Manchester City have recorded a famous 3-1 win over FC Barcelona in the Champions League. Manager Pep Guardiola ironically out-‘Barcelona’d’ his former side. 

A sweet strike from Kevin De Bruyne put the Sky Blues ahead 2-1 in the 51st minute. Despite Messi’s early goal, a brace from recent German signing IIkay Gundogan proved too much for the Catalans.

Controversy bubbled early, as Raheem Sterling was booked for diving in Barcelona’s penalty area. On second viewing, it’s clear that defender Samuel Umtiti did in-fact make contact with Sterling in the box.

Lionel Messi silenced the infuriated City home crowd, scoring from a beautiful counter attack beginning from Barca’s own half.

1-0 Barca

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Just as Barca looked to gain ascendancy, a mistake from Sergi Roberto cost them their lead. City were rewarded for their high press and positive football, as Gundogan capitalised from Roberto’s horrendous error in the box.

1-1

Roberto looked shot of confidence, coughing up another ball near the area. It took five minutes for City to hit the front at the Etihad, as Kevin De Bruyne scored a wicked free kick.

2-1 City

It was all City from that point on, scoring again in the 74th minute through another brilliant piece of team play. City’s final goal from Gundogan was the most Barcelona-esce goal of the night.

3-1 City

City finally record a win over the Spanish Champions in their fifth outing. They now move just two points behind leaders Barcelona.

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