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Manchester City 3-1 Barcelona: Gundogan scores twice as Guardiola sees off former club

FOOTBALL By Mirror | November 2nd 2016

Manchester City delivered a sensational second-half display to beat Barcelona at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola's men started brightly and had a penalty shout turned down before they were caught out by a clinical counter-attack.

Lionel Messi and Neymar exchanged passes before the Argentine coolly slotted past Willy Caballero.

But from then on, City dominated and deservedly drew level as Ilkay Gundogan turned home a Raheem Sterling cross.

The hosts went in front early in the second-half through a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick before wasting a host of chances to extend their lead.

City did wrap things up with 15 minutes to go though as Gundogan smashed home from close range.

Here are five things we learned from a Champions League classic at the Etihad.

1. Ref Kassai in a spot of bother

Referees have been in the spotlight this week and Viktor Kassai ensured they would again be a talking point at the Etihad.

With just 10 minutes on the clock, City had a massive penalty shout turned down by the referee.

Raheem Sterling teased Samuel Umtiti into a challenge inside the area, the Frenchman obliged and it appeared for all the world to be a spot-kick.

The only one who called it differently was Kassai, who instead showed Sterling the yellow card.

Did he throw himself to ground? Probably. Was there contract? Definitely.

The decision continued Kassai's poor start at the Etihad after he failed to caution Lucas Digne and Fernandinho for certain bookable offences.

2. Pep's pressing game pays off

They might play a better passing game than anyone on the planet but even Barca's stars can make mistakes.

With Marc-Andre ter Stegen starting attacks from the back, City set to press the visitors high up the pitch - and it paid off.

Pressure was put on Sergi Roberto at right-back, who opted to play a calamitous pass across the box.

Sergio Aguero intercepted and found Raheem Sterling, who in turn picked out Ilkay Gundogan. He simply couldn't miss.

History almost repeated itself early in the second-half as Roberto again gave the ball away but Sterling could only find the side netting this time.

It is almost impossible to press Barca for 90 minutes but they can be squeezed into errors and City proved it to drag themselves back into the tie.

That was the foundation for their outstanding second-half display.

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