Alonso rues late Bayern blunders against City

The German champions were on course to maintain their 100 per cent record in Group E but were stunned by a late fightback from Manuel Pellegrini’s men

Xabi Alonso lamented the late mistakes that saw 10-man Bayern Munich beaten 3-2 at Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The German champions overcame the first-half dismissal of Mehdi Benatia and a 1-0 deficit to lead 2-1 with five minutes to go thanks to an Alonso free-kick and a Robert Lewandowski header.

But an awful pass from Alonso allowed Stevan Jovetic to put Sergio Aguero through to equaliser before the Argentine – who had opened the scoring from the penalty spot – completed his hat-trick after capitalising on a Jerome Boateng blunder in injury time.

Alonson thus felt the final scoreline was harsh on a Bayern side who coped well with their numerical disadvantage.

“Everything got ruined,” the midfielder confessed. “We played well and had total control. Then we made these two mistakes and it was crazy.

“With one more player on the pitch it would have probably been different. And that’s a pity.”

Bayern winger Arjen Robben felt his side deserved more for their endevaour.

The Netherlands international told Sky: “We made two mistakes. Twice we lost the ball and we were punished. It is a shame, we fought so hard and played so well. We deserved more.

“We can be proud and I have to give a huge compliment to our team. We played really well with 10 players. We did not hide, everybody wanted the ball. We were really good and it would have been superb if we had won 2-1.”

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