A late penalty from Sergio Aguero secured a precious and hard-fought win for Manchester City in Germany on Wednesday night.
Coming on the back of consecutive Premier League defeats, City were eager for a good result against BMG, with a reinstated Joe Hart between the posts.
The England glovesman was the Citizens’ best player on the night, keeping out Raffael’s first-half spot-kick.
City started with the Aguero, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling all in attack, but despite the high-profile forward line, the visitors struggled to make the most of their superior possession.
Aguero did have a great chance to score early on, however, only to see his close-range effort hit ‘keeper Yann Sommer.
After the break, the hosts opened the scoring when Lars Stindl fired past Hart after some shaky City defending.
City fought back and went level on 65 minutes, with Nicholas Otamendi firing home. Although prior to the defender’s effort, the ball had clearly crossed the line after a volleyed effort from Martin Demichelis, only for the official behind the goal to somehow miss it.
After levelling the scores, the Citizens produced chance after chance as they searched for a winner, with Fernandinho, Sterling, De Bruyne and Aguero all trying their luck.
However, the winner would eventually come courtesy of a late Aguero spot-kick, after the striker had been felled in the box by Fabian Johnson. The City hitman converted the penalty to secure a priceless win for the visitors.
The victory sees City kickstart their European campaign and go three points behind Group D leaders Juventus.