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Early Champions League roundup: Silva sets Manchester City on course to advance

Hoffenheim's Ermin Bicakcic celebrates scoring a goal that is disallowed by VAR Hoffenheim face Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday evening Credit Reuters
Cassandra Gardner | 03 October, 2018, 13:20

Manchester City were left incensed by a number of decisions by the Slovenian during a late win sealed by David Silva's 87th minute strike at Hoffenheim last night.

City, who had lost to Lyon in their first group game, were stunned in the opening minute as Kerem Demirbay found Ishak Belfodil, who ran clear to slip a low finish beyond Ederson.

Sergio AGUERO scored goal number 8 of the season in Manchester City's 2-1 win against Hoffenheim in the Champions League.

But the broader question concerns how Pep Guardiola's men will bounce back from their shock 2-1 home defeat to Lyon in their Group F opener.

It seemed as if Guardiola's men would be deprived of the win when Sane was clearly brought down in the penalty area in the second half when rounding goalkeeper Oliver Baumann but no penalty was awarded.

Both Manchester City and Juventus secured victories in the early UEFA Champions League kick offs on Tuesday evening.

"After losing the first game it was so important we don't lose today - the game was tight and in the end (we won)", Guardiola said.

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That leaves Group F delicately poised with Lyon top on 4 points, but City now well-positioned in second place on 3 points.

"We need to live this type of experience as a club to improve, to get better".

David Silva then grabbed the victor for Pep Guardiola's side with just three minutes left in the game as he dispossessed Stefan Posch inside the box and blasted home.

Riyad Mahrez replaced Sterling as the game entered its final quarter of an hour, and a Sane pull-back evaded Aguero as the visitors generated some late pressure.

The Spaniard led City to the Premier League and Carabao Cup last season, adding to his array of trophies earned during time in charge at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola bit his lip about the performance of referee Damir Skomina for fear of another Champions League ban.

For almost 90 minutes, Manchester City dominated possession and buzzed TSG Hoffenheim's net with chances that didn't much rile the hosts.

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