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Man City earn thrilling win over Barcelona

manchester City celebrate

Manchester City are one win away from reaching the Champions League knockout stages after coming from behind to earn a thrilling win over Barcelona.

The Premier League side trailed early on at Etihad Stadium when Lionel Messi side-footed home Neymar's pass to cap a rapid Barcelona counter-attack.

City levelled when Sergi Roberto lost possession, allowing Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling to combine for Ilkay Gundogan to apply a simple finish.

Sterling wasted a clear opening after the break before Kevin De Bruyne found the top corner with a dipping 25-yard free-kick.

Manager Pep Guardiola had clearly instructed City to press his former side quickly, and their energy almost delivered more goals as Aguero was inches away from touching home a cross and De Bruyne fizzed an effort wide.

Andre Gomes should have levelled but struck the bar when in space, and Gundogan slammed in his fourth goal in two games to seal City's first ever competitive win over Barca.

City are second in Group C on seven points - two behind Barcelona - and victory at Borussia Monchengladbach on 23 November will send them through.

More to follow.

Suarez, Neymar and Messi celebrated the opening goal and the three have 11 goals between then in Europe this season
Messi's opener came from a break as he fed Suarez and collected the return pass to finish
Gundogan's second goal on the night sparked wild celebration at Etihad Stadium
manchester City celebrate

Line-ups

Man City

  • 13Caballero
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 30Otamendi
  • 24Stones
  • 11KolarovBooked at 60mins
  • 25Fernandinho