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Manchester City 1-2 Juventus: Blues' European struggles at home continue as Juventus seal comeback victory

Published 15/09/2015

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 15, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 15, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester City suffered familiar European wobbles as they surrendered a lead to lose their Champions League Group D opener 2-1 to Juventus.

City looked in control at the Etihad Stadium after taking a controversial 57th-minute lead when Giorgio Chiellini turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Vincent Kompany.

But Manuel Pellegrini's men paid the price for failing to convert a series of other chances as Juve hit back with a Mario Mandzukic finish and a stunner from Alvaro Morata.

It was yet another example of City failing to deliver on the biggest stage, and was actually a surprise given the form of the two sides coming into the game.

Juve, last season's runners-up and Serie A champions for four successive years, had failed to win any of their opening three games while City had won five in a row without conceding.

But without star striker Sergio Aguero - who made a surprising late appearance off the bench having initially been ruled out with a knee injury - City lacked a cutting edge.

Raheem Sterling spurned an early chance after Fernandinho robbed Stefano Sturaro. The former Liverpool man opened his body and tried to place his shot inside the far post but veteran Gianluigi Buffon saved with his feet.

It was some time before City threatened again as Juventus gained a grip with £70million-rated Paul Pogba - a reported target for City last summer - strong in possession and on-loan Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado looking dangerous.

Pogba slid the ball into the net from a Cuadrado cross but Morata was flagged offside.

City had a good spell as Fernandinho won the ball from Pogba and fired over before Aleksandar Kolarov sent a free-kick across goal.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure (left) and Juventus' Patrice Evra battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Manchester City's Yaya Toure (left) and Juventus' Patrice Evra battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 15, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (left) and Juventus' Paul Pogba battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 15, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (left) and Bacary Sagna (right) battle for the ball with Juventus' Alvaro Morata during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 15, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City's Yaya Toure and Juventus' Paul Pogba (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 15, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Juventus' defender from Italy Giorgio Chiellini (3R) heads the ball by Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany (R) to score an own goal during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (R) tackles Juventus' midfielder from Brazil Anderson Hernanes during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling runs for the ball during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva (R) fouls Juventus' defender from Switzerland Stephan Lichtsteiner (down) during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' defender from Italy Giorgio Chiellini (L) blocks a shot by Manchester City's Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony (R) reacts after missing a shot on goal during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony (R) has a shot on goal during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony (R) has a shot on goal past Juventus' goalkeeper from Italy Gianluigi Buffon (2R) during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (L) is tackled by Juventus' midfielder from France Paul Pogba during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany (L) jumps for a header with Juventus' forward from Spain Alvaro Morata during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri (L) controls the ball by Juventus' forward from Coombia Juan Cuadrado during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) has a shot on goal during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' midfielder from France Paul Pogba (C) holds off Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' midfielder from France Paul Pogba is tackled by Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' midfielder from France Paul Pogba (L) is tackled by Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City pressures Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus into scoring an own goal for their first during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Juventus at the Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: David Silva of Manchester City is chased by Alvaro Morata of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Juventus at the Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Patrice Evra of Juventus holds off Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Juventus at the Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: David Silva of Manchester City is watched by Giorgio Chiellini (3) and Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus (19) during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Juventus at the Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Patrice Evra of Juventus holds off Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Juventus at the Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Patrice Evra of Juventus holds off Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Juventus at the Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Manchester City fans show their support during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Juventus at the Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Wilfred Bony of Manchester City is tackled by Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Juventus at the Etihad Stadium on September 15, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Wilfried Bony then twice fluffed his lines by slicing horribly wide after a smart run and then failing to turn in a low Kolarov cross. Fernandinho had another good chance when a clearance fell to him and sat up nicely but his powerful drive flew wide.

The second half began slowly but changed completely after City grabbed the lead.

Kompany celebrated as if he had claimed his third goal of the season as he rose to meet a David Silva corner but the ball went in off Chiellini. Chiellini felt he had been impeded by Kompany and protested to the referee, but to no avail.

The goal energised City and moments later Silva broke free and played in Sterling. Buffon saved well and then quickly regained his footing to produce an even better stop to deny the inrushing Silva. Bony fired in another shot from a tight angle but again Buffon saved.

City were made to rue those misses as Juve responded. Joe Hart needed to save from Sturaro and City had a big let-off when Pogba miscued a volley.

But the Italians broke through when Pogba swung in a cross for Mandzukic and the Croatian timed his run to perfection to guide the ball in via the far post.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini surprisngly opted to take off the influential Kompany at this point and hand a debut to Nicolas Otamendi. The City skipper had shown no obvious signs of injury and did not look pleased.

Otamendi was caught out as Morata fired Juve ahead nine minutes from time, but it was all about the finish.

Morata broke clear on the left and curled an unstoppable shot round Hart and inside the far post.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

Gary Lineker @GaryLineker: Chiellini fuming at City's opening goal. He's either upset at Kompany leaning on him or the fact he wasn't given credit for the OG.

PLAYER RATINGS

MAN CITY

Joe Hart: 5 (out of 10)

Bacary Sagna: 6

Vincent Kompany: 7

Eliaquim Mangala: 6

Aleksandar Kolarov: 5

Fernandinho: 8

Yaya Toure: 6

David Silva: 7

Raheem Sterling: 5

Samir Nasri: 4

Wilfried Bony: 4

Substitutes:

Kevin De Bruyne: 5

Nicolas Otamendi: 5

Sergio Aguero: 6

 

JUVENTUS

Gianluigi Buffon: 8

Patrice Evra: 6

Giorgio Chiellini: 8

Hernanes: 7

Leonardo Bonucci: 7

Stephan Lichsteiner: 6

Paul Pogba: 8

Stefano Sturaro: 7

Alvaro Morata: 7

Juan Cuadrado: 8

Mario Mandzukic: 6

Substitutes

Paulo Dybala: 5

Andrea Barzagli: 6

STAR MAN

Gianluigi Buffon. The various junctures at which City lost this game will be picked over but if they had taken more of their chances they could have won comfortably. Buffon was principally responsible for denying them, producing several good saves including a fine double stop from Raheem Sterling and David Silva in the second half.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Alvaro Morata. Juve won the game with quite a brilliant goal from Morata. Questions may be asked of City's defending in the immediate preceding moments but Morata had no right to score from his position on the left. His shot was curled around Joe Hart to perfection.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

City boss Manuel Pellegrini seemed to have got things right as his side, sent out in familiar formation, took control of the game. But they failed to see out the job and opposite number Massimiliano Allegri will be highly relieved after his side's frustrating start to the season.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

City's critics will no doubt point out the stadium was not sold out for another Champions League glamour night, but there are always mitigating factors. £30 is pricey for many fans, midweek nights are inconvenient, especially given Manchester's current traffic problems and city centre diversions. There was only a small take-up from Juventus fans and the match was on TV.

Raheem Sterling focus

Raheem Sterling forced through a move from Liverpool to Manchester City in the summer, partly to satisfy his ambitions of playing regular Champions League football.

We tracked his first appearance for City in the competition.

SHOOTING

Handed a brilliant chance after just two minutes when Yaya Toure picked out his overlapping run. Sterling opened his body and took aim but his effort was too close to Gianluigi Buffon. Spurned a second presentable chance in the second half, again making life too easy for the goalkeeper.

MOVEMENT

Started the game on the left flank but switched back and forth on a couple of occasions as City sought an outlet for his pace. Even drifted into the pocket behind striker Wilfried Bony during the second half but never really found himself with space to attack.

TRACKING

Sterling's fleetness of foot meant he was well able to get back and help when required but the nature of the game meant City were more keen for him to link up with Bony than shadow the full-backs. Worked doggedly to win the ball in a two-on-one with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Juan Cuadrado.

BODY LANGUAGE

Never the kind of player to work himself into a demonstrative frenzy, the winger kept on an even keel, even when his two cracks at goal proved unsuccessful. No dramas when he made way for Kevin de Bruyne.

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