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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring the winning goal as Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng reacts. Reuters

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring the winning goal as Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng reacts. Reuters

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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring the winning goal as Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng reacts. Reuters

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero struck a hat-trick, including two late goals, in a 3-2 victory against 10-man Bayern Munich last night to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League kncokout phase.

Aguero raced through to slot past Manuel Neuer in the 85th and 91st minutes to snatch a stunning win, the Argentine having given City a 21st minute lead with a penalty after Bayern's Mehdi Benatia was shown a red card for bringing him down.

Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski had struck within five minutes of each other shortly before halftime to put the visitors in front.

City are level on five points with CSKA Moscow and AS Roma, who earlier drew 1-1, and know if they win in Rome and the Russians fail to beat Bayern in the final round of Group E matches they will qualify for the last 16.

Chelsea cruise past Schalke

Classy Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 to power into the last 16 of the Champions League and make it a miserable night for their former coach Roberto Di Matteo.

Captain John Terry headed in a corner after 78 seconds and Willian doubled the lead with a fierce low shot on the half hour as the Group G leaders extended their unbeaten start to the season to 19 games in all competitions.

A Jan Kirchhoff own goal in the 44th minute made it 3-0 and second-half goals from substitutes Didier Drogba and Ramires mean Schalke's qualification hopes now hang in the balance.

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