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The Blues had to settle for a point in Istanbul in a scrappy affair, despite their promising Spanish forward had given them the lead early in the second half

Manchester City moved joint-top of Group 2 in the Next Gen Series with a 1-1 draw away in Istanbul against Fenerbahce.

City were boosted by the return of Jordi Hiwula after England commitments at the Under-19 European Championships, but the striker was unable to repeat the goalscoring feats for club that he managed for his country.

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Attilio Lombardo made two changes to the starting XI which beat the Turkish side in September, including handing a debut to French summer signing Jules Ntcham.

Neither side were able to grab the advantage in a scrappy first half as the ball spent the majority of the time in midfield. Denis Suarez threatened early on from a free kick after Hiwula was brought down just outside the penalty area, but Hasan Akinay in the Fenerbahce goal was more than a match to the shot.

However, just after the break Suarez, who lined up for City’s first team last week in the Capital One cup, was on hand to give the visitors the lead. The Spaniard met a perfect right-wing cross from Ntcham and fired his second goal of the competition from close range.

However, City’s lead only lasted 19 minutes as 18-year-old Greg Leigh put through his own goal to equalise for Fenerbahce. A neat break from the home side opened up an opportunity to cross from the right which Leigh failed to deal with and watched in vain as it spun past Ian Lawler in the City goal.

Despite pushing for the victory, neither side were able to break the deadlock leaving City level with Juventus  at the top of the group on four points.

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