banner

Manchester City 2-1 1899 Hoffenheim: Leroy Sane scores twice as City win group


Leroy Sane (left)

Fear? Hoffenheim’s wall reacts to Leroy Sane’s (left) fierce free-kick which resulted in City’s equaliser

Leroy Sane scored twice as Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Hoffenheim and finish as Champions League Group F winners.

City created most of the several clear-cut chances in an entertaining encounter, but they only came to life after Hoffenheim took the lead through Andrej Kramaric’s 16th-minute penalty.

Gabriel Jesus and Nicolas Otamendi hit the post with headers for the home side, while John Stones had one brilliantly saved by the well-worked Oliver Baumann.

The equaliser came when Sane fired in a fierce 25-yard free-kick in first-half stoppage time. His second of the game – and eighth of the season – came just after the hour mark when he finished off a swift counter-attack.

City are the only one of the four qualified English teams to win their group, and as a result can only draw one of four teams in the last 16 – Atletico Madrid, Schalke, Roma or Ajax.

Early jolt for City

Any hopes City had of an easy ride against opponents with faint hopes of a Europa League spot were extinguished early.

The three-man defence was put on the backfoot with former Leicester forward Kramaric leading the early assaults. He first tested the City goal with a rising drive before an exquisite effort on target was thwarted by the athleticism of Ederson.

City rode their luck for 16 minutes until Aymeric Laporte pushed over defender Benjamin Hubner six yards from goal, and conceded a penalty. Kramaric stepped up to slot in his ninth goal in nine games for club and country.

However, that strike had an undesired effect for Hoffenheim as City’s attack moved up the gears.

Super Sane leads fightback

The German side were under incessant pressure for the rest of the game and Jesus, Otamendi and Stones had gone close before Sane equalised with a breathtaking strike.

They should have added to the lead after the break when Raheem Sterling broke clear from the edge of the area with Sane and Bernardo Silva in support.

The England winger passed to Sane, who instead of shooting elected to play the ball square to Silva – his shot was easily blocked by Baumann.

Manager Pep Guardiola looked on in disbelief along with the supporters inside the Etihad Stadium. However, Sane made amends moments later when, following another break, he took the ball past Baumann and slotted in.

English youth shine on big stage

It must be warming for England manager Gareth Southgate to know he has so much young attacking talent coming through. At Etihad Stadium, both Phil Foden and Reiss Nelson staked claims for consideration heading into qualification for Euro 2020.

The Under-21 attacking midfielders showed great endeavour and both went close to scoring. Nelson, on loan at Hoffenheim from Arsenal, came on at half-time and forced Ederson into a one-footed block before another strike was deflected wide.

As for Foden, who signed a new contract at City this week, he was denied the goal of the night by Baumann, who tipped over his stinging volley.

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 2, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1.

Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1.

Corner, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Benjamin Hübner (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Conceded by Aymeric Laporte.

Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Offside, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Ishak Belfodil tries a through ball, but Nico Schulz is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Nadiem Amiri (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ishak Belfodil.

Substitution, Manchester City. Vincent Kompany replaces Bernardo Silva.

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross.

Offside, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Andrej Kramaric tries a through ball, but Ishak Belfodil is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Andrej Kramaric (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Joelinton (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Florian Grillitsch (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim).

Offside, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Benjamin Hübner tries a through ball, but Ishak Belfodil is caught offside.

Joelinton (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joelinton (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Oliver Baumann.

Attempt saved. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kasim Adams.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Andrej Kramaric (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ishak Belfodil (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Florian Grillitsch (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Attempt missed. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Substitution, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Ishak Belfodil replaces Leonardo Bittencourt.

Attempt missed. Joelinton (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nadiem Amiri.

Corner, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Conceded by Gabriel Jesus.

Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Florian Grillitsch (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) is shown the yellow card.

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Benjamin Hübner (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim).

Substitution, Manchester City. Fabian Delph replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko.