Champions League: Manchester City up and running as Sevilla stumble

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Champions League: Manchester City up and running as Sevilla stumble
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UEFA Champions League (UCL) favourites Manchester City got off to the perfect start with a 4-0 victory over Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. With that win, City extended their perfect H2H record over Sevilla to three triumphs.

The Cityzens kicked off with a poor win percentage of just 45% against Spanish sides, but that statistic evidently didn’t weigh down the visitors as they dominated the first period. Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland have linked up brilliantly so far this season, and the pair sent out a warning when the Premier League top scorer directed the Belgian’s cross wide of goal early on. Wayward efforts from Grealish and De Bruyne followed before a cheap loss of possession from the hosts led to the game’s opener. A neat pass from Phil Foden gave De Bruyne enough space to whip in a lethal ball across the face of goal, presenting a flying Haaland with a near-empty net to volley into.

Having mustered just two attempts before HT, Sevilla began the second half with more attacking impetus but were almost caught cold when De Bruyne latched onto a loose ball. City’s captain for the night played a quick exchange with Haaland to go one-on-one with Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, but the Moroccan came out on top on this occasion. With an hour almost elapsed, the visitors finally added a well-deserved second as Foden neatly worked some space in a crowded box for a dragged shot back across goal. By this stage, Julen Lopetegui cut a visibly frustrated figure, and matters only got worse for Los Rojiblancos when Haaland grabbed his second after Bounou parried Foden’s low strike.

City’s supremacy persisted into the final minutes, and Rúben Dias put the cherry on the cake with his first UCL goal. Victory for Pep Guardiola’s side sees them draw level on points with Borussia Dortmund ahead of next week’s fixture against the Bundesliga club. Meanwhile, defeat in Europe for Sevilla compounds a poor start to the season, having only picked up one point from four LaLiga games thus far.

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