November 27 is quite an eventful day in recent Manchester City history, having seen two wins in UEFA competitions in the last decade.
In 2008, City picked up what, especially at that time, was a hugely impressive win by beating Schalke 2-0 away, handing the Bundesliga club their first ever defeat at home to an English side in UEFA competitions.
Joe Hart had to make two saves from Jermaine Jones efforts as City had to endured a high tempo start by Schalke, backed by 54,000 noisy home fans at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
Daniel Sturridge then burst down the left wing and crossed the ball for Benjani to finish from six yards, giving the Blues (or Oranges that day) a surprise lead over the hosts.
City’s golden boy of that time, Stephen Ireland, then had a goal ruled out for offside before finding the net for real, scoring City’s second.
The win ensured Mark Hughes’ men qualified for the last 32 of the UEFA Cup in a group that also featured Paris St Germain and Racing Santander.
Half a decade later and City were in the UEFA Champions League, and had to see off a very lively Viktoria Plzen at the Etihad Stadium in 2013 in what turned out to be a six-goal thriller.
The Czech side twice equalised after Sergio Agüero and Samir Nasri had found the net for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, before Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko put the game to bed with strikes.
Plzen had nothing but pride to play for but managed to give a careless City a scare on home turf, before the Blues picked up the tempo and got the job done in front of the home crowd.
Finally, this day in 1964 saw the birth of a man who would break records and make dreams come true for Man City fans.
Indeed, Roberto Mancini was born on this day in Iesi, Italy exactly 53 years ago today and is celebrating his birthday over in Russia, where he is the current Zenit boss.
Thanks for the memories and enjoy your day, Bobby Manc!
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