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Saturday 3 December 2016

Aguero spot on to earn City late win

City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Monchengladbach’s Álvaro Domínguez battle for the ball
City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Monchengladbach’s Álvaro Domínguez battle for the ball

Sergio Aguero scored a last-minute penalty to give Manchester City a 2-1 comeback win at Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League last night and their first three points in Group D.

Gladbach, having waited 37 years for their first home game in Europe's premier club competition, stunned their big-name opponents with a 54th minute goal by Lars Stindl.

City, who have goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for keeping them in the game with half a dozen superb saves, drew level after Nicolas Otamendi's strike was deflected in by Andreas Christensen for an own goal in the 65th minute.

City launched into a late rally in search of a winner and were rewarded when Argentinian striker Aguero scored from the spot.

The result moved City up to three points with Gladbach still to earn any in Group D.

Gladbach started the game well with Raffael firing over the bar in an opening salvo from the hosts.

City, who lost their to Juventus in their opening group clash, responded through Aguero's point-blank effort but his effort was kicked away by Yann Sommer.

In a frantic first half, Gladbach were lucky to earn a spot-kick when the referee ruled that Raffael was brought down by Otamendi, though the Argentine did not seem to touch the Gladbach player. Hart restored order, pulling off a great save to deny Raffael in the 19th minute before sending Aguero clear with a deep cross but the forward fired inches wide.

Hart twice more came to the rescue before the break, charging out of his goal to block Raffael's shot and then denying Patrick Herrmann in the 37th once more.

In the second half the England keeper picked up where he left off, palming away a fine curled shot by Raffael, but could do nothing when Stindl drilled in with one touch after a superb cutback from Julian Korb in the 54th.

City levelled when Otamendi's deflected effort. The visitors took control and had several good chances but had to wait until the 90th for Aguero to get the winner.

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