The Manchester City run in the Champions League seemed all but over. Four straight matches without a win in the group stage. It seems the curse in the round of Champions was still hanging over their heads.
But, there was to be a silver lining. After taking an early lead from a penalty and a red card for Mehdi Benatia, City believed their dreams to have come back to life.
Sergio Aguero converted the spot kick and pushed the dagger into the 10 man Bayern Munich side. But, after slowing their aggression, a free kick from Xabi Alonso puts Bayern back on level terms.
Bayern in front
Alonso showed that the birthday boy still has what it takes on the largest stage. Less than five minutes later, Robert Lewandowski puts the German giants ahead with a half hearted header between two City defenders. It goes to show, placement trumps power.
City's nightmare continues. The first half ends 1-2 in favour of Bayern. Not again. The slide continues on for nearly the entire second half. City get a few good looks, but nothing is falling into place for them.
Here it is, the 85th minute. The game is all but lost. Bayern persevered through being down one man and still managed to take the lead throughout most of the second half.
But, I will tell you, Manuel Neuer may be the top goalkeeper in the world, but I'd take Aguero in a one on one situation every time. Stevan Jovetic intercepts and finds Aguero breaking away at full speed. A cheeky little left footed shot to the bottom corner.
Hearts are lifted, Aguero has saved them a point. They're still alive in the group. All they have to do is make it through stoppage time. Just three minutes to keep Bayern out of goal. Aguero had other plans.
Boateng has a slight, but dangerous mistouch just outside his own penalty area. That's all the goal hungry Aguero needs to complete his hat-trick. He picks the same spot for the third goal, bottom right.
Aguero takes home the match ball as well as renewed hopes that City can make it out of this quagmire of Champions League performances. Next stop, Rome!
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