MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, 3 November 2021 (AFP) – Manchester City are smiling again for the fourth round of Group A this Wednesday, thanks to their Champions League win (4-1) over Brugge, after their previous poor results in England. succeeded in Pep Guardiola’s team took the lead.
Phil Foden (15 min) scored the first goal of the game, pushing free after a low pass from Joo Cancillo. The Belgian team was soon tied with John Stones’ own goal at the age of 17.
Citizens came back in the 54th minute with a goal by Algerian Riyad Mahrez, who took the lead after another assist from Cancello.
At 72, Raheem Sterling reassured his team after a pass from Ilke Gundogan, and the fourth and final goal was scored by Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus in stoppage time (90+2) with another decisive pass from Cancello.
Manchester City are now in the first place in Group A with 9 points. The English team now have one point ahead of Paris Saint-Germain (8 points), who drew 2–2 on their trip to RB Leipzig, the bottom line with one point and no chance of qualifying for the second leg. was not. Bruges is in third place with 4 points.
City, the current runners-up in the competition, have won three of their four matches in this Champions League. All except the second round, in which they lost to Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital.
In the fifth round, on 24 November, City hosted PSG at the Etihad Stadium, earning the lead of the group, in a decisive game.
For now, Wednesday’s victory sparks excitement at Manchester City just ahead of Saturday’s crucial visit to Manchester United in the northern England derby.
Last week, City experienced two disappointments. They were eliminated by West Ham on penalties in the first round of 16 of the English League Cup, a tournament Guardiola’s team had been champions of the previous four seasons, and then lost 2–0 at home to Crystal Palace in the Premier League. .