Champions League - Group D
B MgladbachBorussia Mönchengladbach1Man CityManchester City2
By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero
Aguero was fouled before converting his sixth penalty in seven attempts in the Champions League

Sergio Aguero's last-minute penalty helped Manchester City fight back to earn a crucial Champions League win at German side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Aguero calmly slotted into the corner as City bounced back from defeat by Juventus in their opening Group D tie.

City keeper Joe Hart saved a first-half penalty from Raffael but was powerless to stop Lars Stindl precisely side-footing in the opener from 15 yards.

Defender Nicolas Otamendi volleyed in the equaliser before Aguero struck.

City remain third in Group D, level on three points with Spanish side Sevilla, but three adrift of Juventus.

The Italian champions, who won 2-1 at Etihad Stadium earlier this month, have maximum points after beating Sevilla 2-0 in Turin.

Man City
Otamendi volleyed in after home defender Julian Korb hooked clear Martin Demichelis's shot - which clearly crossed the line but was not given

Hart key to City's success

Aguero's late winner - after the Argentine was tripped by Monchengladbach's Fabian Johnson - make the early standings look much healthier for a City side aiming to progress past the Champions League last 16 for the first time.

But had it not been for an impressive display by returning goalkeeper Hart, Manuel Pellegrini's side might not have found themselves in the position to be pushing for a late winner.

Hart returned to the side after a back injury kept him on the bench for Saturday's defeat at Tottenham - where replacement Willy Caballero was criticised for his part in two of the home side's four goals.

And Hart produced a commanding display in Germany to show why he is so integral to his side's ambitions.

As well as stopping Raffael's first-half penalty, the 28-year-old spread himself to deny the Brazilian and also stopped Patrick Herrmann when sloppy defending allowed the pair to burst through on his goal.

Man City
City keeper Hart has saved his last two penalties in the Champions League

City's fab four unveiled

Manchester City fans finally saw their £116m forward line of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne together for the first time.

But although they contributed significantly to the visitors hogging 65.4% of the possession in Germany, the quartet struggled to find their fluency in the final third of the field.

Aguero, who has only managed one goal from open play this season, wasted an excellent chance inside the opening five minutes, sliding Sterling's low cross from the left against the legs of home keeper Yann Sommer.

The Argentina forward, who had eight shots - more than any other player - also dragged two first-half efforts wide.

But he kept his cool when it mattered to score his 15th goal in his last 15 Champions League starts for City.

Man City

Champion form from City?

City have won two Premier League titles in recent seasons, but have famously struggled to find the right formula to progress into the latter stages of the Champions League.

The Blues have been eliminated at the last-16 stage by Barcelona in both campaigns under Pellegrini, who insisted in his pre-match news conference that losing to the "best team in the world" was not a failure.

But they will struggle to go deep into the latter stages if they produce similarly shaky defensive displays against better teams than Monchengladbach.

City were again without injured skipper Vincent Kompany and, in his absence, were sliced open too easily by the home side.

However, thanks to Hart and Aguero, Pellegrini's side earned only their third win in their past 12 Champions League matches.

Manchester City
City's defensive frailties were shown in the opening goal. Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov was dragged inside to allow Julian Korb (27) the space to pick out scorer Lars Stindl (13), who was left unmarked to slot in.

Man of the match: Joe Hart

Joe Hart
Hart produced five key saves against Monchengladbach, enabling City to go on and take all three points

Player reaction

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart: "We didn't play well today, we were disjointed as we had been in the last few games.

"But we deserved to win. We had some really good chances. It may have come late but Sergio Aguero is a cool guy and he will score."

Stats you need to know

  • Manchester City have only kept four clean sheets in their last 30 Champions League games
  • The Blues have scored in all but one of their last nine Champions League games
  • Monchengladbach have scored in each of their last 16 home games in European competition. The last time they did not hit score was in September 1987 against Espanyol
  • Pellegrini's team are the first English team to win away at Monchengladbach in European competition (W1 D1 L4)

Line-ups

B Mgladbach

  • 1Sommer
  • 27KorbBooked at 67minsSubstituted forTraoréat 78'minutes
  • 3Christensen
  • 15Domínguez SotoBooked at 87mins
  • 17Wendt
  • 7HerrmannSubstituted forHahnat 72'minutes
  • 8DahoudSubstituted forNordtveitat 84'minutes
  • 34Xhaka
  • 19Johnson
  • 13StindlBooked at 37mins
  • 11Raffael

Substitutes

  • 6Nordtveit
  • 9Drmic
  • 10T Hazard
  • 16Traoré
  • 18Schulz
  • 28Hahn
  • 33Heimeroth

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 26Demichelis
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 19mins
  • 11Kolarov
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forRegesat 45'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forNavasat 65'minutes
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forZabaletaat 90+4'minutes
  • 10Agüero

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 6Reges
  • 13Caballero
  • 15Navas
  • 50Maffeo
  • 62Barker
  • 70Evans
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
46,217

Match Stats

Home TeamB MgladbachAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home13
Away25
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Borussia Mönchengladbach 1, Manchester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Borussia Mönchengladbach 1, Manchester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Pablo Zabaleta replaces Raheem Sterling.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Yann Sommer.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Borussia Mönchengladbach 1, Manchester City 2. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Penalty Manchester City. Sergio Agüero draws a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) after a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Oscar Wendt.

  12. Booking

    Álvaro Domínguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Domínguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Conceded by Bacary Sagna.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ibrahima Traoré.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

  18. Post update

    Andreas Christensen (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Havard Nordtveit replaces Mahmoud Dahoud.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

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