Manchester City beat on the line tonight 3-2 Bayern Munich for the 4th day of the group stage in the C1. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick (22nd, 85th and 90th) for the Sky Blues. Xabi Alonso (40th) and Lewandowski (45th) scored for the Bavarian club. With the win, Manchester City is now five points and remains on course to qualify in the second round … if you get a good result against the AS Roma at the next day (a win or a draw if CSKA lost against Bayern).
AS Roma and CSKA Moscow had left earlier in the evening, before City-Bayern match, in a 1-1 score. This result proved to be very good news for Citizens, as a victory of one of these two teams tonight had deprived de facto of a spring in the Champions League. Manchester City then decided to take an ambitious approach this encounter against Bayern. Except that the coach Manuel Pellegrini has set up a 4-2-3-1 in front do without Yaya Toure and Fernandinho suspended and David Silva, Kolarov and Dzeko who are injured. Opposite, Josep Guardiola abandoned his Bavarian defense three finally opting for a 4-3-3. Rode Hojbjerg and usually alternates, held. Bayern already qualified and insured to finish first in the group with 12 points after the Spanish coach therefore decided to rotate his squad.
Benatia expelled from the 22nd minute
The beginning of the match turned in favor of the English club that gets a penalty following a foul Benatia. Moroccan defender Bayern imbalance Kun Aguero in the area, although it had been launched in depth by Lampard, and therefore prevents to stand alone with the keeper Neuer. The arbitrator found that it was an annihilation of a goalscoring opportunity and decides to impose a direct red card to Benatia. And the same Agüero turned that penalty in the 22nd minute.
Josep Guardiola then decided to change the game plan and out of Bayern Rode worst Bavarians on the lawn until then to replace it with Dante, a central defender. It then began a football lesson of the Munich club, illustrated by the recital of Xabi Alonso. Clean the stimulus and aggressive in recovery, the former Real Madrid player has also evolved into scorer by equalizing in the 40th with a clever free kick close to the ground that bypasses the wall by Joe Hart. A goal that rewards an incredible rendering of the Spanish midfield, but the whole team giving the impression by his occupation of space to be redundant with respect to City while she was yet reduced to ten ! The Bavarian second goal, scored by Lewandowski head following a cross from Boateng, therefore surprised person in the 45th minute, seconds before the break.
The return of the locker room, Manchester City still seemed stunned by two goals or fatalistic about its imminent elimination. And oddly, it seemed defeatism contaminate German opponent becoming easier and sufficient. This has gradually driven mad Guardiola on the bench began to gesticulate, feeling a slowdown of the team.
And heck of Agüero has detected the slowdown in the Bavarian game with two goals in the final five minutes of the game. Two miraculous goals and more importantly, full of opportunism because Argentina benefits twice errors Xabi Alonso (which thus ends on a sour note after yet a Dantesque game) and Boateng and slaughter of Jovetic, which came into play instead of Millner in the 66th and was excellent. Too bad the Kun did not do a good World Cup because he could register as a serious candidate for the Golden Ball. Especially if it’s the same type of match in Rome …
Manchester City: Hart – Sagna (68th, Sagna), Kompany, Mangala, Clichy – Fernando Navas, Lampard, Milner (66th, Jovetic) Nasri – Aguero
Bayern Munich: Neuer – Rafinha, Benatia, Boateng – Hojbjerg, Alonso, Bernat, Rode (24th, Dante) – Robben, Ribery (80th, Schweinsteiger) Lewandowski (83rd, Shaqiri)