Sweet re­venge for Guardi­ola’s City

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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.

Lionel Messi's 90th goal in Europe's top club com­pe­ti­tion gave Barcelona a 21st-minute lead, but City was 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 one for Guardi­ola, who coached Barca to 14 tro­phies be­tween 2008-12.

Robert Le­wandowski scored both goals and hit the wood­work three times as Bay­ern Mu­nich beat PSV Eind­hoven 2-1 to se­cure a place in the knock­out stage of the Champions League.

The fi­nal score was flat­ter­ing for PSV as Poland striker Le­wandowski could, with a bit more luck, have had five goals in­stead of his brace.

Le­wandowski had al­ready struck a post and the cross­bar with head­ers be­fore he stroked home a 34th-minute penalty to level the score and re­ward the visi­tors for their dom­i­nance.

The equal­izer came 20 min­utes af­ter de­fender San­ti­ago Arias rounded off a light­ning coun­ter­at­tack to score his first Champions League goal and give PSV a shock lead.

But Le­wandowski made sure of Bay­ern's vic­tory with his fourth strike in as many Champions League matches this sea­son when he turned in a cross by David Alaba in the 74th minute. Ten min­utes later, Le­wandowski turned neatly in the area but saw his shot hit the un­der­side of the bar.

Penalty ex­per­tise at both ends of the pitch gave Ben­fica a 1-0 win over Dy­namo Kiev in the Champions League, all but end­ing the Ukrainian cham­pion's hopes of qual­i­fy­ing.

Ed­uardo Salvio put Ben­fica ahead with a pow­er­fully hit spot­kick in first-half stop­page time and, af­ter the break, goal­keeper Eder­son's penalty save stopped Dy­namo Kiev from draw­ing level.

Napoli re­mained in con­trol of its Champions League group fol­low­ing a 1-1 draw at Be­sik­tas yes­ter­day that fea­tured two late goals.

Napoli cap­tain Marek Ham­sik equalised with a beau­ti­ful arch­ing shot from out­side the area three min­utes af­ter Ri­cardo Quaresma had put Be­sik­tas ahead with a penalty.

Be­sik­tas, which beat Napoli 3-2 in Italy two weeks ago, has never ad­vanced to the knock­out stage. Al­though the Turk­ish club did reach the quar­ter­fi­nals of the old Euro­pean Cup in 1987.

Arse­nal sealed its place in the knock­out stage of the Champions League af­ter com­ing back from two goals down to grab a late 3-2 vic­tory at Lu­do­gorets yes­ter­day.

Me­sut Ozil scored the win­ner two min­utes from time at the Nat­sion­alen Sta­dion Vasil Levski, se­cur­ing a spot in the last 16 for the Gun­ners for the 17th con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

The Ger­man in­ter­na­tional scored a hat trick in a 6-0 rout of the Bul­gar­i­ans in the pre­vi­ous round of matches.

Lu­do­gorets struck twice within three min­utes in the first half through Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Ke­seru, only for Arse­nal to equal­ize with goals from Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud be­fore the in­ter­val.

Celtic kept their Champions League cam­paign alive af­ter Moussa Dem­bele's se­cond-half penalty earned them a 1-1 draw with 10-man Borus­sia Monchengladbach in Ger­many.

The Scot­tish champions were on the brink of be­ing dumped out of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter Lars Stindl's first-half goal looked to be enough to send the trav­el­ling Celtic sup­port­ers home dis­ap­pointed, but Ju­lian Korb was sent off when he felled Dem­bele in the box 15 min­utes from time.

Ser­gio Aguero cel­e­brates af­ter his team mate Gun­do­gan scored City’s third goal

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