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City lose two keepers and 100% record in 1-1 draw

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Manchester City lost two goalkeepers and their 100 percent record in the Champions League as they draw 1-1 with Atalanta.

It was a bizarre game that saw City defender Kyle walker finish up as their goalkeeper.

Stranger, still he actually made more saves in nine minutes than the other two recognized goalies did in the 80 plus minutes combined.

City stormed into a seventh-minute lead through a Raheem Sterling, when the England international got on the end of Gabriel Jesus’ back heel.

City could have doubled their lead before the break when they were awarded a penalty.

But for all the beauty of his sublime back heel earlier Gabriel Jesus took a terrible penalty and fired wide left of the target.

Halftime: Atalanta 0 – 1 Manchester City.

The halftime break saw Pep Guardiola forced into a change.

Introducing City’s second goalkeeper for the night Claudio Bravo, who replaced an injured Ederson.

The hosts came out the brighter of the two teams and capitalized on City’s lack of enthusiasm.

Mario Pasalic scored the equalizer in the 49th minute, getting his head on the end of an Alejandro Gomez cross.

The two sides exchanged timid efforts, and with 15 minutes to go Guardiola decided enough was enough and he introduced Sergio Aguero.

It was to no avail, as the Italian Champions League debutants were not rattled by the Argentine’s presence.

Further disaster struck for City in the 81st minute, when a reckless challenge from substitute keeper Bravo saw him red-carded.

Upstep Kyle Walker.

While he was busy for the best part of ten minutes, City held on and Atalanta got their first points in the Champions League.

 

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