It was a great Match Day Six if you’re a fan of Manchester City. Not only did Sevilla help out by knocking off Juventus 1-0, bu City rallied from a 2-1 deficit against Borussia Monchengladbach with more than 80:00 on the clock. Wilfried Bony and Jesus Navas substituted for Kevin DeBruyne and Delph and it seemed to spark the City offense as Bony scored a goal and set up Raheem Sterling on another. City struck three times in a 5:00 stretch.
City and Monchengladbach played a marvelous first half with David Silva striking at 16:00 but the German side getting an equalizer three minutes later from Fabian Johnson. They took the lead before halftime when Johnson took a pass from Oscar Wendt and sent it on to Raffael who scored to make it 2-1.
City possessed the ball on Gladbach’s end for practically the entire second half. At one point City had eight shots to zero for the German side. Perhaps Monchengladbach just wore down from the constant pressure. Sterling scored twice in less than two minutes at the 80th minute and again at the 81st minute.
As if that weren’t enough of a reason for City fans to feel good about themselves, crosstown rival and “Big Brother” Manchester United failed to make it out of the Group Stage, dropping a 3-2 decision to another Bundesliga team, Wolfsburg.
Other than winning a Premier League Championship twice in recent seasons, this has to be one of Manchester City’s finest hours. It was the first time they have won a Group in the UEFA Champions League. They now wait to see which second place team they will draw in the Round of 16.
The Red Devils will now be going on to the Europa League. It will be interesting to see how motivated they will be in the “Consolation” tournament.