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Sergio Aguero keeps City’s CL dream alive after scintillating performance

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

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They say a fit Sergio Aguero can be compared to his best friend, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo on a good day and last evening, Aguero showed the world why he’s worthy of these comparisons. Well, think about City without Aguero. You get the picture!

City hosted Bayern Munich and came away victorious with a nice 3-2 win, all thanks to Aguero. City played with no pressure as if they weren’t on the brink of being eliminated had Roma won against CSKA Moscow. BUT …. if Roma win their last game, they will go through regardless of what Moscow do and if City win, Moscow could still knock them out IF they win against Bayern Munich.

But back to the game last evening at the Etihad.

City took the lead through an Aguero penalty in the 21′ which saw Mehdi Benatia getting his marching orders. Bayern was left to fend with 10 men, but in the 40′ the birthday boy, Xabi Alonso struck goal from a free kick. It was nothing special. He was just lucky City was not doing their job. Bayern added another goal just before half time through Lewandowski.

City’s redemption didn’t come until the 85′ all thanks to a rare misplaced pass from the birthday boy, which Jovetic gobbled up with delight and set up Aguero for the equalizer. The game look set to end in a draw, but in the last minute, Jerome Boateng handed victory to City after a lapse in control (He was the one who also handed the CL to Chelsea) and Aguero was able to complete his hat trick.

In the end, spirit won the game. City showed true spirit. They kept going, they kept fighting and although some might say they didn’t deserve the win, I think they did.

Shout out to Mangala who also had a great game.

Sergio Aguero smiles for the camera as he poses with the match ball after his Manchester City hat-trick

SCENES!

Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Muenchen inspects the pitch on arrival at the stadium during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

(L-R) Samir Nasri of Manchester City and Mehdi Benatia of Bayern Muenchen chat prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Bayern Muenchen fans cheer for their team during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ethad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

The Manchester City team poses for the cameras prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Bayern Muenchen team pose for the cameras prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ethad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sebastian Rode of Bayern Muenchen has his shot on goal saved by Joe Hart of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Referee Pavel Kralovec of the Czech Republic gives a decision during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ethad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Mehdi Benatia of Bayern Muenchen is shown the red card by referee Pavel Kralovec of the Czech Republic  during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ethad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Xabi Alonso of Bayern Muenchen levels the scores at 1-1 as he scores a goal with a free kick during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Xabi Alonso (C) #3 of Bayern Muenchen is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ethad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ethad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Xabi Alonso (R) of Bayern Muenchen is congratulated by teammateDante (L) after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ethad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Dejectedgoalkeeper Joe Hart of Manchester City looks on after conceding two first half goals during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Josep Guardiola the head coach of Bayern Muenchen congratulates Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen as he is substituted during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City reacts angrily after his team concede a second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ethad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

(R-L) Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City and Josep Guardiola the head coach of Bayern Muenchen look on during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

(R-L) Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City reacts as Josep Guardiola the head coach of Bayern Muenchen look on during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Stevan Jovetic #35 of Manchester City after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero #16 of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Samir Nasri after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero #16 of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Samir Nasri after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero #16 of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Samir Nasri after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

(R-L) Sergio Aguero #16 of Manchester City celebrates with teammates Samir Nasri and Frank Lampard after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero #16 (on ground) of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Stevan Jovetic (L) and Frank Lampard #18 after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

(R-L) Sergio Aguero #16 of Manchester City celebrates with teammates Samir Nasri and Frank Lampard after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero #16 (on ground) of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third and matchwinning goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Joe Hart of Manchester City and Frank Lampard of Manchester City applaud the fans following their 3-2 victory during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Joe Hart of Manchester City applauds the fans following their 3-2 victory during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Manchester City players celebrate following their team's 3-2 victory during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

A dejected Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen applauds the travelling fans following his team's 3-2 defeat during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

A dejected Xabi Alonso of Bayern Muenchen looks on following his team's 3-2 defeat during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ethad Stadium on November 25, 2014 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

 

*** Photos via zimbio

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