Manchester City once again found themselves in dire Champions League straits against Sevilla tonight, and sidelined star striker Sergio Aguero was not present to come to the rescue.
But the frustratingly brilliant Yaya Toure and stand-in forward Wilfried Bony stepped up to snatch Manuel Pellegrini’s men half-time parity at 1-1, after Sevilla had deservedly led at the Etihad Stadium.
Toure showed great strength and skill on the right byline to cross towards the back post. Raheem Sterling should have scored, but Bony did convert the rebound via a deflection off Adil Rami.
The goal, if it is not taken away from him, will be Bony’s third in two games since being promoted to deputise for Aguero, who will miss a month of action with a leg injury according to The Guardian.
Bony bagged a double in Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth as the Citizens remained top of the Premier League table, but, as has become tradition, Europe has been more problematic for them.
City lost their opening game of their Group C campaign after conceding twice late at home to Juventus, and had to come from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany at the end of September.
The Blues also trailed at Eastlands this evening as Yevhen Konoplyanka, who was long linked with a move to the Premier League as the Daily Star reports, made Sevilla’s pressure pay on the half-hour mark.
However, there were complaints from City that Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro was in an offside position and blocking Joe Hart’s eyeline when Konoplyanka unleashed his pinpoint strike into the bottom corner.
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