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Champions League: Yaya Toure laments lack of a clinical edge as Man City fall from the summit against Juventus

Juventus 1-0 Man City

By Andy Hampson

Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal as Juventus leapfrogged Manchester City in Group D with a 1-0 win in Turin.

The Croatian struck after 18 minutes at the Juventus Stadium as the home side not only secured their place in the last 16 but put themselves in pole position to claim top spot.

City ace Yaya Toure, captain in place of the absent Vincent Kompany, felt his side deserved more from the game.

"We are quite disappointed, it was a 50-50 game, and when you see all the game we had more chances than them," Toure said.

"In the end we weren't clinical enough. That's part of football, to win you have to score goals and these things can happen."

Reported City target Paul Pogba was outstanding for the Italians, but the injury-hit visitors had a host of chances in an entertaining contest.

Substitute Raheem Sterling had one of the best of them as he shot wide late on while Fernando had a header turned onto the post and Fernandinho blasted over when well placed.

City again looked vulnerable in defence without Kompany and are still missing the craft of David Silva while Sergio Aguero is not fully match-fit. They will also be concerned to have lost Joe Hart to injury late on.

City keeper Hart limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury late in the second-half and was replaced by Willy Caballero.

On the setback to England's No.1, and his side's hopes of topping Group D - which would require a home win against Borussia Monchengladbach and a favour from Sevilla - Toure added: "Joe Hart played well, he saved two goals.

"In the first and second-half we had chances to draw, but we have to bounce back in the next game. We missed quite a lot of injured players, but we have to deal with that, we have a fantastic squad."

City had shown signs of promise early on as Fernandinho drove wide after Kevin de Bruyne's low ball was poorly dealt with by the Juve defence.

Fernandinho had an even better chance as he raced onto a loose ball after Toure had tangled with Giorgio Chiellini but he blasted over from 10 yards.

Although City looked composed in possession, Juventus were even stronger and certainly more clinical in the final third.

Pogba could not be contained and a brilliant backheel to release Mandzukic caught City completely unaware, but the visitors were rescued by an offside flag.

There was no escape after 18 minutes as Alex Sandro curled in a hanging cross and Mandzukic shook off the attention of Nicolas Otamendi to volley past Hart. City felt Otamendi was fouled but referee Felix Brych ruled Mandzukic's challenge was fair.

Mandzukic was denied a second by a brilliant one-handed save from Hart as he met Paulo Dybala's nod down.

City were almost gifted an equaliser on the stroke of half-time as Aguero seized a Claudio Marchisio backpass but Gianluigi Buffon was alert.

City breathed a sigh of relief in the second-half as Morata ran through the defence only to be denied by the outstretched boot of Hart, who then left the field holding the top of his leg.

City fought to the end and Toure went close but it was not to be their night.

Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Sturaro, Marchisio, Pogba, Alex Sandro (Evra 77), Mandzukic (Morata 54), Dybala (Cuadrado 82)

Subs not used: Neto, Zaza, Lemina, Rugani

Goals: Mandzukic 18

Man City: Hart (Caballero 81), Sagna, Demichelis, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho (Delph 60), Jesus Navas, Toure, De Bruyne, Aguero (Sterling 68)

Subs not used: Kolarov, Maffeo, Adarabioyo, Celina. Booked: Fernandinho, Sagna, Jesus Navas

Man of the match: Pogba

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

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