Sane at the double for Man City

December 13, 2018
Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane (right) scores his second goal against Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann during the Champions League Group F match at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, yesterday.

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

Leroy Sane scored two goals, including a free kick from 30 metres, as Manchester City came from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 and secure first place in their Champions League group yesterday.

City recovered from losing their opening game in Group F - 2-1 at home to Lyon - to finish top by five points, and advance to the round of 16 for the sixth straight year as they bid to become European champions for the first time.

Despite being assured of a top-two finish, City manager Pep Guardiola fielded a strong team in a bid to clinch first place, but saw his side fall behind to Andrej Kramaric's 16th-minute penalty.

City struck the goal frame twice before equalising when Sane stepped up to send a powerful, dipping free kick past goalkeeper Oliver Baumann in the first minute of stoppage time.

The Germany winger then grabbed the winner in the 61st by exchanging passes with Raheem Sterling, taking a touch beyond Baumann, and slotting the ball into an empty net.

Hoffenheim finished bottom of the group, despite scoring 11 goals, to also miss out on dropping into the Europa League. It turned out to be the last European game as Hoffenheim coach for Julian Nagelsmann, who will leave for Leipzig at the end of the season.

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