Follow minute-by-minute commentary of the Uefa Champions League Group D game between Manchester City and Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday Oct 2, 2013 , kick-off 19.45 (BST).
Full time: Manchester City 1-3 Bayern Munich That's it. Manchester City have been given a lesson they will never forget. There's no real shame in that: this was an awesome performance from Bayern, a definitive dismissal of an excellent City side, even if Joe Hart and Gael Clichy cracked under the most intense interrogation from Bayern. It might even be the greatest performance ever by an away side in an European match in England. It certainly confirms that Bayern are the best side in Europe. This was football from the future. Tantalisingly, and terrifyingly, it suggested Bayern might even be an upgrade of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona. Thanks for your company; good night.
90 min Bayern's fans are now doing their own Poznan. There will be three added minutes.
89 min If City somehow draw this, football is officially insane. They almost pulled it back to 3-2. Milner did superbly on the left, duping Shaqiri and Rafinha on the left of the box before standing up a cross to the six-yard box. Negredo got above the Bayern defence and looped his header just wide.
87 min: SILVA HITS THE BAR! The resulting free-kick was just outside the area, fractionally right of centre. Silva curled it perfectly over the wall but it just didn't come down enough and rattled off the bar with Neuer beaten.
85 min: BOATENG IS SENT OFF! Jerome Boateng, the former City player, is sent off for denying Yaya Toure a clear goalscoring opportunity. Toure picked up a loose ball and bulldozed towards goal, past the last man Boateng on the edge of the box, and Boateng took him down. That was a clear red card.
85 min Gotze does replace Ribery, who quietly took Micah Richards to the cleaners.
84 min Bayern win a free-kick 22 yards from goal. Ribery, who is about to be replaced by Mario Gotze, clips it into the wall.
Achim Schregle:"Does anyone rememer the English being so devastated after William the Conqueror?"
Manchester City 1-3 Bayern Munich (Negredo 80) Well at least City have scored the best goal of the night, a beauty from the substitute Alvaro Negredo.Bayern lost the ball in their own half and Silva gave it to Negredo just inside the box. He flicked it neatly behind his standing leg, away from Boateng, and then cracked an emphatic left-footed curler in off the far post from 15 yards.
78 min The game is drifting to sleep now. Bayern make another substitution, with Xherdan Shaqiri replacing the masterful Arjen Robben. Even the City players applaud a player who was once seen as a bit of a flake and a symbol of all that is wrong with modern football. It's amazing how much he has changed in the last 18 months.
77 min The hitherto anonymous Manuel Neuer makes a beautiful fingertip save from a James Milner howitzer. Milner cut inside from the left and scorched a rising drive towards the far top corner. Neuer dived to his left and just fingertipped it over with his right hand.
76 min James Milner is booked. Moments later, Bastian Schweinsteiger is replaced by Jan Kirchhoff. And just after that, Thomas Muller hits the bar! His first effort was blocked by the legs of Hart. It came back to Muller and he rattled the bouncing ball off the bar. He probably should have scored.
75 min Ribery combines neatly with Muller down the left before racing into the box and clipping a rising drive that is patted down comfortably by Hart.
72 min The phrase "top teams" is used a huge amount in football, almost to the point of cliche. Bayern have almost redefined the phrase tonight.
71 min City can barely get out of the final third, never mind the half. The weirdest thing is that we are 70 minutes in and we almost don't know whether City have played well or not, because they just haven't had the ball. We know their defending has been poor - this is the first time in 38 games (excluding qualifiers) that they have ever conceded three or more goals in a European match at home.
70 min A double City substitution: David Silva and James Milner replace Sergio Aguero, whose only notable kick was on Rafinha, and Samir Nasri. City, sensibly, seem to have declared at 0-3.
69 min This is a case for the League Against Cruel Sports. It's an astonishing pasting! Nasri is booked for something or other.
67 min What's the German for tiki-taka? Bayern are humiliating City. They keep the ball for over a minute before Alaba's cross shot is blocked.
65 min Has there ever been a better away performance in a European match in England? This has to be right up there.
63 min That could have been 4-0. This is absolutely ridiculous. City's collective noggin has gone. Bayern were able to construct a five-on-three attack, with City players jogging back, which ended with a fierce shot from Rafinha that was beaten away smartly by Hart. Robben blootered the rebound into orbit. If Bayern really want to they could win this 5-0 or 6-0.
62 min Another good effort from Robben, who runs across he line of the area and curls it tow towards the far corner from 20 yards. Hart gets down to push the ball away.
61 min "Football's coming home!" is the chant of the Bayern fans. This is an astonishing defenestration of an excellent City side who are/were unbeaten at home in 20 European games.
GOAL! Manchester City 0-3 Bayern Munich (Robben 60) This is getting very ugly for City. But what an unbelievable performance from Bayern! Kroos sparks the move by robbing Fernandinho in midfield. He moves it forward to Robben, who twists Nastasic's blood before moving to the right and rattling a shot that again goes through Joe Hart at the near post. It's another mistake from Hart, if not quite as bad as the first.
57 min Before City kick off, Alvaro Negredo replaces Edin Dzeko.
GOAL! Manchester City 0-2 Bayern Munich (Muller 56) Bayern get the comfortable lead their performance deserves. They are so good that the last thing you need to do is give them goals, but Hart and now Clichy have done that. Dante, on the halfway line, drilled a long crossfield ball towards Muller. He ran behind Clichy - who was ballwatching and didn't go with his man - to collect the ball in an absurd amount of space 12 yards out before going round Hart and tapping the ball into the net. Muller was in so much space that it seemed he had to be offside, but replays showed the run was perfectly timed.
53 min City fail to properly clear a Bayern corner, or rather are not allowed to properly clear it by Bayern's brutal pressing. When the ball is won back, Robben plays a one-two with Ribery, zips across the line of the area from right to left and hits a low curling shot that is deflected fractionally wide of the farp ost.
52 min City are still playing two up, or at least with Aguero just off Dzeko. In five years' time, 4-1-4-1 (or 4-1-2-3 if you prefer) will have replaced 4-2-3-1 as the vogue formation. You heard it here last.
50 min City look sharper since half-time, almost affronted by the chasing they got in the first half. There has certainly been a different feel to the match in the few minutes sinceh half-time.
49 min Muller wins the ball off Aguero and drills a flat crossfield pass to Ribery. He teases Richards on the left corner of the box before hitting a shot that is blocked, by Richards I think.
48 min Another corner on the right for City, won this time by Fernandinho. This is a better start for City, who have dominated the second half so far. All 150 seconds of it. The corner comes to nothing.
47 min City get an early corner after a heavy touch from Boateng. It's swung out by Nasri, headed up in the air, and Richards' ambitious overhead kick dribbles comfortably wide.
46 min Bayern begin the second half as they mean to go on: with the ball. They have kicked off from left to right.
Donald McPhee:"Based on tonight's performance City have a fair bit of work ahead to join the true eilte of European football. But they have a good manager, unlimited funds and a strong squad so it's not unlikely they will soon be among the greats. Greatest ending to a show ever? Star Trek the next generation. The final scene of the crew playing cards and being joined by the captain for the first time as the Enterprise sails into the stars was the perfect ending to a beloved show. The final line takes some beating as well "The Sky's the Limit". Perfect."
Bah! I was going to watch that tonight when I got home.
Twitter: Gaizka Mendieta - 1st half Bayern has done everything perfect, well maybe a 2nd goal( being picky here!) but they make football look such an easy thing! #UCL
Half time: Manchester City 0-1 Bayern Munich That might be one of the greatest 45-minute performances ever seen on an English ground. Bayern didn't create many clear chances, and it needed a mistake from Joe Hart for the goal, but the authority, street wisdom and sheer class of their performance was simply awesome. Bayern have had 67 per cent of the possession. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.
45 min There will be one extra minute of misery for City.
44 min Kroos is also booked, rightly so, for a cynical trip on Navas, who had beaten him with a nice dummy.
42 min Aguero is booked for a late tackle on Rafinha. "A little naughty one" says Gary Neville. He did seem to scrape his studs down Rafinha's ankle.
41 min City cross the halfway line - and Navas hoofs a crossfield pass straight out of play. This is becoming a bit embarrassing for City.
38 min Bayern's extra man in midfield has been important, and it's a surprise City have not addressed that.
Shane O'Leary: "The TV series one is easily answered, 'World At War'. The Man City one is even more easily answered, ha, ha, ha, oh dearie me, no. However, I do like your photo of Pellegrini, looking like a turkey watching the last scene of 'A Christmas Carol'. He'll not be alone, the combination of Iberian flair and Germanic, you know, will be difficult to beat."
37 min Bayern could be 3-0 up. But football is a
funny old ga strange thing. Remember Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Barcelona in 2009-10? For the first 70 minutes Arsenal could not breathe, yet they somehow ended up with a draw after a storming finish.
36 min ... and Schweinsteiger hits it into the wall. City are hanging on for dear half-time.
35 min Muller is pulled down right on the edge of the area by Nastasic. The free-kick is 20 yards out, just to the left of centre...
32 min Another chance for Bayern! This is stunning football. Kroos plays a lazy chip to Ribery on the left. He helps it to the overlapping (and offside) Alaba, who moves into the box and then hammers a cross that is beaten away by Hart. It comes back to Alaba, whose follow-up shot from a tight angle deflects off both Richards and Nastasic and ends fortuitously in the arms of Hart. That could easily have rebounded into the net. Moments later, Aguero spins Dante and curls a speculative effort well wide from just inside the area.
31 min That should have been 2-0 to Bayern. A long ball from left to right is headed down to Robben, just inside the box. He dupes Nastasic and the flat-footed Clichy, moving around the outside of both of them with one trick - but his right-footed cross shot just evades the sliding Muller at the far post. Robben was caught in two minds there. Having done the hard part by beating Nastasic he will probably feel he was a little wasteful.
30 min Bayern are playing football from the year 2025. It's unbelievably good. City haven't actually done that much wrong.
29 min Alaba plays a beautiful one-two with Ribery down the left and then another with Muller on the edge of the box - but he goes a bit too early for the return pass and is offside.
28 min Navas runs at Alaba, picks up a fortunate return on the right of the box and then screams a cross into orbit.
26 min Bayern's high line and pressing are smothering City, who look almost shocked by the intensity of the game. They just need to hang on at 1-0 until half-time. And for all Bayern's exceptional play, Hart hasn't really had a save to make apart from the goal.
25 min Ribery takes on Richards and hammers a sharp low cross towards the near post, where Nastasic does very well to clear.
24 min City have a kick.
23 min After another crisp Bayern move, Kroos's first-time through pass is just too far in front of Muller, who would have been clear on Hart.
20 min This has been a masterclass from Bayern, who are strutting round like they are God's gift to world football. Which, at the moment, is precisely what they are. There is so much authority and conviction to their play with and without the ball; it's scary. How do you top a Treble? Maybe by becoming the first team to retain the Champions League.
17 min This is a complete mismatch at the moment. Alaba's cross is punched away unconvincingly by Hart to Kroos, who fires an instant volley back towards goal. Ribery sticks out a foot instinctively and flicks it not far wide of the near post.
16 min Dzeko runs through on goal but is rightly flagged offside.
15 min Rafinha's cross is headed behind the diving Nastasic. Moments later, Riberty plays the ball back to Schweinsteiger, whose tame 20-yard sidefoot is easily held by Hart. Bayern, as Gary Neville points out on Sky, are killing City with switches of play to the right, where they invariably have two against one.
14 min On Wednesday 2 October, at 7.45pm, Manchester City are down for a two-hour tutorial in European football. That's how it seems at the moment, because City can hardly get the ball.
11 min Richards towers over Kroos to head a high ball, and in doing so sends Kroos flying. Some referees might have taken action there, although there didn't seem to be any malicious intent.
10 min City haven't started yet. They haven't been helped by their fans, in truth. Robben, Bayern's brilliant baldista, wins Bayern's first corner on the right. Nothing comes of it.
9 min The Bayern fans were making all the noise before the goal, never mind after. English football needs to take a long look at Germany's supporter culture. The fans sing and everything.
GOAL! Manchester City 0-1 Bayern Munich (Ribery 7) A mistake from Joe Hart gives Bayern an early lead. Twelve months ago Hart looked nailed on to be England keeper for a decade; now he is becoming a bit of a liability for club and country. The move started with a long crossfield pass from Robben to Ribery on the left. He used the overlapping Alaba by not using him and came inside to strike a vicious low shot towards the near post from 25 yards. Hart got a fair bit on it as he plunged to the right, but the ball hit his wrist and flew into the top of the net. "He has to do better there," says his England coach Gary Neville, and he's right.
5 min Navas wins the first corner of the match, on the right. Nasri's corner comes back to him, so he dumps another cross into the box. Richards, clambering over his man at the far post, loops a gentle header towards goal that is comfortably held by Neuer.
3 min Navas loses the ball to a pack of Bayern players just inside the City half. Alaba moves it out to Ribery, gets the return pass and coaxes a good cross towards Robben, who flicks a header wide of the far post from eight yards. That was a half-chance for Robben, although the height of the cross meant he was never really in control of the header.
1 min City kick off from left to right. They are in sky blue; Bayern are wearing Manchester United's 1987-88 kit .
Twitter: Manchester City FC - It's rare we're underdogs, particularly at home, but Bayern are formidable and we'll need huge performances across the park #cityvbayern
1926 We need something else to talk about as well as the football.
So, about that Daily Mail headline. Any suggestions? Here's one. In view of all the fuss about the last episode of "Breaking Bad", what's the best ending to a TV show you've ever seen? Is it Six Feet Under? It's Six Feet Under, isn't it. (Unnecessarily shouty warning: VIDEO CONTAINS PLOTSPOILERS. OBVIOUSLY, IT'S THE FINAL SCENE OF THE ENTIRE DARN SERIES.)
Team news Pablo Zabaleta is omitted by City, with Micah Richards playing at right-back. That's the only real surprise in either side. City also bring in Gael Clichy, Sergio Aguero and Jesus Navas for Aleksandar Kolarov, Alvaro Negredo and James Milner. Toni Kroos replaces Mario Mandzukic for Bayern.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1) Hart; Richards, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Toure, Fernandinho; Navas, Aguero, Nasri; Dzeko.
Substitutes: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Milner, Garcia, Silva, Negredo.
Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1) Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Lahm; Robben, Kroos, Schweinsteiger, Ribery; Muller.
Substitutes: Starke, van Buyten, Mandzukic, Shaqiri, Gotze, Contento, Kirchhoff.
1840 Some good news for City earlier in the day: their kids (or rather their "Elite Development Squad") plugged Bayern 6-0 in the Uefa Youth League. Could that be an omen for tonight's game? Could it? No, obviously, they're two completely different teams, aren't they.
1830 Good evening. Some football matches transcend the need for three points. Usually that’s the case with rivalries, where the main focus is on bragging rights rather than the league or group tables. Occasionally, as with Manchester City's match against Bayern Munich tonight, it’s about something else – not bragging rights but blagging rights: the chance to be taken seriously as major contenders, with all the privileges and credibility that come with such status. To some extent all great sporting teams are bluffers; but first they need to earn the right to bluff.
City have earned that right domestically, but not in Europe. After a modest European campaign in 2011-12 and a miserable one last year, they need to demonstrate both to the rest of the football world and their own subconscious that they are serious contenders for the Champions League . Even if they lose both group matches against Bayern they will surely qualify for the knockout stages at the third attempt after finally being drawn in a Group of Life: CSKA Moscow are decent but City would finish above them 19 times out of 20. So tonight’s game is about making a point, not earning three.
There is no logical reason why they cannot win the tournament – they have the best first XI in England – yet those two failed campaigns mean there is a vague perception of City as naïve bumblers at this level. A win over Bayern, the European champions, would change that and give them a fair degree of psychological momentum if and when they do eventually enter the knockout stages in February. Conversely, if Bayern teach them a lesson, all the old wounds will start to smart again.
Money can buy you many things in football, even love (or at least a multi-million-pound signing making out with the badge before he has kicked a ball for the club), but it can’t buy you credibility. That comes on the pitch. Every outsider needs The Game; the one where they beat a superpower and realise the monster is not so big and bad, and might not even be a monster. Manchester United’s European Cup victory in 1999 first became possible in their own minds 19 months earlier, when they hammered Juventus, the best team in Europe. The great Arsenal side of the early 2000s, by contrast, never had such a victory. City – whose home form this season has been on the volcanic side of blistering, with four wins out of four and 15 goals scored – can make significant strides by winning tonight.
All they have to do is beat the best team in Europe. It’s a slightly odd thing to say about a team who are unbeaten under Pep Guardiola, but there is a vague hint of vulnerability about Bayern. They have not been as fluent as expected – either in comparison to Bayern last season or Guardiola’s Barcelona – and have been the subject of criticism from the frankly scary army of ex-players (and Matthias Sammer) who work for the club. And although they won the Champions League at Wembley in May, their record against English sides in England puts the dire in diabolical: P18 W3 D7 L8, including a defeat to Coventry.
Then again, in their last European away game they walloped Barcelona 3-0 to complete a 7-0 aggregate victory. They are unquestionably the real deal. For them, this is almost just another game. For City it is anything but and, as such, comes with a delicious combination of excitement and fear.
Kick off is at 7.45pm.
Prediction on which you emphatically should not stake your mortgage Sergio Aguero 2-2 Bayern Munich.