Champions League - Group D
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Alvaro Morata & Mario Mandzukic score as Juventus shock Man City

Juventus had three shots on target and scored with two of them
Juventus had three shots on target and scored with two of them

Manchester City's Champions League campaign got off to a disappointing start with a home defeat by last season's runners-up Juventus.

City, who have struggled to make a serious impact in the Champions League and have never won their opening home game in the group stage, looked to be on course for victory when Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini headed into his own net under pressure from Vincent Kompany.

The Italians protested furiously that Chiellini had been fouled but then produced an impressive response to come from behind and close out the win.

Paul Pogba's superb ball allowed Mario Mandzukic to steal in behind Eliaquim Mangala for the equaliser, then Alvaro Morata pulled substitute Nicolas Otamendi - on for Kompany - out of position before curling a precise left-foot finish beyond City keeper Joe Hart for the 81st-minute winner.

Raheem Sterling had two big opportunities for City but wasted both as Manuel Pellegrini's side find themselves on the back foot once more in the Champions League.

Vincent Kompany played his part in City's opening goal, but left the field with a calf injury 18 minutes later
Vincent Kompany played his part in City's goal, but left the field with a calf injury 18 minutes later

Do Manchester City really believe?

Once again this was a night where City, dominant domestically with five wins out of five in the Premier League, still looked like they are struggling to convince themselves they belong in the exalted company of the Champions League.

Juventus' pedigree is clear - they reached last season's final - but they had not won a game all season until beating City, whose cast-iron confidence in the league looks to be somewhat stripped away here and opponents like the experienced Italians are only too happy to expose those flaws in self-belief.

This even seems to extend to City's fans, anxious throughout and streaming out in droves even before three minutes of stoppage time, clearly not convinced their team would rescue a point.

City missed striker Sergio Aguero, not fully fit after picking up an injury at Crystal Palace and restricted to a brief appearance as a substitute, and they have learned the hard way that chances do not come along as often in the Champions League as they do in the Premier League - and the price for not taking them is an expensive one.

There is still plenty of time to recover but City need to win games such as this if they are to finish top of the group and avoid the potentially hazardous last-16 draw.

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Sterling still missing finishing touch

Raheem Sterling (number seven) missed two good chances, including this one in the second half which came at the end of a good team move
Raheem Sterling (number seven) missed two good chances, including this one in the second half which came at the end of a good team move

Sterling has made a big early impact following his £49m move to Manchester City from Liverpool - but one area of his game still needs some serious work.

The 20-year-old needs to improve his conversion rate when presented with chances and, before his substitution 20 minutes from time, he demonstrated once again that he must be more ruthless when applying that final flourish.

He wasted a perfect early chance when he shot straight at Juve keeper Gigi Buffon, then did the same again later after he was set up by David Silva with City leading 1-0. Yes, they were two pieces of fine goalkeeping but Sterling should have made at least one of those opportunities count.

Pogba shows his class

Paul Pogba, right, played more passes than any other Juventus player (50) and made more tackles (71) than anyone else. He also provided the assist for the Italian side's equaliser
Paul Pogba, right, played more passes than any other Juventus player (50) and made more tackles (71) than anyone else. He also provided the assist for the Italian side's equaliser

Pogba was football's most wanted in the summer. The 22-year-old was courted by all of Europe's top clubs, including Manchester City, but a £70m price tag plus the player's own demands made the deal too rich even for them.

The Frenchman made fleeting contributions here but, make no mistake, the player that Sir Alex Ferguson somehow allowed to escape from Manchester United's grasp in 2012 is a class act.

Tall, rangy and more more than willing to mix it in the physical challenges with Yaya Toure, Pogba has that touch of class that marks him out as a special talent.

He always looks for the positive pass, as he proved with the glorious ball in behind Mangala that allowed Mandzukic to equalise for Juventus.

Man of the match - Fernandinho

Fernandinho
The Brazilian worked tirelessly throughout and was prepared to try his luck from long-range on a couple of occasions. Kept going on a disappointing night for City

'Buffon the best ever'

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri praised the contribution of 37-year-old goalkeeper Buffon, with the Italian World Cup winner making particularly good stops from Sterling.

"Buffon pulled off many miraculous saves, particularly just after we went 1-0 down," said Allegri.

"I hope he will go on for as long as possible, certainly as long as I am manager. Buffon is an extraordinary goalkeeper, perhaps the best ever in the history of football. He never fails."

Manchester City have never won their opening home game in the CL group stage
Manchester City have never won their opening home game in the Champions League group stage

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 4KompanySubstituted forOtamendiat 75'minutes
  • 20Mangala
  • 11Kolarov
  • 42Y Touré
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 8NasriSubstituted forAgüeroat 83'minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 71'minutes
  • 14Bony

Substitutes

  • 6Reges
  • 10Agüero
  • 13Caballero
  • 15Navas
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 26Demichelis
  • 30Otamendi

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Chiellini
  • 33Evra
  • 27Sturaro
  • 11de Carvalho Andrade Lima
  • 10Pogba
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 17MandzukicSubstituted forDybalaat 78'minutes
  • 9MorataSubstituted forBarzagliat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Zaza
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 15Barzagli
  • 18Lemina
  • 21Dybala
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 37Pereyra
Referee:
Damir Skomina
Attendance:
50,363

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home20
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 1, Juventus 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Juventus 2.

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Manchester City).

Andrea Barzagli (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Gianluigi Buffon.

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

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Andrea Barzagli replaces Álvaro Morata.

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Sergio Agüero replaces Samir Nasri.

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Juventus 2. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Paulo Dybala replaces Mario Mandzukic because of an injury.

Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Juventus).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Nicolás Otamendi replaces Vincent Kompany because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne replaces Raheem Sterling.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Juventus 1. Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba with a through ball.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Juventus) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Bacary Sagna.

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Manchester City).

Álvaro Morata (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Patrice Evra (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro Morata.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Gianluigi Buffon.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 15th September 2015

As It Stood

A

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1Real Madrid11004043
2PSG11002023
3Malmö FF100102-20
4Shakhtar Donetsk100104-40

B

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1PSV Eindhoven11002113
2Wolfsburg11001013
3Man Utd100112-10
4CSKA Moscow100101-10

C

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1Atl Madrid11002023
2Benfica11002023
3FC Astana100102-20
4Galatasaray100102-20

D

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1Sevilla11003033
2Juventus11002113
3Man City100112-10
4B Mgladbach100103-30

E

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1BATE Borisov00000000
2Barcelona00000000
3B Leverkusen00000000
4Roma00000000

F

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1Arsenal00000000
2Dinamo Zagreb00000000
3Bayern Munich00000000
4Olympiakos00000000

G

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1Chelsea00000000
2Dynamo Kiev00000000
3FC Porto00000000
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv00000000

H

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1KAA Gent00000000
2Lyon00000000
3Valencia00000000
4Zenit St Petersburg00000000
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