Manchester City 3-1 Barcelona with fantastic efforts from Gundogan and De Bruyne’s second half goals complete turn out for a historic win. Barcelona took on Manchester City for the second time in two weeks and they started where they left off absolute bossing first half. It took just 20 minutes for Barcelona to open the scoring after they caught City on a superb counter attack and Messi finished off the move after beating couple of players on the edge of the box and slotted home with cool finish. City however got back into the game after a defensive mistake at the back caught Barcelona and Sterling picked out Gundogan unmarked at far post to equalize.
Manchester City will progress if they draw at Borussia Monchengladbach on 23 November
Manchester City are one win away from reaching the Champions League knockout stages after coming from behind to earn a thrilling win over Barcelona. The Premier League side trailed early on at Etihad Stadium when Lionel Messi side-footed home Neymar’s pass to cap a rapid Barcelona counter-attack. City levelled when Sergi Roberto lost possession, allowing Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling to combine for Ilkay Gundogan to apply a simple finish. Sterling wasted a clear opening after the break before De Bruyne found the top corner with a dipping 25-yard free-kick.
Manager Pep Guardiola had clearly instructed City to press his former side up the pitch, and their energy almost delivered more goals as Aguero was inches away from touching home a cross and De Bruyne fizzed an effort wide.
Andre Gomes should have levelled but struck the bar when in space, and Gundogan slammed in his fourth goal in two games to seal City’s first win in history over Barca. City are second in Group C on seven points – two behind Barcelona – and victory at Borussia Monchengladbach on 23 November will send them through.
Manchester City 3 – 1 Barcelona UEFA Champions League Match Highlights
- 21′ 0 – 1 Lionel Messi opened the scoring after a neat counter attacking move was finished off by Barca talisman.
- 39′ 1 – 1 Ilkay Guendogan scored a tap in after a Barcelona got caught in their own box and Sterling picked out the German with a beautiful weighted pass.
- 51′ 2 – 1 Kevin de Bruyne scored to put City in the lead and from than on City dominated the game just as Barcelona did in first half.
76′ 3 – 1 Ilkay Guendogan scored again when Aguero failed to tap home from close range and rebound fall nicely for Gundogan.
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