Walker in goal as 10-Man City draw with Atalanta
City remain unbeaten in the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Atalanta, despite finishing the match with Kyle Walker in goal after substitute Claudio Bravo was sent off. The Chilean, who replaced Ederson as an injury precaution at half-time, was dismissed for a foul on Josip Ilicic that saw Walker don the gloves for the final nine minutes in Italy. Pep Guardiola’s side experienced contrasting halves at the San Siro. We effortlessly dominated the first, taking the lead through Raheem Sterling before Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty, but Atalanta emerged a different proposition after the break. Mario Pasalic crashed a header past Bravo within five minutes of the restart as City struggled to replicate our first half fluency, but having been reduced to 10-men the defending Premier League champions produced a professional display to see out the game with Walker largely untested. WHAT IT MEANS City remain top of Group C, with 10 points from the opening four games. We are five points clear of second placed Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb in third, which means in our next game against the Ukrainian's would seal our progress to the knockout stages. WHAT’S NEXT Our focus now switches to a Sunday’s blockbuster Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield, where we will hope to record our first win since 2003 at the ground and reduce the Merseysider’s lead at the top of the table to three points. There is a three week wait until we return to Champions League action. Shakhtar Donetsk are the visitors to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday 26 November, kick-off 8pm (GMT).
MATCH DETAILS: Atalanta (1): Gollini; Tolói, Djimsiti, Palomino; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler (Malinovski, 84’), Castagne (Muriel, 92’); Pasalic, Gómez, Ilicic
Manchester City (1): Ederson (Bravo, 45’); Cancelo, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Mendy; Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva; Sterling, Mahrez (Walker, 87’), Gabriel Jesus (Agüero, 73’) Goals: 0-1, Sterling (6’), 1-1, Pasalic (49’) Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov. Bookings: Djimsiti (27’), Tolói (39’), Ilicic (42’), Fernandinho (70’), Castagne, 79’), Mendy (91’), Bernardo (96’). Sent-off: Bravo (81’)