Wednesday 19 June 2019

Leroy Sane the star as Man City come from behind to see off Hoffenheim

Manchester City's German midfielder Leroy Sane (C) celebrates with Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (R) after scoring their first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F football match between Manchester City and Hoffenheim at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's German midfielder Leroy Sane (C) celebrates with Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (R) after scoring their first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F football match between Manchester City and Hoffenheim at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England on December 12, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

A Leroy Sane double propelled Man City to a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim at the Ethiad Stadium in their final Champions League group game.

Pep Guardiola's side were already into the draw for the Champions League last 16 as group winners, with the game very much having the feel of a dead rubber.

Still, the Spaniard wouldn't have been happy that it was his team that conceded first. A foul from Aymeric Laporte handed Andrej Kramaric the chance from the penalty spot to open the scoring, and he was able to dispatch that ball to the net past the outstretched arm of Ederson.

Gabriel Jesus almost equalised, hitting the post with a header, but it wasn't until first half injury time that Man City drew level.

Winger Leroy Sane curled an exquisite free kick to the net to send the sides in level at the break.

The German international has been in devastating form for the Premier League champions recently and he put City ahead just after the hour mark with his second goal of the game.

Raheem Sterling played Sane through on goal, and he finished brilliantly to put Man City into a lead that they held until the final whistle.

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