De Bruyne rescues City
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Kevin De Bruyne scored an injury-time winner for Manchester City in a 2-1 victory over Sevilla in the Champions League yesterday, delivering another reminder why the English club broke their transfer record to sign him last summer.
Playing as a lone striker in the final minutes, the Belgium playmaker collected a pass from Yaya Toure, cut inside and drove a left-footed shot inside the far post in the first of four minutes of stoppage time.
It was De Bruyne's fifth goal in nine games for City since his move from Wolfsburg for $85 million. Throw in all the assists and chances the 24-year-old is creating from midfield, and it's already looking like money well spent.
"We bought Kevin because we knew (he) is a very creative player who can score and create goals," City manager Manuel Pellegrini said, "and in that respect, he was the perfect player to bring to our club."
This was the second straight Group D game that City has won with a late goal Sergio Aguero's 90th-minute penalty clinched victory at Borussia Moenchengladbach three weeks ago - as Pellegrini's side continues its recovery from losing its opening match to Juventus.
City are second in the group, a point behind Juventus and three ahead of Sevilla going into the reverse fixture against the Spanish club next. Juventus and Moenchengladbach played out a 0-0 draw.
Yevhen Konoplyanka put Sevilla ahead in the 30th minute with a first-time shot from 12 yards (meters), only for Adil Rami to bundle the ball into his own net as he attempted to tackle Wilfried Bony and gift City an equaliser six minutes later.
Elsewhere, PSG and Real Madrid ended 0-0; Galatasaray beat Benfica 2 -1; CSKA Moscow and Manchester United drew 1-1; Malmo edged Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0; Wolfsburg beat PSV 2-0 and Atletico Madrid beat Astana 4 -0.