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De Bruyne shines as City survive

  • De Bruyne shines as City survive

Manchester City looked to be heading to another disappointing Champions League result until Kevin De Bruyne snatched all 3 points the dying minutes of the game.

Earlier Sevilla took the lead through Konoplyanka but City equalised through a fortunate Adil Rami own goal. The spoils looked to be shared until City broke away with Yaya Toure who slid the ball through to De Bruyne who had no hesitation in putting the ball in the back of the net.

Pellegrini elected to start the game again without captain Vincent Kompany who looks to still be in the Chilean's bad books for turning out for Belgium last week when considered 'not fully fit' by City's medical team.

City started the game full of running and energy however Sevilla were the first to fashion a real opportunity. Yevhen Konoplyanka, who has been a target for Liverpool in recent years, nearly caught Hart out with a free-kick which rattled the bar. The England number one then reacted well to turn away the rebounded effort as Sevilla pushed City back in to their own half.

The away side then took the lead on the half hour mark. The ball bounced around on the right hand side of the area and fell kindly for Vitolo who cut back for Konoplyanka to tap in to an empty net with the City defence all at sea.

City responded well and were level five minutes later. Yay Toure's cross after good work on the touchline was met by Raheem Sterling whose shot was stopped by Sevilla keeper Rico, only for Bony to prod the rebound against Adil Rami and in to the back of the net in unfortunate fashion. 

Sevilla continued to press, their leading striker Kevin Gamiero spurning a whole host of chances to give his side the lead. With the introduction of Fernando for Wilfried Bony it looked as if City were quite happy to take a point, however Kevin De Bruyne had other ideas. The Belgian was slipped in by Yaya Toure and took the opportunity presented to him to come in on his left foot and bend the ball in to the far corner.

City's win puts them 1 point behind group leaders Juventus who were held to a surprise draw at home to bottom of the table Borussia Mönchengladbach

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