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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart admits last-gasp Bayern Munich deflection goal is hard to take

By Robert Jones

Goalkeeper Joe Hart felt Manchester City were "killed" by an unfortunate deflection as they slipped to a last-gasp 1-0 defeat in their Champions League opener at Bayern Munich.

Hart looked to have done enough to earn City a point from a pulsating Group E encounter as he returned to his best with a series of outstanding saves at the Allianz Arena.

But just moments after he made a fine one-handed stop to deny former City defender Jerome Boateng, his old team-mate struck from the edge of the box in the 89th minute thanks to a slight deflection off Mario Gotze.

Hart said: "We did okay and looked like we were going to get a result out of it, which would have been a good start to the group away against a good side.

"But it was an unfortunate deflection that ended up going in, and that killed us.

"I had a bit to do, but we defended well on the whole and had a few chances. It could have been the perfect performance had we come away with a 1-0 win, but unfortunately we ended up with a loss."

Hart's performance bore similarities to another outstanding display against Borussia Dortmund two years ago, when he almost single-handedly defied the Germans at the Etihad Stadium.

Since then, however, his position has been questioned a number of times with a clutch of errors leading to a spell out of the side.

The England keeper said: "I always seem to have plenty to do when we play in Germany, but it didn't affect the result.

"I'm not here for headlines – if I was, I would probably have quit. It would have been a good game if we had got the result.

"The only way it would be a good game for me would be if we win the group on goal difference."

Hart was especially hurt that the identity of the goalscorer was a former team-mate, but felt he would have stopped the long-range shot without the deflection.

The 27-year-old said: "Jerome's a good guy – you can't hold personal grudges on a football field.

"It was the deflection. Either I would have got it or it would have gone wide had it not hit the guy, but that's football."

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