Manchester City seized the first win of their UEFA Champions League campaign with a 1-2 victory over Hoffenheim in Group F.
Tough that, but we made it!
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 2, 2018
The thrilling match was covered by goals at both ends, with Ishak Belfodil scoring the opening goal inside a minute before Sergio Aguero equalized just a few minutes later, however, the final goal came in the dying minutes as David Silva grabbed the winner for Manchester City.
Hoffenheim went ahead just 44 seconds after kicking off their inaugural home UEFA Champions League fixture. Kerem Demirbay slotted the ball through for Ishak Belfodil to latch onto and slot home past Ederson to send the home fans into a frenzy.
However, their passion was subdued just seven minutes later as Sergio Aguero made things level. A majestic ball from David Silva to find Leroy Sane who cut the ball back for Aguero. The Argentinean striker then found space before firing home from inside the 6-yard box.
Manchester City were immediately on the prowl for a second goal and could have taken the lead in the 16th minute through Raheem Sterling. They burst down the field with pace as England forward got himself into the box only for the ball to come off his heel before going wide.
Oliver Baumann made a magnificent save of a curling effort from Aguero at the top left corner in the 35th minute. Four minutes later, Ederson came to the rescue at the other end as Aymeric Laporte played a poor back pass that allowed Belfodil onto the ball, but the Manchester City stopper made himself big at the near post to deny the effort.
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) October 2, 2018
The second half of the game was slower and with fewer opportunities than the first. Manchester City were robbed of a penalty in the 74th minute. Baumann came rushing off his line and took down Sane in the box. The keeper was nowhere near the ball but the referee did not point to the spot.
However, the Citizens were not going home without a win, David Silva slotting home the winner after Stefan Posch failed to deal with a Bernardo Silva cross in the 87th minute.
Manchester City move up to the second place in Group F ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim.
Manchester City face a massive challenge in the Premier League against Liverpool on Sunday, 7th October before taking on Shakhtar Donetsk in their next UEFA Champions League fixture on 24th October.