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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is adamant his side can still top their Champions League group after winning their first game in the competition at home to Villarreal.

Sergio Aguero's stoppage time goal keeps City in contention to qualify from Group A after falling behind at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite having tough trips to last night's opponents Villarreal and then Napoli to come, as well as a home game with group leaders Bayern Munich, Mancini is confident of securing a berth at the top of the group.

"It was the last chance of the match and we were lucky," he said. "You have to be lucky to score in the last second and now the group is open again and anything can happen. It was a really important moment for us."

"We have another game before then against Villarreal [on 2 November] and it's important that we take a point. But Napoli will be very important. Bayern are top right now but it's still open for both first and second place.

 

"When you score a goal in the last second it is very difficult [to hide your emotion]," he added.

"I just hope it [the win] will be very important. Villarreal are a good team and played well but I think we deserved to win because we did create a lot of chances."

Mancini wasted little time changing City's formation after going a goal down in the early moments, bringing off Adam Johnson for Gareth Barry, a move that helped yield their equaliser just before the interval.

"We had conceded four or five counter-attacks and we didn't have enough players in the middle," Mancini added.

"Plus I wanted to move Yaya [Touré] behind Edin. It was not because Adam was playing badly. Adam played very well but at that moment I needed to make a tactical substitution.

"I spoke to him and he understood. Sometimes a manager needs a tactical sub and unfortunately players have to leave the pitch and will be disappointed."

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