Date: 12th December 2018 at 9:58pm
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Manchester City FC 1894
2 – 1
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

The Etihad Stadium

UEFA Champions League - Group F

12/12/2018 8:00 pm

Attendance: 50,411

Referee: Andreas Ekberg of Sweden

Manchester City FC 1894 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Sané (45'+1, 61') Kramaric (16' pen)
31 Ederson 1 Oliver Baumann
5 John Stones Walker 45' 2 Joshua Brenet Nelson 45'
30 Nicolas Otamendi 15 Adams Nuhu
14 Aymeric Laporte 21 Benjamin Hübner
35 Oleks Zinchenko Delph 64' 3 Pavel Kaderábek
20 Bernardo Silva Kompany 85' 8 Dennis Geiger
 
Amiri 63'
8 Ilkay Gündogan 11 Florian Grillitsch
 
47 Philip Foden 16 Nico Schulz
7 Raheem Sterling 13 Leonardo Bittencourt Belfodil 70'
33 Gabriel Jesus 34 Joelinton
19 Leroy Sané 27 Andrej Kramaric

Substitutes

2 Kyle Walker 4 Ermin Bicakcic
4 Vincent Kompany 9 Reiss Nelson
18 Fabian Delph 17 Steven Zuber
26 Riyad Mahrez 18 Nadiem Amiri
49 Arijanet Muric 19 Ishak Belfodil
55 Brahim Diaz 32 Vicenzo Grifo
61 Felix Nmecha 36 Gregor Kobel

Game Statistics

22 Goal attempts 14
8 On Target 5
8 Corners 6
11 Fouls 14
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
68 % 32

Johnny On The Spot: #NORMAL SERVICE RESUMED. The importance of this win in the scheme of things cannot be over emphasised enough. A lengthy injury list of club legends, post a second defeat of the 2018-19 campaign ahead of a combative run of fixtures into Christmas, The Blues simply had to deliver. Furthermore, this season’s Champions League is wide open. Winning Group F following that opening defeat to Lyon is a fine achievement. However, finishing first or second this year, you can expect to face strong opposition. Atletico Madrid, Schalke, Roma and Ajax lie in wait for us.

Match Day 6 often serves up none event contests but this enjoyable game transpired to be far from it. Pep Guardiola, opting for respectful game management in the closing stages, asserted at his pre-match presser that Hoffenheim are a dangerous side. This was borne out from the kick off and a predominantly youthful City side were slow out of the blocks. Coughing up possession far too readily,  The Blues paid the price for a sluggish start by conceding a soft penalty to the Bundesliga visitors which was coolly dispatched. City responded by pressing higher up the pitch but Hoffenheim continued to threaten. The Centurions, untidy and unlucky in equal measure rattled the woodwork twice in the first half but worryingly, our forwards were afforded no protection from the reticent Swedish referee.

Pep-talk banked, City took the handbrake off in the second period following the tactical introduction of the jet-heeled Kyle Walker and served up an entertaining if profligate attack against defence show in which Julian Nagelsmann’s men eagerly played their part until the final whistle. JB’s Man of the Match is game changer Leroy Sané who inspired this victory, flooding spirited confidence through his young team-mates. Der Bomber delivered fizzing, sparkling classic wing play, constantly squaring up his opponent before tearing at him. Sign him up, Txiki.