Manchester City suffered a dismal 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich during tonight's Champions League group game.

Bayern, who are the tournaments current holders, were always expected to be tough opposition, but few will have expected them to deal with City in such a comfortable manner at the Etihad.

It took just seven minutes for City, who had made four changes to the team that lost to Aston Villa at the weekend, to concede, with Franck Ribery finding the net with a shot that in truth, Joe Hart should have saved.

From there on in things only got worse for the Manchester side, as Pep Guardiola's Bayern, despite not fielding a striker, treated fans to a masterclass.

After the break things seemed to perk up for City as Bayern momentarily took their feet off the peddle, but with 56 minutes gone the German champions doubled their lead, Thomas Muller this time finding the target after losing Gael Clichy with alarming ease.

Four minutes later former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben smashed home an effort at Joe Hart's near post to kill the game, with City's attempts at containing their opposition futile at best.

Manuel Pellegrini's men did rally late on, with Alvaro Negredo, who came off the bench to replace Edin Dzeko, managing to pull one back, but in the end it was simply too late.

David Silva hit the post with a free-kick that had Manuel Neure well beaten late on, and Jerome Boateng was shown a red card for the visitors, but Bayern never looked anything less than in complete control.

City's next Champions League fixture sees them play CSKA Moskva in a game that they really need to take three points from.

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