Manuel Pellegrini’s side were heading out of the Champions League against a side who were down to 10 men for the majority before the Argentine bagged his second and third late
Hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero turned the game on its head to keep Manchester City’s hopes of Champions League qualification very much alive with a turnaround 3-2 victory over 10-man Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men took the lead from the penalty spot through the Argentine midway through the first half, the spot kick won in an incident that saw Mehdi Benatia given his marching orders.
But Bayern made it look as if City were the team at a disadvantage, with Joe Hart at fault when Xabi Alonso’s free kick found the net before Robert Lewandowski struck a second German goal just before half-time.
However, the hosts – who looked short of the required level for much of the game – pounced on a rare misplaced pass from birthday-boy Alonso for Stevan Jovetic to set up Aguero near the end of normal time.
And the striker again punished a defensive error as the game ticked over into stoppages to complete an unexpected comeback for his hat-trick.
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