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

12:30 Sa 20Apr SKY

Man City v Tottenham

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Man City have lost only once at home in the Premier League this season.
Expert verdict
Following their Champions League humdinger, Manchester City and Tottenham reconvene in the Premier League and the game is unlikely to be anywhere near as pulsating. With City not needing to press for early goals, they can play their usual free-flowing game and make it seven wins in nine matches against top-six opposition this season. Only one of those eight meetings so far have featured over 4.5 goals and punters should expect a narrow win for Pep Guardiola's side.



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