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Super Aguero treble gives Man City hope

Super Aguero treble gives Man City hope
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Aguero scored from the penalty spot mid-way through the first half after Mehdi Benatia had been sent off, only for goals from birthday boy Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski to put Bayern in front at half-time at the Etihad Stadium.

But a mistake from Alonso enabled Aguero to equalise in the 85th minute and six minutes later the Argentine exploited an error by City old boy Jerome Boateng to give Manuel Pellegrini’s side a dramatic victory. City will now go into their final game away to Roma level on points with the Italian side and CSKA Moscow, meaning they will qualify if they win and the Russian champions fail to win at Bayern, who were already guaranteed to qualify as Group E winners.

With Yaya Toure and Fernandinho suspended, City lined up with Fernando, James Milner and Frank Lampard in midfield, while injury-hit Bayern handed starts to Sebastian Rode and 19-year-old Dane Pierre Hojbjerg. The game titled in City’s favour when Lampard’s pass over the top freed Aguero, who raced into the box before being brought down from behind by the sliding Benatia. Referee Pavel Kralovec showed the Morocco international a straight red card as Aguero’s penalty eluded Bayern goalie Manuel Neuer.
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