Manchester City surrendered the lead to lose 2-1 to Serie A Champions Juventus on another miserable night of Champions League football at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
- Manchester City 1 Juventus 2
- Chiellini own goal opens the scoring
- Mandzukic equalises for Juve
- Morata scores stunning winner
- City's Champions League woes continue
City had controversially taken the lead in the 57th minute when Giorgio Chiellini headed into his own net under severe, and possibly unfair, pressure from behind from Vincent Kompany.
However, Juventus rallied and hit back thirteen minutes later through Mario Mandzukic before Alvaro Morata struck a stunning winner just nine minutes from time.
The game started with City noticeably hungry and keen to make a positive impression. There was a vibrancy and energy about the Premier League leaders and they probably should have capitalised upon it.
As early as the second minute, Fernandinho played in Raheem Sterling in the right channel of the box, but his attempted side-foot finish was well-saved by Gigi Buffon and David Silva was crowded out before he could pounce on the rebound.
Shortly afterwards, Wilfried Bony wasted a glorious chance when he and Sterling found themselves two-on-one against an uncharacteristically stretched Juve defence, but the Ivorian chose the selfish option and sliced his effort high and wide.
The second half was a far more open affair and the contest truly came to life with Chiellini's own goal. The veteran Italian was adamant he was fouled and the perceived injustice seemed to add an extra spring to the step of Massimiliano Allegri's men.
They needed a big save from Buffon first though, just three minutes after City had taken the lead, with Sterling and Silva again the men denied from close range.
From there, it was all Juventus. Stefano Sturaro forced Joe Hart into his first meaningful action of the night just past the hour, but City's goal wouldn't stay intact long.
With 20 minutes remaining, Paul Pogba, who had been denied a goal himself in the first half by the linesman's offside flag, flighted a brilliant pass into the box for Mandzukic to steer home at the back post.
And it would only get worse for City when former Real Madrid striker Morata curled in the winner against the post from 20 yards in the dying stages.
Sergio Aguero was thrown into the action off the bench to try and salvage something for a clearly frustrated Man City side, but Juventus held on with relative ease to make a winning to start to the competition.