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UCL: Manchester City Thrash Feyenoord

Kevin DE Bruyne of Manchester City, Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City, John Stones of Manchester City, Kyle Walker of Manchester City, Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City, Bernardo Silva of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and Manchester City at the Kuip on September 13, 2017 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
UCL: Manchester City Thrash Feyenoord

Manchester City made their triumphant return to the Champions League with a 4-0 thrashing of Feyenoord. City took over the match within the first few minutes of the match and never looked back from there. The team looked like the squad that City fans have been waiting for since Pep Guardiola took over at the club.

The club has normally struggled on the road in the UCL, but Wednesday night City made it a home away from home with the home fans virtually taken out of the match the second minute and completely out of the match in the 10th minute. Manchester City go top of their group on goal difference after Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Napoli 2-1.

 

City took control of the match with an early header from young English center-back, John Stones who placed a header into the far bottom corner and that the defender was unable to deal with as it went straight between his legs. So while City fans may be delighted that Stones scored such an early and important goal, it seemed like a lot of luck.

However in the 10th minute, a powerful Kyle Walker run plus an excellent low ball into the box saw Sergio Aguero powerfully place a ball away from the keeper to make it 2-0. Things did not get much better in the 25th minute as Feyenoord though they had cleared the ball away, but a poaching Aguero shot it from the outside of the box and it was pushed away to an onside and pouncing Gabriel Jesus who not only scored to make it 3-0 only 25 minutes in, but became just the fourth City player to score on his UCL debut joining the likes of Mario Balotelli, Nolito, and Alexsander Kolorav. City would go into halftime of an away Champions League fixture up 3-0 against a club that could have surprised the Guardiola team.

 

The start of the second half was all Manchester City. The blues would score another courtesy of another John Stones header, this time there was no doubt about this one going in, in the 63rd minute. The goal came from another beautifully worked corner from David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne with De Bruyne’s cross finding the head of Stones around six yards out.

The goal would make John Stones the first Man City defender to score a brace in Champions league play. Another fun fact about John Stones is that he is now joint top scorer in the Champions League right now. He is tied with the likes of Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi. Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling, and Leroy Sane all came on as second half substitutes.

City has Watford up next on Saturday and has all of the momentum in the world. City are coming off of scoring nine goals in 2 matches with five coming against Liverpool and four coming against Feyenoord. Pep Guardiola has City heading in the right direction.

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