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Both teams entered Matchday 6 of the Champions League having secured their knockout-round places. For City, however, this game was as much about pride as anything, as Pellegrini and Co. looked to save face after the Citizens were dominated at home in the sides’ first meeting.
Bayern entered the contest on the back of a 10-game winning streak in the CL, and they needed only to avoid a two-goal defeat to finish on top of the group ahead of City. Just minutes into the contest, it looked as if it was to be another rout for the German champions.
Thomas Mueller scored in the 5th and Mario Götze added another seven minutes later to give the Bavarians a comfortable lead to sit back on.
City, however, fought back admirably. With just under half an hour gone, David Silva hit home from close-range after James Milner cushioned down a Navas cross.
Milner and Silva were again crucial for the second goal; with an hour gone, the Spaniard played a through ball into the penalty area for the Englishman, who was brought down by Dante. A cool Aleksandr Kolarov converted the spot-kick, but City’s comeback was not yet complete.
Just three minutes later, a Navas cross found its way to Milner, who hit a wonderful curling shot to give City the lead. The Germans were stunned and only good keeping from Manuel Neuer kept City from getting the fourth goal that would have taken them top of the group.
Defeating Bayern on the road gave Citizens' fans hope that they finally had a team capable of mixing it with Europe’s elite and that could make a run in the continent’s premier tournament. That dream is not yet dead, but City will need to find that sort of gear in Spain, if they are to once again overcome a two-goal hole and make history.