Manchester City turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win against Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday after a late winner by Sergio Aguero.
City picked up their first win in the Champions League group stage after falling to Juventus in the opening game. M’gladbach created a lot of chances and took the lead in the 54th minute thanks to Lars Stindl. Earlier in the half, Raffael had a chance to give M’gladbach the lead from the penalty spot, by City goalkeeper Joe Hart came up with a big save.
The England national team keeper kept City in the game and had to make several big stops to keep M’gladbach for extending their lead.
City tied the game up in the 65th minute after an own goal by Andreas Christensen, and in the final minute of the game it was City’s turn to get a penalty after Aguero was brought down inside the penalty box. Aguero made no mistake and grabbed the three points for City.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini was honest in his assessment of the game in the postgame press conference.
“It was a strange game,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk. “With 65 minutes played, both teams had chances to score. After that, we really dominated and made chances.
“They played better than us, especially defensively because we didn’t defend well but after that, we had a strong reaction for the last 30 minutes and finally we won the game. I must say Borussia played very, very well.
“We knew before the game they’re a very fast team and they’re able to recover metres between midfield and their box.
“Joe Hart made brilliant saves but we also had chances that we didn’t score. Maybe after 65 minutes, Borussia could have been winning 3-2, or it could have been 3-3 or 4-4. There were so many chances.
“We had a bit of luck to win the game. Against Juventus and West Ham we didn’t deserve to lose and maybe today, we didn’t deserve to win but we did.”
City is in third place in Group D, three points behind leaders Juventus.