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.
Looking relaxed and confident, Bayern Munich's players arrived in Manchester ahead of their crunch Champions League match against Manchester City.
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.
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.''
Lewis Kenny's hair is similar to that worn by Manchester City star Sergeo Aguero, but St Ambrose High School in Salford claims it broke their rules and put Lewis in isolation.
Lewis's parents say they've no plans to send him back to the barber.
The parents of a teenager, taken out of lessons for having a haircut similar to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero , say they cannot understand the decision.
St Ambrose Barlow School in Swinton described Lewis Kenny's haircut as 'extreme', and said it broke school policy and placed him in isolation.
But the family say he has done nothing wrong.
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One Manchester City fan got to meet his footballing hero through a lucky connection. Stuart Fyfe who was awaiting surgery for bowel cancer was surprised by his consultant Dr John Bell after sharing with him who his favourite player was. The consultant's dad just happened to be the very man Stuart, 55, was referring too, City legend Colin Bell.
Immediately The Christie consultant arranged a special visit. Jon, said: “I was in the fortunate position where I could help Stuart meet one of his idols, and I was happy to ask my dad if he would come in for a visit.”
Former midfielder Colin said he sympathised with Stuart, having also been diagnosed with bowel cancer previously. He said: “When I heard from Jon that Stuart was such a huge Manchester City fan, I wanted to come in, have a chat and wish him all the best for his operation.”
Stuart said he was now recovering well, and paid tribute to the fantastic care he had been given by everybody who looked after him at the specialist cancer care centre.
He said: “I’ve watched him play so many times and to meet him was a boyhood dream that I’ve now fulfilled. “We had a great chat about how City are doing this season, I couldn’t believe I was sitting opposite my idol.”
Former Manchester City player and England legend Colin Bell paid a special visit to cancer patient Stuart Fyfe just hours before he was due to go in to surgery.
Stuart, 55 from Blackley in Manchester, was first diagnosed with bowel cancer over three years ago.
The cancer went on to spread to his liver, and unfortunately, after numerous chemotherapy sessions and two liver operations, the cancer has not gone into remission.
It was pure coincidence that on one of Stuart’s first visits to The Christie he was treated by Dr Jon Bell, a consultant in interventional radiology, whose father is Colin Bell, the former Manchester City football player.
It was Dr Bell who arranged the visit after learning that Stuart was a massive Manchester City fan and a huge fan of his dad.
My treatment at The Christie has been fantastic throughout all of my different procedures - it really has been second to none. And the visit from Colin Bell goes above and beyond anything I could have expected!
Colin came in to see Stuart while he was preparing for selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) which is an operation that leaves radiation beads within the liver; once placed they emit radiation and burn the tumours in the liver.
Stuart has since had his operation and is recovering well.
I’ve made visits like this in the past, both in my playing days and since I’ve retired.
When I heard from Jon that Stuart was such a huge Manchester City fan, I wanted to come in, have a chat and wish him all the best for his operation.
Stuart and I also share the connection that I was diagnosed and treated for bowel cancer.”
At The Christie we believe patient care is not just physical but psychological as well. I was in the fortunate position where I could help Stuart meet one of his idols, and I was happy to ask my Dad if he would come in for a visit.”
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