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Guardiola tries to bite tongue on refs, says experience will help Man City

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Pep Guardiola‘s last two matches on a Champions League touch line have been less than ideal, and it goes without saying that Manchester City’s experience followed suit when its mastermind watched from the stands last month in Manchester.

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City was on the winning end of this one, though, with the Premier League champions getting a 2-1 win in Hoffenheim following David Silva‘s 87th minute winner in Germany on Tuesday.

Guardiola earned a one-match ban in the Spring when he lit into referees against Liverpool in the UCL quarterfinals and was sent to the stands. He served it at the Etihad Stadium when Lyon beat City 2-1 on Sept. 19.

So though he was clearly less than pleased with the men in yellow shirts on Tuesday, he bit his tongue the best he could, hinting strongly at his displeasure by saying, “We fought against absolutely everything today.”

Guardiola said triumphing against adversity is something that will bode well for City in the tournament moving forward (H/T to Sam Lee of Goal.com).

“We need to experience this as a club. In the past we have qualified with one or two games to spare but in the future this is going to help us. You cannot go far without living moments like this. What happened today gave me a lot of good signals for the future.”

Next up for City is a visit to Liverpool on Sunday, while its next Champions League match is Oct. 23 in Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Man City secure late Champions League win at Hoffenheim

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Manchester City are off and running in the UEFA Champions League, as they sealed a comeback 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

With less than a minute on the clock Ishak Belfodil gave the hosts the lead in their first-ever home game in the UCL group stage, but Sergio Aguero equalized six minutes later.

City had plenty of the ball and David Silva scored the winner in the 87th minute after a defensive mistake from Hoffenheim.

Pep Guardiola‘s men have now opened up Group F with a defeat at home to Lyon and a win at Hoffenheim. City’s next two games are home and away against Shakhtar Donetsk, while Hoffenheim face Lyon in their next two outings.

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Just 48 seconds were on the clock when Hoffenheim took the lead.

Kerem Demirbay’s ball found Belfodil and he had acres of space before he slotted the ball under Ederson and into the net. The home fans could hardly believe their luck in their first-ever UCL group stage home game.

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City responded quickly as Aguero equalized within six minutes.

The Argentine finished Leroy Sane’s Cross after Silva’s pass and normal service was resumed.

Hoffenheim poured forward in search of a second goal but City had plenty of the ball but were frustrated.

A lively Raheem Sterling was denied after going through on goal, as the teams went in level at the break in Germany.

In the second half City continued to pour forward in search of a winner with Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany dangerous from set piece situations. Bernardo Silva dribbled free of his man and stood up a wonderful cross for Aguero but his header was saved.

A huge moment of controversy arrived late on as the brilliant Sane drove into the box and knocked the ball past goalkeeper Baumann, and despite being clipped by Hoffenheim’s goalkeeper no penalty kick was given.

Silva then scored in the closing minutes with a calm finish after a defensive error from Stefan Posch, as he sealed a deserved win for City against their Bundesliga opponents.

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern keeps Schalke reeling; Hertha wins

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Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin both stayed unbeaten ahead of Friday’s match-up in Berlin, with the former adding to Schalke’s league woes with an away win.

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Also some American kid scored again for Borussia Dortmund.

Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

Schalke had a chance to turn around its season following an 0-2 with a visit from the presumptive champions.

Didn’t happen.

Bayern outshot Schalke 14-10 at Veltins-Arena, getting an early goal from James Rodriguez and a Robert Lewandowski penalty to keep Schalke winless.

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie was pulled off after 54 minutes, completing just four of his nine attempted passes.

Hertha Berlin 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

The big man was at it again. Vedad Ibisevic canceled out the visitors’ early lead with a 31st minute marker and then scored again in the 63rd minute as the second place side doubled up Gladbach at the Olympiastadion.

Hertha is one of five teams with a zero in the loss column, and sits two points back of Bayern.

Hoffenheim 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Meanwhile, McKennie’s USMNT teammate saved a point for Schalke’s rivals. Down a man and a goal, BVB got this equalizer from Christian Pulisic late on to get a point.

Elsewhere
Stuttgart 0-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf — Friday
Wolfsburg 1-3 Freiburg
Nurnberg 2-0 Hannover 96
Augsburg 2-3 Werder Bremen
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. RB Leipzig — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 4 4 0 0 11 2 9 2-0-0 2-0-0 12
 Hertha BSC Berlin 4 3 1 0 9 4 5 2-0-0 1-1-0 10
 Borussia Dortmund 4 2 2 0 8 3 5 2-0-0 0-2-0 8
 Werder Bremen 4 2 2 0 7 5 2 0-2-0 2-0-0 8
 FSV Mainz 05 3 2 1 0 4 2 2 2-0-0 0-1-0 7
 VfL Wolfsburg 4 2 1 1 8 7 1 1-1-1 1-0-0 7
 Mönchengladbach 4 2 1 1 7 6 1 2-0-0 0-1-1 7
 1. FC Nürnberg 4 1 2 1 4 3 1 1-1-0 0-1-1 5
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 1-0-1 0-2-0 5
 1899 Hoffenheim 4 1 1 2 6 7 -1 1-1-0 0-0-2 4
 FC Augsburg 4 1 1 2 6 7 -1 0-1-1 1-0-1 4
 SC Freiburg 4 1 1 2 7 9 -2 0-1-1 1-0-1 4
 RB Leipzig 3 1 1 1 5 7 -2 1-1-0 0-0-1 4
 Eintracht Frankfurt 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 0-0-1 1-0-1 3
 Hannover 96 4 0 2 2 3 6 -3 0-1-0 0-1-2 2
 VfB Stuttgart 4 0 2 2 3 7 -4 0-1-1 0-1-1 2
 Bayer Leverkusen 3 0 0 3 2 8 -6 0-0-1 0-0-2 0
 FC Schalke 04 4 0 0 4 2 8 -6 0-0-2 0-0-2 0

Pulisic nabs equalizer for 10-man Dortmund (video)

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Borussia Dortmund was down a goal, then a man.

Fortunately, Marco Reus and Christian Pulisic are wearing black and yellow.

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BVB came back for a point after Abdou Diallo was shown red with 15 minutes to play in Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Pulisic then showed his supreme poacher’s instincts when Reus slid a ball into the six with six minutes plus stoppage to go at Rhein-Neckar Arena.

It’s Pulisic’s second goal in the week of his 20th birthday, having scored against Club Brugge in the Champions League at midweek.

Joelinton scored for Hoffenheim. The Pulisic goal and red card offense are below.

Report: Arsenal’s Nelson to move on loan to Hoffenheim

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Yet another English youngster is looking abroad for playing time.

German newspaper BILD reported on Wednesday that 1899 Hoffenheim is closing in on a loan deal with Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson. The 18-year-old attacker made three Premier League appearances last season but has found himself on the outside of the first team squad this year, leading for him to look elsewhere for first team minutes.

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Nelson follows fellow England youth international Jadon Sancho, who moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and has played Bundesliga matches, something he was unlikely to get in the Premier League with Manchester City. Keanan Bennetts left Tottenham this summer for Borussia Monchengladbach, Ronaldo Viera Nan left Leeds for Sampdoria, and Kaylen Hinds, a former teammate of Nelson with Arsenal, is in his second year with Wolfsburg. Man City also loaned 21-year-old Patrick Roberts to Girona, in La Liga.

It’s a positive sign for England’s youth department to see players move abroad and challenge themselves when playing time doesn’t appear at home, and could certainly bode well for the future.