Last-gasp City keep hopes alive

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Manchester City are finally up and running in the Champions League after snatching a last-gasp 2-1 win over Villarreal last night.

Substitute Sergio Aguero struck in the third minute of injury time to secure the club’s first victory in the competition and turn a frustrating night at the Etihad Stadium into a jubilant one.

Boss Roberto Mancini punched the air repeatedly in relief when Aguero struck.

The Italian said: “It was very important to win the first game in the Champions League. I think everything can happen in this group, for first place.”

After Napoli and Bayern Munich drew 1-1 in Italy, City have gained ground and are three points behind the German side, the group leaders, halfway through the stage.