Perhaps fortune is changing for Manchester City in the Champions League. They were 2-1 down after 78 minutes and with Sevilla leading Juventus a golden chance to win Group D was slipping away.
But cometh the hour, cometh Raheem Sterling, who intervened with two strikes that may prove priceless. The first came from close range, the second a dipping finish. They gave City the lead, Sterling a 21st birthday to remember, and moments later Wilfried Bony poked home to make it three goals in five stunning minutes and the best chance of a favourable last-16 draw.
From the 2-0 shellacking Stoke gave City on Saturday Pellegrini made four changes. Out went Mart√≠n Demichelis, Bacary Sagna,
Fernando, who is injured, and Bony. In came Eliaquim Mangala, Ga√ęl Clichy, Yaya Tour√© and Fabian Delph. It meant the manager fielded Sterling as a de facto No9, and that Bony had been given a snub that involved a wide forward by trade being preferred to his prowess as a time-served striker.
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