Football: Poor finishing let City down, says midfielder Toure

Manchester City's Yaya Toure (centre) said that they could have scored a point if they had been more ruthless in front of goal.
Manchester City's Yaya Toure (centre) said that they could have scored a point if they had been more ruthless in front of goal. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Manchester City paid the price for their lack of killer instinct in front of goal in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League, midfielder Yaya Toure has said.

City have already qualified for the knockout stages but will be determined to avoid the fate of their last two campaigns when they went through only as group runners-up, drew Barcelona in the last 16 and suffered early exits.

City let their fate slip out of their hands on Wednesday when Mario Mandzukic struck in the 18th minute, just after Fernandinho had missed a golden opportunity for the visitors.

The result meant Juventus leapfrogged City to top spot in group D and need only a draw from their final game against Spanish side Sevilla on Dec 8 to go through as group winners.

City were guilty of spurning a number of good chances in Wednesday's game and Toure also says the visitors could have clinched at least a point had they been more ruthless in front of goal.

"We had quite a lot of injuries from important players but we have to live with that," Toure told reporters after the game. "We have a fantastic squad and I think we were unlucky to be honest. We have to forget this game and try to bounce back in the league.

"It's part of football - to win, you have to score goals - but we missed chances and these things can happen.

"We are quite disappointed. It was a 50-50 game and we had a lot more chances than them but we were not clinical.

"We had chances to score but at the end of the day, it was 1-0 for them and we have to bounce back in the next game."

City have now failed to win three consecutive games for the first time this season.