Manchester City's pre-season campaign ended on a damp note as they were beaten 4-2 by Stuttgart at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Germany.
Record new signing Raheem Sterling started for the Citizens, with Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and new recruit Fabian Delph the only notable absentees in what was a strong line-up.
It counted for little, however, as the former Premier League champions found themselves 4-0 down after only 38 minutes against a side that narrowly avoided relegation from the Bundesliga last season.
Filip Kostic gave the home side the lead before Daniel Didavi scored a second and Daniel Ginczek added a brace.
Only an impressive late burst from Sterling rescued the scoreline somewhat for the visitors.
The former Liverpool lynchpin set up Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho six minutes from time before providing another assist for substitute Edin Dzeko as City grabbed two late goals.
Dzeko's effort could well be his last for the club, with a move to Roma on the cards.
City begin their Premier League campaign against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns next week Monday.