Sergio Aguero returned to first team action on style as he scored just 10 minutes into his long-awaited comeback as City ended the Group C schedule with a 3-0 win over Marseille.
It was a first half of surprisingly few opportunities.
And Riyad Mahrez found himself with just Steve Mandanda to beat – but the Marseille keeper saved well with his feet (though a belated flag was raised for offside).
Perhaps the lack of a natural striker meant there was no focal point for City’s first-half attacks – whatever the reason, it was a fairly tepid fist 45 overall.
Within three minutes, the change had made a difference and as Riyad Mahrez burst into the box on the right, Germain nicked the ball off his toe and inadvertedly put Ferran Torres in and he slid the ball under Mandanda from six yards.
It was Torres’ fourth goal in five Champions League games.
And it took our record goal-scorer just 10 minutes to announce his return in style as Nathan Ake’s thumping header from Foden’s corner was parried by Mandanda and poked home by the Argentine predator.
And it was the 1,000th City goal since moving to the Etihad, so very much a milestone strike.