Player Ratings: Bayern Munich 2-3 Manchester City

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Manchester City fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to claim a comeback victory at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening.

All looked lost inside the opening 15 minutes for Manuel Pellegrini’s men as a ravenous Bayern Munich struck twice and Micah Richards was forced from the pitch with an injury.

However, David Silva was able to pull one back before half for the visitors before two second half strikes completed the comeback, with an indomitable James Milner having a hand in all three of City’s unanswered goals as he inspired the Etihad outfit to an uplifting win on the road.

The triumph sees the Mancunians close out their Champions League group stage campaign in style, though was not enough to take the top spot Group D given the title-holders’ 3-1 romp in England in early October.

Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer - 6/10

Not the greatest of days for the giant German international. Not truly at fault for any of City’s goals, though possible could’ve been better positioned on Silva’s strike to get City on the scoresheet.

Philipp Lahm - 7/10

Slotted in at right back after seeing a great deal of time as a defensive midfielder this term. Was secure in possession going forward and made several key interventions at the back.

Jerome Boateng – 5.5/10

Didn’t do enough to counteract the growing influence of Milner and was caught out for marking poorly on City’s two goals from open play.

Dante – 6.5/10

Had a mixed evening. Provided a lovely long ball to assist Thomas Muller’s opener, but faded as the day wore on. Was responsible for conceding the penalty, though was on the wrong side of a harsh decision.

David Alaba - 7/10

Got forward whenever the chance presented itself and was perhaps Bayern’s most energetic performer. Provided several dangerous crosses that his teammates failed to take full advantage of.

Thiago Alcantara – 6.5/10

Transitioned well from defence to attack when winning out, yet wasn’t able to consistently track David Silva off the ball and fell victim to the Spaniard’s forward forays a number of times.

Thomas Muller - 7/10

Bright early on, Muller looked intent to trouble Aleksandar Kolarov and broke the deadlock after only five minutes. Gradually faded out as Milner put him under increasing pressure to limit space.

Mario Gotze - 7/10

Waltzed through the centre of the park at will in the formative stages of the match and duly got his goal on 12 minutes. Removed for the more defensive Javi Martinez early in the second half.

Toni Kroos - 6/10

Solid, if unspectacular. Was efficient in completing 96% of his passes but didn’t really leave a lasting impact on proceedings.

Franck Ribery – 5.5/10

A real menace for the opening quarter-hour, the Ballon d’Or candidate fell off the pace for the final 75 minutes and failed to be decisive with Bayern down 3-2 in the second half.

Mario Mandzukic – 5.5/10

Troubled with his movement only for final service to let him down. Departed for Xherdan Shaqiri midway through the second half.

Substitutes

Javi Martinez – 5/10

Was thrown on to provide a stiffer presence in midfield, only for City to strike twice just minutes later.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 6.5/10

Showed his dynamism in playing an advanced role, but couldn’t ever work enough space against a massed defence to trouble Joe Hart.

Manchester City

Joe Hart – 6.5/10

Beaten twice at no real fault of his early on. Saw out the remainder of the match confidently enough and stepped up when called upon.

Micah Richards – n/a

Saw only 15 minutes of action before limping off with an injury in a familiar sight for the Englishman.

Martin Demichelis – 6.5/10

Nowhere to be found against his former club in the opening exchanges. Eventually settled and marshaled the forces at the back with experience.

Joleon Lescott – 6.5/10

Like his partner in central defence, was all over the place as Bayern came flying out of the gate, but returned resolved in the second half to make life difficult for the Germans’ attack.

Aleksandar Kolarov - 7/10

Was typically troubled at the back but flourished on the break in combination with Milner. Cooly struck the penalty that brought City level just before the hour mark.

Javi Garcia – 5.5/10

Left too much space and was caught on the back foot whenever attackers ran at him with the ball. Not active enough in midfield.

Fernandinho - 7/10

After a torrid start, linked play well between the defence and attack. Shadowed Mandzukic in the second half to reduce his effectiveness off the ball.

Jesus Navas – 7/10

The first to show signs of life for City in bursting down the right flank at 2-0 down. Picked out Milner with a lovely ball across the penalty area for the winner.

David Silva – 7.5/10

Orchestrated the attack from the hole. Snatched City’s first through sheer determination. Looked fatigued late in the day and made way for the more physical Alvaro Negredo.

James Milner – 8.5/10

City’s outstanding performer on the evening. Set up Silva’s goal with a cranial assist, won Kolarov’s penalty in putting Dante in an awkward position and hit the winner with a lovely finish from 10 yards. Essential.

Edin Dzeko – 6/10

Held up play well at times, but had only one shot on goal. Didn’t do enough to convince Pellegrini a regular starting berth should be his.

Substitutes

Pablo Zabaleta – 7.5/10

Caught out twice by Ribery soon after coming on for Richards, but recovered and shut down the Frenchman for the rest of the encounter.

Alvaro Negredo – 6.5/10

Saw a 17 minute run-out for Silva. Touched the ball just eight times, though did force Neuer into a save down the stretch.

Jack Rodwell – n/a

Made a two minute cameo and had no impact on the outcome.

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