City reach last 16 after draw with Monchengladbach

simple_mind Nov 24, 2016 0

•Guardiola: Wants King's cup as  his parting gift from Barca

•Guardiola: Wants King’s cup as his parting gift from Barca

David Silva’s deft equaliser ensured Manchester City reached the Champions League knockout stage for a fourth consecutive season with a draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.

City trailed when Raffael powered a rising 15-yard drive past Claudio Bravo from a central position.



But Silva slid in at the near post to convert Kevin de Bruyne’s low cross before the break.

City improved after half-time, helped by the dismissal of home skipper Lars Stindl for two yellow cards.

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However, the visitors were also reduced to 10 men when Fernandinho was booked for a second time for a needless tug on Raffael’s shirt inside the Monchengladbach half.

Despite more space for both sides to exploit, the game failed to open up in the final half-hour.

But the point, coupled with Celtic’s home defeat by leaders Barcelona, clinches second place in Group C for Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Blues cannot catch the Spanish champions, who are four points clear with one round of matches to play.







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