On his 21st birthday, Raheem Sterling had himself the match of a lifetime, scoring twice and grabbing an assist to lead Manchester City to a 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League.
With Sevilla’s win over Juventus, City claim the top spot in Group D.
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After falling behind 2-1 in the first half, City scored three goals in five minutes late in the match to pull of an amazing win on the final day of group play in the Champions League.
City took the lead in the 16th minute through a beautiful goal from David Silva. Raheem Sterling played Silva in with a clever back-heel, who then rifled a shot into the roof of the net as the Etihad erupted.
However, Gladbach responded immediately, grabbing an equalizer just three minutes later. United States international Fabian Johnson used his speed to slice through the City defense, playing a cross to Julian Korb at the back post. Korb hit a great finish back across the face of the goal as the score was level at one.
After Gladbach equalized, the visitors continued to bomb forward looking to exploit the City backline. Fabian Johnson was heavily involved in the attack, terrorizing Gael Clichy on the left wing.
Just before halftime, Gladbach took a 2-1 lead through Raffael. A great bit of team play led to a cross from Oscar Wendt on the left wing. His cross was deflected on goal from Fabian Johnson, and then deflected once again by Raffael to put the visitors ahead going into the break.
The second half was much more one-sided, as Gladbach soaked up endless pressure from Manchester City, who tirelessly pressed for a second goal themselves.
Wilfried Bony replaced Fabian Delph in the 65th minute to give City more attacking firepower, while Jesus Navas came on for Kevin De Bruyne in a more surprising decision from manager Manuel Pellegrini.
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With Gladbach pinned inside their own third for the entire half, City finally broke through, erupting for three goals in five minutes.
Raheem Sterling scored twice in less than two minutes, both on assists from the substitute Bony. Then, Bony got a goal of his own to cap off a wild second half in which City really did deserve the win.
A massive win for Pellegrini’s men, as City tops Group D and avoids playing the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the round of 16.