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Juventus beats Man City 1-0 to join English side in knockout stages of Champions League

TURIN, Italy — Juventus advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League and moved above Manchester City into top spot in Group D, with a 1-0 win over the Premier League side on Wednesday.

Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal of an entertaining game in the 18th minute, and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon did well to prevent City from levelling.

Both sides also hit the woodwork.

Juventus moved onto 11 points, two more than already-qualified City, heading into the final group match. It also has a better head-to-head record, having won 2-1 in Manchester.

In the other Group D match, Borussia Moenchengladbach beat Sevilla 4-2 — which would have ensured Juventus progressed even if the Italian team had lost.

Juventus visits Sevilla in the final match, with City hosting 'Gladbach.

There was a comical moment shortly before kickoff when the stadium announcer said "this is the team for Manchester United" — City's biggest rival — before swiftly correcting himself.

Both teams had injury problems but Sergio Aguero made his first start for City after returning from injury at the weekend and scoring in the 4-1 defeat by Liverpool.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri dropped Juan Cuadrado and Champions League top scorer Alvaro Morata to the bench, bringing in Stephan Lichtsteiner and Mandzukic.

The match got off to a bright start and both teams could have scored in the opening few minutes as Paulo Dybala skewed a shot well wide following a good pass from Paul Pogba.

Fernandinho went closer for City moments later after Juventus struggled to clear a corner, but his effort flew narrowly wide of the left upright.

The Brazil midfielder wasted a brilliant chance in the 16th when Giorgio Chiellini and Yaya Toure collided as they went to meet a cross and the ball was knocked back but Fernandinho blasted over from 12 yards.

City was left to rue that missed opportunity as Juventus went straight down the other end and scored.

Pogba feinted round his marked and the former Manchester United player spread the ball to the left for Alex Sandro to cross in towards Mandzukic, who volleyed home.

Mandzukic went close to a second 10 minutes later but City goalkeeper Joe Hart pulled off a sensational save to deny the Croatia forward.

It wasn't until the stroke of halftime that City tested Gianluigi Buffon.

Claudio Marchisio's terrible backpass was intercepted by Aguero, who tried to round the Juventus goalkeeper but Buffon did brilliantly to block the Argentina forward and force the ball out for a corner.

Buffon — and the goalframe — prevented City from levelling early in the second half. The Italy goalkeeper dove smartly to save Fernando's close-range header from a corner but failed to hold onto the ball, which bounced off his left post and back into his hands.

Morata was brought on for Mandzukic and almost had an immediate impact with a lob which was going wide before Stefano Sturaro got a touch to it but could only volley it off the post at full stretch.

The Spain forward could have sealed the match late on as he skipped past two opponents before unleashing an effort which Hart did well to save.

However, the City goalkeeper injured himself doing so and had to be substituted.

City almost levelled before Hart went off but Andrea Barzagli got his body in the way to prevent a certain goal from Raheem Sterling.

Daniella Matar, The Associated Press

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