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Report: Pellegrini says his side deserves more credit

It seemed impossible a few weeks ago, but they did it.

And Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side deserves more credit after securing a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Missing a number of big names including Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, City beat AS Roma 2-0 away from home to book their place in Monday's draw.

Rob Smith reports:

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Sergio sinks Bayern Munich

Sergio Aguero Credit: PA

Sergio Aguero struck twice in the closing minutes to complete a hat-trick and revive Manchester City's Champions League hopes with a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich.

City's challenge had looked all but over after Aguero's early penalty was cancelled out by quickfire goals from Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski before half-time.

But Aguero seized on a mistake from the otherwise brilliant Alonso to equalise with five minutes remaining and then broke through again after a Jerome Boateng error for a brilliant winner.

The victory was City's first of the competition and brought them level with Roma and CSKA Moscow in Group E with a trip to the Italian capital to come next month.

Bayern Munich arrive in Manchester for crunch clash

The team bus leaves Manchester Airport Credit: Manchester Evening News

Looking relaxed and confident, Bayern Munich's players arrived in Manchester ahead of their crunch Champions League match against Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola signs for fans Credit: Manchester Evening News

City have claimed just two points from four games in Group E and will be eliminated if they fail to beat Bayern and there is a winner in the game between CSKA Moscow and Roma.

A tanned-looking Arjen Robben Credit: Manchester Evening News

Blues stars face axe if they flop in Champions League - Nasri

Heads could roll - Nasri warning Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester City need to start justifying their ‘world-class’ tag – and their huge salaries – by rescuing their Champions League campaign.

Otherwise, says Samir Nasri, the Blues stars could face the chop when the owners review the season next summer.

The Blues can still keep their qualification hopes alive by beating the German giants. And with CSKA Moscow and Roma, who meet in the other game, also both struggling to nail down second place, Nasri says City have been ‘lucky’ to stay in with a chance of going through.

“We need to do something or otherwise next year it is going to be new players.

“That’s how we work when you play for a big team, a big club. You have to respond and show everyone you deserve to qualify.

“Let’s be honest. With the salary of every player and the level of those players, 90 per cent of the team is world class, then not to qualify from the first round of the Champions League would be a huge blow for the club – and for us as well.''

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