Man City turns around early Barça lead

November 2, 2016

After watching Barcelona take the lead thanks to a goal from Lionel Messi, last night Man City fought back to take control of the match. After losing heavily to the Catalans at Camp Nou an equaliser late in the first half proved to be a confidence booster. Two second half goals finished the job off and put even the hope of a single point for Barça out of reach.

FC Barcelona travelled to Manchester with a number of players injured. Chief among these were Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta. The home team went on looking determined to prove they were more capable than that 4-0 defeat in Barcelona, but despite that Barcelona seemed to be in control. When Messi scored the opener off a Neymar assist it looked like it was going to be business as usual. However, Pep Guardiola’s team kept on at it and finally they were rewarded when an error by Sergi Roberto saw Gündoğan equalise. Firmly back in the match, City kept on the pressure for the remaining minutes of the first half and came close to going ahead.

After the break it didn’t take long for exactly that to happen, when De Bruyne put the hosts ahead from a free kick. Andre Gomes came close to equalising, blasting a shot that struck the underside of the top bar and ricochet out. But Man City kept up the pressure and as the game approached the last quarter hour Gündogan scored his second of the night, assisted by Sergio Agüero.

The result was not at all what Barcelona would have wanted, but also shows why Pep Guardiola was brought in to coach the English club. Despite a disappointing result Barça remain at at the top of Group C on nine points. With just six points to play for they are close to being a dead cert for the knockout stages of the competition.

0-1 Messi (min 21)
1-1 Gündogan (min 39)
2-1 De Bruyne (min 51)
3-1 Gündogan (min 74)

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