from Ribéry as Bayern finished the opening period strongly, but again City picked up the pace after the restart. Edin Džeko drew an important stop from Neuer with his shot on the spin and by the hour the visitors were level as Milner went down under the challenge of Dante, allowing Kolarov to convert from the spot.

Incredibly, given Bayern's early superiority, City completed their comeback just three minutes later. A seemingly benign cross from Navas caught the entire defence flat-footed and arriving on the left was Milner, who curled confidently into the far corner. It could have been worse for Guardiola's men when Dante presented Álvaro Negredo with an opportunity late on. Neuer made the save, yet even so Bayern's record ten-match winning streak in the competition came to a halt.

Last updated: 12/12/13 0.01CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

man. city

Man. City

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
4
DanteDante
Yellow Card40
2
RichardsMicah Richards
Substitution16
6
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
7
MilnerJames Milner
Yellow Card44
Goal62
9
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Substitution68
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Yellow Card42
Substitution88
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov (C)
Goal59
19
GötzeMario Götze
Goal12
Substitution55
14
Javi GarcíaJavi García
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Goal5
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Goal28
Substitution73
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
Yellow Card78
39
KroosToni Kroos
26
DemichelisMartín Demichelis

Substitutes

22
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
4
KompanyVincent Kompany
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Substitution55
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution16
Yellow Card83
11
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution68
9
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Substitution73
13
RafinhaRafinha
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
17
RodwellJack Rodwell
Substitution88
26
ContentoDiego Contento
38
BoyataDedryck Boyata

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Assistant referees

Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP), José Miranda (ESP)

Fourth official

Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

César Muñiz (ESP), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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