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UEFA Champions League
October 2, 2013
• Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: B. Kuipers
• Attendance: 45201
F. Ribéry 7'
T. Müller 56'
A. Robben 60'
And that's all from the Etihad Stadium tonight. Many thanks for joining us for our LIVE commentary this evening. See you soon!
Bayern top Group D, then, with two wins from two, while City face a tricky trip to Moscow to face CSKA next, knowing they really need a result to give themselves a chance of getting out of the group stage.
It's back to square one for City, then, who again struggle at Europe's top table. Bayern, however, look a force to be reckoned with yet again. Some good pressing and incredible quick passing left the hosts chasing shadows from the start.
FULL TIME at the Etihad Stadium and it's finished 3-1 to Bayern Munich after a truly dominant performance. Negredo's fine strike and Boateng's late red card gave the hosts a small amount of hope, but Guardiola's men deservedly take the three points.
90' + 2'
City have the ball in defence and are passing it around well, now. Milner - who has been impressive since coming on - spreads it wide to Clichy, whose first-time cross is met by Silva but his effort goes way off target from close range.
The Bayern fans are doing the Poznan now as we enter three minutes' stoppage time.
Just wide! City only have a couple of minutes to make the extra man count and they almost do as Milner works hard on the left before producing an excellent cross for Negredo to meet in the middle, but his header drifts inches wide of the post.
Off the bar! Silva takes the free kick and his left-footed effort curls around the wall before rattling the crossbar with Neuer beaten. That would have set up quite the finale.
Red Card Jerome Boateng
BOATENG IS SENT OFF!! Silva flicks the ball through and Toure latches on to it. Boateng has no option but to bring the City midfielder down with an outstretched leg, and as the last man he's given his marching orders by the referee.
Ribery lines up the set piece himself and tries to bend it into the left-hand corner, but he falls at the first hurdle as it comes straight off the City wall.
Bayern immediately try to impose their authority again as Kroos bursts forward before feeding it to Ribery, who is at full pelt before he is brought down 25 yards from goal.
City have a slight spring in their step after that excellent goal. Too late for a comeback, though, surely?
Assist David Silva
NEGREDO SCORES!! City have one back and it's a fine strike from the substitute as Silva cuts in from the left before sliding it through to Negredo, who gets a yard of space with a fine turn before bending a superb left-footed strike into the corner past Neuer.
As Robben marched off, there, he received applause from both sets of supporters. He's been absolutely majestic tonight.
Save! Neuer finally has something meaningful to do as Milner collects the ball on the left and works it on to his right before drilling a fierce strike from 30 yards, and it looks bound for the top corner before Neuer fingertips it over.
Off the post! City look hapless at the back and Muller nearly grabs his second of the night as Hart fails to hold on to the first shot before the Bayern man hammers it off the goalkeeper and on to the upright.
Yellow Card James Milner
Milner's first real contribution is to hack away the leg of Rafinha as the full-back looked to sprint forward, and the City midfielder goes straight into the book.
Bayern's fans are the only ones making noise. It's all very quiet in the Etihad Stadium. To be fair to the visiting supporters, though, they haven't stopped chanting all night.
Toure swings a lovely pass wide for Navas who squares it to Silva, amd the substitute tries to flick it on but ends up taking it out of the path of Toure, and Bayern are back in possession.
Nastasic plays it wide to Clichy, who tries to move inside but Boateng shows good strength to win the ball and clear.
Yellow Card Samir Nasri
Bayern's passing has been frustrating City and it boils over for Nasri, who gets booked for a clumsy foul on the hosts' left. And that's his last contribution as he and Aguero are removed for Silva and Milner.
The visitors are stroking it around beautifully, and Schweinsteiger finds a gap before laying it wide to Alaba, who tries to fire it in low but it's blocked and City clear, but Bayern quickly regain possession.
Arjen Robben has had six shots tonight. That's twice as many as the entire City team. It's been a dominant performance from the holders.
Bayern are in behind again as Muller latches on to a loose ball but is forced wide by Hart. He looks for Ribery back in the middle of the box but Kompany cuts it out. City are really struggling.
Another chance! City win a corner but Bayern break with five attackers against three defenders, and Ribery lifts it over to Kroos, who collects on the edge of the box before blasting a low effort which Hart keeps out.
Save! Hart prevents Bayern going further ahead as Robben fires low from 25 yards out and the goalkeeper parries away before sprinting to snatch the ball away from Ribery.
Hart once again beaten at his near post. The England man hasn't had the best of nights, but neither have his team-mates.
Assist Toni Kroos
Goal Arjen Robben
ROBBEN SCORES!! BAYERN HAVE THREE!! It's looking very miserable for City now as Kroos steals it off Fernandinho in midfield, and the midfielder gives it to Robben, who turns Nastasic in and out before sneaking it past Hart and in off the near post. Game over.
City - and Clichy in particular - were desperate for an offside flag there, but it never came. The hosts are in real trouble now.
Goal Thomas Müller
MULLER SCORES!! IT'S 2-0 BAYERN!! Nightmare for City as Dante hammers a pinpoint ball over the City defence and, with Clichy completely out of position, Muller picks it up before rounding Hart with some excellent control and playing it into an empty net.
Fernandinho tries to head the ball on in midfield but gives it straight to Alaba. Toure is quick to help track back and win the ball, though, before sending it back to Hart.
Close! Danger for City as Rafinha has the ball in an advanced position in the box and has Muller to aim for at the far post, but his cross deflects behind. The corner eventually comes back out and Robben picks it up before curling an effort from 20 yards which clips a defender and goes just wide of Hart's post.
Nasri does well to steal the ball off Rafinha in midfield and give City another platform, but Kompany's long ball goes straight through to Neuer.
Kompany launches it forward looking for Aguero and Neuer races out to the corner of his box, getting too strong a touch on it and it goes out for a throw. City quickly win another corner but again Bayern get the ball away without the hosts troubling the goal.
City have started brightly, here. Navas and Richards link up on the right before finding Fernandinho, who wins another corner, but Kroos and Schweinsteiger manage to get it clear.
Fernandinho floats it to Aguero on the edge of the box and the City man tries to turn but is confronted by a defender and it goes out for a corner. Nasri's ball is headed up in the air and Richards tries an audacious bicycle kick which rolls wide of the goal.
Bayern start the second half and we're back up and running.
We're moments away from the restart in Manchester. Can the hosts turn this one around?
In the early kick-off in Group D, CSKA Moscow ran out 3-2 winners over Victoria Plzen. Both sides lost their opening fixture so City will stay second even if they lose tonight. Unless it's by about five goals...
Pellegrini's men had just 33 per cent of possession in that opening period. And they're the home side. City will have to change something if they're to get a result tonight.
That's HALF TIME at the Etihad Stadium and Bayern take a 1-0 lead into the break. City have been completely dominated by the visitors as Guardiola's men have passed it around superbly.
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
And moments after the first booking of the match, Kroos gets the second as he cynically takes out Navas, who was haring down the right-hand side.
Richards is the latest to be penalised as he goes in for a challenge on the flank, and Schweinsteiger whips in the free kick but City manage to clear their lines. They'll probably be happy to go in only one down.
Yellow Card Sergio Agüero
Bayern fire in a free kick which Clichy heads clear and Aguero chases the ball forward before taking out Rafinha late as the full-back passed back to Neuer, and the striker earns himself the first booking of the match.
The hosts have their first look at a push forward in numbers and Navas picks it up on the right before trying an ambitious diagonal pass to Nasri on the far side, but it goes straight out for a goal kick.
Kompany shows all his nous and experience as Muller tries to break forward down the right, but the City captain comes across to muscle the Germany international off the ball and see it out for a goal kick.
Richards does well to win a header from Hart's ball forward and flick it towards Navas, but the winger is caught offside again before Clichy brings down Rafinha on the far side and the visitors have the ball once more.
Schweinsteiger takes a shot from the free kick but it goes straight into the wall, which jumped high in unison. Bayern still in possession, though.
Danger here for City as Nastasic gives away a free kick for a foul on Muller just outside the box, left of the D.
City are still sitting back and allowing Bayern all the possession. For all their time on the ball, though, it's still only 1-0.
So close! Kroos spreads wide to Ribery and he sets Alaba free, who drills it low and it's blocked by Hart before he tries again and the ball comes off Nastasic straight into the City goalkeeper's hands. That could have gone anywhere.
Chance! Dante fires an excellent ball forward and Robben is first to Clichy's header, giving him the chance to dart to the line before firing it across goal and Muller is inches away from tapping the ball in. The hosts are really struggling to get out of their half at the moment.
The flag goes up at the other end as Alaba plays a superb one-two with Ribery on the left before doing the same with Muller further forward, but the full-back had strayed offside.
Dzeko comes deep to collect Hart's clearance and sets Navas away down the right. The winger sees his first cross blocked but manages to get to the by-line before blasting the ball out of play over the bar from the tightest of angles. He wants a corner but the officials aren't interested.
Bayern win it in midfield and have five men in a dangerous-looking attack, but Fernandinho does well to win the ball and halt the visitors' progress.
Ribery skips past Richards on the left and fires a dangerous cross into the six-yard box, but Nastasic is there to make a vital clearance.
Muller gets beyond the defence on the left-hand side of the box but has no support and has to drill all the way back to Lahm outside the box, and the Bayern captain mishits the ball giving City a chance to clear.
Kompany launches a high diagonal ball over for Aguero, who collects it wide on the left. City are forced backwards and Nastasic tries another high ball forwards, but it goes straight out for a throw.
Rafinha and Lahm link up on the right before the Bayern skipper looks for Robben further forward, but Clichy does well to cut it out.
Kompany lifts a delightful ball over looking for Navas on the right flank, but the winger is caught offside. Bayern are playing a very high line.
Robben breaks forward through the middle but Kompany is there to clear. Bayern still have the ball, though, and it's worked to Alaba, who tries his luck against Hart from 30 yards, driving a shot well off target.
Hart is given a routine stop from 20 yards before the flag goes up for offside at the other end, catching Aguero out. The hosts really need to get hold of the ball for a longer amount of time.
The visitors are dominating possession at the moment, passing it around with real zip. Ribery and Alaba try to go through the middle before they check back, but another attack comes quickly and Nastasic has to put it out for a corner.
Play resumes as the City fans ring out a chorus of 'Blue Moon' to try and inspire their side after that disappointing start.
The corner comes to nothing and City get a goal kick which is headed back before Richards goes up for the second ball, clattering into Kroos in the process and leaving the Bayern man flat on the floor.
Lahm's pass catches Schweinsteiger short and Yaya Toure nips in to steal the ball, but Bayern get it back quickly and set off up the other end as Robben drives down the right before winning a corner as his pull back is blocked.
Hart will be very disappointed with that. It was a powerful shot, but no goalkeeper wants to be beaten at their near post from that distance. A tricky task just got a lot harder for Pellegrini's men.
Goal Franck Ribéry
RIBERY SCORES!! BAYERN LEAD EARLY!! It's a real shock start as the ball is switched over to Ribery on the left-hand side, and the Frenchman cuts on to his right foot before rifling a powerful shot from 25 yards which sneaks in at Joe Hart's near post.
Aguero takes the set piece and it comes back out to him, but his second ball finds Richards, who tries a header towards goal which is straight at Neuer.
City win a free kick inside the Bayern half and it's lifted into the area. The defence can't get it away convincingly and it goes behind for a corner.
Manuel Neuer is forced to come out early as Nastasic lifts it over and Aguero gets beyong the defence, but the Bayern goalkeeper sprints out to send the ball into touch.
We're underway as Man City get the game started.
We're just a few minutes away from kick-off at the Etihad Stadium and the teams march out to an electric atmosphere in Manchester. Can the hosts upset the European champions?
STAT ATTACK: Opta tell us that Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last three Champions League starts for City. There's no doubt he'd love to make it four tonight.
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, names no recognised striker in the Bayern starting line-up as he drops Mario Mandzukic to the bench in favour of Toni Kroos, meaning Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will likely play a fluid front three tonight. Expect lots of movement.
So, Micah Richards is in the Man City side ahead of Pablo Zabaleta, while Sergio Aguero returns to the XI after missing the Premier League defeat at Aston Villa through injury. Gael Clichy and Jesus Navas are also in as Pellegrini makes four changes from Saturday's 3-2 loss.
BAYERN: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Lahm; Robben, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Ribery; Muller. // Subs: Starke, van Buyten, Mandzukic, Shaqiri, Kirchhoff, Gotze, Contento.
MAN CITY: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Toure, Fernandinho; Navas, Aguero, Nasri; Dzeko. // Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Milner, Garcia, Silva, Negredo.
The teams have been announced so let's get straight into showing you the line-ups, starting with Manuel Pellegrini's men...
Good evening and welcome to LIVE play-by-play coverage of the Champions League clash between Manchester City and Bayern Munich. This is a real top-drawer European fixture and it promises to be a fascinating encounter at the Etihad Stadium.
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