Manchester, Dec 9 (IANS) Manchester City came from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 and snatch first place in Champions League Group D from Juventus. In a dramatic finish here on Tuesday, Raheem Sterling — on his 21st birthday — scored twice and substitute Wilfried Bony once in a six-minute spell for a City side who had trailed until the 80th minute.

Consequently they can look forward to going into the round of 16 as group winners for the first time. For Monchengladbach, who had led 2-1 through goals from Julian Korb and Raffael, it was a bitter blow as they slipped from third place in the group to fourth, below Sevilla who defeated Juventus 1-0, the result that allowed City to overtake Juventus.

City’s David Silva it was who broke the deadlock after Sterling released him with a cute back-heel and the Spaniard, cutting in from the left of the box, flashed a shot high past goalkeeper Yann Sommer at his near post. Julian Korb scored three minutes later for Monchengladbach. With half-time approaching, the visitors struck on 42 minutes.

 

Oscar Wendt played the ball in and Fabian Johnson took a shot which Raffael diverted past Hart from close range. Sterling led the recovery in the second half. He stabbed in from a Gael Clichy cross in the 80th and then minutes later curled in superbly from the edge of the box after being played in by Bony. Bony himself completed the turnaround as the home supporters erupted in celebration.

  • SHARE
    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    Virender Sehwag, India, BCCI, Birthday, 39, Test, Aggressive Batsman, Sachin Tendulkar

    Cryptic Birthday Tweet From Sachin Tendulkar Leaves Virender Sehwag Completely Humbled

    Virender Sehwag, the undisputed king of Twitter in the cricketing world, who made birthday exciting in a new way altogether today stood at the...

    Root Has To ‘Lie A Bit And Con’ To Convince His Side Are Good...

    England is just a week away from travelling to Australia to commence the much-awaited Ashes battle. The nature of the contest between the two...
    Axar Patel | Indian cricket team |

    Test Call-up Came As A Pleasant Surprise To Me: Axar Patel

    Axar Patel was playing the final of the triangular series between India A, South Africa A and Afghanistan A in South Africa when he...

    Twitter Reactions: Cricketing World Wishes Virender Sehwag on his 39th Birthday

    As former India flamboyant and explosive batsman turned 39 on Friday, the cricketing community took to micro-blogging website Twitter – to wish the charismatic...
    Virat Kohli | Indian cricket team |

    Record-Breaking Virat Kohli Set To Become 13th Indian Player To Play 200th ODI

    Indian skipper Virat Kohli is all set to vault into the record books as the right-handed batsman is all set to play his 200th...