Ilkay Gundogan magic in Porto win but injury woes leave Man City badly short

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Pep Guardiola showed his passion for the Champions League remains stronger than ever after getting involved in a heated bust up with his Porto rival at the Etihad.

Guardiola clashed with Sergio Conceicao more than once on the touchline as tempers flared during Manchester City's opening 3-1 win in Group C.

It was a sure sign that this competition continues to get under the skin of the Spaniard – while still meaning so much to him at the same time.

Guardiola, who was missing Kevin De Bruyne, went into another European campaign admitting the pain of what happened in his last one was still raw.

He was keen to take the blame for the shocking defeat to Lyon in Lisbon that saw him fail once again to lead his side past the last eight stage.

Almost a decade has now passed since Guardiola last got his hands on the biggest prize in club football, but here was the start of another chance to change all that and overcome the hoodoo that is now haunting him at the Etihad.

There was no shaking of hands with Conceicao at the final whistle of a game in which Ilkay Gundogan provided the one moment of real magic with a stunning second half free kick.

Gundogan's superb effort on 65 minutes might have been his first goal since January, but it was certainly worth the wait as City overcame a stubborn Porto side that had taken a surprise lead through Luis Diaz fine solo strike.

But Sergio Aguero drew City level from the penalty spot to end his own goal drought, before second half strikes from Gundogan and substitute Ferran Torres sealed a workmanlike win.

Guardiola's night had got off to the worst possible start when Porto opened the scoring on 14 minutes.

Ruben Dias gifted the ball to Matheus Uribe with a careless pass and when he fed Diaz, the Colombian international tore down the left, swept past three defenders and slammed an angled shot into the bottom corner to fire his side ahead.

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But the lead was wiped out within five minutes when veteran defender Pepe felled Raheem Sterling to concede a penalty after Gundogan's shot had come back off the post.

Aguero stepped up to beat Augustin Marchesin and level matters with his first goal for 231 days to end the longest drought of his entire career.

Ederson almost gifted Porto another opening with a wayward pass from the back while Zaidu Sanusi tested the Brazilian with a low drive as City struggled to have things all their own way.

Porto refused to be intimidated by Guardiola's manic behaviour on the touchline or Fernandinho's ranting and raving in the stands and saw Moussa Marega's shot cleared off his own line by Kyle Walker.

Marchesin denied Gundogan with a fine save – but there was nothing he could do to stop the German's sublime effort with 25 minutes remaining to nudge the home side ahead.

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It still felt like City needed a third goal for security and Torres duly delivered one on 72 minutes with a neat finish to leave Canceicao's men dead and buried.

The one sour note from an otherwise productive night for City was when Fernandinho had t0 limp off just minutes after going on as a late substitute with what looked like a serious muscle problem.

  • Manchester City FC
  • Champions League
  • FC Porto FC

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