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Yaya Toure frustrated after Man City throw it all away against Juventus

Man City 1-2 Juventus

By Andy Hampson

Yaya Toure believes Juventus were "lucky" to clinch a comeback victory over Manchester City and hopes his side can bounce back quickly from the home loss.

City failed once again to win their opening home game in the Champions League, despite going 1-0 up just before the hour mark.

Captain Vincent Kompany leapt into the air in celebration, but replays showed that Juve's Giorgio Chiellini had actually headed the ball into the net which the City skipper appeared to impede him.

The Italians fought back and won the game with two goals in the space of just 11 minutes.

Mario Mandzukic equalised on 70 minutes before Alvaro Morata hit the 81st-minute winner.

"Definitely not (the start we wanted). We are disappointed today," said Toure.

"I think the Italian team played very well and they defended very well. I think they've been lucky today - I don't think we played so bad.

"We just have to be strong and try to bounce back in the next game.

"We had a couple of chances. We've been brave and I think what we have to do is learn from this opener and try to do better in the next game."

Meanwhile, City boss Manuel Pellegrini was confident his side had the better exchanges during the match despite their defeat.

He said: "It was a disappointing result. I don't think that we deserved to lose this game. I think that we played better than Juventus.

"They didn't have a clear option to score before they scored their first goal, I think that they shot just twice, then they scored two goals.

"I think that was a typical game for the Champions League. Both teams were guilty that they didn't create many chances, but I think that we had the best possession and we tried to score.

"We played well and we played better that Juventus but they scored two beautiful goals."

The breakthrough for City came on 57 minutes when at last a bit of pressure told - although if the Slovenian referee had kept his concentration then the goal would never have stood.

As David Silva's corner sailed over, Kompany's intention was to win the ball but by the time it reached him he had pinned Chiellini to the spot and used the Juve defender's face as means of stearing the ball past Gianluigi Buffon.

Unsurprisingly this did not pass without protest from the Italian and a number of his team-mates and it seemed to dawn on the referee that this was more than just the standard griping.

There were chances for City to kill the game and Silva found himself on the ball more than ever. Raheem Sterling was put in a position where he should have scored and once again he seemed mesmerised by Buffon, who saved from him and then stopped the rebound from Silva.

The equaliser from Juventus was a bad moment for Eliaquim Mangala who allowed Mandzukic to run on his blind side to meet a Paul Pogba cross from the left and guide it just inside Joe Hart's far post.

That was 520 minutes of competitive football this season for City to concede.

The winner arrived from an innocuous sequence of events: a hard run from Cuadrado chasing a long ball and a collision with Aleksandar Kolarov that caused the ball to cannon off the full-back and into the path of Morata.

He allowed it to pass him, turned, and hit a left foot shot first time that curled beyond the reach of Hart and into the net.

MAN CITY: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (Otamendi 75), Mangala, Kolarov, Y Touré, Fernandinho, Nasri (Aguero 83), Silva, Sterling (De Bruyne 71), Bony.

Goal: Chiellini 57 (og)

Subs not used: Caballero, Fernando, Navas, Demichelis.

JUVENTUS: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Cuadrado, Sturaro, Hernanes, Pogba, Morata (Barzagli 85), Mandzukic (Dybala 78).

Goals: Mandzukic 70, Morata 81

Subs not used: Zaza, Alex Sandro, Lemina, Murara Neto, Pereyra

Man of the match: Mario Mandzukic

Rating: 7/10

Referee: Damir Skomina

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