After battling back to defeat Porto, Manchester City made a winning start to their 10th attempt at winning the Champions League. The Portuguese champions took a surprising early lead, but Ilkay Gundogan’s Sergio Aguero quickly levelled from the spot and second-half goals and replacement Ferran Torres gave victory to City.
Porto was disappointed with the ruling, arguing that in the build-up, Gundogan had stepped on goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin, but the penalty stayed and Aguero blasted his 40th Champions League goal home. Before the break, there were more openings for the tourists, with Kyle Walker needing to clear Sergio Oliveira ‘s shot off the line.
But in the second half, which was when City started to exercise some control in midfield, they were much less of a threat. For Guardiola’s players, the chances were hardly flowing either, but Gundogan showed a touch of class to bend in his free-kick from the edge of the area over the wall and give his side the lead.
Source: BBC Sport