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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - Group D: Man City eventually overcome fearless Plzen

Manchester City have managed to overcome a plucky performance from Czech side Viktoria Plzen at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

Plzen twice came from behind to draw level with City before Manuel Pellegrini's men scored two late goals to end up with a two-goal buffer at the final whistle.

Sergio Aguero continued his brilliant scoring form of late by converting from the penalty spot just after the half-hour mark but the visitors hit back through Tomas Horava's well-struck effort from range two minutes before the break.

City again gained the ascendency when Samir Nasri volleyed home substitute Jesus Navas' cross in the 65th minute but Plzen managed to equalise for a second time four minutes later courtesy of Stanislav Tecl who slotted home Daniel Kolar's pass.

Just as it seemed like Plzen may force an unlikely draw, City took it up a notch and went ahead for the third time when Alvaro Negredo, who replaced Nasri, was on hand to knock in Navas' cross which found with help from an Edin Dzeko deflection.

The contest was then wrapped up a minute from time when Dzeko headed home a James Milner cross, leaving City second on the Group D table, three points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

For Plzen, it was a much improved showing although they leave Manchester with nothing to show for their performance as they remain bottom of the table without a point.

2013/14 UEFA Champions League - Group D scores

Manchester City (ENG): 4 (Sergio Aguero (p) 33', Samir Nasri 65', Alvaro Negredo 78', Edin Dzeko 89') Viktoria Plzen (CZE): 2 (Tomas Horava 43', Stanislav Tecl 69') Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England - 37,742

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Andrew Slevison
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