Man City bow out of Champions League

Manchester City went out of the Champions League despite a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium.

City were always dependent on results elsewhere as they completed their end of what was necessary against the German giants but Napoli’s 2-0 victory away at Villarreal meant Mancini’s boys bowed out of the premier Champions League campaign.

David Silva and Yaya Toure were the goal scorers in City’s comfortable 2-0 win over a second string Bayern Munich side but goals from Gokhan Inler and Marek Hamsik secured Napoli’s passage into the knockout stages of the competition.

The first half was all City and Sergio Aguero should’ve opened the scoring early on when Samir Nasri’s cross put the ball on a plate for Aguero, who headed it over the bar.

David Silva was a constant threat for Man City and it was no surprise that he was the player to break the deadlock with an excellent shot from outside the box that bounced up perfectly for the Spanish playmaker who blasted it into the back of the net in the 37th minute.

Aguero came close when his shot from inside the box beat the keeper Hans-Jorg Butt, but not former Man City defender Jerome Boateng cleared it off the line; Gareth Barry also should’ve done better with his rebound effort just before half time.

City started the second half as they finished the first; on top, and the home team doubled their lead in the 52nd minute when Edin Dzeko played a ball through to Yaya Toure who poked the ball past Butt to make it 2-0.

Bayern Munich then dominated possession as City sat back, comfortable with their lead and confident the visitors didn’t have enough penetration to trouble the home team.

In the 65th minute, word came through that Napoli had taken the lead in Spain and City’s chances of progressing took a hit.

Bayern Munich were missing the likes of Franck Ribery, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez all not used as well as Arjen Robben who didn’t make the trip, and it certainly showed as the three-time winners of the European Cup were toothless in attack.

In the 77th minute, Napoli scored their second in Spain and the final nail in City’s Champions League coffin was hammered home.

The game petered out and City were deserved winners in a comfortable game against a poor Munich side but the victory was hallow as they’re European dreams were shelved for another year.


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