Erling Haaland scored two goals and assisted 12 goals in seven games for Man City at the start of his Champions League campaign with a 4-0 victory over Sevilla.
The new City star scored twice in the opening game of Group G with Phil Foden and Ruben Dias also participating as Pep Guardiola strives to win his first Champions League with the club on the perfect start.
Haaland was on hand to convert Kevin De Bruyne’s cross in the 20th minute before Foden rebounded a clever second goal in the far corner after the break. City, who were at their best, made the match very safe in the 67th minute when Haaland came home after Foden’s shot, meaning Haaland has now scored 25 goals in just 20 Champions League matches.
Dias wrapped up the scoring in injury time with an emphatic victory.
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Seville Bono (6), Angel Carmona (6), Godelli (6), Nianzo (6), Telles (6), Navas (6), Rakitic (6), Delaney (7), Isco (6), Acuna (6) Babu Gomez (6)
Subs: Dolberg (6), Soso (6), Jordan (6), Januzaj (6)
Manchester Ederson (7), Akanji (7), Gomez (7), Dias (7), Cancelo (7), Rodri (8), Foden (8), Bernardo Silva (7), De Bruyne (8) and Grealish (7) .), Haaland (8)
Subs: Gundogan (7), Palmer (7), Alvarez (7), Phillips (7)
man of the match: Erling Haaland
How the elegant city of Seville was swept aside …
Man City are not usually at their best when crossing the border into Spain having won only three of their last 13 visits but they have settled smoothly in Seville.
De Bruyne had already displayed his telepathic wavelength for Haaland in eight minutes when the top striker crossed the post from the post. Seville did not heed this warning.
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Pep Guardiola has awarded his new signing Manuel Akanji for the first time in the heart of the City defence. Robin Dias was involved with John Stones injured and Sergio Gomez cut down on the left side. There was one change to the smooth attacking form of the Villa draw as Jack Grealish made his four-match debut after injury.
Foden spotted De Bruyne’s clever run down the right edge of the penalty area and made a devastating cross into the six-yard box, knowing full well that his attacker would read the situation. Haaland expanded his sporting framework and took the ball into the net from close range to score his eleventh goal in a great start to his career with City.
And Sevilla, who have lost three of their four La Liga games this season and looked devoid of confidence, decided to rely on strikers in the second half to try to push Man City back. However, the stadium opened more to visitors and Foden began to appear in some dangerous situations.
He got his goal in the 58th minute when he reversed the unseen end in the far corner from the edge of the box. Foden was involved in third, second for Haaland, when she set up some quick footwork for a blow that Bono blocked right into Haaland’s way. It’s safe to say he didn’t miss out.
Guardiola should have relieved Haaland, De Bruyne and Foden in the last 25 minutes, but City didn’t take his foot off the gas and Dias was on hand for a cross from Riyad Mahrez.
Based on this evidence, Manchester City will stop in this competition.
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October 25: Borussia Dortmund (a) The match starts at 8 pm
November 2: Seville (H) – The match starts at 8 pm