FT: Manchester City 1 Bayern Munich 3

City's late rally goes unrewarded then as Bayern close out a deserved 3-1 victory. A European reality check of sorts for City, as the reigning champs dominated for most of the game.

Negredo's header inches just wide for City.

Silva curls a stunning free-kick over the wall with Neuer stranded, but it bounces back off the crossbar.

Boateng sees red after a late challenge with Toure racing through for City. Late drama with a free-kick 25 yards out.

Mario Gotze comes on for Ribery.

City have got their noses up here. Can Bayern dictate the play?

GOAL! Alvaro Negredo grabs a lifeline for City, turning on a pivot beautifully and caressing the ball home off the post. 3-1!

The excellent Robben comes off for Shaqiri.

Milner curls a powerful effort towards goal with Neuer on hand to stop it brilliantly. The resulting corner is caught by the German no.1.

Muller misses two chances to extend Bayern's lead, first stinging Hart's palms and then smashing the crossbar from close range.

Kirchoff replaces Schweinsteiger for Bayern.

James Milner and David Silva replace Aguero and Nasri as City look to plug the gaps.

Nasri is next in the book for a late challenge.

Bayern are absolutely dominant. Hart rushes out to an oncoming ball but Muller is first to it. His attempted pass is cut out.

From that break Muller cuts it across to Robben, who flicks it into Kroos but it's another good stop.

Another corner for City is defended well again and Bayern break.

Robben nearly grabs another with a low strike. Good save from Hart but poor defending again.

GOAL! Poor defending again from City and Hart could be susceptible. The ball is won in midfield and played early to Robben, who runs directly at Nastasic and is given enough space to squeeze a shot past Hart at his near post.

Negredo replaces Dzeko for City.

GOAL! City have started the second-half brilliantly, but Bayern get the crucial second. A long ball from Dante falls straight to the boot of Muller after Clichy stopped checking the German's run, and Muller evades Hart to score.

Robben's sidefooted effort is deflected wide, and the corner is dealt with easily.

Richards is first to it again but it's a tame header and Bayern break quickly.

Another corner for City. They need to strike early while they have the momentum.

The second half is underway then and an early City corner gives Richards the chance to attempt a crazy overhead kick, but it's well wide.

Bayern are fully worth their lead. Ribery's early goal should probably have been kept out by Hart, but they've been the better side on and off the ball. Any way back for City?

Toure uses his strength to full effect to work space for Navas, but his cross again fails to beat the first man.

Cynical from Kroos as he knows Navas is heading past him, but he blocks him off.

Aguero goes in late from behind on Rafinha and is rightfully booked. Theatrics from the Brazilian however.

Space for Navas, but he's wasted it with an attempted cross-field ball to Nasri.

Camera pans towards David Silva in the stands. I don't think even he could help City here.

Schweinsteiger takes the free-kick though, but it's straight into the wall. Bayern retain possession quickly.

Muller's quick turn after a pass from Ribery is too much for Nastasic. His pull concedes a free-kick from about 25 yards out. Alaba is lethal from this distance...

Best work from City so far. Aguero's run is marked well by Toure's quick free-kick, but the nippy striker can't quite curl his shot enough.

Far too much space given to Bayern. Robben's first to the loose ball from a knockdown, and his drilled cross just evades Muller's foot.

Some excellent deft wing-play from Alaba and Ribery gives the Austrian space down the left, but the opportunity results in nothing.

City have the ball, but there's never any space for them. Brilliant work-rate from Bayern as they're pressing at every opportunity.

Bayern showing the gulf in class between them and City so far. The reigning champs look dominant.

Navas breaks down Bayern's right this time, but his low cross is easily dealt with.

Alaba's cross is punched away by Hart, but only to the feet of Kroos whose stinging shots is inches wide.

Ribery stretches the City defence some more, cutting back for Kroos to hit a tame effort at Hart.

Bayern are pretty comfortable in possession right now, and they're pressing City relentlessly too.

Bayern are having plenty of enjoyment down the wings. Alaba and Ribery down one side and Rafinha and Robben down the other, with the latter bursting into the box to earn a corner.

GOAL! Rafinha's cross-field ball falls to the feet of Ribery, who breaks forward and unleashes a great hit past Hart. Could the England keeper have done better?

Richards rises highest to power a header towards goal, but it's central enough for Neuer to make a comfortable save.

Huge let-off for City early on. Lethargic play in midfield gives Alaba the chance to break down the left. His cross finds Robben, but he can't direct his header goalwards.

City kick us off then, and an early long ball to Aguero earns them a throw in the Bayern half.

Christopher Green: "I fancy City to win this one, but if the Germans perform to their potential, I think Bayern Munich will be too strong for the home team. Surprises have happened in the past, though; this is one of the main reasons why we love Champions League football. However, if City are to pull of a shock, they're going to have to perform extremely well, as I see the Germans running riot if the home team don't stay organised at the back."

Sergio Aguero returns for Manchester City then, as Micah Richards starts at right-back too. The European champions Bayern start with no recognised striker, and it appears that Toni Kroos will lead the line. What are your thoughts on those line-ups? Get in touch via Twitter MattStead91, or by e-mail at Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Rafinha, Dante, Boateng, Alaba, Schweinsteigher, Lahm, Muller, Ribery, Robben, Kroos. Subs: Starke, van Buyten, Mandzukić, Shaqiri, Kirchhoff, Götze, Contento

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany (C), Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Milner, Garcia, Silva, Negredo

Team news on both sides will be coming up shortly. In the meantime, why not get in touch with your thoughts about how the game will go today? Can City overcome the reigning champs, or will Pep's charges claim an away win? Get in touch via Twitter MattStead91, or by e-mail at Matthew.Stead@bskyb.com

Of course, a couple of seasons ago this fixture was embroiled in controversy at the group stages when City fell 2-0 to Bayern, with then-City star Carlos Tevez refusing to take to the field as a substitute. Could we see similar fireworks at the Etihad tonight?

City will be hoping to put their latest league setback behind them tonight, but they'll face the sternest opposition around with Bayern on the horizon. Both sides won their opening group fixtures 3-0 so they'll be looking to get one over on their closest competitors.

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