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Manchester City all but put Champions League tie to bed with three goal win over Bayern Munich

Ryan Sidle

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Manchester City all but put Champions League tie to bed with three goal win over Bayern Munich

Manchester City all but secured their place in the Champions League semi-finals, as they stuffed Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium.

When the quarter-finals of the Champions League were drawn there was a very obvious split in the quality of the teams on each side of the draw.

City, a side yet to win the competition but who are always contenders and have been in a recent final, were drawn in a half with the past three winners.

Despite that, a Super computer recently decided that they were favourites to go all the way, even predicting they'll beat Napoli in the final.

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And on Tuesday night, they proved exactly why they remain favourites, and could even become only the second English team to win the Treble.

Pep Guardiola's team put in an almost faultless display, as they defeated Bayern 3-0 at home, and made the second leg next week almost irrelevant.

Rodri opened the scoring, with his first ever Champions League goal, in the first half with an absolute stunner, before Bayern had chances in the second to equalise.

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However, when they failed to convert their chances, Dayot Upamecano then gifted City a second, losing the ball to Jack Grealish, who passed to Erling Haaland, with Bernardo Silva heading home from the Norwegian's cross.

Things then appeared to fall apart at the back for the Bundesliga champions, with Upamecano and goalkeeper Yann Sommer looking particularly shaky.

At least Sommer had some decent moments, making some excellent saves, including one from Julian Alvarez, leading to a corner but he could do nothing about the inevitability of a Haaland goal.

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From the set piece, just six minutes after they'd scored their second, was cleared, only for it to find one of the home players outside the box.

The cross was delivered to the back post, where John Stones headed across goal, for Haaland to smash in his 45th goal of the season in all competitions.

The Premier League champions even had chances to further their lead after the third goal but it's unlikely to matter that they didn't.

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There aren't many examples of teams coming back from a three goal deficit in the Champions League to win the tie, and they may need to take inspiration from Liverpool's win over Real Madrid in 2019.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Football, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Premier League, Bundesliga, Champions League

Ryan Sidle
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