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Wednesday 11 December 2013

Champions League: Man City comeback stuns Bayern

James Milner scores winner in 3-2 victory whilew Man Utd win at home against Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Aleksandar Kolarov scored from the penalty spot to put Man City level against Bayern

  • James Milner scored the winner with 28 minutes to go

  • Phil Jones volleyed home for Man Utd against Shakhtar Donetsk

Both Manchester clubs won on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League, but City just missed out on top spot in their group.

Bayern Munich 2-3 Manchester United

James Milner scored with 28 minutes to go to complete an incredible comeback for Manchester City at the home of the German champions.

Bayern controlled the early stages and were two goals ahead after 12 minutes with goals from Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze but City hit back on 28 minutes through a close-range finish from David Silva after Milner headed Jesus Navas's cross back across goal.

City, who rested Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium, equalised from Aleksandar Kolarov's penalty after Milner was fouled in the area. Milner completed victory with a calm finish after Bayern failed to clear a cross.

"It was a very important game because we played very badly at the Etihad Stadium against Bayern and we wanted to show that we are a good team," said City manager Manuel Pellegrini. "There was the chance for players to demonstrate why they are in the squad. The first message for the squad is that they are part of the team.

"We played very bad for the first 16 minutes but when we started keeping the ball, we played the way this team knows how to do and we played the same as Bayern.”

Manchester City finished level on points with Bayern in Group D but ended up in second place on goal difference.

Manchester United 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Phil Jones scored the only goal as Manchester United ended a run of two successive Barclays Premier League defeats at Old Trafford.

Substitute Robin van Persie was the provider, swinging in a corner that Jones volleyed home on 67 minutes. Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney missed chances but they did not prove costly for David Moyes's team, who finished four points clear at the top of the group after an unbeaten campaign.

"A club like Manchester United always has to be trying to win the trophy," said Moyes. "The teams in this competition are very good, as everyone knows, but you need to get better as the tournament goes on.

"It's a great tournament, all United supporters love it, they’ve been to finals before and know exactly what it means. I’m looking forward to taking those fans back to another final, and hope the draw is kind to us."

Both Manchester clubs will discover who they will face in the knockout stages when the draw for the next round is made on Monday.

UEFA Youth League

Manchester City's Under-19s booked their place in the next stage of the inaugural competition after drawing 0-0 with Bayern Munich in Germany.

City, who beat Bayern 6-0 in the reverse fixture in October, just needed to avoid defeat to guarantee qualification. Bayern had a few good chances in the opening half, which fell to Simon Seferings and Daniel Hager, while City's Devante Cole was denied in the second period.

It was not such a good night for Manchester United, who bowed out of the competition after their 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in a match they had to win.

Olexander Zinchenko scored the opening goal for the visitors with 13 minutes and although Ashley Fletcher scored within nine minutes, the visitors hung on for a draw.

"We were unlucky in the end," United's Under-19 coach Paul Scholes told the club's website. "You just hoped the effort was there right from the beginning. You saw how much urgency there was in the last 15 minutes when we're fighting for the game. If we managed to start games that way, we'd be going through to the next round."

UEFA Champions League results

Tuesday 10 December  November

Group A
Manchester United (Jones) 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Sociedad 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Group D
Bayern Munich 2-3 Manchester City (Silva, Kolarov, Milner)
Viktoria Plzen 2-1 CSKA Moscow

UEFA Youth League

Group A
Manchester United (Fletcher) 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Group D
Bayern Munich 0-0 Manchester City

UEFA Champions fixtures

Wednesday 11 December

Group E
v Steaua Bucharest, 7.45pm

Group F
Napoli v Arsenal, 7.45pm

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Key Points

  • Manchester City come from behind to beat Bayern Munich in Germany
  • Man Utd end group stage unbeaten after overcoming Shakhtar Donetsk
  • In UEFA Youth League, Man Utd are knocked out while City go through