Champions League - Group D
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Manchester City 2-1 Sevilla

By Chris BevanBBC Sport at Etihad Stadium
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne scores the winner against Sevilla
Kevin de Bruyne has scored five goals for Manchester City so far this season

Kevin de Bruyne's 91st-minute winner gave Manchester City a dramatic Champions League victory over Group D rivals Sevilla.

The Spanish side had taken a deserved lead when Vitolo's cross was turned in by the impressive Yevhen Konoplyanka.

City quickly equalised when Wilfried Bony's close-range shot was deflected home off Adil Rami after good work by Yaya Toure.

Sevilla's quick counter-attacks threatened more goals against a City side often caught wide open at the back.

But, for the second successive European game, Manuel Pellegrini's men snatched three vital points in the dying seconds.

Yaya Toure charged forward in stoppage time and fed De Bruyne, who cut in from the right to score his fifth goal in his last seven games for City and send them into second place in the group.

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What does the win mean for City?

Pellegrini's side are a point behind leaders Juventus, who were held by Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday, and three points above Sevilla.

Two of City's last three group games are away, starting with the return at Sevilla in two week's time.

Before then they travel across town to take on Manchester United in Sunday's derby, where Pellegrini will be looking for a big improvement in his defence.

Defensive uncertainty

The first half touchmaps of City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (left) and left-back Bacary Sagna show how far they were pushing forward and leaving space at the back
The first-half touchmaps of City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (left) and left-back Bacary Sagna show how far they were pushing forward and leaving space at the back

City had won their previous two home games 6-1 and 5-1, but not without looking wide open at the back at times in both matches, and that vulnerability continued here.

The difference was that City were playing Sevilla, not Newcastle or Bournemouth, and last season's Europa League winners consistently threatened whenever they came forward.

The continuing absence of captain Vincent Kompany - who was again on the bench for his club despite being considered fit enough to start for Belgium at the start of the month - is an obvious factor.

City have not kept a clean sheet without him in their last seven games this season, and Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi - with a combined cost of more than £70m - again failed to convince with their marking, positional sense or tackling ability.

It was City's full-backs who struggled the most, however, with Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, who started out of position at left-back, particularly exposed.

Some of that was down to City's 4-4-2 formation, which saw De Bruyne and Jesus Navas tearing up the wings.

That just made it more puzzling why Zabaleta and Sagna looked to join them so often, leaving gaping holes behind them that Sevilla exploited.

Attack needs work too

Man City character pleases Pellegrini

Considering Pellegrini had described it as "must-win" game before kick-off, City did not look much like winning it until De Bruyne struck on the break to pay back a little more of his £54m fee.

City's attack had been fluid throughout, with Raheem Sterling starting up alongside Bony but often dropping deep and switching with De Bruyne, who operated mostly on the left.

While they created plenty of chances early on, they were far less of a threat in the second half and their lack of striking options were clear in the final 15 minutes when Bony was replaced by Fernando, leaving Toure to lead the line.

Most strikers would look poor in comparison with Sergio Aguero but Bony is a Champions League novice and the signs are he has much to learn at this level.

The £28m Ivorian is still awaiting his first Champions League goal, although he obviously played a big part in City's equaliser.

But too often he was not on the same wavelength as his team-mates, noticeably when he failed to anticipate a Sterling through-ball in the second half.

It was down to De Bruyne to save the day, but City's lack of cutting edge was a worrying sign for Pellegrini before his side's trip to Old Trafford.

Man of the match - Yevhen Konoplyanka

Yevhen Konoplyanka put Sevilla in front at Manchester City
Yevhen Konoplyanka had a passing accuracy of 95.8% against Manchester City

Yevhen Konoplyanka almost became a Liverpool player in January 2014 and on this evidence the Reds missed out on a player who would have given them the width they have lacked so much of late.

The Ukraine winger turned Pablo Zabaleta inside out down City's right flank and, as well as his goal, he was unlucky to hit the post when his clever free-kick caught Joe Hart unaware.

The stats you need to know

  • Manchester City have won two Champions League home games after conceding the first goal (W2 D4 L4) - both have ended 2-1 with their winning goal coming in the final minute and against a Spanish club.
  • Konoplyanka has scored on both visits to England in European competitions (Manchester City, Tottenham).
  • Sevilla have never won an away game against an English side in European competitions (D2 L2).
  • De Bruyne scored his first Champions League goal in what was his 10th appearance in the competition.

Pundit analysis:

BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin: "This is a brilliant result against a really good side. Manchester City got very, very lucky until about 60 minutes but after that I could see tiredness coming for Sevilla. Manuel Pellegrini made some changes, and they were very intelligent changes. They worked, Manchester City won and they are 100% in the driving seat for getting through now."

What next?

Manchester City just have the small issue of a derby against rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Group D

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5ZabaletaSubstituted forKolarovat 60'minutes
  • 30Otamendi
  • 20Mangala
  • 3Sagna
  • 15Navas
  • 42Y Touré
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forKompanyat 90+3'minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 14BonyBooked at 47minsSubstituted forRegesat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kompany
  • 6Reges
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 26Demichelis
  • 62Barker
  • 73Glendon

Sevilla

  • 1Rico
  • 23Andújar MorenoSubstituted forFerreira Filhoat 84'minutes
  • 3Rami
  • 5Kolodziejczak
  • 2Trémoulinas
  • 8IborraBooked at 62mins
  • 4Krychowiak
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 19BanegaSubstituted forKrohn-Dehliat 66'minutes
  • 22KonoplyankaSubstituted forN'Zonziat 78'minutes
  • 9GameiroBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 7Krohn-Dehli
  • 10Reyes
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 17Andreolli
  • 24Llorente
  • 25Ferreira Filho
  • 31Soria Solís
Referee:
Bas Nijhuis
Attendance:
45,595

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamSevilla
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away12
Fouls
Home14
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 2, Sevilla 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Sevilla 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Vincent Kompany replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester City 2, Sevilla 1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Michael Krohn-Dehli following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Vicente Iborra (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Dangerous play by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sevilla. Mariano replaces Coke.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Aleksandar Kolarov.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sevilla. Steven N'Zonzi replaces Yevhen Konoplyanka.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Fernando replaces Wilfried Bony.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Krohn-Dehli (Sevilla) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grzegorz Krychowiak.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Grzegorz Krychowiak.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

  18. Post update

    Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Vicente Iborra.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 21st October 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid32106067
2PSG32105057
3Malmö FF310214-33
4Shakhtar Donetsk300308-80

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolfsburg32014226
2Man Utd31114404
3CSKA Moscow31114404
4PSV Eindhoven310246-23

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Benfica32015326
2Atl Madrid32017256
3Galatasaray311145-14
4FC Astana301228-61

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus32104137
2Man City32015416
3Sevilla31024403
4B Mgladbach301215-41

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona32105237
2B Leverkusen31119724
3BATE Borisov310248-43
4Roma302178-12

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich32018266
2Olympiakos320145-16
3Dinamo Zagreb310227-53
4Arsenal31025503

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto32106337
2Dynamo Kyiv31204225
3Chelsea31115234
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv300308-80

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg33008449
2Valencia32015416
3KAA Gent301235-21
4Lyon301225-31
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