UEFA Champions League 2018: David Silva The Hero As Manchester City Win Their First Game Of The Season
Manchester City opened their account in this season’s UEFA Champions League with a come-from-behind away win to Hoffenheim in Group F.
After being shocked by Lyon in their season-opener, Pep Guardiola’s men looked set for further shock when Ishak Belfodil scored inside a minute to put the hosts ahead. However, the English champions bounced back in style to get their campaign back on track. Sergio Aguero scored the equaliser in the 8th minute before David Silva slotted home three minutes from full-time to seal the win for the visitors.
Hoffenheim took the lead just 44 seconds after kicking off their first ever home Champions League fixture. Kerem Demirbay slotted the ball through for Belfodil in the area and the striker swept home past Ederson to kick-start wild celebrations in the stands.
But the home side’s joy was short-lived. It took City just seven minutes to hit back through Aguero. Silva played a sublime ball to Leroy Sane who instead of going for the goal himself selflessly cut the ball back for Aguero. In the next moment, Aguero made no mistake in putting the ball inside the box.
The visitors had found there rhythm as they pressed for the lead. They could have taken the lead in the 16th minute but Raheem Sterling missed the chance with only goalkeeper Oliver Baumann to beat. Minutes after the half-hour mark, Baumann made yet another important save to deny Aguero.
On the other end, City were agonisingly close to conceding the second as Belfodil took advantage of a poor back pass from Aymeric Laporte to burst into the area in the 39th minute. However, Ederson got down low to deny him a second of the game.
Unlike the first half, the second-half did not see too many chances being created. But the visitors should have got a penalty in the 74th minute when Baumann swept Sane off his feet. However, just when it looked City are set to drop points again, Silva hit the winner in the 87th minute.
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