Silva goal gives Man City victory at Hoffenheim

Manchester City gained their first win of the Champions League campaign at Hoffenheim – but not before they put their backers through the wringer.

The tournament favourites looked to have been handed an easy draw but were beaten by Lyon at home on matchday one, and then found themselves 1-0 down inside a minute in Germany.

City had gone off 2-5 favourites to beat Hoffenheim and it looked as if they would come roaring back when Sergio Aguero fired them level on eight minutes.

But the Premier League champions became more and more frustrated as their opponents dug in, and City were denied what looked a strong penalty claim when Leroy Sane was brought down in the second half.

Two more dropped points would have set the alarm bells ringing at the Etihad, but David Silva was on hand to grab a winner with three minutes to go.

Next up for City is a trip to Shakhtar in three weeks.

Match in Focus

15:00 Sa 25May SKY

Newport Co v Tranmere

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Newport are unbeaten in 12 matches.
Expert verdict
Michael Flynn’s Newport headed into the playoffs as the fourth tier’s form side, securing seventh spot by finishing the season ten games unbeaten. Tranmere will know all too well about County’s disciplined defensive, having failed to score in both league meetings with them and, even with James Norwood leading the line, they look vulnerable.

 

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