A dramatic late winner from Manchester City’s Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero all but killed off Villarreal’s Champions League aspirations at a rain-soaked Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night. The Argentine, who had come on as a 61st minute substitute for Nigel de Jong, had the simple job of tapping home Pablo Zabaleta’s cross in the third minute of stoppage time to inflict a cruel 2-1 defeat on Juan Carlos Garrido’s men.
The Yellow Submarine had stunned the home crowd by taking a third-minute lead through Cani, who fired home after City keeper Joe Hart could only parry Giuseppe Rossi’s effort into his path.
Despite the home side having much of the possession after that they found it increasingly difficult to break down a well-drilled Villarreal rearguard, but they were thrown a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when Carlos Marchena diverted an Aleksandar Kolarov cross into his own goal.
After the break the visitors took the game to Roberto Mancini’s team with both Rossi and Borja Valero going close, yet the Blues continued to create chances with Edin Dzeko – who struggled in front of goal for the 90 minutes – failing to beat Diego L