City hum­ble Barça in CL thriller

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Atletico’s An­toine Griez­mann (left) cel­e­brates with team­mate Diego Godin af­ter scor­ing his side’s sec­ond goal dur­ing the Cham­pi­ons League Group D match be­tween Atletico Madrid and Ros­tov at the Vi­cente Calderon sta­dium in Madrid, Spain, yes­ter­day. The game ended 2-1. MANCH­ESTER, Eng­land (AP): ILKAY GUN­DO­GAN scored ei­ther side of Kevin De Bruyne’s curl­ing free kick to help Manch­ester City come from be­hind to beat Barcelona 3-1 in the Cham­pi­ons League, as Pep Guardi­ola got the bet­ter of his old club yes­ter­day.

Atletico Madrid scored a late 2-1 win over Ros­tov, PSG clipped Basel 2-1 on the road, Bay­ern bet­tered PSG 2-1, while Arse­nal came from two goals down to beat Lu­do­gorets 3-2.

In other games yes­ter­day, Ben­fica beat Dy­namo Kiev 1-0 while there were 1-1 draws in the Be­sik­tas-Napoli and Monchenglad­bach-Celtic games.

Lionel Messi’s 90th goal in Europe’s top club com­pe­ti­tion gave Barcelona a 21st-minute lead, but City were ram­pant af­ter Gun­do­gan’s equal­izer in the 39th.

It was a land­mark win for City over a team that the English club has mod­elled it­self on since be­com­ing a ma­jor force in the game af­ter an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008. And it was a sat­is­fy­ing vic­tory for Guardi­ola, who coached Barcelona to 14 tro­phies from 2008-12.

City’s press­ing was re­lent­less in the sec­ond half, forc­ing er­rors from Barcelona’s makeshift de­fence and hold­ing mid­fielder Ser­gio Bus­quets, with De Bruyne be­ing at the heart of ev­ery­thing.

CLOSE RANGE

The Bel­gium play­maker whipped home a 25m free kick in the 51st minute to put City 21 up and then pro­vided a stun­ning through-ball in the lead-up to the third goal, which was slammed in by Gun­do­gan from close range in the 74th af­ter the ball fell at his feet off the arm of Ser­gio Aguero.

City had lost all five of their meet­ings with Barcelona in the Cham­pi­ons League over the past four sea­sons — in­clud­ing a 4-0 defeat at Camp Nou two weeks ago.

Barcelona missed the chance to se­cure progress to the last 16 with two games to spare in Group C, and are now two points clear of City. Guardi­ola’s team will ad­vance with a draw at third­placed Borus­sia Moenchen-glad­bach in round five, pro­vided Barcelona doesn’t lose at Celtic.

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AP

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