Manchester City produced a sensational turnaround in the last 10 minutes to secure a 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad on Tuesday night to secure top spot in Group D.
Raheem Sterling was undoubtedly the star of the show as the England international’s quick-fire double in the second half turned the game on its head after City had struggled in the opening period.
David Silva had given the hosts the lead early on, as the Spaniard continues to prove how important he is to Manuel Pellegrini’s side. While he linked play up brilliantly throughout the game, his thumping finish gave City the lift that they needed as they attempted to bounce back from their loss to Stoke City on the weekend.
However, the lead didn’t last long as Julian Korb struck back for the visitors almost immediately, as Monchengladbach took full advantage of the defensive vulnerability that City continued to show.
It wasn’t long before they were behind as Raffael continued to pile the misery on Pellegrini and his men, as the Bundesliga side were impressive on the ball and enjoyed plenty of success with their sharp passing and quick counter attacks.
With top spot seemingly slipping out of their grasp, the turnaround in the second half was nothing short of incredible as the hosts started to dominate and put their opponents under significant pressure.
That pressure eventually saw Monchengladbach fold as Sterling netted his first of the night to draw his side level, before he added a second just moments later while Wilfried Bony joined in on the act and bagged a goal of his own after coming off the bench to make the game safe.
Combined with Juventus losing in Seville, City finish top of Group D and in turn will have avoided the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the round of 16 draw which takes place next week.