After a shaky first 45 minutes City score three goals in the final 20 minutes to secure their first win in the competitionManchester City picked up their first points in the NextGen series as they came from behind to record a 3-1 victory over Fenerbahce.
Things weren't looking good for City, who were behind with 20 minutes to go - but two goals in a minute secured them all three points. Initially the City youngsters struggled to cope with the neat passing and movement of the Turkish side, and it was no surprise when Hakan Cinemre opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a free header at the back post.
It took City a while to get going but when they did they did so in devastating fashion. Denis Suarez levelled the score in the 69th minute from the penalty spot and Emyr Hughes put them ahead a minute later with a deflected shot from the edge of the area.
The three points were secured the final minute of the match as Jordy Hiwula was brought down inside the area, and he made no mistake from the spot.
Having lost their opening game of the tournament to Juventus, the pressure was on the City youngsters to turn on the style and get three points on the board, and coach Attilio Lombardo organised an attacking 4-3-3 formation to take the game to their Turkish opponents. Fenerbahce were unlucky not to record a win in their first game against Juventus, the Italian side grabbing an injury time penalty to earn a 3-3 draw.
The Turks dominated the opening exchanges of the game with neat controlled passing, and captain Simsek pulling the strings in a free role that saw him drift all over the pitch. And they got their reward in the 12th minute as lax City defending gifted Cinemre his first goal of the competition.
In the move building up the goal a chipped cross from Huseyin Ruzgar was headed behind by Kieron Kennedy, although the defender's heart must have been in his mouth as the ball flew very close to the post. From the resulting Emrah Akar corner Cinemre rose above all the City defenders to head past Ian Lawlor.
City only brought a save out of Fenerbahce keeper Hasan Akinay once in the opening half, Jose Angel Pozo drifted in from the right wing and sent a low curling shot towards the bottom corner but the young stopper got down well to his right despite his view being blocked by defenders.
In fact, City were very blunt in attack, with Mayfuila ploughing a lone furrow upfront and only having long balls to feed off. The highly-rated Denis Suarez struggled to get into the game and was unable to really support the striker, and as such Fenerbahce's defence had an easy time.
The City youngsters must have had Lombardo's words ringing in their ears as the second half started as they worked their way back into the game with much better passing and cohesiveness all over the pitch.
Just after the hour City got themselves back into the game with two goals in quick succession from Suarez and Huws. The equaliser came from the penalty spot after Erman Taskin brought down Mayfuila inside the area, 18-year-old Suarez made no mistake from 12 yards sending the keeper the wrong way.
City were ahead moments later as Huws embarked on a mazy run from the inside of the Fenerbahce half. When he found himself at the edge of the area he fired a speculative effort towards goal, it didn't look like it would test Akinay but a wicked deflection of a Turkish defender wrong footed the keeper and the ball nestled in the back of the net.
With minutes to go City were awarded a second penalty of the match as Akinay brought down Mayfuila inside the area. The penalty was converted by Hiwula to ensure all three points for City.