Manchester City must live with half a loaf after their rousing 3-2 comeback victory at the Allianz Arena over defending Champions League trophy winners Bayern Munich.
Half a loaf, because while the win proved that even City's second unit has enough quality to push Bayern, City's bid to fully overtake Bayern and win Group D fell one goal short, per Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail.
Spotting Bayern a 2-0 lead after 12 minutes could not possibly have been in City boss Manuel Pellegrini's match plans. But that is exactly what his charges did.
A funny thing happened on the way to a second consecutive Bayern blowout of City, though. Whether they got complacent, bored or just too conservative, Bayern did not score again and were thrice breached by City's backup singers.
Unfortunately for City, there was no fourth goal to be found.
Still, there are compelling takeaways from Bayern Munich 2-3 Manchester City.