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Published: 10:01 | 17/12/15

Manchester City seal top spot


A brace from Raheem Sterling helped Manchester City top their Champions League group as they beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 at the Etihad on Tuesday night.

City, who took an early lead through David Silva, looked in trouble when the Germans recovered to go in 2-1 up at the break, but they finished strongly with three goals in the final 15 minutes to seal the 4-2 win.

The result, coupled with Sevilla’s 1-0 win over Juventus in Spain, means City top their group for the first time.

The hosts started brightly and took the lead when a flowing team moved ended with Sterling back-heeling into the path of David Silva.

The Spanish playmaker raced into the area and blasted home a powerful strike to put his side 1-0 up.

However, City seemed to switch off after the goal and Gladbach were level three minutes later when Fabian Johnson found Julian Korb inside the area and he rifled in from 12-yards to make it 1-1.

The Germans continued to dominate possession after the goal and they took a deserved lead three minutes before the break when Raffael pounced on a ball inside the area and poked home to make it 2-1 at the break.

The second half started much like the first with City in the ascendency and they went close when Sterling pounced on an under-hit back-pass, but he was unable to find the net.

City continued to press forward and they were rewarded for their efforts with two goals in three minutes 15 minutes from time.

The first arrived when Sterling pounced on a loose ball inside the area and slotted home from six yards.

The birthday boy then put the hosts ahead minutes later when he raced onto a pass from Wilfried Bony and curled in a fine strike to make it 3-2 with 11 minutes left.

And it was game over with five minutes remaining when Bony wrapped up the scoring with an accomplished finish to seal a 4-2 win and top spot in Group D for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

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